Burton Auxier was not at all satisfied with the 3.890 at 195.08 he ran in round two of qualifying despite it sending him to Saturday’s fourth and final qualifying opportunity with the lead over 15 Pro Nitrous entries at the ADRL Memphis Drags III.
“I would be a lot happier if everything would’ve worked the way it’s supposed to that last round. We had it pretty tuned up, but right when it made the one-two gear change the timer didn’t work and all the nitrous came on at once,” the 2010 class champion explained. “That just goes right through the clutch and messes it up for the whole pass. If everything had worked it would’ve been a good one—of course ‘if’ is a big word.”
Right behind Auxier was Stan Allen at 3.893, Jason Harris with a 3.899 and Robert Mathis at 3.902 seconds. Doug Riesterer filled out the top five with a 3.910 in the third session after missing the second round for repairs following a first-round meltdown of his motor.
Regardless of whom he eventually faces, Auxier is looking forward to racing.
“We know enough from what we did today that we should be able to go fast tomorrow,” said Auxier, who after reaching three final rounds in 2012 with his Reher & Morrison-powered ’68 Camaro is yet to secure his first win of the year. “This told us we’re going in the right direction, so we’re expecting some good numbers. I know it’s in the car.”
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