Justin Humphreys Angling for First Pro Stock Victory at Las Vegas There was a Gone Fishing sign on the RaceRedi Motorsports shop door last week because that's what NHRA rookie Pro Stock driver and 2007 Auto Club Road to the Future nominee ...
Justin Humphreys Angling for First Pro Stock Victory at Las Vegas
There was a Gone Fishing sign on the RaceRedi Motorsports shop door last week because that's what NHRA rookie Pro Stock driver and 2007 Auto Club Road to the Future nominee Justin Humphreys was doing.
Humphreys, driver of the RaceRedi/Knoll-Gas Energy Pontiac GTO, was enjoying a brief respite from POWERade Series competition then, but now it is back to work for the season's final two races. First up is the ACDelco Nationals, Friday through Sunday, where Humphreys hopes to turn in a winning performance.
Humphreys now is driving a car worthy of a trip to winner's circle, thanks to veterans Bob Glidden (chassis tune-ups) and Richard Maskin (engine builder/tuner) calling the automotive shots. But niggling problems have foiled the plans.
"Our first race here (in April) was our first using Richard's engines and we didn't qualify," said Humphreys, "but the car has been running well lately, we just haven't been able to catch even a little bit of luck."
The blue GTO, meanwhile, has responded with two fifth and one sixth-place qualifying positions in the last four races. He had quarterfinal finishes at Indianapolis and Dallas and a first-round appearance three weeks ago at Richmond, Va. The latest stung because Humphreys came up eight-thousandths of a second from advancing to the next round.
He said the car made a very slight hesitation when he put it in second gear and that was enough to provide Mike Edwards with the razor-thin decision.
"We are going to be testing at Tucson (Arizona) Monday and Tuesday before going to Las Vegas," added Humphreys. "It will be good to get back to work. We will be ready to get back at it, that's for sure. We aren't worried about track conditions there because it is a good race track.
"We would like to win at least one of the last two races. Maybe we can change our luck at Las Vegas."
If his racing fate is as good as his fishing excursion, Humphreys and the RaceRedi crew may be the last ones standing Sunday afternoon.
"We caught a lot of fish," he said. Now if he can just reel in that elusive victory.