Right Down Broadway!
Jim Bell and the Edmonton-based JB’s Power Centre Pro Mod team had the event they were looking for during last weekend’s NHRA Toyota Summer Nationals at Englishtown, NJ……
In just the third event for his rookie NHRA Pro Pro Mod series season, Jim’s team reaped rewards. They made three strong qualifying runs and got progressively quicker with each run and that culminated with some career best numbers.
Jim’s 5.932 secs ended up #11 in the super swift and competitive 16-car qualified field which featured a 6.079 secs bump.
In round one (on Saturday evening) he faced Colorado’s Steven Whiteley of the YNot Racing team, one of the largest funded teams in Pro Mod. Jim ran a (career quick) 5.920 secs at 234.45 mph to easily defeat Whiteley who had a troubled run. Jim did click the car off early – 5.6 seconds into the run – and a post run computer analysis did indicate that run was potentially a 5.89 – 5.90 secs.
In round two held Sunday, he faced Jason Hamstra, one of the fiercest competitors in the Pro Mod Class. Brandon and Jamie did take power out of the car after watching cars struggle in earlier races. Jim had a chance in this race, but he suffered tire shake right at the 1 – 2 shift point and the car drifted towards the center line, so he had to get of the throttle. Hamstra too had issues, but was able to correct his car in time to take the victory.
“All in all a very good weekend for us,” Jim said. “We were able to get the car to go “right down Broadway” and I’m satisfied that we recorded our first round win in NHRA Pro Mod and we ran career best numbers on two occasions. With the finish we moved up 5 places in the points standings.”
“We brought in Brandon Stroud from ProLine Racing which gave us an added tuning dimension,” he added. “Thanks to Brandon, Rob Nascimento and Jamie Miller for their hard work in getting the car race ready and for helping to achieve personal bests for the car. Our next NHRA race is at Bristol in two weeks and hopefully we can carry forth this momentum to go even further on Sunday.”
Posted with files from Dean Murdoch and Bruce Biegler
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