Event Coverage: NHRA Winternationals Finals


Pro Stock Semi Finals

Greg Stanfield Winternationals
The first Semi-Final pair in Pro Stock were Greg Stanfield and Vincent Nobile. Greg's pass was a 6.588 at 209 MPH and he even cut a better .020 Light. For those of you who don't know, two things: First, what I mean by “cutting a better light” is their reaction time. The NHRA counts up from zero when determining a driver's reaction time to the green light. .000 is perfect, what used to be a perfect light at .400 is now very, very late, and a -0.001 is now Red. Second, Pro Stock is a very close class and usually the winner is determined at the launch and they will be within .001 or less of each other at the finish. The guy who cuts a better light usually wins.
Vincent Nobile Winternationals
Vincent Nobile cut a .031 light and was behind that much from the start. There is a third thing to keep in mind in Pro Stock. Horsepower and traction can overcome a late light and Vincent pulled away with a 6.575 at 210 MPH, a margin of victory of just .015 seconds. I believe to put that into perspective, that's a bumper or so that he won by.
Jeg Coughlin Jr Winternationals
Final pair for the Semis were Vieri Gaines in the Kendall Oil Dodge Avenger and Jeg Coughlin, Jr. in the Jegs Dodge Avenger. Here, Gaines was able to pull off a quick pass of 6.538 at 212 MPH, Jeg only turned a 6.574 at 208.42 MPH. Gaines should have won, right?
Jegs Mopar Winternationals
Well, not with a reaction time of .079 to Jeg's .013. Quick reaction won Jeg that round, otherwise it would have been Gaines in the final.


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