NHRA Competition Eliminator Race Recap: Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
NORWALK, Ohio (June 28, 2017) – For the sixth time this season, the top players in Competition Eliminator competed at the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park.
The Competition Eliminator class experienced rare abbreviated qualifying before raceday due to Mother Nature sticking around for the majority of Friday’s competition. After the two rounds of qualifying, Chuck Haubiel was the No. 1 qualifier in his 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt after going .753-seconds under his C/SM index.
In the first round of competition, James Primozic Jr. took out his father Jim Primozic in the first after his father was a no show to the matchup. Ray Skillman took out Greg Kamplain when Kamplain went -.012-seconds red at the hit. Other winners in the first round were Lee Zane, Doug Doll Jr., Patrick Ross, Larry Morgan, Frank Aragona, David Rampy, Brian Savani, Jim Greenheck, Troy Galbraith, Bruno Massel, and Robert Bailey.
Second round, Bruno Massel’s .026-second reaction time was the best of the round and it also assisted him in defeating Robert Bailey in that round. Former Pro Stock racer Larry Morgan advanced to the third round after taking the green light on his bye run. Other winners in the second round include David Rampy, James Primozic Jr., Lee Zane, Patrick Ross, and Troy Galbraith.
In the third round, Troy Galbraith took out Lee Zane after Zane reacted too early by .003-seconds and turned on the red light. Notably, Larry Morgan showed his strength as a driver when he had a .002-second reaction time – the best reaction time of the round. Other winners in the third round were Bruno Massel and Patrick Ross. In the semifinal round, Bruno Massel defeated Patrick Ross when he had over two tenths starting line advantage over Ross and drove it to the finish line victory. Larry Morgan took out Troy Galbraith when he clocked in with a 7.083 on his 7.52 B/A index. The final round was a matchup of the former Pro Stock racers of Larry Morgan and Bruno Massel. Morgan launched too quickly with a -.056-second red light and coasted to the finish line with a 7.609. Massel was able to see the win light turn on his lane and let off before the finish line in order to not hurt his index. He clocked in with a 7.472. This win is Massel’s second of the season and his 12th of his career. Eleven of his wins have been in Competition Eliminator. The next national event for Competition Eliminator will be held in two weeks at Route 66 Raceway for the Fallen Patriots Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by K&N on July 6-9th, 2017.