Nobile lands first pole position in Charlotte
CONCORD, NC – Twenty-year old NHRA Pro Stock phenom Vincent Nobile has accomplished a lot in his brief career behind the wheel of Nick Mitsos’ NAPA/Mountain View Tires Dodge and he can now add another accolade to his list after claiming the No. 1 qualifying spot at last weekend’s event at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, N.C. Nobile’s best elapsed time of 6.548-seconds was the best of any of the 16 Pro Stock qualifiers and represented his first pole position in 45-career events. Nobile also had the quickest elapsed time in two of the four qualifying sessions and was the second-quickest in the other two, earning a total of 10 valuable bonus points towards the Full Throttle Pro Stock championship.
“Qualifying No. 1 was a big accomplishment for out team and it shows how far we’ve come this year,” Nobile said. “We’ve had a good car all season long but recently, we made some changes and the car has responded well. We also fixed a small electrical problem that’s been plaguing us and the result is that we have a quicker car and everyone saw that this weekend. We’re in the playoffs now, and we’re battling for the championship so we count every single point. Those ten bonus points could come be huge at the end of the season.”
On race day, Nobile drove the NAPA/Mountain View Avenger to a round one win over Lewis Worden and then defeated Dave Connolly, who had beaten him a week earlier at the U.S. Nationals. Nobile’s day ended in the semifinals when he lost a close race against Mopar teammate Allen Johnson, 6.56 to 6.58.
“On Sunday, we had a long rain delay and the weather conditions changed quite a bit,” said Nobile. “The track also changed and that became an issue for a lot of teams. We were able to make some good runs but we just didn’t have enough for Allen in the semi’s. It would have been awesome to finish the job but a semifinal is a strong result. We’ll take it and move on to the next race.”
Nobile’s performance allowed him to jump two spots to third in the NHRA Full Throttle standings. He is currently 71 points behind leader Allen Johnson and 68 behind second-ranked Jason Line with five events remaining in the season. The NAPA/Mountain View team will return to the track this weekend for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex, Sept. 20-23.