ELECTRONIC GREMLINS END PIPPIN'S QUALIFYING STREAK AT NHRA TORCO FUELS NATIONALS IN JOLIET JOLIET, Ill., June 7, 2008 - Electronic gremlins plagued 55-year-old rookie Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Junior Pippin's PiranaZ Racing/Pippin Racing ...
ELECTRONIC GREMLINS END PIPPIN'S QUALIFYING STREAK AT NHRA TORCO FUELS NATIONALS IN JOLIET
JOLIET, Ill., June 7, 2008 - Electronic gremlins plagued 55-year-old rookie Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Junior Pippin's PiranaZ Racing/Pippin Racing S&S-proven-performance- powered V-Twin through all four qualifying rounds yesterday and today and he did not qualify (DNQ) for tomorrow's Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 NHRA Nationals here at Route 66 Raceway.
The DNQ ended Pippin's consecutive qualifying efforts at five, dating back to his initial NHRA POWERade entry at last year's season finale in Pomona, Calif. Qualifying runs of 8.421 seconds at 151.04 miles per hour, 7.496 seconds at 171.42, 7.293 seconds at 174.12 mph and 8.963 seconds at 96.38 mph could not get the Conyers, Ga., into the race.
"I hate it when things like this happen, but that's the way it is," he said. "We'll be back in Englishtown (N. J., June 19-22 for the Lucas Oil NHRA Supernationals) with both barrels loaded.
"We will test in between and figure it out." Despite the disappointment, Pippin remains positive about drag racing and life. "Every day is a good day," said Pippin. "Every chance I get to drag race is another blessing.
"Had it not been for drag racing, I would've never seen the country. I'd be at home, driving a dump truck"
Pippin, who began drag racing 40 years ago, spends his time driving a dump truck for Pippin Trucking, races as a hobby and is always grateful for the opportunity.