Norwalk: Rick Stivers preview

Stivers enters Norwalk with "Guns-a-Blazin'" NORWALK, Ohio (June 24, 2010) - Pro Mod driver Rick Stivers' endurance has been tested in the past several weeks as the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series has had three events in the...

Stivers enters Norwalk with "Guns-a-Blazin'"

NORWALK, Ohio (June 24, 2010) - Pro Mod driver Rick Stivers' endurance has been tested in the past several weeks as the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series has had three events in the same number of weeks. This weekend the series visits Norwalk, Ohio for the last event before the summer break, and for Stivers, he knows he has to come to the battle with guns-a-blazin' in order to stay in the hunt for a spot at the top of the pack.

His Trane 2006 Dodge Stratus has suffered a few hiccups along the way, but the Kentucky entrepreneur said he is confident the bugs are gone and the car is ready to race. This weekend's Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals is the sixth of ten events for the Pro Mods.

"I told Brad [Anderson, team owner and crew chief] that I wanted to make sure I didn't bring a knife to a gun fight this weekend," Stivers said. "The competition has been so fierce - it's a battle every time we get out on the track. The past two weeks have been difficult for us because we had issues first with the batteries and then with the balance of the car. We got some points last week in Bristol and made it to the quarterfinals, and this weekend we've got the opportunity to make a good move, too.

"I really want to be well into the top ten before we head to Indy in September. At that point, there will only be three events left, and making a move then will be that much harder," he said.

Stivers currently sits in the No. 12 spot with 230 points; seven points out of the top ten and just 64 points out of the top five. With 95 points on the table to win the race, making a big move up is definitely on the table for the Trane/Brad Anderson Engineering team.

"Every lap counts, every fraction of a second - and I'm all-in every time I drive the car. This team has proven it has what it takes to set records and win races, and now we're to the point where we're putting it all on the line. It'll be a great weekend," Stivers said.

Qualifying sessions are scheduled for 4 and 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 25 and the final qualifying session is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 26. The first round of eliminations is scheduled to begin Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Eliminations will continue on Sunday, June 27, starting at approximately 1 p.m. ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will televise 30-minutes of racing highlights from the Get Screened America Pro Mod Series portion of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Sunday, July 11 at 11:30 a.m. (EDT).

-source: rick stivers racing

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