Driver of the Aruba.com / Alltel Wireless Mustang, Trevor Eman, has had a lot on his mind lately, not the least of which was tying the knot with longtime girlfriend Nicole. Just one short week after saying “I do” Eman and Team Aruba were back at the track, continuing their pursuit of an ADRL Extreme Pro Stock Championship at the Memphis Drags.
“Our racecar was just awesome all weekend long,” told Eman. “The Aruba.com / Alltel Wireless Mustang made it down the track every single time. I give the whole team a lot of credit for having an awesome set up each and every run, but I also have to give credit to the Traction Twins. They did an excellent job on giving us all a superb racing surface. There was no inequality between lanes.”
Team Aruba qualified in the top half of the field with a 4.108, only .013 off the top spot. With Mother Nature’s interference, eliminations were postponed until Sunday. Despite the ever-changing conditions, Team Aruba had their Mustang dialed in all weekend long. Eman’s round one opponent, Cary Goforth, went .001 red, but the Aruba.com Mustang wasn’t going to be an easy competitor regardless, with Eman’s .024 light and 4.10 elapsed time – quickest for the round. In round two Eman lined up against John Montecalvo. Again, the team made the right calls for conditions, going right down broadway at a 4.125 while Montecalvo was forced to lift. Team Aruba was again quickest for the round in the semi finals, laying down a 4.137. Unfortunately, Eman turned it red, leaving just .008 too early, ending their day, but regaining some ground in Championship points. Eman is now fourth in points, and has secured his spot for the Shootout held at the next event- Dragstock X, Sept 6-8 at Rockingham Dragway.
“I must also say,” continued Eman, “that I am very happy the race became a Friday/Saturday race, because with all the rain that came in on Saturday, we were still able to finish the race on Sunday. That does not happen when races are contested on a Saturday/Sunday weekend. It would be my hope that the ADRL switch the last two races to Friday/Saturday weekends, and also consider that for the 2014 season.
“Besides just great racing going on this past weekend, it was an even greater weekend for me personally as it has been a week now that my longtime girlfriend, Nicole and I got married. We got married the weekend before [July 27th] and even though we should have probably been on a honeymoon somewhere, we went racing.
“The team and I would like to congratulate Doug Kirk on winning the race and also would like them to know that they will be in our thoughts when Doug’s Father, Mr. Kirk, goes in for a liver transplant operation on Friday. That must have certainly been on Doug’s mind all weekend, but he proved that the pressure was not going to stop him from winning the race. Good job Kirk family!”
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