Daunting task ahead for Brogdon and his new MAVTV Chevy Camaro
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Rodger Brogdon and the MAVTV Chevy Camaro team have their work cut out for them at the 58th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Auto-Plus at Lucas Oil Raceway.
More than 30 cars are on the Pro Stock entry list for this weekend's race, which means the cars going home before eliminations even begin will nearly equal the cars making the show once qualifying ends. Not the kind of odds a team racing for just the second time with a new chassis and new engine program likes to see.
"Our class is the toughest one out there," Brogdon said. "I'm sure this weekend the difference between the No. 1 and No. 16 qualifiers is going to be about .06 seconds. This class is so deep that there's just no margin for error."
However, Brogdon said following three days of testing planned before qualifying starts on Friday, the MAVTV Camaro will come out swinging.
"It's going to be tough, I can tell you that," Brogdon said. "We're going to have to make good runs in the sessions with the best conditions. There's going to be a couple of guys who aren't normally on tour, like Dave Connolly and Riche Stevens. Those guys are going to be contenders.
"We like the challenge and we'll give it all we've got."
Brogdon is planning on spending three days in Martin, Mich., testing different parts combinations on the car. It's the kind of detail work the reconfigured team didn't have time to do before packing up and heading to Brainerd two weeks ago.
"Last time we were just trying to get the thing all the way down the track," Brogdon said. "We feel we got a pretty good handle on that part of it by the time we left Brainerd. Now we've got to tweak on it a little bit and see if we can't squeeze another hundredth (of a second) or two out of it this weekend."
Prior to switching cars, Brogdon was a solid top-10 car, winning elimination rounds on four separate occasions.
There will be five total rounds of qualifying at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals this weekend, with the first round of qualifying starting at 5:30 p.m. EDT on Friday at Lucas Oil Raceway. Pro qualifying picks up on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Qualifying resumes at 11 a.m. Sunday with eliminations starting at 11 a.m. on Labor Day Monday. ESPN2 is scheduled to air 11 hours of live coverage of the event. Coverage starts from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. EDT on Sunday and then again from 5-7 p.m. On Monday, eliminations coverage will start at noon.
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