By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
During the Countdown to the Championship last season, Vincent Nobile lost his Pro Stock ride. Brian “Lumpy” Self took over for him with Elite Motorsports in the final few races of the season.
Now, Nobile is a race winner once again, his second this season, as he defeated Tanner Gray in the final round on Sunday of the NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga. Nobile went 6.599 at 209.72 mph to get the Wally, while Gray, last year’s Road to the Future Award winner (Rookie of the Year), went 6.614 at 209.52 mph.
“I had the car to beat this weekend,” Nobile stated. “I know we didn’t qualify No. 1 but going back after each run and looking at the computer we know we could’ve been the fastest car each session. On race day we got it together and was the fastest car every session. All in all, it was a great day.”
Prior to Sunday’s eliminations win, Nobile won the inaugural Pro Stock DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motors Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nobile went 6.690 at 206.80 mph, defeating Chris McGaha, Deric Kramer, and Bo Butner in the final round.
Prior to the final round appearance, Gray had a 2-0 advantage. Sunday was the first-time they faced each other in the final round.
Gray had the advantage at the starting line. He was leading up until the finish line when Nobile drove around him.
Nobile won by 0.0007 seconds, or approx. 3 inches. This is his 12th career Wally.