Hunter/Goodwin Final Season Focus
Despite a pair of DNQs at the back-to-back Las Vegas races, Greg Hunter and the Synoil Energy Services Top Alcohol Funny Car team have a stride in their step as the NHRA Mello Yello Series wraps up its 2014 season in Pomona this weekend….
The Canadian team struggled to adjust to new tires, resulting in a failure to qualify at the Toyota Nationals and the final Lucas Oil Series regional event of 2014. The lessons learned in Vegas, though, should help Hunter and Team Synoil at the 50th Annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway.
“We’re really disappointed in our performance at both Vegas races. They were both tough fields, but we came in fully expecting to qualify and run well. We changed tires recently so we just don’t have a handle on the tune-up for the Hoosiers yet. I’m confident that the team will get it figured out and we’ll have a good showing at Pomona,” said Hunter.
The Synoil Racing team, led by team owner Geoff Goodwin and crew chief Ryan Protz, switched to Hoosier tires going into the Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas. Hunter made several passes with the new tires between the national event, Monday testing and the regional event.
“I think we’re getting a good handle on the tires now. We thought we had it figured out until it threw us a curve ball on that last run. Just with that data we’re confident we can take advantage of the awesome track in Pomona and the great air that is characteristic of the Finals,” noted Hunter, who joined Synoil Racing at the beginning of the 2014 season.
Team Synoil’s pit area will be full of enthusiasm this weekend, as Greg Hunter and the team will be joined by a group of supporters.
“We have some more of our sponsors coming out so we’re looking forward to entertaining the guys from Synoil, Twister and Proform. Pomona is my favorite track to race at so the whole crew and I are very excited for this weekend.”
Top Alcohol Funny Car’s first qualifying session hits the Auto Club Raceway quarter-mile at 3:30 PM on Thursday. The final two sessions are scheduled for 11 AM and 2 PM on Friday. Eliminations begin with first round at 2:15 PM on Saturday and continue after Pro round 1 on Sunday.
Greg Hunter and Geoff Goodwin’s Synoil Racing Top Alcohol Funny Car team have joined forces for the 2014 season. With primary support from Synoil Energy Services and ExactAir Compliance Systems, Hunter will run a full schedule of NHRA Mello Yello Series national events and LODRS regional events. Synoil Racing receives additional support from Northgate Industries Ltg., Ron Hodgson Chevrolet-GMC-Buick, Southgate Buick, Twister Piling Inc., Proform Concrete Services Inc., Prowling Contracting, Pumps & Pressure Inc., Waylon’s Transport, Hampton’s Oilfield Services, Landale Signs, MD Truck Repair, and Mobil1.
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Posted by: Nate Van Wagnen
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