(07-28-20) Evansville, IN – The 2020 Season continues to be a roller coaster for NGK Driver Don O’Neal. Since reaching the Semi-Final during the NHRA Mello Yello Series event in Indy a few weeks ago, O’Neal had two first-round exits at Columbus, scoring a Runner Up this past weekend in Race 1 of the Double Event in Topeka, then bowed out in the 3rd Round of the 2nd Race. After a reliable qualifying performance for the Quickest and Fastest Magnuson LS Camaro, O’Neal continues to be optimistic for 2020.
“I let a couple of race wins slip away this past weekend,” exclaimed Don O’Neal driver of the NGK Top Sportsman Camaro. “I drove well most of the weekend, except you know when I turn it one, thou red, or breakout taking way too much stripe,” stated O’Neal.
The team is working on the combination from the firewall back, looking to find exactly the right mix. The smallest engine in the field took on monster cubic inch competitors one by one until bowing out, but not bowing down.
“A couple of weeks ago, I was happy with the car leaving Indy, drove a couple of hundred miles to Columbus, and the car and driver both forget what to do,” laughed O’Neal. “We are learning more and more each time we do a lap; we learned a lot this past weekend, and now we have different transmission and converter combo, that show what we are hoping for the next event back at Indy,” said O’Neal.
The team has the only NHRA Top Sportsman vehicle in the country with a Magnuson Supercharger and LS Powerplant. The engine is foundationally a General Motors Factory Stock Showdown Engine in an Ex-Pro Stock Camaro, only one in existence that is going 200 mph with NTK OEM Sensors in the 6-second range.
“A couple of weeks ago I let it slip away in the Semi’s, this weekend I let it slip away in the finals,” O’Neal continued. “I am telling you, it is coming, we have a pretty decent hot rod,” O’Neal concluded.
Don looks to add to his round win total next week in Indianapolis during the NHRA Mello Yello Series event.
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