Brogdon ruining the hopes of title contenders
ENNIS, TX – The 2012 NHRA postseason is only two races old, but Rodger Brogdon and his MATV Chevy Camaro are developing a reputation for being giant-slayers in the Pro Stock class.
A week after knocking off Jeg Coughlin in the first round, Brogdon defeated defending class champion Jason Line in the first round of Sunday's eliminations at the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex.
"We really shook things up with that first run today," Brogdon said. "We got off the line really well and held on to get that hole shot win."
Brogdon enjoyed a .043 second advantage off the starting line against Line and held him off despite running a slower elapsed time. Line ran a 6.581 second pass at 210.67 mph, but it wasn't quick enough to overcome the deficit he gave up to Brogdon at the start. Brogdon crossed the finish line first in 6.608 seconds at 209.20 mph.
"That was a pretty good run for us," Brogdon said. "We're not making the same kind of power those top guys are making yet, but it feels good to show them we can still get it done when we need to."
He tried to get around Richard Freeman in the second round, but his Camaro didn't cooperate.
Freeman had the slight edge at the line as the cars roared out of the gate. Freeman went straight and finished in 6.663 seconds at 208.36 mph. Brogdon's car started to make a move toward the center line and he got off the gas then coasted to a pass of 7.559 seconds at 136.73 mph.
"I can't tell you how frustrating this sport can be," Brogdon said. "We run straight all during qualifying and in the first round today, and without warning we pitch to the left during another pretty good run."
Brogdon and the MAVTV team are going to take some time to go back in the research and development mode and take the next two races off before returning to the NHRA circuit in Las Vegas.