Humphreys Seeking Good Runs in Good Qualifying Sessions at SuperNationals One of the items on Justin Humphreys' to-do list for the Pro Care Rx Super Nationals this weekend at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park is "make good runs in the good ...
Humphreys Seeking Good Runs in Good Qualifying Sessions at SuperNationals
One of the items on Justin Humphreys' to-do list for the Pro Care Rx Super Nationals this weekend at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park is "make good runs in the good sessions."
It may even be underlined.
The Pro Stock drivers who have done so have virtual locks on starting berths in the 16-car Pro fields. The category already is arguably the most competitive in NHRA Pro Racing. Now drivers know they can't afford any flubs because the margin between qualifying and not racing on Sunday can be a measly one-thousandth of a second.
Such was the case at Joliet, Ill. (June 18), when 15 of the top 16 registered their quickest elapsed times on Friday night. It has become a tradition, albeit not one most competitors want to continue.
Unfortunately, Humphreys' RaceRedi Motorsports Pontiac GTO team turned out to be the one on the outside by one-thousandth of a second. He had mechanical issues on that Friday night attempt, but he rallied around crew chief Eric Luzinski's chassis changes. Humphreys' 6.667-second time at 207.11 mph was sixth quickest Saturday, but it fell short of making the program.
"Our goal was just to qualify for a few races, which we've done, and we've gone a few rounds, so I'd say we definitely have done better," said the first-year Pro Stock driver from Monrovia, Md. "But there is more there. We need to make those good runs in the good sessions; that will make it right."
Humphreys started three times in nine races and advanced to the semifinals at St. Louis last month. Although this marks his first Pro Stock qualifying attempt at Englishtown, he raced at Raceway Park while competing in the Sport Compact and Nopi Series.
"It's a good track . . . and it's close to home. It's only about 41/2 hours up the road," he said. "We are planning to stop at Atco Dragway, which is close to Raceway Park, and do a little testing Tuesday or Wednesday. The track is on our way to Englishtown."
This also marks the beginning of one of the sanctioning body's busiest schedules -- six races in six weeks. Following are stops at Norwalk, Ohio; Bristol, Tenn.; Denver; Seattle and Sonoma, Calif.
"At least Englishtown, Norwalk and Bristol aren't that far from home," added Humphreys. "We tested at Denver and think we ran pretty good there. We should be alright. Eric has been through this before, so I'm not worried."