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."