For a while it looked like Dave Roemer might not even make it into his home-track ADRL event, as the Avon, OH, racer struggled in Pro Mod qualifying for the ADRL Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI presented by Mickey Thompson. But by the close of eliminations Sep. 29, he was standing in the winner’s circle at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, OH.
Roemer opened with a 4.211 at 156.70-mph pass that placed him third with his nitrous-boosted ’06 “Gladiator” Cavalier after the first qualifying session, but that time was bumped down to ninth and out of contention after round two. It got no better in Friday’s third-and-final qualifying opportunity, as Roemer encountered huge tire shake and coasted to a 13-second elapsed time.
Finally, in Saturday’s last-chance round, Roemer qualified fifth with a solid 3.978 effort at 189.07 mph.
“Yesterday was the worst; today was the best,” Roemer said after making a 4.070 pass at 182.38 mph to beat doorslammer legend Pat Musi in the Pro Mod final. He had previously sent Jeffrey Cummins Jr. packing with a .061 holeshot after both posted exactly 3.974 on the scoreboards, and beat Monroe Guest in the semis with a 4.087 at 179.88 that gave up lane choice to Musi.
“I was a little nervous going up there because we knew we were running against some very tough competition, but things just worked out great,” Roemer said of the final. “The car left awesome; it got into a little tire shake in the middle, but I drove it around and it settled down; I tried to keep it in the center of the groove and got it down through there.
“This is my home and what can I say; home cookin’s the best. My brothers and I have worked hard to make this thing happen and I’ve gotta’ say, it tastes pretty good right now.”
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