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2014 NHRA: Red Lights And Rain Have Nobile Looking Ahead
Posted by: newsla on May 20, 2014 - 08:18 AM
2014 NHRA: Red Lights And Rain Have Nobile Looking Ahead

After waiting through numerous rain delays that pushed final eliminations to Monday, Vincent Nobile didn’t hang around long at the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals in Atlanta, because the Mountain View Pro Stock driver fell victim to a rare red-light start. Racing Greg Anderson in the opening round, Nobile left the starting line seven-thousandths of a second too soon, sending his KB Racing teammate to an eventual runner-up finish. It was just the second time this season that Nobile has failed to make it past the first round and the first time since last year’s Reading event in October that he has fouled.


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“It just wasn’t our day today,” said Nobile. “When I let the clutch fly I didn’t think I was early, but obviously I was. I was racing Greg and his car was running really well so I knew I couldn’t afford to sit on the starting line but I just didn’t expect to red-light. It’s just one of those things that can happen sometimes so now we’ll just look forward to the next race. Fortunately, we don’t even have to wait a week to make up for it.”

Prior to the foul, Nobile and the Mountain View team were enjoying a successful outing in Atlanta. At first, the team celebrated Nobile’s recent graduation from Adelphi University in New York. Then, they went to work and put their KB Racing-powered Chevy Camaro into the field in the No. 7 spot with a 6.536.

“This track was very tricky and we had crazy weather that was not at all what we’re used to in Atlanta,” said Nobile. “Normally, it’s very hot and sticky here but this time it was cool and overcast and that meant a totally different set-up than we’d normally use. I thought we did a pretty good job even though a couple of our runs could have been better. Any time we get beat in the first round it’s very disappointing because we’re capable of much more but we also try to look for a few positives and there are a few. We have a very good car and there’s no reason to think we won’t be able to start winning some races soon.”

Nobile will have plenty of opportunities to do just that since the Atlanta race begins a hectic spring and summer that includes 10 races in 12 weeks. The NHRA Mello Yello tour will head to Heartland Park Topeka next weekend and will follow with stops in Englishtown, N.J., and Bristol, Tenn., before a one-week break.

“This is kind of make or break time as far as our season goes,” Nobile said. “Get hot at the right time and you can really bank a lot of points and get yourself locked into the Countdown to the Championship early. That would be one of our main goals going forward.”

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