First Round Red Light Masks Solid Norwalk Outing for MBR
Qualifies for massive 24 car field
Michalek Brother Racing’s (MBR) Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals outing was cut short for the second event in a row due to a red light start in the opening round of eliminations. MBR used two solid qualifying passes during the rain shortened event, including a 5.304 at 272MPH, to qualify in the #12 position for one of the most competitive fields of Top Alcohol Dragsters in NHRA history. A -.165-second false start against eventual event champion Kirk Wolf during round 1 of eliminations ended the team’s weekend on Saturday evening.
“This is tough,” said Corey. “The team did an amazing job of dialing in the car in preparation of this weekend and all of the changes that we made to it showed the promise that we hoped they would. Both of our qualifying runs were the two best runs we’ve ever made at the Norwalk national event by a considerable margin so we’ve got confidence in what we’re doing for the next couple events that will have similar warm and muggy conditions.”
“As far as the back-to-back red lights are concerned, it’s something I’m still working through. I want to win for our guys so bad and I guess I just pushed too hard. My brain was still waiting, but my foot took off. I’m thankful that my teammates have my back and I’m going to do everything I can to make up for it throughout the remainder of this year.”
MBR will use the next few weeks to regroup in preparation for the inaugural Top Alcohol Dragster Challenge event at Virginia Motorsports Park on the weekend of July 21-22 just outside of Richmond, Virginia.