NHRA Summit Racing Nationals at Norwalk, OH

Martino at Summit NationalsJune 28, 2010 --

We had a strong outing at the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Norwalk, Ohio with the new .36 / .41 nitrous tune-up calculated by nitrous guru Ken Brahier of Ny-Trex Nitrous Oxide Systems.  In front of a record breaking crowd this season for the NHRA Full Throttle Series, we qualified with a 6.851 at 189.92 MPH running our nitrous timers on at .10 seconds into the run for only 5.00 seconds down the track.  The new .36 / .41 nitrous spread showed quicker incremental times all the way down the track compared to our 200+ MPH pass from the NHRA Lucas Oil Series event at Norwalk earlier this month.  We can't wait for the opportunity to see what this nitrous spread is capable of producing in the quarter mile running our nitrous timers from the starting line to the finish line.

Martino at Summit NationalsAs for the event, we unfortunately lost in eliminations to longtime rival and friend John Coughlin who competes for the Jeg's Mail Order team.  We had John off the starting line by .009 (with a .006 reaction time), but lost in a double-breakout effort by .005 seconds (about twelve inches at the finish line).  When our car left the starting line, both front wheels were in the air well past the 60 foot timers (which we covered in 1.005 seconds on the back two tires).  We knew the car was on a pass at that point.  We had him covered all the way down the track from start to finish. When we were wheel to wheel with John at 1000 foot, we made the decision to stay in the throttle and break the finish line beams first, this time taking a little too much of the finish line for the loss.

Overall we enjoyed a great weekend of racing with family, friends, and fans.  We are very thankful to those who traveled to watch us compete.  The motor checked out great after the event and everything is looking solid going into the next event.

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