Richmond weather thwarted Team Aruba’s hope for victory
UNION, SC – The average person, and perhaps even the average fan, may not realize just how temperamental drag race machines can be. With hundreds of variable factors that can change between each pass, the science of drag racing is wonderfully complex. At the ADRL U.S. Drags, weather was one variable throwing many for a loop. Such was the case for Team Aruba who, hot off a final round appearance and flying the colors of fallen competitor Bert Jackson, were gunning for a win, but endured a heartbreaking DNQ.
“It’s unbelievable how you can go from a final round appearance at the prior race to not qualifying,” told driver Trevor Eman. “We became a victim of the weather this weekend. We missed the setup during the first qualifying round. Then had to make a big change to make a run that would get us down the track, but in the meantime the weather drastically changed again when the rain came in and caused a delay allowing us to race later in the evening when it was cool. Due to the drastic weather changes, we once again missed the setup and ran off pace.
“The weather beat the track up this weekend, and it really affected our performance.”
The beautiful Aruba.com Mustang posted a top qualifying run of 4.173 for the weekend, just missing the field of 16, which was rounded out by Brian Self at a 4.133. Despite the unfortunate race weekend, Eman and team continued to look on the bright side:
“On the other hand, however, it was very nice to see so many of Bert Jackson's family and friends at the race track. They had his old car there on display for everybody to see. Now, hopefully Enoch Love can accomplish what he needs to in order to put together a team and race with us again. It would be great to have them back with us.”
With the upset weekend behind them, Team Aruba is already focusing on the next race as the ADRL rolls through the halfway point in their season.
“We need to concentrate now on going forward from here and do our best to pick up points. We are very low in points and that is not acceptable. Even though we’re a small team from a small island, we want to represent Aruba and Alltel Wireless well at each event. One thing we won’t do and that’s give up. We’re going to keep pressing forward and continue to overcome whatever obstacles lie in our path to compete and win.”