Stull scores round win in Comp debut ENNIS, Texas - The old adage 'Rome wasn't built in a day' could be said for NHRA Sportsman racer Tina Stull's Competition Eliminator debut at this past weekend's NHRA Division 4 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series...
Stull scores round win in Comp debut
ENNIS, Texas - The old adage 'Rome wasn't built in a day' could be said for NHRA Sportsman racer Tina Stull's Competition Eliminator debut at this past weekend's NHRA Division 4 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at the Texas Motorplex just south of Dallas. However, it also could be said that construction is well under way and ahead of schedule as Stull not only qualified for a tough field, but scored a round win in her first race out with her Interstate Batteries/Mac Tools sponsored G Econo Dragster.
Stull, a volunteer firefighter from Boerne, Texas, qualified despite fighting the proverbial 'new car blues.' Her 8.484 second run out of her Chevy Trailblazer Inline 6 powered dragster was .266 under her index and placed her 31st in qualifying. In round one she pulled off a big upset taking out veteran heavy-hitter Bill Kent's dragster with a stellar .016 reaction time. In her second round bout with Dennis Smiley, Stull pulled the trigger a bit too soon as she redlighted with a -.048 reaction time, thus ending her day before the race was over. Still, Stull and her team lead by Charlie Stewart were pleased with the outing.
"We picked up a round win in our Comp debut, so we're happy about that," said Stull. "We really fought a lot of problems in qualifying. The down side of that is obvious, we're not running with the front runners yet. The upside is Charlie and the guys are really excited that the car is running as good as it is with all the problems it has."
"It was probably the longest four hour drive home though," Stull commented on her redlight. "Smiley was really late, and I might have been able to pull out another round win. It's something I'm really going to work on before the next race."
The action is about to heat up both literally and figuratively for the Interstate Batteries/Mac Tools team as they are about to embark on a four race back-to-back swing starting with the Division 4 event in Shreveport, La., May 19-21., the O'Reilly Summer Nationals in Topeka, Kan., a Division 4 event in Memphis, and wrapping up with a Division 4 event in Rusk, Texas. To say the team will be busy is an understatement.
"We're all pretty excited about our upcoming road swing," stated Stull. "Charlie and the guys back in the engine shop are taking the motor and putting it back on the dyno to get the engine more dialed in. It was such a strain just getting the car together for the race, Charlie feels more time on the dyno will really help out. Hopefully we can put this Interstate Batteries/Mac Tools dragster in one of those winner's circles."