Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 NHRA Nationals
Neff hoping to defeat heat
That wave came to a crashing halt last weekend in
Neff knew that the Summer Nationals was going to be a tough event when during his first round qualifying session his steering wheel came off in his hands.
“In the first run the steering wheel fell off so I had to lift. John (Force) told me the same thing had happened to Eric Medlen once too. Luckily it wasn’t going any faster than it was. It was only going about 100 mph,” said the unflappable Neff. “It came off and whoosh my hands came up over my head. I was like whoa. I looked up and the thing wasn’t going straight. It was going towards the wall. I had to keep it off the wall so I pushed (the steering wheel) just enough to get a tooth to grab and I got just enough to turn it away from the wall.”
For the next three qualifying runs his Old Spice team battled high heat and tricky track conditions never really getting a handle on the racing surface. By the end of the day on Saturday he was on the outside looking in but still philosophical about his chance heading to
“This was just a tough weekend. We never really got a handle on the tune-up. I know we will have it straightened by
This will be Neff’s first time behind the wheel at Route 66 Raceway and Neff is looking forward to rolling his Old Spice Ford Mustang into the racing stadium.
“We’re going through everything right now. We don’t have an answer yet of why it’s putting cylinders out (but) we’ll get them in
Prior to the Summer Nationals Neff was one of only five drivers to have qualified for every NHRA event so far this season. He also had the longest qualifying streak at John Force Racing. As he and his Old Spice team get back into racing mode in
“Our goals haven’t changed. We want to be in the thick of the championship countdown,” said the leading rookie in the POWERade point standings in 9th place. “I know I am a rookie but this team led by John Medlen has a lot of experience. We will this Old Spice Ford Mustang rolling and we’ll be in good shape for the rest of the season.”
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