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2014 NHRA: Nobile Qualifies No 1; Heads Back To The Semifinals
Posted by: newsla on May 27, 2014 - 07:11 AM
2014 NHRA: Nobile Qualifies No 1; Heads Back To The Semifinals

The consistency that Vincent Nobile and the Mountain View NHRA Pro Stock team have strived to achieve this year was evident last weekend when they recorded their sixth semifinal finish in the last eight events. Nobile qualified No. 1 in the tough Pro Stock field and then defeated Mark Hogan and teammate Jason Line in eliminations before a close red-light ended his day against eventual champion Jeg Coughlin Jr.


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“We had another strong race this weekend, but in the end I missed the Tree a little and red-lighted,” said Nobile. “I was red by five-thousandths and that’s not much but a red-light is a red-light and it’s something that I hope we can avoid from now on.”

Nobile’s foul start was frustrating, but also understandable since he and Coughlin recorded identical elapsed times of 6.667-seconds and Coughlin left with a very competitive .019-second reaction time in his KB Racing-powered Chevy Camaro. Given Coughlin’s reputation as one of the best drivers in the class, it’s not surprising that Nobile jumped the start.

“I really didn’t think that I was going to red-light but against Jeggie, you have to be on your game,” said Nobile. “He’s not going to cut you any slack so I knew I had to be good. In order to win that round I had to be somewhere between .000 and .018 [in reaction time] and that’s a pretty narrow window. I just missed by five-thousandths.”

Nobile’s performance in Topeka, particularly the 6.601-second run that gave him his fourth-career low qualifier award, was especially impressive when one considers that the Mountain View team ran into a mechanical problem on the highway and did not arrive in Topeka until mid-afternoon on Friday, only a couple of hours before the first qualifying run was scheduled.

“Our truck broke down last Monday shortly after leaving the last race in Atlanta,” said Nobile. “They got stuck for quite a while but managed to get the rig fixed and make it here with time to spare. It wasn’t much time, but it was enough for us to do what we needed to do. Nick [Mistos, team owner and crew chief], my dad [John] and the rest of the crew really did an outstanding job getting this car ready in a short amount of time. We managed to come out and make a great run and it held up for the rest of qualifying. That just shows you how well this Mountain View team responds to pressure. It doesn’t faze them at all.”

Following his solid performance in Topeka, Nobile is now ranked No. 5 in the NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock standings. He is just 22 points behind Coughlin and 36 behind third-ranked Jason Line. There are ten races remaining before the field is set for the Countdown to the Championship. Next week, the team will head to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park for the NHRA Toyota Nationals, the home event for Nobile, who hails from Dix Hills, N.Y.

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