GILLIG EXPERIENCES SECOND ROUND FOR THE FIRST TIME Lake Zurich, IL: The never ending roller coaster of NHRA Pro Stock Drag Racing is familiar to every single driver & team on the tour. The Gillig Motorsports, Shanahan Dry Wall Services, Wayne's...
GILLIG EXPERIENCES SECOND ROUND FOR THE FIRST TIME
Lake Zurich, IL: The never ending roller coaster of NHRA Pro Stock Drag Racing is familiar to every single driver & team on the tour. The Gillig Motorsports, Shanahan Dry Wall Services, Wayne's Pizza Olds Cutlass with Tony Gillig at the helm is no different. Its been a tough season, but it also has its rewards as Gillig experienced in Memphis, TN AutoZone Nationals presented by Pennzoil.
"After battling the weather on Friday and losing both qualifying sessions to rain, we knew we couldn't make any mistakes with only two qualifying sessions to set the field." "We made a pretty good hit on Saturday morning with a 7.024 196.96 that put us in the #12 qualifying spot."
The Saturday evening qualifying session was to be the fast session to set the field for Sunday. With threatening skies, the teams felt their luck was just about to run out. And it did. As the skies opened up again 8 cars remained in staging waiting their chance for a shot at the evening session: Gillig was one of them. After 2 hours of intermittent rainfall, at the dismay of the remaining teams in the lanes NHRA pulled the plug on the second qualifying session, announcing the session would count.
The day ended with Gillig in the #14 qualifying spot going into Sunday. Thankfully NHRA announced there would be a third qualifying session early Sunday morning prior to elimination's. Which proved to be the fastest session of the event.
"It was a great opportunity for us: we made an awesome hit which put us at that moment in the #7 spot with a 6.960 @ 197.71 mph. As the session continued, we accomplished our career best with that run as the #10 qualifier".
Gillig drew #7 qualifier Mike Thomas for round 1. "We felt confident that we could run well in the first round. I was fortunate enough to leave on Mike and took the win with a 6.968 @197.48 with a RT of 457 to Mike's .535 RT." "We drew the #2 qualifier Mike Edward's in the second round. I was so psyched, this was our first time at bat in NHRA second round: unfortunately the results were not the same. Mike left first then extended his lead with a 6.96 to our 6.99."