Team Liberty Racing Qualifying Report: Route 66 Nationals
Staying true to their goal of qualifying both PSE/Team Liberty Racing Victory Magnums are every event this season, Team Liberty’s Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey will compete for top honors on race day at the 20th annual Children of Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by K&N.
On Friday, team owner and rider Cory Reed started the team off on a strong note when he went a 6.964-second pass at 189.95 mph right off the trailer. Sampey followed right after Reed and had to maneuver quite a bit while going down Route 66 Raceway and clocked in with a 7.011, 188.89. In the evening session, Sampey clocked in with an improved 6.999, 189.76 and Reed ran only one-hundredth of a second behind his first qualifying run with a 6.977, 185.21.
In Saturday’s first session, Reed remained consistent with a 6.971, 190.62 and Sampey gained more performance with an improved 6.949, 190.62. Reed slowed to a 7.004, 189.20 in the heat of the day in the final session and Sampey closed out qualifying with a consistent 6.959, 189.20.
“The streak of getting both of our PSE/Team Liberty Racing Victory Magnums qualified is still alive,” Reed said. “Round one of qualifying was really great and then the rest of them weren’t spectacular. It’s nice coming off the trailer and going fast but we’ve been trying some new stuff to change it up and see what this new bike likes.”
“We’re using Cory’s bike as the test bike,” Sampey said. “We don’t have a dyno so the only time we can see if anything works is here at the races or if we go testing. We know we may suffer a little bit if we go the wrong direction but we’re willing to do that to learn. Our whole team is willing to learn and make this benefit us in the long run.”
No. 16 Reed will take on No. 1 LE Tonglet and teammate No. 15 Sampey will take on No. 2 Hector Arana Jr. in the first round of eliminations tomorrow. Pre-race ceremonies at the 20th annual Children of Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by K&N will begin at 11:00 a.m. and eliminations will begin shortly after at noon on Sunday, July 9th.
CORY REED, PSE/TEAM LIBERTY RACING VICTORY MAGNUM
Qualified: No. 16
REED vs. LE Tonglet
Friday: 6.964-seconds, 189.95 mph (Session 1); 6.977, 185.21 (Session 2)
Saturday: 6.971, 190.62 (Session 3); 7.004, 189.20 (Session 4)
ANGELLE SAMPEY, PSE/TEAM LIBERTY RACING VICTORY MAGNUM
Qualified: No. 15
SAMPEY vs. Hector Arana Jr.
Friday: 7.011-seconds, 188.89 mph (Session 1); 6.999, 189.76 (Session 2)
Saturday: 6.949, 190.62 (Session 3); 6.959, 189.20 (Session 4)