In his three points-counting national events this season, Miller has a win (Atlanta), the runner-up here, and a semifinal finish (Gainesville). In addition to his semifinal finish in Super Comp, Jason Kenny also advanced to the quarterfinals in Super Gas. ...
SUPER COMP — 13th annual United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Miller Welders, June 3-6, Chicago Near-perfect outing nets Higgins first national win Don Higgins claimed his first national event Wally by defeating national points leader Ray Miller. In the final (above), Higgins, near lane, eased his car to an 8.920 to stop Miller, who got sideways on his run and had to lift. by Candida Benson changing In the final, Higgins was set up to run weather another 8.90, but his opponent, current E very racer feels pressure to perform well on the dragstrip, but it would be fair to say that Don Higgins likely feels just a little more each time he takes his car out to compete. As conditions that had the potential to make dialing a car incredibly national points leader Ray Miller, experienced troubles midway through his run. Higgins responded by tapping the brakes and slowing to an 8.920 to turn on the win light. “About 1,200 feet, I saw [Miller’s] car rock the developer and owner of the Crew difficult, back and forth, so I just pushed on the brake Chief Pro software used by many Higgins was pedal to make sure,” said Higgins. “That’s the competitors in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag able to nail the only reason I was outside the .90. Otherwise, if Racing Series, Higgins has a lot of eyes 8.90 index in it had gone all the way down to the wire, I was on him week in and week out, and with five of the just going to tap the brakes. I knew I was going everyone watching, he certainly wants to seven rounds. to be like an 8.900 with a .003 light, so I was do well not only for himself but to help In the other going to be pretty hard to beat, I think. his company as well. rounds, a very “It was just a great day. I just can’t say “When everybody stares at you because you brisk tailwind that came up at the last minute enough about how fun it was.” make the Crew Chief software, they put a little pushed both Higgins and his opponent to break more scrutiny on you, so I really want to put on a out on one occasion, and the other time, The key races: “Every one of them were so good show,” said Higgins, who did just that when Higgins backed off after seeing his opponent good because an all-star event like this he drove to victory in Chicago, his first national having troubles. everybody’s who’s anybody in this class is here, event triumph. “Now that my car is right and my Higgins opened with an 8.903 to defeat and it just felt so spectacular to beat all of those electrical issues are over and all those things Mark Horton and followed it with an 8.908 on a people who I’ve always read about,” said Higgins. that happened to me last year that made me bye in round two. After clocking an 8.907 to “But first round is always tough, and Mark Horton look like an idiot are gone, the Crew Chief trailer Brian Folk in round three, Higgins edged is a really good driver. He had me on the Tree, software will put the car wherever I want it.” out T.J. Schippling in an 8.897 to 8.890 double- and I’m not sure what really happened. He just For evidence of that, one need look no breakout match. An 8.904 was Higgins’ ticket went behind me right at the end, and that was my further than Higgins’ performance at the United past Austin Williams in the quarterfinals, and one really lucky round because I knew I wasn’t Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals that win earned him the semifinal bye, on presented by Miller Welders. Despite ever- which he ran an 8.909. About the winning car D on Higgins’ Yancer dragster was backhalved earlier this year, making it “basically a ’10 Yancer.” The car is powered by a 584 Schmidt engine and has a Gary Stinnett carburetor, Hughes Performance transmission and converter, and Meziere water pump. Higgins thanked his wife, Michelle; Larry Bernshausen; Dave and Judy Dahlem; Ray Connolly; the Millers; and everybody Both Miller and Jason Kenny had troubles on their runs in the semifinals and ran far off the index. Miller won the who helped him during the weekend. 9.16 to 9.68 battle. 72 National DRAGSTER SUPER COMP QUALIFYING
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