In the world of Pro Stock competition, driving is just as important as the calls the crew chiefs make back in the pits. Auzmet Architectural Pro Stock driver Shane Tucker showed his driving skills on raceday as he advanced to the second round of eliminations at the 31st annual AAA FallNationals at his home track of Texas Motorplex.
In the first round, Tucker staged up against Vincent Nobile and coming from the bottom half of the field, Tucker knew he had to put a good tune-up in it and also do his job behind the wheel. Tucker had an impressive perfect reaction time against Nobile and with that advantage, he was able to take the holeshot win. As the scoreboards beamed both of their times, Tucker ran a 6.675-second pass at 207.53 mph over Nobile’s 6.669, 208.81.
“I felt bad because I know he’s out here trying for the championship but in the same vein, we’re out here trying to be competitive and compete,” Tucker said. “It’s so hard in this class to win every round so I was really excited for my guys when we won that round. I got a little bit of my confidence back in my driving after round one.”
Second round, Tucker faced off against Alex Laughlin. Tucker slowed to a 6.709, 207.69 and wasn’t able to hold off Laughlin’s 6.668, 208.39.
“I knew I missed the light second round,” he added. “I was better than him on the tree and I hate to see those opportunities pass you by because they don’t come by very often but we’ll be back in Las Vegas in a few weeks to keep the momentum rolling.”
SHANE TUCKER, AUZMET ARCHITECTURAL CHEVROLET CAMARO
Qualified: No. 11
First Round: TUCKER (6.675-seconds, 207.53 mph) def. Vincent Nobile (6.669, 208.81)
Second Round: Alex Laughlin (6.668, 208.39) def. TUCKER (6.709, 207.69)
Friday: 6.697, 207.94 (Session 1); 6.641, 208.30 (Session 2)
Saturday: 6.688, 208.36 (Session 3); 16.806, 49.43 (Session 4)
-Shane Tucker media release