By Tristan Ralston on 9th June, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. June 8, 2013: With Mother Nature working against the American Drag Racing League during testing on Friday and again during qualifying on Saturday, the expected start time was delayed several hours and then cut to just two sessions. The first Extreme Pro Stock session would prove to be the ticket for the Mustang. Trevor Eman and the gang put down a 4.114 pass, good enough then for number two qualifier. By the time the second qualifying session was run, track conditions became tricky and Eman was forced to lift to avoid contact with the guard wall. His 4.11 pass was good enough to maintain a number six spot for Sunday’s eliminations. Although the team had higher hopes for their final qualifying pass, they remain confident heading into race day.

“The weather has really been battling against us this weekend,” told Eman. “We worked with the hand we were dealt here and did what we thought was right for conditions. Our 4.11 pass was competitive and should be a good setup for tomorrow. Even though our second shot at the track was a wash, we stayed in the top half in qualifying and feel like we’re in a good position. Although much of our focus today has been on handling the conditions here and getting a good race day set up, our thoughts are also back in Aruba. Nelson Winklaar, a good friend and important member of Team Aruba, is in the hospital due to some health issues he’s been trying to fight off for a while. We wish him the best and want to see him get well soon so that he can be sure to join us for some races this year.”

Eman will face Richard Penland in the first round of eliminations at the U.S. Drags. “These are all tough competitors and each one is capable of being a threat on race day. We’ve proven that ourselves, rising from underdog status to get the win at the last event. We’ll go out tomorrow and give it all we’ve got! Our main goal is to leave first in points and we’re going to do everything in our power to accomplish that.”