Joey Gladstone Rides San Marino Excavating Suzuki to No. 11 Qualifying Spot at NHRA Carolina Nationa

CONCORD, N.C. (September 16, 2017) – NHRA Rookie of the Year candidate Joey Gladstone powered the San Marino Excavating Suzuki to the No. 11 spot at the 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals. Gladstone will have a first round matchup against LE Tonglet in the first round of eliminations on Sunday at zMAX Dragway. In the first race in the Countdown to the Championship, both Gladstone and Tonglet are in the top ten and vying for their chance to win the championship at the end of the season. JOEY GLADSTONE, SAN MARINO EXCAVATING SUZUKI Q1: 6.917-seconds, 193.18 mph Q2: 6.940, 191.38 Q3: 6.945,192.22 Q4: 6.920, 193.68 Qualified: No. 11 First Round Opponent: LE Tonglet

Quotable: “We came off the trailer with a general idea of what we wanted to do,” Gladstone said. “We made a decent lap in the first session. We put a new O2 sensor on my bike and it read completely different than our other one so we didn’t know if we were rich or lean with the tune-up. We took a swing at it in the second session and unfortunately made the wrong choice and slowed down a little bit.” “The track was pretty challenging in the final session because of how hot it was but we managed to regroup from Friday’s qualifying and make one of our fastest passes of the weekend,” he added. “My San Marino Suzuki was second of the session to the 60-foot mark and that’s encouraging because it’s going to be hot tomorrow too. We’ve got a raceday tune-up now.”

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