Mike Neff and the Castrol GTX Ford Mustang were the picture of consistency today at the 28th annual Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals. Even though he had to wait an extra day to seal up his fourth win of the season and first in the Countdown to the Championship the driver and tuner never lost his cool as the pressure mounted throughout the day.
As Neff drove away from Johnny Gray in the Funny Car final he tripped the win light with a time of 4.030 seconds and completed sweep of the four rounds of eliminations with an average ET of 4.029 seconds, a remarkable feat.
“(Winning) was exactly what we needed to do. (Jack) Beckman and (Ron) Capps had a pretty good lead on us. We couldn’t give up any more ground. Coming in here realistically we needed to win the next three races to have a shot at it,” said Neff. “To get out of here with the win is big. I give credit to Beckman and Cruz Pedregon those three second runs were impressive. I just didn’t have that. I made my career best run a 4.01 and I was pleased with that but I didn’t want to take the chance in the final to try and run three seconds and smoke the tires. I decided to play it safe and make some solid runs and just try and get the round wins.”
That final round win put a 55” flat screen TV into the hands of John Gibson of New Holland, Pennsylvania. Holland came to the races at Maple Grove Raceway on Friday where he stopped by the BrandSource and John Force Racing midway display to enter to win the “Win with Force” promotion.
At each NHRA national event when a JFR team qualifies No. 1 a lucky fan that has signed up at the JFR Win with Force display located in Nitro Alley will be eligible to win the BrandSource No. 1 Qualifier Award, a front loading washer and dryer set. If a JFR driver wins the event a different fan will win the 55” flat screen TV Winner’s Circle Award from BrandSource. At the end of the season a grand prize winner of the “Win with Force” Sweepstakes will be awarded a 2013 Ford Fiesta.
Fans can sign up to win at the John Force Racing interactive midway display. This 53-foot trailer will be in the Nitro Alley area of every NHRA Full Throttle Series national event in 2012. The “Win with Force” promotion now includes JFR team partners Castrol, BrandSource, Ford, AAA Auto Club of Southern California, Mac Tools, and Pleasant Holidays all joining together to create an incredible promotion for the fans.
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