Championship Drag Racing

Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 NHRA Nationals
Chicago, Ill.
(June 5-8)

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Mike Neff
Castrol GTX Ford Mustang

Neff loses to former driver

Chicago, Sunday: Rookie of the Year front-runner Mike Neff and his Old Spice team matched-up with former teammate and driver Gary Scelzi in the first round. As Neff release the brake on his Ford Mustang to pull into the staging beams his car lurched forward and deep staged much to the surprise of the rookie driver.

“The car just lurched forward on me when I was staging. That hasn’t ever happened to me,” said Neff. “Every other time I let off the brake the car just crept forward. That time when I let off the brake it really jumped forward.”

As the car came to a stop Neff committed the cardinal sin of drag racing as he lost concentration and focused on the pre-stage lights instead of looking for the green light. He was caught off guard as the tree flashed and he knew his race was over as he pulled past the Christmas Tree.

“I looked up and saw the top light go out and then it was a quick tree. I was still looking at the top light when the tree activated. That was just stupid and I am mad at myself,” said a disgusted Neff.

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