Rookie Carlson looks forward to Gateway double night qualifying MADISON, Ill. (June 22, 2006) - Pro Stock Rookie Shaun Carlson hopes to be racing against his peers come Sunday, but first he will look to capitalize on one of two night qualifying...
Rookie Carlson looks forward to Gateway double night qualifying
MADISON, Ill. (June 22, 2006) - Pro Stock Rookie Shaun Carlson hopes to be racing against his peers come Sunday, but first he will look to capitalize on one of two night qualifying sessions for this weekend's O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway.
Carlson is eager to have the two night-time rounds, instead of just the usual single, to qualify for the ultra-competitive NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Pro Stock field. "It will be nice to have two sessions under the cooler conditions to try and get into the top 16," says Carlson. "It seems like in this class more than any other, if you don't get in on Friday night, then you're out of luck.
"I think that the test-driving of the Team Mopar/SRT Dodge Stratus R/T that Terry (Adams, assistant crew chief) did here in May will be helpful. We already have some data from this track, so I'm looking forward to driving here," adds the Southern California native.
Crew chief David Nickens also expects the data to help. "The track conditions might not be the same, but the more data you have, the better. You really have to take what it's telling you and apply it to the conditions at the time. I think we'll really run good this weekend. When Terry drove the car here in May it really ran well on this track," says the Pro Stock tuner with 30 NHRA national event wins and one championship under his belt.
Carlson's Don Schumacher Racing crew recently tested at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis with Adams doing the driving once again and Nickens overseeing the effort to get the Team Mopar/SRT Dodge Stratus up to speed for this weekend. "We are working on getting Shaun's car performing well in the 60-ft. (section of the track), much like Richie's (teammate Stevens) car, which is always one of the stronger cars at the 60-ft. mark," says Nickens. "We have a different clutch we are trying, to see if that will help us out and get Shaun up where he belongs."