Everything falling in line for MAVTV's Brogdon as car switch approaches
TOMBALL, TX – After a recent surge in the Pro Stock class, Rodger Brogdon might not want to give up his MAVTV Pontiac GXP in favor a new Chevy Camaro when it comes online in time for the Western Swing.
"There been some real positive things going on with our engine program in the last couple of weeks," Brogdon said. "I'm anxious to get back on the track and see what happens next.
"This has been a fast car for us – it's the car we set the national record with. There have already been a few people approach me wanting to buy it, but I'm not sure if I'll want to sell it when the time comes."
After some hiccups earlier in the season, Brogdon has regularly qualified in the top half of the field at the last handful of races. It's put him into position to win some rounds and solidify his eighth place spot in the class standings.
"We're going to continue with the progress we've made with this car," Brogdon said. "We'll try to win some rounds and if we get some breaks, win a race. The key is to have everything together when we reach the time for the Countdown (playoffs)."
The MAVTV team will be working double time the next few weeks as the team prepares the transition to the new car.
"I anticipate that it's going to take 25 runs to get the Camaro completely where we want it," Brogdon said. "You hope it will test well from the get-go. The guys will do a lot of the little stuff in the shop, like aligning the front end, before we even take it out. There are lots of little things, and they take a lot of time.
"The new car won't run like the (Pontiac) right at first. It's going to take some time to find out what it likes."
The O'Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals get under way Friday with two qualifying sessions starting at 4 p.m. CDT. Qualifying continues Saturday with another two sessions, also getting under way at 4 p.m. Sunday's eliminations will get under way at 11 a.m. ESPN2 will air the qualifying show at 6 p.m. EDT on Saturday night and eliminations at 6 p.m. Sunday.