Baldwinville, MA – PETE FARBER RACING qualified in the number three spot in Pro Modified at the 9th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio on July 2-5, 2015.
The Pro Mods were originally scheduled to make their first qualifying hit on Friday afternoon, but multiple oil downs during Top Alcohol Funny Car and Top Alcohol Dragster pushed the Pro Mod session until later that evening. Farber waited patiently with his team, and made some adjustments to his supercharged CRC Automotive Brākleen ‘69 Dodge Daytona’s tune up to account for the changing air and track temperatures.
Farber’s first qualifying run of the weekend yielded a great 5.868 at 247.93 mph pass with a 0.982-second sixty-foot time and he was ranked third overall. Tire shake and tire spin were common themes that affected many of the Pro Mod drivers during the second qualifying session. Farber struggled to find traction and get his Daytona running smoothly, and eventually lifted and in order to save the car from any unnecessary abuse. Despite doing so, Farber’s previous qualifying pass kept him in the number three position. In Q3 on Saturday evening, Farber clicked off a clean, straight run and posted a 0.995-second sixty-foot. Although it wasn’t quicker or faster than his first round run, he still put in a strong performance with a 5.912 at 247.02 mph pass. Once the final standings were announced, it was made official that Farber was still the number three qualified driver.
Farber was paired against Mike Castellana, the number fourteen qualified driver, for the first round of eliminations on Saturday night. Farber easily had the better run, as he ran the quarter mile in 5.910-seconds at 247.79 mph as opposed to Castellana’s 5.922-second at 243.31 mph hit, but Castellana got the holeshot advantage at the start with a 0.027-second reaction time to Farber’s 0.044-second one. That upset allowed Castellana to cross the finish less than two feet ahead of Farber, with a margin of victory of just 0.0053-seconds.
“It was a tough weekend for a lot of the Pro Mod teams,” said Farber. “But I’m glad I was able to qualify so well and my team was able to get a handle on the tire shake issue. I’m fortunate to have a great group of guys behind me, and a lot of support from my sponsors. Even though we didn’t get the win, to have moved up in points still makes it a great weekend for us.”
Farber has moved up to eighth in the NHRA Pro Mod championship series points, and will race at the upcoming 61th annual NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana on September 2-7, 2015.
About Pete Farber Racing, LLC:
Based out of Baldwinville, MA, Pete Farber, driver of the supercharged #8 CRC Automotive Brākleen ’69 Dodge Daytona, competes in the NHRA Pro Mod drag racing series, the nation’s highest level of doorslammer competition. Primary sponsors include CRC Automotive Brākleen, T.J. & Sons Towing, and Champion Spark Plugs. In 2014, Farber was the overall event winner at Bristol, TN and the runner-up at Indianapolis, IN. In 2015, Farber was the runner-up at Gainesville, FL. For more information, visit and “like” the Pete Farber Racing team on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PeteFarberRacing!