St. Louis: Bill Windham preview

Bill Windham, Pleased with Early Pro Stock Performance, Ready for More NHRA rookie Pro Stock driver Bill Windham gets a feeling of accomplishment when he turns off the engine and hits the braking parachute at the end of a quarter-mile run. It's...

Bill Windham, Pleased with Early Pro Stock Performance, Ready for More

NHRA rookie Pro Stock driver Bill Windham gets a feeling of accomplishment when he turns off the engine and hits the braking parachute at the end of a quarter-mile run. It's one he wants to enjoy time and time again.

It took three qualifying runs at the Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway last weekend and two days of testing at Gateway International Raceway two weeks ago for him to begin feeling comfortable in his Big-O Tires Chevy Cobalt.JJ"We gained a lot of confidence during those three runs at Atlanta," he said. "We tried some different combinations and I felt my last qualifying run was almost as perfect as a run can be."

With that in mind, Windham continues pursuing his first POWERade Series start at the O'Reilly Midwest Nationals, Friday through Sunday at Gateway.

"I can't wait to get to St. Louis," Windham continued. "I feel a lot more confident going there because, thanks to our test session, I am more familiar with it," Windham said. "Every track will be new to me and this just gives us a better advantage. We made a lot of laps there. It's a good track."

His quickest run at Atlanta, 6.740 seconds at 205.13 mph, wasn't good enough put him in the starting line-up, but it does provide a good baseline from which to build.

Windham is a teammate of Kenny Koretsky on Greg Hill's Indicom Electric/Nitro Fish Chevy Cobalt team. Eddie Guarnaccia, Koretsky's crew chief, also oversees Windham's car. Windham and business partner Greg Mitchell purchased his Chevy Cobalt from Hill prior to the Atlanta race.

"We made a lot of 300-foot runs when I first began testing our car," Windham said, "so I was able to get the starting-line procedures down fairly well. But things are different when the car goes to the finish line. The first three shifts come in a hurry, and then you have to wait for fourth and fifth gears. We've made great strides.JThis is just the beginning."

Windham's four important qualifying runs are slated at 4 and 6:30 p.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Eliminations begin Sunday at 11 a.m.

-credit: ghm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kenny Koretsky , Bill Windham