NORWALK, IL – On the first day of the 13th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Shane Tucker wrapped up a tough day of qualifying in his new Auzmet/StructGlass Chevrolet Camaro. The young Australian brought out a new Pro Stock race car and his team spent most of the day fine tuning his Camaro.
“We made the first pass with this race car in the first session,” said Tucker. “We just wanted to get a lap on it and then start dialing it in. It felt pretty good and I knew we could get it back in the pits and make it even better.”
The first run of 6.841 seconds at 201.70 mph was enough to slot Tucker and the Auzmet/StructGlass Camaro in the No. 16 qualifying position. There are seventeen Pro Stock race cars on the property.
In the second session Tucker was looking to improve and move up in the qualifying standings. Tucker’s Chevrolet Camaro rolled up in the left lane. When the tree activated Tucker took off and the nose of his race car lurched up and continued to rise as he accelerated down the track.
Unfortunately, a trans ratio and weigh distribution issue created this situation and Tucker was forced to lift when the front end landed. The good news was Tucker recorded his quickest 60 foot time of the season so the team knows they are moving in the right direction.
“That was a wild ride,” said Tucker. “The front end came up so much I was just looking at the sky and didn’t see the track for a bit. When it came down I had to lift. I don’t think we hurt anything on the car which is good. We can get the wheelie bar adjusted and we’ll be good to go tomorrow.”
Pro Stock qualifying will begin tomorrow at 1:15 p.m. with Pro Stock Motorcycle followed by Pro Stock, Top Fuel and Funny Car.
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Sunday, June 23 Finals, 6:30pm – 8:30pm ET FS1
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SHANE TUCKER, 34, Auzmet Architectural/StructGlass Chevrolet Camaro SS
Q1: No. 16 at 6.841 sec at 201.70 mph
Q2: No. 16 at 12.357 sec at 71.31 mph
Bonus Qualifying Points: 0
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Saturday, June 22
Qualifying 1:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 23
Final Eliminations 11:00 a.m.
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