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 For the second race in a row of her young career, Pro Stock rookie Camrie Caruso will start from the top half of the field at an NHRA national event. The 23-year-old third generation driver drove the Powerbuilt Tools Chevrolet Camaro to the No. 8 spot at the NHRA Arizona Nationals on the strength of her 6.547 second run at 209.59 mph during the first session today. With Titan Racing Engine power under the hood Caruso will face Cristian Cuadra in the first round.

“I think we made some really big strides this weekend at the Arizona Nationals. I am excited to see what we can do tomorrow in the first round,” said Caruso, one of the early favorites for NHRA Rookie of the Year. “I am definitely feeling more comfortable in my Powerbuilt Tools Chevrolet Camaro with every run. I am going to look at the first round as just another qualifying run and not think about who is in the other lane. I just need to do my routine.”

On Friday night Caruso rolled her Chevrolet Camaro that also gets backing from Global Emissions Systems Inc. (GESi®), NGK Spark Plugs, and VP Racing Lubricants off her Right Trailer hauler and ran to the No. 9 provisional spot with a 6.574 second run at 210.34 mph. She recorded top speed of the event for the first day with that run and showed her race car has the power and consistency to compete at the highest level.  

In the first session on Saturday Caruso stepped up with the 6.547 second pass which at the time moved her up to No. 7. The run was a career quickest pass and moved her to the back of the pack for the final qualifying session. On the last run of the day Caruso was in the second to last pair and the race car got loose coming off the line, she smartly lifted, since she had a much stronger pass under her belt. The team went back to the pits and began preparing for final eliminations.

The race will get underway tomorrow at 11 a.m. with Top Fuel and Funny Car leading into the Pro Stock first round. The event will be televised nationally on FS1.

Elon Werner PR

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