Summit Racing–Alund Eager for Second Four-Wide Racing Experience

Alund Eager for Second Four-Wide Racing Experience
Mooresville, N.C., April 9, 2014 – Jimmy Alund is a relative newcomer to the Summit Racing Pro Stock team, but the experienced competitor who hails from Sweden actually has some experience at one of the most unique events on NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour, this weekend’s 5th annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at the illustrious zMAX Dragway.
The NHRA Four-Wide Nationals is a once yearly event that takes place on a unique, four-lane dragstrip. Four drivers at a time will race down the track vying for qualifying positions in each of four sessions. Championship Sunday will feature a trio of four-car rounds. In rounds one and two, the first two cars to cross the finish line will advance. The final four-car standoff will result in one winner and one runner-up, and the last two cars to cross the finish line will technically post semifinals finishes. The format, as well as the starting line procedures, can be tricky.
“I was at the first Four-Wide in 2010 with my own car,” recalled Alund. “I went a 6.71; I remember that. After that first year, they changed the staging light to help the drivers a little bit more. That was good, and I’m looking forward to going there again and trying to maybe improve on what we did in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago.”
Alund had his finest outing yet at the most recent event on the schedule, the NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It was there that the multi-time European Pro Stock champ had the opportunity to finally see his first win light on American soil, and he quickly followed up the first NHRA round win of his career with a second-round victory and, ultimately, a career best semifinals finish in the red Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro.
“Last weekend was something I had hoped to accomplish, and I couldn’t have picked a better race to do that,” said Alund, who had a bit of trouble mastering the LED lights that are part of NHRA’s starting line system earlier in the year. “I hadn’t ordered a plane ticket to Charlotte until after we got back from Gainesville. If I had trouble at the starting line, I don’t think I would have booked a flight. But it all worked out, and now I’m very excited to race here at the Four-Wide Nationals. It’s a home race for the KB Racing team, and I like getting to spend a few days in the shop with the boys. This weekend should be a lot of fun.”