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2014 NHRA: Brogdon, ProtectTheHarvest.com Team Looking For Complete Run
Posted by: newsla on Apr 13, 2014 - 06:19 AM
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2014 NHRA: Brogdon, ProtectTheHarvest.com Team Looking For Complete Run


Rodger Brogdon and the ProtectTheHarvest.com Chevrolet team are still looking for a complete run as the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals heads to eliminations Sunday.

 

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Brogdon and his team qualified No. 12 with a pass of 6.577 seconds at 210.80 mph that matched Vincent Nobile's elapsed time, but Nobile got No. 11 because of a higher speed.

"We should be a lot better than that," Brogdon said. "We just haven't made a good run yet. We've made some decent runs, but we're still looking for that one great pass where everything comes together. We should be running 6.51 or so, if we could put it all together."

The unique four-wide format changes the entire approach teams make to this race, including qualifying. Drivers get only one pass on each lane, instead of the usual two during normal events.

Brogdon shook the tires during his first qualifying pass on Friday, and the team used a conservative tune-up for Q2, needing to get down the track. That's when Brogdon ran his best pass, for conditions worsened Saturday.

"The thing that people don't realize is that all four lanes are different," Brogdon said. "You have to almost be perfect to make good runs on all four lanes, and it's pretty much impossible to be perfect in Pro Stock these days."

Brogdon made a good run in Q3, 6.591 seconds at 211.00 mph, that was fifth-best for the session. He followed that up with a 6.607-second pass at 210.70 mph in Q4.

"Our guys keep digging, and we'll give it our best shot in the first round tomorrow," Brogdon said. "This four-wide stuff is pretty crazy, so I'll have to be sharp behind the wheel. I hope we can go a round or two or three tomorrow."

Brogdon races in the quad that also includes No. 4 qualifier Shane Gray, No. 5 Jeg Coughlin Jr., and No. 13 Robert Patrick in the first round. The top two advance to the second round.

Due to local noise ordinances, Sunday's eliminations begin at noon ET. ESPN2 will carry the action in tape delay beginning at 8 p.m., Sunday.


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