Rowe & Matusek Feeling the Momentum Headed into NHRA Spring Nationals

For Danny Rowe and Steve Matusek, drivers of the2013_Danny_Rowe_Action
popular Agave Underground Tequila Pro Mod Camaros, it seems like forever since the
last time they took to the quarter-mile, but that’s not the only reason they’re so
excited about this weekend’s O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston’s
Royal Purple Raceway.

Rowe and Matusek’s combined enthusiasm stems from the team’s track record at Royal
Purple Raceway – namely Rowe’s two victories and three final round appearances over
the course of the last four seasons.

“We are motivated,” says Rowe, emphatically. “It’s been a little while since
Gainesville, so we’re thrilled just to be going racing, but we are motivated headed
into Houston – it’s a race where we’ve had a lot of success over the years. Based on
how we started the season in Gainesville and the handle Jimmy [Rector, crew chief]
has had on the track over the years, it’s hard not to head to Texas with a little
pep in your step.

“Not to mention, we got off to a great start with Steve [Matusek] and the new part
of our team in Gainesville, so there’s a lot to build on, a lot to be excited
about,” he continues. “Agave Underground is bringing in a bunch of guests over the
course of the weekend, along with a number of their key staff members, and we’re
always thrilled to have the opportunity to put on a show for them. It’s going to be
a big weekend in Texas.”

Matusek, who made a career-best 5.904-second, 246.26mph pass in his supercharged Pro
Mod debut at Auto-Plus Raceway, is eager to get back behind the wheel and ride the
momentum coming out of NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season-opening

“At this point, I’m just very anxious,” says Matusek. “I’m anxious to get down there
and get after it, but also just proud to be a part of this team. Looking back at
Gainesville, it’s hard to believe the progress we made – that first qualifier was
the very first time we ever went 1,320-feet. We’re still very, very green, and to
qualify in the top half of the field and go some rounds with essentially a brand new
car, brand new team and a new driver is something that I think we’re all pretty
proud of.

“The conditions down in Houston should be interesting,” continues Matusek. “When it
looks like it’s going to come down to a tuning battle, you can’t help but feel good
when you’ve got Jimmy Rector on your side. These are the races that separate the men
from the boys and I can’t wait.”

The NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series will begin qualifying for the 27th annual
O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway on Friday, April
25th with two sessions at 3:30 and 6:00 PM. Qualifying continues with a third
session on Saturday at 2:00 PM and the opening round of eliminations slated for 4:30
PM. Eliminations continue on Sunday at 12:15 PM.

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