Humphreys' Key to Success: Best Runs in Best Qualifying Sessions The drag racing gods haven't been smiling on Jason Humphreys during his first year of NHRA Pro Stock racing. They have, in fact, been rather cruel. How else do you explain...
Humphreys' Key to Success: Best Runs in Best Qualifying Sessions
The drag racing gods haven't been smiling on Jason Humphreys during his first year of NHRA Pro Stock racing. They have, in fact, been rather cruel.
How else do you explain missing the starting lineup by one- or two-thousandths of a second? On several occasions?
If anything, the close encounters with Sunday race dates have made Humphreys and his RaceRedi Motorsports/Knoll Gas Energy Pontiac GTO team more determined to shake off the mille-second disappointments. They begin that quest in the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, Friday through Sunday. This is the first time the POWERade Series has been to the former Norwalk Motorsports Park
It doesn't take Humphreys long to point out one reason why he's come so close but yet been so far away. "We've run well in the wrong sessions," he said, noting that the good session is usually on Friday nights. Saturday in the SuperNationals at Englishtown, N.J., the blue GTO posted the eighth-quickest time which, on most occasions, would be enough to claim to a top 16 start. Alas, it was a hot day and the track was hot and slippery.
The result: A 6.645-second elapsed time was 10th quickest for the session and 17th overall . . . just two-thousandths of a second shy of the goal.
"It's just one of those racing deals," added Humphreys, who got his first taste of drag racing competition in the Sport Compact and Nopi Series. "It's not a power issue. The motors Richard Maskin and his crew are building have a lot of steam. Now it's up to us -- me, crew chief Eric Luzinski and the crew -- to get in there and make the good runs. We'll get there. We definitely aren't giving up."