For Immediate Release
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LAS VEGAS – Robert Patrick wouldn’t mind a small measure of luck this weekend in Las Vegas.
Patrick, the Fredericksburg, Va-based former Pro Stock driver who now runs a nitrous-injected Pro Modified, will compete this weekend for the first time ever behind the wheel of a nitrous doorslammer in Las Vegas when the NHRA Pro Modified Series competes this weekend at the Toyota NHRA Nationals.
“The last bit of success we had here was back in 2001, when I raced a 500-inch Pro Stocker,” said Patrick. “We qualified No. 8 and lost a wild race with Darrell Alderman in the first round.”
Since then, Patrick’s exploits have been east of the Mississippi, while racing under the NHRA sanction. Needless to say when he rolls to the line for Friday’s Q-1 session, he will do so with a blank logbook.
No problem for the resourceful Patrick.
“I know how to run the car in altitude and dry air during my days in Pro Stock,” said Patrick. “When you get up in altitude and dry air, you cannot run as much timing because there’s not as much water in the air. You have to watch the timing in your tune-up. The car isn’t making the power that you are used to and you had better adjust accordingly.
“You can run faster for the correction out here than anywhere else because of the air’s dryness.”
Patrick is setting the stage for a run at next season’s NHRA Pro Mod championship.
“That’s the plan and we are running to earn grade points toward next season,” said Patrick. “My combination is best suited for quarter-mile racing.”