(Sonoma, CA) As the NHRA Full Throttle tour rolls into the wine country of northern California for this weekend's running of the 22nd annual Fram Autolite Nationals and the final leg of the mid season western swing, Rodger Brogdon and the Charter...
(Sonoma, CA) As the NHRA Full Throttle tour rolls into the wine country of northern California for this weekend's running of the 22nd annual Fram Autolite Nationals and the final leg of the mid season western swing, Rodger Brogdon and the Charter Communications team prepare to take on yet another stop on the tour for the very first time, famed Infineon Raceway in Sonoma CA.
With back to back events at Bandimere Speedway in Denver and Pacific Raceways in Seattle, Brogdon and crew have had mixed results as they make their way through the tough western swing for the very first time. Brogdon was one of but six drivers to run a much revered "Six Second" run on the high altitude track in Denver, yet met with less than expected success as the tour returned to sea level at Seattle as the team worked with some new component's that were cause for some frustration throughout the event. Now with the third race in three weeks on tap Rodger looks forward to the performance they showed in Denver without the drama of Seattle.
"If I had to rate the western swing so far, I think I'd give it a B-," said Brogdon, "when we ran that six second run at Thunder Mountain I thought we might really be on the threshold of something special, especially when you consider that it was our first time at the track. When we were eliminated on a hole shot in round one I wasn't satisfied with what happened, but (Rickie) Jones had a phenomenal .005 reaction time, so give him the credit he deserves. Seattle would be in just a few short days and we could get right back at it."
"When we tried some new things in Seattle," Rodger continued, "it bit us in two of the four qualifying sessions and probably left us in a race day situation that wasn't to the best of our advantage. Facing (Ron) Krisher in round one was a tough draw and I'm sure he was thinking about evening the score after we eliminated him in Atlanta on a hole shot earlier this year. We ran our best run of the weekend against him, and for the third race in a row came up just short in one of the closest races in the opening round."
"One of the best parts of this trip has been meeting some of the great NHRA fans that attend the events in Denver and Seattle, it's been a really rewarding experience, and from what I know of the track in Sonoma, there are some extremely knowledgeable fans that will be in attendance at Infineon. As a team, we look forward to meeting everyone that wants to come by and say hi."
"Now it's time for Sonoma and personally I can't wait. While I've never raced Pro Stock here, I've been to the track before and I love the facility and the country side. My wife and son and I drove down from Seattle and are enjoying all that the area has to offer before this weekend's race. With the relaxed atmosphere that we'll be enjoying leading up to the event I'm really looking forward to wrapping up the western swing on a positive note. We've got the car and the crew it's just a matter of time before we put it all together on race day."