Jimmy Daniels captured his first NHRA national event title at zMAX Dragway after winning the Stock Eliminator title at the Carolina Nationals.
CHARLOTTE – Four-time HEMI Challenge winner Jimmy Daniels captured his first NHRA national event Wally at the recently completed Carolina Nationals. Not only did Daniels win the Stock class, he also made the final in Super Stock where he fell to Robbie Draughon.
After dominating the HEMI Challenge for the last several years, Daniels enjoyed a breakout weekend at Charlotte. In the end, a win and a runner up in his first two national event finals was an outstanding effort.
Daniels path to the winners circle was paved by a string of stellar reaction times. He posted three .00 lights and two .01 lights in six rounds of competition in his H/SA ’83 Camaro.
Clay Bullard’s .016 light and one above in round one was in the way as Daniels laid down .011 total to advance. Dell Britt turned it red in round two sending Daniels to the third round.
There he eased past a troubled Darren Poole-Adams to reach the quarterfinals. Daniels was .018 take .009 to turn back C.J. McDonald who missed the tree with a .055 light.
Jim Marshall posted a 11.140 on his 11.14 dial in the semifinals but his .053 light ended his day after Daniels was .009 and two above. This advanced Daniels to his first NHRA national event final round.
There he faced Cody Phillips in his C/SA ’01 Corvette who was also appearing in his first national event final. Cody made his way to the final on the strength of two red-lights and a bye run in the first three rounds. He then used a holeshot to defeat Jeff Longhany and took a close .006 win over Monty Bogan.
Daniels once again drilled the tree in the final posting a near-perfect .001 reaction, his best of the event. Not only did he go .00 at the tree, he also took .00 at the stripe. Jimmy took .001 at the stripe to go .030 above for the win. Phillips was locked out at the hit when he posted a .058 light. This forced him into a -.026 under 10.504 breakout loss at the stripe.
Jimmy Daniels continues to prove himself as one of the top young racers in the Stock / Super Stock categories.
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