DALLAS – Pro Stock driver Shane Tucker will not be competing during the historic three race western swing due to business commitments with this Dallas-based company, Auzmet Architectural. It was a tough decision for the young racer who was chasing a spot in the NHRA Countdown and his dream of an NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock world championship behind the wheel of his Auzmet Architectural/StructGlass Chevrolet Camaro.
“From the very beginning my first priorities have been my business and my family,” said Tucker. “Success in both allowed me to go racing, but sometimes you have to make some tough decisions. This by far was one of the toughest and easiest decisions I have had to make. Auzmet Architectural in Dallas needs my attention over the next 30 days we have some exciting developments on the business side that will make us a stronger race team.”
Since the Gatornationals in March, Tucker and his Auzmet Camaro have qualified at every NHRA national event where Pro Stock was contested. The 33-year-old has committed to making a serious run at qualifying for the NHRA Countdown in arguably the most competitive class on the NHRA tour. Working with his father Rob and engine builder Nick Ferri, Tucker is investing both time and money in making his Chevrolet Camaro a competitive entry every race.
NORWALK, OH – At the end of a busy race weekend Australian Shane Tucker and his Auzmet/StructGlass Chevrolet Camaro team looked at the last three days of the 13th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals and saw steady improvement. They did not race their way to the winner’s circle but when they stacked up their first round run against the rest of the field they know they can compete in upcoming events.
“We were racing with a brand new to us, Chevrolet Camaro this weekend,” said Tucker. “We got the car from Drew Skillman but we put our motor under the hood and there was a considerable weight difference. Our motor is heavier and we had to work all weekend to deal with the weigh transfer. That one element is so important on these race cars. We did have a good handle on it by this morning.”
In the first round racing Deric Kramer, the No. 1 qualifier, Tucker and his team posted their best run of the weekend. As Tucker raced down the right lane he was hoping to reel in Kramer but he ran out of race track. His final elapsed time was 6.634 seconds at 209.03 mph which, had he posted that time during the final qualifying session would have slotted him a couple of positions up the ladder.
NORWALK, OH – After four rounds of qualifying at the 13th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Shane Tucker and his Auzmet/StructGlass Chevrolet Camaro qualified No. 16 in a very quick field of competitors. Tucker’s best time of 6.841 seconds at 201.70 mph was well off his previous national event efforts but was enough to keep his 2019 qualifying streak alive. He will race Deric Kramer, the most recent winner in the Pro Stock class, in the first round. This will be the first race against Kramer.
“We will have a tough opponent to start race day for sure,” said Tucker. “We are breaking in a new race car this weekend and have been battling a few issues. We will be ready for Deric and are going to give him a solid run.”
In his first pass on Saturday Tucker’s Camaro experienced a starting line issue that drove him into extreme tire shake. In his final qualifying run he was quick off the line but just past the half-track mark Tucker could not shift into high gear. The Gatornationals quarterfinalist coasted across the finish line and into race day as the No. 16 qualifier.
NORWALK, IL – On the first day of the 13th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Shane Tucker wrapped up a tough day of qualifying in his new Auzmet/StructGlass Chevrolet Camaro. The young Australian brought out a new Pro Stock race car and his team spent most of the day fine tuning his Camaro.
“We made the first pass with this race car in the first session,” said Tucker. “We just wanted to get a lap on it and then start dialing it in. It felt pretty good and I knew we could get it back in the pits and make it even better.”
The first run of 6.841 seconds at 201.70 mph was enough to slot Tucker and the Auzmet/StructGlass Camaro in the No. 16 qualifying position. There are seventeen Pro Stock race cars on the property.
In the second session Tucker was looking to improve and move up in the qualifying standings. Tucker’s Chevrolet Camaro rolled up in the left lane. When the tree activated Tucker took off and the nose of his race car lurched up and continued to rise as he accelerated down the track.
CHICAGO, IL – Shane Tucker was looking to duplicate his 2014 success at this year’s Route 66 NHRA Nationals. Five years ago Tucker raced to the semifinals just missing his first final round appearance. This year the young Australian had an up and down two days of qualifying but was optimistic about heading into eliminations as the No. 14 qualifier.
The reason for his upbeat attitude was his Auzmet/StructGlass Chevrolet Camaro had shown glimmers of consistency and improved performance on Friday and Saturday. The performance improvements actually began at the historic Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida. At that race Tucker took out Matt Hartford in the first round and almost stole a second round win as well.
CHICAGO, IL – After a lengthy rain delay Shane Tucker and the Auzmet/StructGlass Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stock car will enter race day as the No. 14 qualifier. During the four qualifying sessions at the 22nd annual Route 66 NHRA Nationals Tucker showed glimpses of improvement and one flash of excitement.
During the final qualifying session Tucker had his hands full at the top end as his Chevrolet Camaro was sashaying at the top end at nearly 200 mph. The additional movement as Tucker neared the finish line peeled off momentum and his final elapsed time of 6.985 seconds was his slowest of the weekend. His best time of 6.657 at 206.23 mph was secured during Friday’s second qualifying session.
“We knew the session was going to be killer because of the weather conditions and we wanted to make a decent run,” said Tucker. “It moved out to the left pretty good and they always sort of do that when they are on a decent run. I stayed in it and the general rule of thumb is if they are out of the groove past half-track you should give it up. I put it in to top gear and it made a massive out to the left and then swung to the right. That is the closest I have been to crashing one of these things.”
CHICAGO, IL – After two qualifying sessions at Route 66 Raceway Shane Tucker is confident in his race car’s performance and its chances for improvement tomorrow. The Auzmet/StructGlass Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stock race car sits in the No. 13 qualified position going into the final day of qualifying at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals. With two more sessions on the schedule the driver from Australia is looking to break into the top half of the field for race day.
“I definitely think there is more performance in this Auzmet/Structglass Camaro,” said Tucker. “We will have cooler conditions tomorrow and with good air we can run quicker. I love racing Chicago. I have had success here and I would love to be a position to go rounds on Sunday.”
In the opening session Tucker took his Chevrolet Camaro to the finish line stripe with a solid 6.658 second pass at 207.78 mph. An hour later Tucker was back on track and posted a nearly identical 6.657 second, 206.23 mph pass to secure the No. 13 spot.