CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 18, 2016) – Shane Tucker saved his best for last this weekend at the Ninth annual NHRA Carolina Nationals.
Tucker made it into the raceday field when he qualified No. 15 at zMAX Dragway. Tucker staged against current Pro Stock points leader Jason Line and at the finish line, Tucker clocked in with his fastest pass of the weekend with a 6.715-seconds at 207.46 mph but was unable to hold off Line’s 6.639, 208.94.
Although his raceday resulted in a first round runner-up, Tucker was still smiling back in the pits afterwards because he knows they are headed in the right direction.
“I think we made some really good strides forward,” he said. “It’s funny, the setup we had in the car in the first round was the same we had in it two years ago. We just kind of went in a circle and now we’re back with what we started with – we’re back to the basics. If you look at the graph of our run, if we can get it worked out at the front half of the track, we’ll be fast. I think I’m a lot more confident going into the Dallas race next month.”
SHANE TUCKER, AUZMET ARCHITECTURAL CHEVROLET CAMARO
Qualified: No. 15
First Round: Jason Line (6.639, 208.94) def. TUCKER (6.715, 207.46)
Friday: 13.867, 62.64 (Session 1); 6.777, 206.64 (Session 2)
Saturday: 6.732, 207.30 (Session 3); 6.743, 206.35 (Session 4)