North Dinwiddie, VA (May 19th, 2019) – The 2nd annual Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park hosted some of the hottest weather conditions we’ve seen all year and the PLR-powered turbocharged teams really started to shine.
Two weeks ago, Khalid alBalooshi debuted his new turbocharged Bahrain1 Camaro in Atlanta for the NHRA Southern Nationals, this week in Virginia he and PLR-tuner, Brad Personett took the top qualifier spot with a stout 5.774 at 257.28mph. A first round match-up against Erica Enders would go Balooshi’s way with a 5.78 at 257mph to Enders’ 6.07, but his day was ended in a close holeshot loss to Steve Matusek (.024 RT 5.827 @ 256mph to Balooshi’s .058 RT 5.804 @ 258mph) MOV: 0.0118 seconds (approximately 4 feet). You can bet that Balooshi and Personett will come out swinging at the next RPM race in Topeka!
The Q80 Racing Team / El General Camaro made some nice hits during qualifying and ended up taking the number 6 position. The Steve Petty tuned Camaro ran low E.T. of the first round of eliminations against Jeremy Ray with a 5.781 at 258.07mph pass. In the second round, the car went toward the center-line and had to abort against Eric Latino ending the Q80 team’s weekend. Their driver, Gonzalez, currently sits in the #4 spot in the championship points standings, only 1 round of 3rd!
Sidnei Frigo and the Artivinco Racing team started the event with an equal ET as #1 Balooshi (5.774), but qualified #2 based on MPH. In round 1, Frigo defeated Chip King with a 5.82 at 255mph to King’s 5.90 at 248mph. Alex Laughlin was next for team Artivinco, Laughlin had a great .017 light but wasn’t enough for Frigo’s .031 5.83 at 255mph pass. The Artivinco racing 69 Camaro got another win vs Eric Latino which sent Frigo and crew to the finals against Stevie “Fast” Jackson.
In the final, Frigo started off with a significant starting line advantage (.035 to Jackson’s .073) and took the holeshot win 5.796 to 5.768 (Frigo’s MOV: 0.0106 seconds.)
Congratulations to Sidnei Frigo and Artivinco Racing on winning their third Wally! Job well done for PLR Tuner, Brandon Stroud, and Frigo's hardworking crew of Chris Johnson, Kevin Fenstermaker, Jonathas Ribeiro, and Adriano Kayayan.