Mike Edwards Takes the Phoenix Win and a Runner-up the Same Weekend at Gainesville
It was a jam packed weekend for the Pro Stock racers! They had to complete the Phoenix eliminations during Saturday qualifying at Gainsville and be ready to race again on Sunday! Mike Edwards won the Phoenix race and claimed the #1 spot at Gainesville with a 6.537 at 211.53. He was followed by Roger Brogdon at #5 with a 6.561 at 210.77, Vinnie Deceglie in the #8 spot with a 6.571 at 209.36 and the Gray family finished out the qualifying ranks. Son, Shane was in #13 spot at 6.584 at 208.84 with his dad, Johnny right behind him in the #15 spot with a 6.590 at 209.75. At the end of the first round of eliminations, Mike Edwards was the only Haas car left. In keeping with his recent race success, he took it to the finals and had a chance to double up and win two races in one weekend. However things didn't go as planned and Jason Line took the win with a holeshot over Edwards. Line ran a 6.580 to Edwards' 6.556.
It was the first race of the year for Pro Mod cars and Jay Payne in his Brad Anderson tuned '68 Camaro was the #2 qualifier with a 5.887 at 241.28. In round 1 of eliminations, Jay layed down a blistering run of 5.809 and the possibility of setting the ET Record. To set the record, he would need to run a 5.867 or quicker in the 2nd round. Payne and Balooshi squared off in round 2, and it was Balooshi taking the win with a 5.877 to Jay's 5.913. The 5.913 was not quite enough to leave Gainesville with the ET record so he will be back and ready to try again at the next race.
The next stop on the NHRA tour will be in Charlotte, NC on March 26th-28th.
Edwards continues dominance at the NHRA Arizona Nationals
Mike Edwards continues to set the pace for the Pro Stock Field with his second #1 qualifying effort in the first 2 races of the year with a 6.609 at 209.46. Rodger Brogdon put on another strong performance qualifying #3 with a 6.632 at 208.04 and Kurt Johnson had the #12 spot with a 6.662 at 207.66. Shane Gray, in only his second Pro Stock event ever, held the #15 spot with a 6.668 at 206.86 followed up by Warren Johnson in the #16 slot with a 6.668 at 206.76. In the first round of eliminations Edwards took out W.J. with a 6.617 at 209.82, while Brogdon had a single due to Vinnie Deciglie's qualifying accident. Brogdon went a 6.652 at 208.59 to advance to Round 2, while Kurt Johnson and Shane Gray both suffered losses in the first round. Due to the rainy weather conditions, the remaining rounds of Pro Stock eliminations will be contested during qualifying at the Gatornationals in Gainsville, Florida. The Gatornationals dates are March 11th - 14th.
ADRL Extreme 10.5 standout and World Champion Billy Glidden has taken delivery of a new 2010 Mustang. Testing for M/T Tires backed car will start soon in order to prepare for the 2010 season.
Mike Edwards continues to show his dominance in NHRA's Pro Stock class!
After qualifying #1 at the Winternationals, Mike Edwards stormed through the Pro Stock field. Starting the day he took out Justin Humphreys in the first round, Greg Stanfield fell victim in the second round, followed by Allen Johnson in the semifinals. To clinch the Wally, he outran Greg Anderson in the final round for a start to the 2010 season that has the Pro Stock field wondering if anyone can catch this team! Other Jerry Haas customers that showed they are ready for the season were: Roger Brogdon - who made it to the second round; Kurt Johnson ran well but lost in the first round; and the two car team of Johnny Gray and son, Shane Gray showed that they are ready to play with a strong showing of their new engine program. Johnny lost in the first round, but Shane Gray made it to the second round in his Pro Stock debut.
In Competition Eliminator Lou Ficco, Jr stole the show with his first Winternationals victory in his Jerry Haas B/AP GXP. Tom Mettler almost met Ficco in the final round with his Haas PST Dakota but his day ended a little earlier with a loss in the semifinals.
The BEST ENGINEERED CAR title was given to TWO cars at the 50th Anniversary of NHRA Winternationals, the award was given to the two car team of Johnny and Shane Gray.
After the 1st round of qualifying at the NHRA Winternationals, Jerry Haas Race Cars customers hold 5 of the 16 positions in Pro Stock. Mike Edwards is starting where he left off last year in the #1 position with a 6.58 at 210.47. Rodger Brogdon in his new GXP holds the #4 spot with a 6.603 at 209.23, Shane Gray in his pro stock debut holds the #9 spot with a 6.642 at 208.23. Warren Johnson holds the #13 spot with a 6.662 at 208.10 and Danny Grunninger is in the # 15 spot with a 6.697 at 207.18. In Competition Eliminator, Lou Ficco Jr is in the #6 spot with a 7.253 (-0.627 under) and Steve Holloway is in the # 12 spot with a 7.052 (-0.568 under). Qualifying continues on Friday with one session and then the final two sessions on Saturday before eliminations on Sunday.
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