“Of course I struggle, I just don’t quit.” – Unknown
This weekend was one of those weekends where you get that gut feeling that everything is going to go according to plan. I was going into this weekend with a new confidence in myself and my team; we had just won the race the weekend before with Justin, and things were finally turning around for us. I was so excited to see my NGK Spark Plugs family again and share all the excitement this weekend with them, and get to return to zMAX Dragway, where I held my first NHRA national event Wally in 2016.
We kicked off qualifying running great, and sealed the deal with a 5.16 pass at 283.73 mph (tied for my top speed) to take the top spot. I faced Krista Baldwin in first round (No. 16 qualifier broke and was unable to make the call) and kept the car running within the 5.20 range to keep lane choice in second round. After defeating Duane Shields and Troy Coughlin Jr. we faced Dan Page, the No. 2 qualifier, in the finals. Dan’s car had been running great all weekend long, so we made a change in the motor to give it our all for our final pass and it paid off as we ran a 5.19 for the win!