St. Louis: Burgess, Commisso preview

Burgess and Commisso looking to catch up to teammate Troxel ST. LOUIS (April 30) -- Cars fielded by R2B2 Racing have made it to the finals of the first two Get Screened America Pro Mod Series events. Unfortunately for team drivers Roger Burgess...

Burgess and Commisso looking to catch up to teammate Troxel

ST. LOUIS (April 30) -- Cars fielded by R2B2 Racing have made it to the finals of the first two Get Screened America Pro Mod Series events. Unfortunately for team drivers Roger Burgess and Raymond Commisso, their powerful racecars have struggled out of the gate.

It's a fact both drivers hope to change at this weekend's stop at the 14th annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway.

Burgess is defending champion of the St. Louis event. He's brought out an older car from his stable because he knows its capabilities during a weekend when weather might be a factor.

"We didn't bring the new car out because don't think it's ready yet," Burgess said. "We need to get things going because we've had an up-and-down start to the year. That's unusual for us because we pride ourselves on our consistency. We've just not had it yet.

"The car we've brought here was the No. 1 qualifier from Gainesville. It's a car we have a lot data on. We might only get a couple of runs if the weather goes away, and this car gives the best chance to hit the tuneup."

Commisso is feeling the same kind of pressure and frustration as his boss.

"I feel like I've started the race season on the wrong foot," Commisso said. "The first race I didn't qualify, and the second I went out first round. I've got a chip on my shoulder right now. I'm going to walk in there, be focused, concentrate and try and go some rounds this weekend."

He added that there's no easy rounds in the series not matter how well your car might be running.

"You are racing the best of the best out there. There is no easy rounds," Commisso said. "If you get by one round you should be proud because you are racing this best possible Pro Mod guys out there. I'm confident in my car and my team."

Burgess also said overall, confidence is riding high in the R2B2 camp.

"We've had cars in each final and Melanie Troxel is leading the points," Burgess said. "It's time for me and Ray to step up and get on the board."

-source: r2b2

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Series NHRA
Drivers Melanie Troxel , Roger Burgess