Round Wins Justin Humphreys' Priority in Norwalk It wasn't until Justin Humphreys made the second qualifying run in his third race in the RaceRedi Dodge that he witnessed the car's performance potential. It was, quite simply, the quickest...
Round Wins Justin Humphreys' Priority in Norwalk
It wasn't until Justin Humphreys made the second qualifying run in his third race in the RaceRedi Dodge that he witnessed the car's performance potential.
It was, quite simply, the quickest run he's made in 33 Pro Stock races -- 6.627 seconds. "I don't think I ever ran that quick in any Sport Compact car I drove, either," said Humphreys. "It's getting better with every run we make."
Crew chief Frank Gugliotta has been toiling diligently to get acquainted with the numerous differences between the Dodge and the RaceRedi Pontiac GXP Humphreys drove for the first eight NHRA POWERade Series events. The Humphreys and Allen and Roy Johnson teamed up three weeks ago.
"Frank is getting a handle on everything . . . and understanding just what these Mopars want," Humphreys added. "I think we are definitely making progress. We aren't getting the round wins that we want yet, but they will come with time, I'm sure."
That time may be at the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Summit Racing Motorsports Park, Friday through Sunday, in Norwalk, Ohio.
Humphreys has improved his qualifying position in the last two outings -- going from 16th at Topeka to 12th at Joliet, Ill. and ninth last week in Englishtown, N.J.
"We keep improving and going forward," he says. "We haven't had to abort a run because the set-up is wrong. At least we are going from A to B on every run and the car is working good. We know the power is there, we just have to find out what the car wants. Frank's making the calls on the car and Roy and Allen Johnson are making the horsepower."
Now that everyone is comfortable together, the plan is to make a run for the top 10 in the next seven races. NHRA's Countdown format opens with an 18-race regular season and concludes with the top 10 vying for the championship over the final six events. Humphreys is 12th with 391 points, 110 behind the No. 10 driver.
"The more runs you make, the better everything is," Humphreys concluded. " We know we must start going rounds on Sunday if we want to get back into the top 10. We're ready to go to Norwalk and give it another shot."