Hunter/Goodwin Seek Las Vegas Success

This weekend’s semi-annual racing trip to Las Vegas means a chance for renewed success for Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Greg Hunter….

Wheeling Geoff Goodwin’s Synoil Racing entry, Hunter will join 19 other TAFC participants at the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. Since the fairly new driver/team combination started their season with a semifinal finish at the Vegas spring race this year, the Vegas return is especially anticipated.

Hunter’s last race was the Texas AAA NHRA Fall Nationals in Dallas last month, where the Hunter and Goodwin team suffered a rare DNQ. The Wyoming driver failed to make it down the track quick enough to qualify for the sixteen-car field, prompting crew chief Ryan Protz and the team to make a few changes.

“After we were disappointed in Dallas, the team decided to bring the car back to the shop in Canada instead of heading right to Vegas. The Synoil team went over the car top to bottom and they found a few issues including a cracked frame rail, which contributed to our traction problems in Dallas. Everything is fresh and new going into the Vegas race. We know it’s going to be a tough field so we’re going in with guns loaded,” claimed the TAFC-turned TAD-turned TAFC driver.

The Strip at LVMS is where Hunter and the Synoil Energy Services-sponsored team first experienced success together. Racing at the Nationals in April earlier this year, Greg Hunter qualified No. 2 with a 5.61 and raced to the semifinal round. Seeing as that was only their second race together, Hunter believes they can go even further now that they have a full season of experience.

“The team has really gelled since the beginning of the season. We know each other a lot better and I’m more comfortable and readjusted to driving a funny car now. Not that I wasn’t comfortable before, but I feel like I’ve progressed every weekend.”

“We’re all excited for Vegas because we know the track well and we had success at the spring race. All of our sponsors are coming out for this race so we’re looking forward to having a good time with them.”

Top Alcohol Funny Car has a unique schedule for this weekend’s NHRA Toyota Nationals, Oct. 30-Nov. 2. Teams have one qualifying shot on Friday at 11:15 AM, followed by two runs on Saturday at 11:45 AM and 3 PM. First round of eliminations begins at 9 AM Sunday morning.

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 Enery 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