KENT, Wash., July 27, 2003 - Scott Geoffrion had a quicker elapsed time than Allen Johnson in the first round of Sunday's CarQuest Nationals at Pacific Raceways, but it didn't help him advance to the quarterfinals. Johnson, using an...
KENT, Wash., July 27, 2003 - Scott Geoffrion had a quicker elapsed time than Allen Johnson in the first round of Sunday's CarQuest Nationals at Pacific Raceways, but it didn't help him advance to the quarterfinals.
Johnson, using an almost-perfect .004 reaction time (.000 is perfect), reached the finish line first with a 6.872-second, 200.80-mph run to a 6.857 at 202.85 mph for Geoffrion's Nitro Fish Ford Escort ZX2. Geoffrion's reaction time was .070.
"If we can figure out how to get .020 reaction times, we have a car good enough to win races," Geoffrion said. "One of these days we'll get the driver doing his job perfectly when the crew does its job perfectly."
Crew chief Eric Luzinski and team car builder Don Ness collaborated on a major chassis change Friday night and it worked, turning an ill-handling car into one that went down the track smoothly three successive times. Geoffrion, who wasn't among the top 16 drivers after Friday's two sessions, came in with runs of 6.819 and 6.876 seconds to start 12th.
Geoffrion, like all Pro Stock drivers, had to battle a tricky track that was both bumpy and greasy.
"The best thing we learned this weekend was that we have a car that will go down greasy, nasty racetracks without shaking," said Geoffrion, who remained eighth in NHRA POWERade Series points with 584. He is, however, only nine points behind seventh-place Mike Edwards.
The Nitro Fish gang could capitalize on what was learned this weekend because it may see a greasy racetrack Friday through Sunday during the Fram/Autolite Nationals at Sonoma, Calif.