MILLINGTON, Tenn. - After a four month break, NHRA Federal Mogul Funny Car rookie Steve Burck is eager to get back into action during this weekend's AutoZone Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Memphis Motorsports Park. After a disappointing...
MILLINGTON, Tenn. - After a four month break, NHRA Federal Mogul Funny Car rookie Steve Burck is eager to get back into action during this weekend's AutoZone Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Memphis Motorsports Park. After a disappointing showing at his last national event, Burck and team have taken the summer off to regroup, and hope that some new parts and pieces added during that time will help their chances this weekend.
Burck, who runs Weldinghouse, Inc., in Corpus Christi, Texas, enters this weekend's field as the only 'true' rookie driver. Unlike most of his counterparts, who worked their way up the ranks to the fourth fastest category in the NHRA, Burck dove head first, as this is his first race car. Burck hopes to receive some of the same 'beginner's luck' that brought him a semifinal finish earlier in the year at the O'Reilly Nationals in Houston earlier in the year will shine on him this weekend in Memphis.
"We still feel like rookies," said Burck. "We're just trying to qualify and get a little luck. With a few breaks along the way, we may be able to go a few rounds, and get some more experience."
Burck, who has run a personal best elapsed time of 6.19 seconds hopes to get his new parts and new team dialed in and better that mark this weekend in his ProFax Welding Supplies backed Dodge Avenger
"I'd like to get my first five-second run," stated Burck. "I realize that may be a long reach, but I don't think we are that far away from getting back to where we need to be to get to that point."
Qualifying begins on Friday for the Federal Mogul Funny Cars, followed by one more session and first round of eliminations on Saturday. Final eliminations will conclude the event on Sunday.