Cory Reed Enters First Countdown Raceday at NHRA Carolina Nationals

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 17, 2016) – Rookie of the Year contender Cory Reed has officially entered his first Countdown to the Championship in his Precision Service Equipment/Star Racing Buell. Reed qualified No. 12 at the Ninth annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway. In the first round of qualifying, Reed clocked in with a stable 6.972-second pass at 191.62 mph. Reed entered this weekend with a brand new set of slicks on his Buell so he knew it would take a few passes to get them dialed in. He returned in the second session with an improved 6.937, 192.66. “We put the new tires on this weekend and it seemed to take a little bit off our performance it’ll come around once they’re broken in,” Reed said. “We’re just struggling with the 60-foot time which is frustrating but it’s not anybody’s fault; it’s just a matter of waiting for the tires to break in. By first or second round tomorrow, they’ll be where they need to be.” On Saturday, Reed upgrades his qualifying elapsed time when he clocked in with a 6.913, 192.14 in the third session. Reed closed out qualifying with a 6.922, 192.66 in track temperatures exceeding 130-degrees. Reed finished qualifying in the No. 12 position and will race LE Tonglet in the first round tomorrow. “That’s gonna be a good race,” he said. “He’s is good on the tree and he can go fast just like us so it’ll be cool to see how it plays out tomorrow.” CORY REED, PSE/STAR RACING BUELL Qualified: No. 12 ELIMINATIONS REED vs. LE Tonglet QUALIFYING Friday: 6.972, 191.62 (Session 1); 6.937, 192.66 (Session 2) Saturday: 6.913, 192.14 (Session 3); 6.922, 192.66 (Session 4) RACE SCHEDULE FOR NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS: Sunday, Sept. 18: eliminations begin at 12:00 p.m. (ET) beginning with Top Fuel. CAROLINA NATIONALS ON FS1: Sunday, Sept. 18: three hours of live finals coverage at 2:30 p.m. (ET)

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