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2014 NHRA: Recent Grad Nobile Ready For Endless Summer
Posted by: newsla on Jun 25, 2014 - 07:32 AM
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2014 NHRA: Recent Grad Nobile Ready For Endless Summer


With a college degree in hand following his recent graduation from Adephi University, Vincent Nobile is ready for the next phase of his life and his sights are set squarely on his next goal; the NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock championship.

 

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Following his graduation, Nobile is now a full-time drag racer and he’s expecting big things from the Mountain View Tire & Auto Service team as they continue to solider their way through a grueling summer scheduled that features 10 races in 12 weeks.

“So far, I’d rate our season as a solid B,” said Nobile. “We haven’t won a race yet, which is disappointing, but we have a very competitive car and we really just need for things to fall our way. I feel good about the direction we’re headed.”

During last weekend’s New England Nationals in Epping, N.H., Nobile turned in one of his best qualifying performances of the season when he drove the team’s Nick Mitsos-tuned Camaro to a 6.503, which was good for the No. 6 spot in the close field. Nobile was just two-hundredths of a second off the time set by low qualifier Shane Gray.

“On one hand you think that No. 6 isn’t the best spot to be but at the same time, you look and you are only about two-hundredths off the pole and that is a perfect example of why Pro Stock is the toughest class in drag racing. Almost every race and every qualifying position is determined by just a few thousandths of a second and that means that you have to be almost perfect on every run. You could short-shift the car or drive it out of the groove just a little bit and it’s going to hurt your elapsed time. It’s a huge challenge but we know what we need to do to meet it.”

One race day, Nobile easily took out the Dodge of V. Gaines in the opening round but slowed in round two against eventual champion Dave Connolly. Although Nobile was first off the starting line with a nearly-perfect .006 reaction time, his 6.56 wasn’t enough to hold off Connolly’s 6.52.

“What can I say? We didn’t get it done this weekend,” said Nobile. “We certainly could have been better but again, if just one or two small things goes differently we win that round and after that who knows? We could easily have been in the final and maybe even won the race.”

As the season hits the half-way point, Nobile finds himself in the No. 7 spot in the NHRA Mello Yello standings. Ironically, he was also ranked seventh after last year’s Epping race but had 623 points compared to 671 this season indicating an overall improvement in the team’s performance. With little time to dwell on each passing event, Nobile and the Mountain View crew will now head to Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill. for this weekend’s Route 66 Nationals.

“We’re in the middle of four races in four weekends right now and it’s as much a test of survival as it is performance,” Nobile said. “We’ve just got to keep plugging. We have a strong program and we’re going to start seeing better results soon. I’m sure of that.”

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