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Nobile Reaches Final Round With New Car
Posted by: newsla on Apr 16, 2014 - 07:02 AM
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Nobile Reaches Final Round With New Car


Most everyone knows there is nothing like the look, feel, and smell of a new car to help improve one’s outlook on life and right now, no one knows that better than Mountain View Racing driver Vincent Nobile. Behind the wheel of the team’s brand new Chevy Camaro SS Pro Stock car, Nobile reached the final round of last weekend’s NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Concord.

 

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“We picked this car up from [chassis builder] Jerry Haas in St. Louis right after the last race in Las Vegas and went testing for a couple of days and I can already say that this is the best race car I’ve driven,” said Nobile. “This is the first car that was built specifically for me so it is very comfortable. I fit perfectly in the seat and it drives like a new Cadillac. We still need a little time to work a few bugs out of it but overall I’m pretty excited. I think this is exactly what our team needed.”

At the unique Four-Wide Nationals, the only race on the NHRA Mello Yello tour that features four lanes of simultaneous racing with both the winner and runner-up from each heat advancing to the next round, Nobile enjoyed one of his best showings of the young season.

After qualifying No. 8, Nobile was the winner of his first “quad” against teammate Jason Line, Dave Connolly, and Justin Humphreys. Nobile won on a holeshot when his 6.57 defeated Line’s quicker 6.56. Both Connolly and Humphreys encountered problems and slowed.

In the semifinal match, Nobile finished second to Erica Enders-Stevens, yet advanced to the final round. Once again, he managed to hold off Line and the Dodge of Allen Johnson. With four cars racing at the same time, there is a potential for confusion on the starting line but Nobile managed to keep his composure with a pair of competitive reaction times.

“There are two Christmas Trees and four sets of lights and you really have to pay attention to what’s going on up there,” said Nobile. “I just tried my best to focus on my lane and my car and not worry so much about what anyone else was doing. My lights weren’t the greatest, but they were not bad given the circumstances.”

In the final round, Nobile got off the starting line first ahead of Enders-Stevens, Shane Gray and KB Racing teammate Jimmy Alund but slowed from his earlier 6.5-second pace to a 6.60. As a result, he finished third behind Alund, who won his first NHRA event, and Gray. In the process, Alund, who hails from Sweden, became the first European driver to win an NHRA national event title.

“We didn’t make a good run in the final and that’s why we finished third,” said Nobile. “Our car shook the tires a bit and that cost us. I am excited to see Jimmy win, though. He’s a good guy and it’s good for the sport to have a European winner. I’m also very happy with the way our new car ran this weekend. I think that once we get a chance to put a few more runs on it we’ll be in a position to start winning races again.”

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