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Shane Tucker qualified his season best No. 13 this weekend at the 37th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway despite Mother Nature’s best effort to wash away qualifying on Friday.

On Friday, the Pro Stock class succumbed to the persistent rain and qualifying for the day was cancelled. With sunshine on the horizon for Saturday, the Rob Tucker and Tommy Lee-led team knew they had two chances to climb up the ladder and position themselves how they wanted.

In the first session on Saturday, Tucker clocked in with a 6.752-second pass at 204.26 mph which was right on base with what they ran one week ago at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. Tucker and the Auzmet Architectural team returned for the second session and ran a 6.802, 198.38 after Tucker had to finesse his Chevrolet Camaro back into the groove after drifting towards the wall.

“We found a few things this week between Charlotte and Atlanta that was going to affect us,” Tucker admitted. “It’ll head us in the right direction but it kind of put us a couple runs behind. We started from square one today and losing our runs yesterday didn’t help.”

No. 13 Tucker will race No. 4 Jeg Coughlin Jr. in the first round tomorrow.

“I just have to go up there and do my thing and make him earn it,” Tucker added.

-Shane Tucker press release