Brina Frank claimed national event win number five at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals hosted by World Wide Technology Raceway.
ST. LOUIS – Competing at the NHRA Midwest Nationals, Brina Frank, formerly Brina Splingaire, earned career win number five. Four years earlier, Brina won Super Stock at the same event. This year, she drove the COPO Camaro owned by Jim and Debbie Greenheck to the win in Stock Eliminator.
Her road the to final round was littered with heavy hitters. Brina opened eliminations with a .006 win over Brainerd Super Stock champ Brett Speer. She then defeated Super Stock runner up Brandon Bakies in a close double-breakout race.
In the race with Bakies, her .018 get behind .005 was just enough to win the math in the double-breakout race. Bakies was .020 at the tree and -.013 under in the loss.
This moved her into a third round encounter with former national event winner Daryl Bureski. Brina used a .009 to .051 reaction time advantage to easily move past Bureski who ran .069 above his dial-in.
This setup a round four match up with Michael Lund. The round was a two-for-one as the winner would receive a bye to the final. Brina dodged a bullet when her .062 light was negated by Lund’s -.004 red-light. This moved Brina into her sixth national event final round.
There she would face Brainerd champ Chris Knudsen in his stick-shifted ’69 Camaro. In a battle of old versus new Camaro’s, Brina was .027 take .007 to run dead six to her 9.30 dial. Knudsen was .025 at the tree but lifted at the stripe to go .015 over his 10.57 dial.
The win added to an already great season for the CTech Manufacturing team after car owner Jim Greenheck won his first national event at the Lucas Oil Nationals.
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