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Sat, 09 Mar 2013, 14:21 PM

Berner Testing Results Hold Great Promise for Dragpalooza IX
Courtesy of Lisa Collier





ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Pete Berner and the Summit Racing Equipment Extreme Pro Stock team took advantage of the Rockingham Dragway testing opportunities in preparation for the Saturday/Sunday ADRL Drapalooza IX. Berner quickly let the competition know that he meant business this year, laying down a string of 4.0 numbers. A surprise team member was also on hand to help Berner and team make the most of their stellar combination.

"We are thrilled with our test session results," told Berner. "The track was actually cold, which means this car has a lot left in it. I'm very thankful to Mark [Eckman] and Tom [Pierce] for bringing Jeff Perley on board to help us this weekend. Jeff is one of the best, if not the best, in the business in chassis science. It's great to have his knowledge and insight. He suggested some changes that proved to be instrumental. I can't thank Mark and Tom enough for not only getting Perley here this weekend, but also for their overall input into the team and bringing new life and focus to my racing. We've got a great team with RV and Eric always working hard to keep this hotrod rubbing fast. We're not only running better, we're having a great time doing it.

"Much of the credit for the numbers we posted during testing goes to Jerry [Janota] and Mike [Slaviero] in the engine shop. The engine we're running is the same one we hurt on the dyno two weeks ago. They worked day and night to get this engine ready again. I appreciate them and their dedication to this program. It shows. This motor is bad-to-the-bone fast.

"Today's focus for the Dragpalooza qualifying is to better what we did in testing," Berner added. "The weather is beautiful and the conditions are great here in Rockingham. No matter where or who we're racing, we've got to be good at it, so our focus never waivers from constantly improving our game."






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