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2014 NHRA: After Tough Denver Outing, Nobile Already Thinking Ahead
Posted by: newsla on Jul 22, 2014 - 06:50 AM
2014 NHRA: After Tough Denver Outing, Nobile Already Thinking Ahead

Vincent Nobile’s plans to sweep all three races of the annual NHRA Western Swing through Denver, Sonoma, and Seattle will have to wait another year after the NAPA/Mountain View Tire & Auto Service team dropped a second round battle against KB Racing teammate Jason Line in last weekend’s Mopar Mile-High Nationals in Denver.


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Racing in Denver’s notoriously thin air, Nobile and his Nick Mitsos-led team struggled a bit in qualifying and landed in the No. 8 spot, which led to a tough round one battle against No. 9 qualifier Jonathan Gray. Nobile managed to win that battle when Gray fouled out by a thousandth of a second but the Mountain View Camaro wasn’t able to get past low qualifier Line’s Summit Chevy in round two. Nobile was first off the starting line but soon surrendered the lead and dropped a 6.93 to 6.97 decision at the finish line.

“It’s tricky racing up here and we just never found the right combination for racing on this mountain,” said Nobile. “When you come up here, you have to change everything from gears to carburetors to chassis settings. We were a little bit off and that’s why we didn’t go further on race day. You can’t sweep the Western Swing if you don’t win the first race in Denver and we didn’t. I’m an optimist, though. We have two more races coming up in Sonoma and Seattle in the next two weeks and if I win both of those I can live with not winning Denver.”

At first, Nobile’s prediction of back-to-back wins may sound a bit boisterous, but last year he did just that with a pair of victories in Sonoma and Seattle. Nobile defeated then-teammate Jeg Coughlin in both final rounds.

“This race [Denver] was a bit of a throwaway for us because there are so many variables that it’s really not an indication of a team’s potential,” Nobile said. “When we get to Sonoma this week, we’ll be back to sea-level. In fact, Sonoma can be one of the fastest tracks on the tour so we’ll see which teams make the best adjustments. I’m confident that our guys have a very good handle on it. I’m pretty excited about what the next two weeks will have in store for us.”

Qualifying for the NHRA Sonoma Nationals will take place on Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26. Final eliminations will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 27.

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