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Humphreys Excited About Southern Nationals Following Good Test Outing The first race for a fledgling Pro Stock team with a new supplier of horsepower is a lot like a first date. It just takes awhile to get to know each other. Justin ...

Humphreys Excited About Southern Nationals Following Good Test Outing

The first race for a fledgling Pro Stock team with a new supplier of horsepower is a lot like a first date. It just takes awhile to get to know each other.

Justin Humphreys and prominent engine builder Richard Maskin got over that awkward stage two weeks ago at Las Vegas.

Now, after  two days and nine test laps at Valdosta, Ga., Humphreys is
excited about his  future with Maskin and Dart Engineering supplying the power for
his Knoll-Gas  Energy Pontiac GTO in
what is arguably the most competitive NHRA  professional category.  He has,
after all, been on the opposite end of the  close qualifying calls several
times already in his five-race NHRA Pro Stock  career.
"Testing went well.  We made six runs Tuesday and  three runs Wednesday,"
reported Humphreys, who is looking forward to finding out  just how much he
accomplished during the Summit Racing Equipment Southern  Nationals, Friday
through Sunday at Atlanta Dragway.  "We definitely tried  different combinations and
we think we found something that would  work.
"Richard and his guys found more horsepower than we've had  and we improved
our 60-foot times, so everything seems to be looking good right  now."

Humphreys is a former Sport Compact and Nopi racer who opted for Pro Stock battles in 2007. He has qualified once -- 16th at Gainesville, Fla., last month -- but has been oh-so-close several other times, including three-thousandths of a second short at Houston. But the additional horsepower and improvements gleaned from the test session just may be enough to get him into the starting line-up on a regular basis.

"It is hard to know just how well you did (testing) because there wasn't anybody to compare it to," added Humphreys, 29. "We are really excited about going to Commerce. It will be my first time there so I don't know what to expect."

Maskin, who has been involved in drag racing since 1973,  and team crew chief
Eric Luzinski have experience with this track,  however.
"Hopefully it will be a good weekend," said  Humphrey.  "Our goal is to
qualify in the middle of the pack and see what  happens on Sunday."

-credit: jh

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