Drag Racing is quite a game of numbers when you get right down to it, no matter what class or level one competes in.
NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
Mike Edwards is certainly adding all the numbers up in the correct columns by continuing to lower his E.T. numbers which equals higher quantities of win lights come race day, in his Penhall/Interstate Batteries/K&N Pontiac GXP.
Victory for Mike Edwards at NHRA SuperNationals in New Jersey
Immediately after Edwards NHRA Pro Stock victory in Joliet, Illinois, and the first of four back-to-back scheduled events, the team headed to Englishtown, New Jersey for the NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
When Edwards arrived, the team never skipped a beat and quickly grabbed the number one qualifying spot during session number two by posting a 6.513, which also happens to be the third quickest run in NHRA Pro Stock history.
Mike Edwards also took the Low Qualifier Award
That number would hold through the remainder of the qualifying sessions and place Edwards securely on the pole position for Sunday's Eliminations, where the Coweta, Oklahoma resident would face number sixteen Justin Humphries.
The air conditions on Sunday were quite treacherous for all teams compared to days prior, especially for those classes such as Pro Stock who rely so much on what they are given to work with, and it showed in the much slower E.T.'s the teams posted on race day.
Edwards made his way through Humphries in round one, then moving on to defeat former Pro Stock Champions Greg Anderson and Jeg Coughlin, all who had the starting line advantage, but not the numbers they needed to hold back Edwards tremendous horsepower.
While Edwards was ready for his final round match up with class newcomer Shane Grey, Mother Nature had other plans in mind.
A persistent rain spread over the area last Sunday afternoon and caused NHRA officials to postpone all of the professional final rounds for the SuperNationals until the next morning at 10AM.
Even another rain delay couldn't quiet Edwards's momentum and during the final he had Grey covered easily on both ends of track to garner his third NHRA Pro Stock in a row and his seventh of the 2010 season.
"I was nervous this morning because you just don't know how good the track is until you get on it," Edwards said shortly after his win. "We changed the transmission and rear end yesterday and made some more changes today because we knew that Shane was hungry. As far as I'm concerned, he already has my vote for rookie of the year. I knew I had to have a good light and couldn't lay back, but I wasn't trying to. I may have gotten away with one."
Next stop for Mike Edwards and his Penhall/Interstate Batteries/K&N Pontiac GXP is the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tennessee, June 11-13. The event will also be the final chance for Pro Stock teams to earn points toward making the field for the K&N Horsepower Challenge, where Edwards secured the number one spot many events ago.
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