AUBURN, Wash. (October 25, 2016) – It has been a year to remember for rookie Pro Stock racer Aaron Strong. Not only is he in the running for the Auto Club Road to the Future award at the end of the season but his team pulled off an enormous triumph when he took home the Wally at the rain-delayed Seattle national event that was later completed in Indy.
Strong’s original plan was to attend a handful of races in 2016 but when he reached his fifth race in Sonoma that officially qualified him for the Rookie of the Year award, he knew adding more races to the schedule would help his chances for the title. With his familiarity of The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the two-time Division 6 Comp Eliminator Champion is hoping racing in his comfort zone this weekend at the 16th annual Las Vegas Nationals will provide positive results.
“I love going to race in Las Vegas,” Strong said. “Strangely enough, it’s one of our home tracks. We live about 1,100 miles away in Seattle but we’ve raced a lot there in the last twenty years.”
The Auburn, Washington-native will compete in the final two races of 2016 and has specific goals in mind for this weekend’s race in Sin City.
“Our goal is to qualify higher than we did in Dallas,” Strong said. “We always want to go rounds at each race and if we qualify higher, we have a bigger chance of that happening.”
Being successful at both events could potentially lock in Strong’s chance of winning the Road to the Future award at the NHRA Awards Gala after the World Finals in Hollywood, California.
“Winning the Rookie of the Year award would mean so much to my team,” he added. “If we win that award, I hope it would lead to some more sponsors coming on board for next year. Our goal is to race full time if we have the funding.”
Strong thanks A&J Furniture Manufacturing, Federal Way Automotive, Jet City Equipment & Hyundai, Figspeed, Dave Barcelon’s Truck Town, and Fardig Development for their support in his Pro Stock operation.
Qualifying at the 16th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals begins on Friday, October 28th at two qualifying sessions at 11:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Two more qualifying sessions will be on Saturday, October 29th at 11:45 am. and 3:30 p.m.Eliminations will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 30th.