Burgess leads solid R2B2 Pro Mod contingent at Gators
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 12) – Roger Burgess' brand new '53 Corvette Pro Mod car was an unknown quantity heading into Get Screened America Pro Mod Series racing at the 42nd annual Tire Kingdom Gatornationals, but as qualifying turned to the first round of eliminations on Saturday, R2B2 Racing's first in-house Pro Mod is showing its quality.
It's been rough qualifying and we spent a couple of rounds trying to figure this stuff out...
"It's been rough qualifying and we spent a couple of rounds trying to figure this stuff out," Burgess said. "I think we are really close if we can get these little things squared away, then I think we'll have a good hot rod."
Burgess led three R2B2 cars into Sunday's second round of eliminations in Pro Mod.
The turbo-charged Corvette qualified No. 4 and defeated Peter Farber in the first round. Burgess ran a 5.843 second pass at 254.23 mph to easily sail past Faber, who crossed the line in 6.211 at 237.84 mph.
"We need to work on lights now but other than that I think we are there," Burgess said. "When you go into those lights, you can't really be thinking about anything but the light. So far, I've thought about everything but the light, so we'll get it squared away."
R2B2's newest team member, Brad Personett put his turbo Camaro into the No. 8 spot and defeated defending series champion Von Smith in the first round with a pass of 5.897 at 247.75. Smith ran a 6.798 at 142.60 mph.
"It's a big achievement for all the guys and they've been really helping me a lot," Personett said. "R2B2 and Roger, I can't thank them enough. We've been struggling. The air has been really good and we have been on the wrong side of the fence. I feel fortunate to be on the right side of the win line."
Raymond Commisso beat R2B2 ally Micke Gullquvist in the first round. Commisso ran a 5.896 at 249.58 mph to Gullquvist's 9.221 at 115.08 mph.
"Coming in here with a clear head really makes me focused and I'm looking forward to winning some rounds," Commisso said. "We were fighting some gremlins in the car, I knew we had the power to go this fast because we went this fast during testing. We found the problem right before the last round and sure enough we went 5.89, 250 (mph) so I'm happy."
Melanie Troxel's early season struggles continued in Florida after she failed to put either the Roadrage.com Toyota Funny Car or the Roadrage.com Camaro Pro Mod into the elimination fields.
Racing at the 42nd annual Tire Kingdom Gatornationals resume at 11 a.m. EDT Sunday.