While a supercharger isn’t intended to wiggle atop an engine, Tim Tindle could only smile and shake his head as a crew member wiggled the one atop the engine in his Frankie Taylor-owned Pro Extreme Corvette following his final round run.
A wiggling supercharger was just the cost of victory for Tindle as he drove past Quain Stott to take the Pro Extreme title in the ADRL Dragstock IV event at zMax Dragway.
“About a hundred feet before the end it just blew the blower off and all I could see was a wall of flames,” Tindle exclaimed. “Who knows what it was, something mechanical, but that’s okay, we won!”
Then, Tindle proclaimed just how potent the combination was despite the wounded engine.
“It still ran a 3.64!”
Tindle carried the load of the two-car Taylor Racing team throughout eliminations when fellow teammate Taylor was shut off in the first round with an oil leak.
With Frankie Taylor on the sidelines, Tindle's car became the flagship for the group. Taylor's crew dove in to help make sure Tindle proudly drove to the win.
Tindle used the added hands his advantage as he ran a 3.722 to beat John Stanley and then a 3.688 to drive around Mick Snyder. He ran a 3.709 to beat Terry Leggett before going against Stott in the final round.
“It’s always a concern when you see your teammate go out early like that,” said Tindle. “It puts a lot of pressure on you. But when something like this happens, you have more people thrashing on the car between rounds.”
Stott was no stranger to Tindle. Tindle had employed Stott as his tuner while racing in the NHRA Pro Modified series.
Fortunatel, Tindle focused more on his goals than who he had to race.
“I came into this race just wanting to win,” Tindle said. “”That’s all I was focused on. Quain is a good racer and he tuned me to both NHRA and IHRA event wins.”
Tindle described his qualifying effort as a struggle despite winding up No. 3. The No. 3 spot has been a good omen as all of his victories have come when he entered eliminations from this spot.
“Sure enough, every time from the No. 3 spot, and one was even in Topeka, Kan., the only time we ever raced there,” Tindle added.
Now he can add zMax Dragway to the list, the only time he’s ever raced there.
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