Topeka 2 Scott Geoffrion story (Pro Stock)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (626) 914-4761 PATIENCE CONTINUES TO BE ESSENTIAL FOR GEOFFRION ENTERING TOPEKA TOPEKA, Kan. -- Scott Geoffrion sat in his team's transporter recently, rubbed his chin and tried to...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (626) 914-4761 PATIENCE CONTINUES TO BE ESSENTIAL FOR GEOFFRION ENTERING TOPEKA TOPEKA, Kan. -- Scott Geoffrion sat in his team's transporter recently, rubbed his chin and tried to remain philosophical about the recent struggles of Team Mopar in NHRA Pro Stock racing. It would be easy to understand if he was pulling out his hair, instead. Geoffrion won the Western Auto Parts America Nationals in early June at Topeka, as new team owner and engine builder Dale Eicke appeared to have found a combination that could return Geoffrion and teammate Darrell Alderman back to Pro Stock prominence. But Geoffrion has won only four rounds in the eight races since that victory. "I think we had some momentum before the West Coast swing, and for whatever reason, the momentum has gone away," Geoffrion said. "But sometimes you've got to take a few steps backward in order to go forward in a stronger fashion." There's a good chance that Geoffrion could return to forward gear at the ninth annual, $1,463,750 Sears Craftsman Nationals, Sept. 25-28 at Heartland Park Topeka. The race is the 18th event of the 22-event, $30-million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series in 1997. Geoffrion, from Aliso Viejo, Calif., has won his last three starts at Heartland Park, winning this spring and sweeping both races in 1994. Vandals entered the shop of Geoffrion's former team, Wayne County Speed Shop, in May 1995 and destroyed all of the engines used in the Dodge Avengers of Geoffrion and Alderman, effectively creating an 18-month vacuum for both. Eicke took over the team last September, and progress has been slow since Alderman and Geoffrion won consecutive races in the spring. Geoffrion is ninth in the NHRA Winston standings. "We're making more power," Geoffrion said. "But it won't accelerate down the track. Now we're going back to where the motors were before we won those races and take little, baby steps."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Darrell Alderman , Scott Geoffrion , Aliso Viejo