St. Louis: Justin Humphreys preview

Justin Humphreys' Confident Going into Midwest Nationals For the first time in his 29-race NHRA Pro Stock driving career, Justin Humphreys is going into POWERade Series event with confidence that comes from a good performance in his last ...

Justin Humphreys' Confident Going into Midwest Nationals

For the first time in his  29-race NHRA Pro Stock driving career, Justin
Humphreys is going into POWERade  Series event with confidence that comes from a
good performance in his last  outing.

The second-year pro from Monrovia, Md., fought his way into the semifinals at Atlanta Sunday before losing to eventual race winner Jason Line. It was one of Humphreys' finest outings since the last 2007 race when he marched to his first final round and finished second.

This  turnaround was dramatic, with credit going to Frank Gugliotta, an IHRA
Pro Stock  driver and longtime Humphreys' family friend.  Gugliotta stepped in
after  veteran crew chief Bob Glidden retired.
Gugliotta is accompanying  the RaceRedi Motorsports team to Gateway
International Raceway in Madison, Ill.,  near St. Louis, for this weekend's O'Reilly
Midwest Nationals.  Humphreys  ran well here a year ago, reaching the
semifinals for the first  time.
"We are excited and look forward to getting back on the  track," said
Humphreys.  "Our car is running awfully good.  We'd like  to repeat what we did in
Atlanta and take it one more round. We have a good  baseline for the first
time this season.  That should help  us."
Consistent runs were the hallmark of last weekend's  racing.  His best of
seven runs was 6.655 seconds and his slowest was  6.694.

"We'll feel real good if we can continue running the same way this weekend," Humphreys added. "I have to give a lot of credit to my crew. They've all been working hard."

He moved into  ninth place in POWERade points with 276, 31 behind Warren
Johnson in eighth and  38 behind No. 7 V Gaines.

-credit: rrm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Bob Glidden , Justin Humphreys , Frank Gugliotta