Putting on Good Show for Friends, Family Is Justin Humphreys' Goal This Weekend There once was a Chevrolet commercial that said: "See the USA in your Chevrolet . . ." Well, Justin Humphreys could substitute Pontiac in there but it would ...
Putting on Good Show for Friends, Family Is Justin Humphreys' Goal This Weekend
There once was a Chevrolet commercial that said: "See the USA in your Chevrolet . . ."
Well, Justin Humphreys could substitute Pontiac in there but it would ruin the rhyme. Humphreys, however, is seeing the USA this year after joining NHRA' s Pro Stock division, driving his RaceRedi/Knoll-Gas Energy Pontiac GTO.
Along the way, he has been a first-time visitor to the Seattle, Sonoma, Calif., and Brainerd, Minn., areas while pursuing round wins in what is one tough racing category.
A long trek to the track isn't necessary this week because Humphreys has a " home" race at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa., the Toyo Tires Nationals, Friday through Sunday. It is one of two NHRA venues within easy driving distance of his home in Monrovia, Md. The other is at Richmond, Va., Oct. 5-7.
"I'm excited to be going to Reading. I'm sure we are going to be busy because there will be a lot of family and friends there. It's about a one hour, 20 minute drive for me," said Humphreys, 30. "We want to put on a good show to make their visit worthwhile."
Humphreys didn't have grandiose ideas of success when the season began in February. But he has faired better than expected, but not as well as he wanted. For example, he has qualified for five of the last six races, but he missed the starting lineup by several thousandths of a second five times in the first 16 events.
Pro Stock icon Bob Glidden joined the team last week at Brainerd and is working with crew chief Eric Luzinski and engine builder Richard Maskin. "I think we are going in the right direction," added Humphreys, a former Sport Compact and Nopi series driver. "We'd like to qualify well and win a few rounds on Sunday.
"We made a lot of changes to the car Sunday before eliminations and we shook the tires against Jason (Line) in the first round." Despite that, the car ran its quickest time of the weekend, 6.707 seconds in losing to No. 2 qualifier Jason Line's 6.690.
Humphreys has been a semifinalist twice, at St. Louis and Bristol, Tenn., a finish he would take frequently. But he isn't disappointed. To the contrary. "This is our first year in Pro Stock and we can't really complain."