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Hernandez exits early in ADRL Round 4

DOHA, Qatar – It definitely wasn’t the kind of day Josh Hernandez expected behind the wheel of his Bahrain 1 Pro Extreme ’57 Chevy Pro Mod. Coming into Round 4 of the Arabian Drag Racing League’s 2010-2011 season, Hernandez held a 3-point lead in championship points and had great positive momentum from the previous three races. Then, for whatever reason, his car’s performance “suffered a hiccup.”

After three rounds of qualifying Thursday, Hernandez sat outside the field looking in with only one chance remaining to break into the very quick ladder. Unphased by the pressure, his Jim Oddy/Troy Critchley-tuned car squeaked into the No. 8 spot Friday afternoon and forced a first-round match-up with the hard-charging No. 1 qualifier Alex Hossler.

When the two faced off for their horsepower duel in round one, Hernandez blistered the tree with a .006 reaction time to Hossler’s .035 but from there, the Texas-native couldn’t hold on to his lead and fell to Hossler, 3.791-seconds at 200.02 mph to Hossler’s 3.671 at 209.17.

“I definitely had him off the line, but we shook a little bit in the middle, and it was enough to let him drive around us. We just couldn’t get it to stick on that lap,” Hernandez said.

“It was just one of those races. It seemed they were handing out 3.60’s like they were candy today, but we were at the end of the line and couldn’t seem to get one.

“We’ll go back to the garage, turn some knobs on the car, take a couple of test laps next week and hit the track again hard in Round 5. This team has worked together long enough to know that some races you remember because of your success, and some races you just shake your head and walk away. We’ll be fine and get right back in the saddle next week,” Hernandez said.

Un-officially, Hernandez slipped into a tie for second place with Frankie Taylor, with both drivers two rounds behind Round 4 winner JR Todd.

Hernandez and Bahrain 1 Racing will return to the drag strip at Qatar Racing Club January 13-14 for Round 5 of the eight-race season.

DOHA, Qatar – It definitely wasn’t the kind of day Josh Hernandez expected behind the wheel of his Bahrain 1 Pro Extreme ’57 Chevy Pro Mod. Coming into Round 4 of the Arabian Drag Racing League’s 2010-2011 season, Hernandez held a 3-point lead in championship points and had great positive momentum from the previous three races. Then, for whatever reason, his car’s performance “suffered a hiccup.”

After three rounds of qualifying Thursday, Hernandez sat outside the field looking in with only one chance remaining to break into the very quick ladder. Unphased by the pressure, his Jim Oddy/Troy Critchley-tuned car squeaked into the No. 8 spot Friday afternoon and forced a first-round match-up with the hard-charging No. 1 qualifier Alex Hossler.

When the two faced off for their horsepower duel in round one, Hernandez blistered the tree with a .006 reaction time to Hossler’s .035 but from there, the Texas-native couldn’t hold on to his lead and fell to Hossler, 3.791-seconds at 200.02 mph to Hossler’s 3.671 at 209.17.

“I definitely had him off the line, but we shook a little bit in the middle, and it was enough to let him drive around us. We just couldn’t get it to stick on that lap,” Hernandez said.

“It was just one of those races. It seemed they were handing out 3.60’s like they were candy today, but we were at the end of the line and couldn’t seem to get one.

“We’ll go back to the garage, turn some knobs on the car, take a couple of test laps next week and hit the track again hard in Round 5. This team has worked together long enough to know that some races you remember because of your success, and some races you just shake your head and walk away. We’ll be fine and get right back in the saddle next week,” Hernandez said.

Un-officially, Hernandez slipped into a tie for second place with Frankie Taylor, with both drivers two rounds behind Round 4 winner JR Todd.

Hernandez and Bahrain 1 Racing will return to the drag strip at Qatar Racing Club January 13-14 for Round 5 of the eight-race season.