NHRA- Mike Edwards
May 3, 2012The Thunder Road Show
Edwards Hoping To Return To Winning Ways In Atlanta
After missing the final at the last two stops on the Full Throttle NHRA tour, Mike Edwards and his Penhall/K&N/Interstate Batteries team, plain and simple, want to get back to winning events.
"The last two races have not unfolded as we had hoped coming off the win in Las Vegas," Edwards said. "We were strong during the four-wide racing in Charlotte, but it did not translate into a win. Then in Houston, we were close to where we needed to be, but came up short in the semifinals."
With it being a quick turnaround with only four days from finishing up Houston and the start of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway, Edwards' strategy is to find the form that carried him to back-to-back victories in 2008 and 2009.
"We want to continue to make steady progress forward in Atlanta and start building some momentum as we head into the heated part of the NHRA schedule."
Edwards knows this is the time of the year that you better be on the top of your game because there is very little time to test and fix issues, with counting Houston, three races in four weeks.
The positive part is the next few events; they are all stops that Edwards has done well in recent history.
"We are hoping that Atlanta kicks off the run for us to get back into a comfortable position in the points chase and possibly a run at the top spot come time for the NHRA playoffs," said Edwards, who sits in fourth, 97 points out of the lead. "With Topeka, and stops in Englishtown and Bristol waiting in the wings, that are all tracks that we've had success in the past and only helps us know we can build some momentum heading into the summer events."
Qualifying Friday will be at 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET and Saturday kicks off at 11:30 a.m. ET, with the afternoon session each day scheduled for 2 p.m.
Edwards To Enjoy Champions Dinner
With the title as the 2009 Full Throttle NHRA Pro Stock champion, Mike Edwards will be on hand Wednesday night - with other POWERade and Full Throttle era drag racing champions - for a private "Champions Dinner" at the Coca-Cola headquarters near Atlanta.
"This is one of the coolest events we get to be part of during the entire year," said Edwards. "It is such an honor to be part of the festivities and celebrate with the Coca-Cola executives the success of the relationship between their brands and the sport of NHRA drag racing."
Pro Stock Push "To Tell 10 Friends"
The entire Pro Stock community is doing a push to get more fans of Pro Stock and NHRA.
As a class, the Pro Stock drivers want to push for improved TV rating for NHRA Drag Racing and especially expose new fans to Pro Stock. As a group, they are doing a push called "Tell 10 Friends."
Mike Edwards and his team are asking each person that gets this release on each Friday of an event to "Tell 10 Friends" to watch the race coverage on ESPN2 and follow Mike Edwards on Facebook and Twitter.
In the upper left corner is links to each, so forward those to 10 friends and let's help make NHRA and Pro Stock the kings of motorsports.
Giving Kids Hope Program
To take part in the Giving Kids Hope program at an upcoming NHRA event, please call Marilyn at 918-486-6453 to get your Young Life group signed up and take part in the evening program.