Critchley Making Progress
WYLIE, TX - The AMS Pro Mod Racing team owned by Dave Wood and driven by Troy Critchley had a better outing at this weekends ADRL Racensur.com Sunshine Drags in Valdosta, Ga. Critchley and crew, who spent the first part of the week testing the '41 Willys, finally got things sorted out and back on track. Crew Chief Darren Mayer analyzed the data from the series of testing runs to determine the inconsistency in the car. What resulted was a 6.201 226 mph run which captured the pole position for the AMS / TLR series race.
Critchley stated, " It's great once again have the car run like it should. Dave and Gidget Wood gave us the opportunity to race with the best equipment. It nice to see the progress and reward them with a # 1 qualifying position. This weekend has been extremely hot and the track was very tricky. Darren, Chad and Justin did a great job for the team. I'm real proud of
In an ongoing effort to gain and maintain national points, the AMS Pro Mod team needed to have a decent outing in Valdosta. Team member Jeff Lynn said, " This AMS / TLR Pro Mod racing is as tough as it comes. All the teams out here are top-notch teams. One weekend where a team does not have a decent outing can spell doom for them in the national point's chase. For us to qualify on the pole was great. Now we just have to get back and turn that into consecutive round wins at each race".
Due to the team's #1 qualifying position, they got to race #16 qualifier Terry Leggett in the first round of competition. Critchley's conservative 6.30 225 disposed of Leggett's 6.57 219. That set a pivotal second round match up between Troy Critchley and #2 in points Jay Payne in the Valvoline Dodge Stratus. As these two pulled into the beams, Critchley strapped a holeshot on Payne with a .065 to .101 starting line reaction time advantage. Critchley led to the 1000 ft marker and then Payne blasted by with a 6.27 229 to Critchley's 6.32 224.
The disgruntled Aussie born driver said, " We had the car to beat here this weekend. I short shifted the 1-2 gear change and killed the performance of the car. I'll be back on my game for Indy- you can count on that".
The next outing for the AMS Pro Mod racing team is at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, Ind. Sept 1-6. This is the most prestigious race of the year. Crew member Chad Wilson states, "Winning Indy is almost as good as the Championship. It is the race that holds the most glory of the entire year. We want it, and we want it bad. Hopefully we can get it done".
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As always the AMS Pro Mod team thanks, AMS Staff Leasing, Thunderworx Race Engines, DMPE Inc., Red Line Oil, NGK Spark Plugs, Torco Race Fuels, Goodyear Racing Tires, Richmond Gear, Mechanix Work Wear, Gates Belts, Red Bull Energy Drink, A-1 Technologies and Vici Promotions.
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