Rain drops kept falling on our heads. And falling and falling. The IHRA Nitro Jam Cordova Summer Nationals were postponed until Sunday due to inclement weather. Mother Nature must be going through a wicked case of Menopause. She has become that cranky old lady chasing the kids playing ‘stick ball’ down the block with a broom! Only the broom is a rainstorm and the kids are Drag Racers! We need to bring her some Chocolate and a nice bottle of Vino to calm her down.
The Crower Pro Mod Series was able to get one out of the two qualifiers in on Friday and Saturday was a washout. IHRA officials made the decision to hold the race on Sunday. Luckily for fans they could hold on to their tickets to attend the event on Sunday as well as bring a friend for free! There was quite a turnout too!
Dina Parise went to the # 1 qualifying spot on Friday night in her Cadillac Pro Mod Stella with a 6.91. This for sure was not a stellar number for Stella but it held up!
She held that spot through the two rounds of qualifying (the third round was never run due to the wrath of Mother Nature).
Parise did have a bye from the Semi-final round into the finals. “Rather than make a full run we chose to take the tree.” explained Andrew Parise, “You see, we ran this weekend with a crew of two; myself and Butch Branzelle. With the race being held over to Sunday unfortunately Butch had to fly home to get back to work. I was left to crew alone. Alone to wrench, strap Dina in the car, start the car as well as stage her (Dina). It left no room for error. From tuning to safety we really had no choice. Our preference would have been to put a show on for the fans as well as to get data but it was just not in the cards. As they say, ‘you gotta do what ya gotta do’!”
Parise would face Ruben Tetsoshvili in the final. It was not to be her day to stand in the winner’s circle. “I let off the clutch pedal and nothing.” Dina Parise Stated “Stella didn’t move! I could have had a friggin’ meatball sandwich and a nap before she decided to launch. Hence the .500 light! Finally the car leaves. By the numbers, I had him the whole way but of course lost it at the tree. Heartbreaking really.” She continues. “The (Bruno) pump went bad. And, that’s Drag Racing.”
The numbers put on the board were in no way stellar for the Parise team during IHRA Nitro Jam at Cordova International Raceway, yet the team held the #1 qualifier spot and ended the weekend in the runner-up spot. The DPR team continues to push the envelope in every way. From performance to detail this team acknowledges and does it all. Stella sparkles because of the products provided by USA Auto Supply and CRC. She runs well and safely due to products such as DJ Safety, NGK, Speedwire Systems, Hoosier, Motorsports Unlimited and LAT. Visit http://dinapariseracing.com/marketing-partners . There you will find more information regarding the companies listed. The team encourages you to try the products and services of these companies. The fact remains that they do use them all. That is the best recommendation! The DPR team would like to thank all of their Marketing Partners for their continued support!
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