Protect the Harvest Racing Press Release
CHARLOTTE – Rodger Brogdon and the ProtectTheHarvest.com/MAVTV Chevy Camaro drew from the luck bank throughout the Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals before running out of good fortune in Pro Stock’s semifinal round on Sunday.
“We just didn’t do as bad in (the first round) as the two cars we beat,” Brogdon said. “I had to shut it off early but we still won by five-thousandths of a second, so we’ll take that.”
After qualifying, Brogdon was dissatisfied with the way the car was launching off the line, so some changes and positive steps were made.
In his first-round grouping, Brogdon was second off the starting line and second across the finish line, which was good enough to advance on a holeshot. Jason Line was first in the group with a 6.499 at 213.50 mph, followed by Brogdon’s 6.612 at 196.82 mph. The two drivers who didn’t advance from that foursome were Jeg Coughlin Jr. (6.722 at 211.66 mph) and Larry Worden (6.587 at 209.01 mph).
In the semifinal round, Brogdon pressed his luck too far and left the starting line too early and fouled out.
“It was a last-minute decision that didn’t get communicated to everybody,” Brogdon said. “To try and get an edge, I decided to stage the car really deep. At the same time the crew gave my engine 200 more rpm, which makes the car want to leave quicker.”
The combination led to Brogdon taking off .028-second before the light turned green, giving him a red-light and ending his day.
“Had I known we were going to crank up the rpm like that, I wouldn’t have gone in so deep,” he said. “It really didn’t matter because we shook really bad off the line. We knew had to try to make up some time there.”
Brogdon pushed in the clutch off the line and coasted to a final time of 17.686 at 46.43 mph. Erica Enders-Stevens (6.505 at 212.16 mph) and Shane Gray (6.518 at 213.16 mph) moved on while Line (7.411 at 166.91 mph) was eliminated along with Brogdon.
“This is always a tough race to get through and now it’s under our belt,” Brogdon said. “We’ve got our hometown race and some fresh engine parts we’re going to bring out next week. I’m looking forward to what’s ahead.”
Up next for Brogdon is the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals on April 26-28 in Houston.