PETE FARBER RACING overcame transmission troubles from the previous week, qualified eleventh, and made it through to eliminations at the 10th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals event in Norwalk, Ohio on June 23-26 at Summit Motorsports Park.
A faulty sprag caused problems for Pete Farber while racing at the 16th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals event in Bristol, Tennessee, the weekend before, but the issues had been resolved and his supercharged CRC Automotive Brākleen ’69 Dodge Daytona was running better than ever for the Norwalk race.
In the first round of eliminations on Friday, Farber started out great with a strong 5.994 at 228.73 mph hit with a 0.987-second sixty-foot which ranked him tenth, but as he crossed the finish into the shut down area, his Daytona’s engine let go. Farber hustled back to his pit
area where the team assessed the damage. Joined by fellow Pro Mod driver Kenny Lang, the crew had a spare engine swapped into the car in just about an hour.
When the call was made for round two later that day, Farber was ready to go. His 5.899 at 247.25 mph showed the back-up engine was working perfectly, the car was headed in the right direction, and Farber moved into eleventh as the field got quicker and faster.
On Saturday, Farber made his third and final qualifying run. The 6.730 at 161.94 mph pass was the result of Farber clicking it off near the 1,000-foot mark, but his previous pass ensured he remained eleventh once the qualifying order was finalized.
That evening, Farber was paired with Doug Winters for the first round of eliminations in battle of supercharged cars. Farber had a quicker reaction time and held the lead off the line at the start, but Winters eventually ran him down and Farber’s 6.035 at 244.78 mph run couldn’t hold off Winters’ 5.947 at 245.32 mph top end charge.
“We came up a little short in the first round. I had him on the tree, but the old clutch was too tight for the conditions,” explained Farber of what happened that caused him to fall behind Winters. “We’ll make some more changes and go testing to get it right for the next race.”
Farber is now fifteenth in the NHRA Pro Mod season championship points chase, and will race his supercharged CRC Automotive Brākleen ’69 Dodge Daytona at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals event in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 31-September 5 at Lucas Oil Raceway.