The “Nitrous Wars” of the PDRA Pro Nitrous class heated up on Saturday when Jay Cox scored the first Pro Nitrous victory for engine builder Charlie Buck.
“I’m tickled to death that I could do it for him. I don’t care, whatever it takes, we’ll do it. Charlie Buck – great guy, works harder than anybody and is the most deserving engine builder in my opinion,” Cox said.
“I like hot weather racing. Anybody can win then and it’s more of a tuner’s race. I like that style of racing. This far away from home, I’m shorthanded on help. I just have my dad, Bryant and Dennis, which is fine, but when it’s hot like this you just get beat down real bad.”
Cox was one of the quickest cars during the hot qualifying sessions, but went into violent tire shake on a first-round bye run. Surprised by the shake, the North Carolina driver went conservative for his quarterfinal match against Keith Haney.
“I was going into second round not really knowing where I was at with the tune-up, so I put something in there that was safe. Once you start a race you get in that race mode. It’s hard once you’ve shook the tire first round to get back into that race mode. You want to play it too safe.”
Cox won that round with a 3.819, then stepped up to a 3.802 to send Jim Laurita back to West Virginia. The final round was a battle of orange ’69 Camaros, with Cox’s Buck-powered entry lining up against number three qualifier Steve Jackson and his Reher-Morrison power. Cox was quicker on both ends of the track, winning the 3.865-to-3.912 decision.
The Fuel injection, Ignition and Nitrous systems are all controlled by the EFI Technology XTR ECU.
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