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2014 NHRA: Nobile Is The Big Winner At Route 66 Raceway
Posted by: newsla on Jul 01, 2014 - 06:45 AM
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2014 NHRA: Nobile Is The Big Winner At Route 66 Raceway


Vincent Nobile and the Mountain View Tire & Auto Service NHRA Pro Stock team celebrated their first win of the season after hard-fought battle at the O’Reilly Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, Ill. Nobile won for the ninth time in his career when he drove the team’s Chevy Camaro to a win over KB Racing teammate Jason Line in the final round. For Nobile, the win was a welcome relief since he’d gone without a victory since the Seattle event last August.

 

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“This has been a long-time coming,” Nobile said. “I almost forgot what it felt like. We had a great car here and it was great to be able to race my teammate in the final. As far as I was concerned, we won the race when both of us got to the final. We race as a team and when one of us wins we all win. That being said, I still wanted to beat Jason in the final.”

Touted as one of the best “leavers” in the Pro Stock class, Nobile did not disappoint in the final round. He gained a holeshot advantage against Line’s Summit Camaro with a nearly perfect reaction time and won with a 6.65-second elapsed time, holding off Line’s quicker 6.63-second performance. Nobile also defeated Jonathan Gray, five-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr., and Shane Tucker to advance to his 14th career final round.

“We had a great car this weekend but we also had a great car last weekend [in Epping, N.H.] and I choked. I lost a race because I short-shifted the car so when we got here to Joliet I felt like I had to redeem myself. I was very motivated this weekend.”

The victory also helped to reinforce the bold decision made by Mountain View team owners Nick and Irene Mitsos to form a partnership with the championship-winning KB Racing team and make the switch to a Chevy Camaro for the 2014 season. Nobile’s first eight victories came behind the wheel of a Dodge-powered Pro Stock car.

“We haven’t had many breaks this year but today things went our way,” said Nobile. “When we did this deal the whole point was to have two KB cars in the final and that’s what we did here. I joked with Jason before the final that we should just arm wrestle for the win but he wouldn’t go for it. As far as I was concerned, when we both got to the final we’d already done what we set out to do.”

Not only was the win a big confidence-booster for Nobile, it also helped him gain two spots in the NHRA Mello Yello series points standings. With six races remaining before the Countdown to the Championship playoffs, Nobile has moved into fifth place. Nobile will have little time to celebrate his achievement as the team will now move to Norwalk, Ohio for this weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, the final event in a grueling stretch of four races in four weeks.


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