Rapisarda Racing have clocked their finest qualifying performance since joining the NHRA Full Throttle Series in 2010. A superb pass of 3.86/490 km/h. clinched the Oz outfit tenth spot and with two qualifying sessions remaining has all but guaranteed the team a start on race day.
While Team Rapisarda were running a personal best, seven- time fuel champ Tony Schumacher and “Aussie “ Dave Grubnic struggled and sit in 17th and 18th spot respectively in the 20 car field.
For Rapisarda an opening qualifier of 3.93/496 km/h to grab ninth spot was a superb effort on a day when the track temperature hit 119F, a possible top five result was thwarted by a dropped cylinder near the finish line.
The second qualifier held on a cooling track and Rapisarda pilot Cory McClenathan clocked a superb run of 3.86/490km/h to match it with the best and finest on the NHRA circuit.
The performance drawing praise from Top qualifier Antron Brown. “The team are really on the improve and have definitely stepped up a notch this weekend. It looks like all the hard work is starting to pay off. Well done Santo.”
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