Justin Humphreys Ready to Extend Qualifying Streak at Seattle Owning a three-race qualifying streak may not seem like much to smile about . . . unless you are an NHRA rookie Pro Stock driver competing in what is arguably the most competitive...
Justin Humphreys Ready to Extend Qualifying Streak at Seattle
Owning a three-race qualifying streak may not seem like much to smile about . . . unless you are an NHRA rookie Pro Stock driver competing in what is arguably the most competitive pro category.
That is Justin Humphreys' situation as he makes his first visit to Seattle and the Northwest for the Schuck's Auto Supply Nationals at Pacific Raceways in nearby Kent. The driver of the RaceRedi Motorsports Knoll-Gas Energy Pontiac GTO is from Monrovia, Md.
"This is a new track for me," said Humphreys, a former Sport Compact/Nopi Series driver. "It is exciting to visit new places because I feel comfortable with what we have going on."
While Humphreys is a newcomer, Eric Luzinski, his crew chief, is a veteran, as is engine builder Richard Maskin. The latter duo combined to put Humphreys in the No. 8 starting position -- a career high -- Sunday in the oxygen-deprived altitude of Denver.
Luzinski has been to Seattle before, most recently as crew chief for the late Scott Geoffrion in 2003. He didn't expect any problems making the tuning adjustments necessary for sea level compared to what he dealt with in Denver.
"It will be easy to change," said Luzinski. "We'll probably go with the same setup we used at Englishtown (N.J., last month). "We always have a good barometer in Seattle, but, as I recall, the track can be a little suspect sometimes. With the power we have, I think we can make a good, conservative run Friday and go from there."
"He'll do his job and I'll do mine," added Humphreys, who has two semifinals finishes among his five race appearances, a rather remarkable mark. He has missed starting lineups by narrow margins of two, three, four and five-thousandths of a second.
"We have done better than we expected at the beginning of the year," Humphreys continued. "We passed the goals we set and now we want to get this car into the finals. We will by trying our hardest until the end of the year."