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2014 NHRA: Nobile Can't Shake The Shakes In Las Vegas
Posted by: newsla on Apr 01, 2014 - 07:02 AM
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2014 NHRA: Nobile Can't Shake The Shakes In Las Vegas


While a series of moderate earthquakes was making headlines in nearby Los Angeles, Mountain View Racing NHRA Pro Stock driver was dealing with a small tremor of his own when his KB Racing Camaro shook the tires in a rare first round loss in last weekend’s Summitracing.com NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas. NHRA officials made the decision to delay the opening round of Pro Stock eliminations by more than three hours due to high winds and when action finally got underway, Nobile and his opponent, European champion Jimmy Alund, were the first pair of drivers to test the Las Vegas quarter-mile. At the start, Nobile gained a slight advantage but both drivers encountered tire shake a short time later. Alund, who is a substitute driver for four-time NHRA champion Greg Anderson, was able to recover to earn his first round win on U.S. soil.

 

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“As soon as it shook the tires I tried to get the car in second gear as quickly as possible but the transmission ‘dead-headed’, which basically means the gears wouldn’t mesh and the car wouldn’t shift,” Nobile explained. “I tapped the clutch pedal to get it to go into gear and it finally did, but by then it was too late. I could tell that I wasn’t going to catch Jimmy so I just coasted. That was a tough way to lose a round but we’ll bounce back quickly.”

The rare first round loss ended a string of three-straight semifinals to open the season for Nobile and the Mountain View Tire & Auto Service team. Nobile’s record is now 6-4 in elimination rounds this year.

During qualifying, Nobile posted a 6.647 elapsed time which was just slightly slower than Jeg Coughlin’s low qualifying time of 6.625 seconds but was only good for the No. 9 spot in the close field. Nobile also lost to Coughlin in the opening round of Saturday’s K&N Horsepower Challenge when he red-lighted against Coughlin. Nobile on the $50,000 specialty event in 2012, sweeping both the K&N Challenge and event titles when the race was held in Norwalk, Ohio.
“For some reason, we just never found our groove this weekend,” said Nobile. “We weren’t particularly strong in qualifying and during the K&N Challenge I knew that I had a really tough opponent in Jeg Coughlin so I pushed the tree a little harder than I should have and we ended up with a red-light. Certainly not my most memorable weekend at the races but I still feel very optimistic about where this team is headed.”

Actually, the Mountain View team is headed east where they will take delivery of their new Chevy Camaro from Jerry Haas Race Cars. Nobile plans to test the car extensively along with his new KB Racing teammate Jason Line before the car officially debuts at the upcoming NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway in Concord, N.C., April 11-13.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do between now and the time we start racing at the Four-Wide but I’m excited about it,” Nobile said. “The Camaro that I’ve been driving was a very good race car but the new car will incorporate a few different ideas that we think will make it even better and with that, I hope our qualifying results will improve a bit. I also enjoy racing at zMax Dragway because it is one of the nicest tracks in the country so I guess you could say that despite the loss this weekend, we’re pretty excited about what’s happening with the Mountain View team.”

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