CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 27, 2018) – Cory Reed blasted to the provisional No. 1 qualifying position this afternoon at the Ninth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals on his Team Liberty Racing Buell. After a body switch since Gainesville, it seems that the long hours have already provided dividends for the team.
In the first session at zMAX Dragway, team owner and NHRA’s 2016 Rookie of the Year Reed ran an uncharacteristically slow 7.046-second pass at 192.66. Attributing it to tire shake at the launch, Reed knew they could rebound and really step up in the second session.
In the evening session, Reed turned heads on his Team Liberty Racing/Fireaid Buell when he set the scoreboards on fire with a 6.838, 193.54 - sending him all the way to the top of the leaderboard.
“This bike took off and it felt like a rocket,” Reed smiled. “It was one of the smoothest runs I’ve had in a real long time and I can’t say tell you how hard this team has been working for this.”
Reed’s 6.838, 193.54 was just four-thousandths shy of setting a new career best elapsed time.
“Honestly, after the first run, we didn’t get any data because it shook so hard,” Reed admitted. “So, I went up in the second session with no expectations really and when I heard what we ran, I couldn’t believe it. This definitely is a high point for all of us at Team Liberty Racing.”
Qualifying continues tomorrow at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals with two more qualifying sessions at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m (ET).
CORY REED, TEAM LIBERTY RACING/FIREAID BUELL
Q1: 7.046-second pass at 192.66
Q2: 6.838, 193.54