Second-year Pro Stock driver Drew Skillman is in a darn good position heading into his first K&N Horsepower Challenge. The driver of the Elite Motorsports Ray Skillman Chevrolet Camaro has qualified well in each of the first three races, and this weekend at the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas, Skillman is once again putting on a good show. He is currently No. 4 in the line-up, behind only the KB Racing Chevrolet Camaros that have been a force to be reckoned with this year.
“It’s power-based,” said Skillman, who was No. 3 after the first session with a 6.703-second pass at 204.73 mph that came with a bonus qualifying point. “We found some power over the weekend, and we’re getting closer, trying to catch up with the KB Racing team. We’re learning every weekend, and yes, we had a good weekend off.”
On the other side of the Elite Motorsports camp, the Mopar Dodge Dart GTs driven by Erica Enders and Jeg Coughlin Jr. are also showing improvement. Enders was No. 5 at the end of the first day of qualifying in Las Vegas.
“They started a brand new program, and it’s amazing that they’re as far along as they are in such a short time,” said Skillman. “They’ll be right there with us before too long – it just takes time and a lot of hard work to get a new program like that up and running. Everything is a little different.”
The surge of power felt by Skillman on Friday is promising as round one of the K&N Horsepower Challenge draws near. Skillman, the No. 5 seed, will race Chris McGaha.
“I’m ready for today,” he said. “I’m really excited to be in the K&N Horsepower Challenge. It’s going to be a good time.”