RACE REPORT: SIXTH ANNUAL NHRA FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS PRESENTED BY LOWES FOODS
Shane Tucker’s First Raceday at NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
CONCORD, N.C. (April 25, 2016) – Auzmet Architectural Pro Stock driver Shane Tucker had his first raceday debut of the 2016 season since taking a hiatus from behind the wheel in 2014. With one pass made during qualifying, Tucker did not make it out of his quad in the first round of eliminations but the team sees more positives from this weekend than negatives.
While other Pro Stock teams on the tour have had months to prepare for their debut race with the new fuel injection, Tucker and his team only began prepping for the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals eight weeks ago. Tucker shares his time between Australia and the United States so preparing for this event was limited.
With an A-to-B run made during qualifying, the team felt a sigh of relief going into raceday. Heading into Sunday from the No. 16 spot gave him a first round quad against No. 1 Greg Anderson, No. 8 Chris McGaha and No. 9 Allen Johnson.
In his second run on fuel injection ever, Tucker crept slowly into the beams and waited for his competition to do the same. He clocked in with a 6.852-second pass at 199.40 mph but was unable to hold off the top half competition of Greg Anderson and Chris McGaha.
“Coming to this race with not a single run was always gonna be difficult,” said Tucker. “These guys have been preparing for months and have made over 400-500 dyno pulls and they do it week in and week out too. But making no excuses, the next time we come out here, we’re wanna run and compete.”
Tucker displayed certainty in his team’s ability to get him ready for his next race, which is on schedule to be at Indy for the Big Go, one of the most prestigious events on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing tour in early September.
“I feel really good actually,” he said. “I was pretty pleased with my driving. There’s so much talk about the driveability of these cars and it was certainly a challenge but I’m pleased with the way I drove the first couple of laps. I look forward to it getting better from here.”
SHANE TUCKER, AUZMET ARCHITECTURAL CHEVROLET CAMARO
Qualified: No. 16
First Quad: Greg Anderson (6.562, 211.99) and Chris McGaha (6.615, 209.36) def. JOHNSON (6.642 207.69) and TUCKER (6.852, 199.40);
FRIDAY: No Time (Session 1);
SATURDAY: 6.877-second, 198.88 mph (Session 2);No Time (Session 3)