One half of the Elite Motorsports team is really starting to shine this year with the new rule package that includes a switch to electronic fuel injection (EFI). During qualifying at this weekend’s Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaros and drivers Drew Skillman and Vincent Nobile were the only folks outside of the KB Racing team to bring in bonus points – and in the final session of qualifying, Skillman was the quickest car of the lot while Nobile was second-quickest.
For Nobile, following a tough handful of races to start the season – including rubbing the wall and damaging the 2015 championship-winning Camaro at the season opener – the turnaround this weekend has been a big boost to his confidence.
“Yesterday was definitely great,” said Nobile. “I can’t say if the other teams are making good or bad runs, but I’m really happy with how things are going in our camp. Drew and I did really well, and our performance in Q4 yesterday was definitely promising going into raceday. I’m looking forward to today, that’s for sure.”
After one troubling pass that resulted in uncovering an issue that they were able to quickly address, Nobile made three consistent qualifying runs (6.731-second at 204.20, 6.714; 204.94; and 6.714, 205.01) to earn his start from the No. 6 position and a first-round meeting with Deric Kramer.
“It’s been awhile since we’ve been that consistent,” said Nobile, a 17-time finalist and nine-time victor in the ultra-competitive Pro Stock category since making his debut in Brainerd in 2010. “We’re going into raceday pretty confident that we have a good racecar. The weather today is really similar to yesterday, so if we can just do what we did yesterday, we should be in pretty good shape.”