PETE FARBER RACING persevered through some transmission troubles in qualifying but just barely missed making the field at the 16th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals event in Bristol, Tennessee on June 17-19 at Bristol Dragway.
Fresh off the race in Englishtown, New Jersey, the previous weekend, Pete Farber and his crew ere ready to get down to business in Bristol. The back-to-back schedule was tough, but the top-notch team wasted no time in getting set up and readying their supercharged CRC Automotive Brākleen ’69 Dodge Daytona for the first round of qualifying on Friday afternoon.
Farber brought the car to the staging lanes, strapped in, and was ready to make his first pass of the weekend at Thunder Valley, but the Daytona wouldn’t cooperate. While doing the pre-run burnout, the Daytona’s transmission rolled a sprag and Farber was stuck dead in the water thanks to the parts failure. The crew pushed the car back and quickly towed it back to their pit area to start on repairs.
The Daytona was put up on jacks, the transmission was dropped, and the faulty sprag was removed. Farber and the team cleaned up the metal grindings from inside the transmission, installed a new sprag, and got everything buttoned up for the second qualifying round just a few hours later.
Farber ran strong the next time out, and his 6.070 at 239.65 mph run was a good one with no prior run data to go off of. As a result, he was ranked eighteenth in the qualifying order with one more hit to go.
In the third and final qualifying round on Saturday, the Daytona struggled to find grip on the hot racing surface and lost traction just after having left the starting line. Realizing that the run was a lost cause and not wanting to damage any parts, Farber backed off the throttle prior to the 330-foot mark and clocked only an 11.809 at 70.52 mph run which kept him in the number eighteen position just outside the top sixteen qualifying field.
“Well, it was a rough, hot weekend! We did not qualify but we learned some new things about our combination. I have huge pride in my crew, my car, and my sponsors CRC Automotive, NGK Spark Plugs, and MAHLE,” said Farber. “The best in the world race at NHRA, and we are one of them! This is just a bump in the road.”
Farber is now fourteenth in the NHRA Pro Mod season championship points chase, and will race his supercharged CRC Automotive Brākleen ’69 Dodge Daytona at the 10th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals event in Norwalk, Ohio on June 23-26 at Summit Motorsports Park.