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Shane Tucker Maximizes U.S. Nationals Experience



18th of 24 races in the NHRA Mello Yello Series
Chevrolet Performance NHRA U.S. Nationals
Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis – Indianapolis, IN
August 30 – September 2, 2019

Shane TuckerINDIANAPOLIS, IN (September 4, 2019) – The 65th edition of the Chevrolet Performance NHRA U.S. Nationals was an event full of promise for Australian Shane Tucker and his Auzmet/StructGlass Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stock team. In 2014 during his rookie campaign Tucker qualified No. 14 at the “Big Go” but was ousted in the first round by Shane Gray. Beginning in 2016 Tucker attempted to compete in the most prestigious drag race in the world only to be denied for three consecutive years. This weekend Tucker with his Nick Ferri Racing engine program, along with tuning expertise from his father Ron Tucker – the business owner who splits time between Dallas, Texas and the land down under — qualified in the No. 15 position.

“We have had our struggles this season for sure,” said Tucker before the race started. “We had to skip the Western Swing but we kept working on getting this Chevrolet Camaro ready for Brainerd and the U.S. Nationals. Two weeks ago we raced for the first time in a long time and saw some decent results. I knew we could come to Indy and you never know what can happen at this race.”

Throughout the three days of qualifying Tucker and his Chevrolet Camaro posted decent runs and were always in the field. There was no doubt that the Australian would be racing on Monday and that fed his confidence as a driver and team owner.

“You want to race and not just make qualifying runs,” said Tucker. “I felt really good on Friday and Saturday. We tried a few things on Sunday. I knew we had a tough first round opponent in Jason Line. I went into the first round with the attitude that he was going to have to make a good run to beat us. We weren’t going to hurt ourselves.”

Tucker and Line were the fifth pair of Pro Stock race cars and with every pair Tucker’s confidence level increased. He wasn’t getting over confident against the three-time Pro Stock world champion but he felt like he could shine. When the Christmas Tree flashed Tucker took a starting line reaction time advantage, .039 to .048, as the Camaros launched. Tucker and his Auzmet/StructGlass Camaro could not keep up with the Summit Racing and KB Racing power as Line pulled away for the win. At the finish line it was Line posting a 6.579 second run which was quickest of the session to Tucker’s 6.653 second pass.

“We gave it our best. We are going to head to the Countdown races with the attitude we can cause some trouble for the top ten teams,” said Tucker. “I love racing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. These are the best racers in the world and any time you get a chance to go head to head with them that makes you better. We didn’t get the outcome we were looking for but we got a lot of data and runs that will help this team.”


Shane Tucker

Shane Tucker


SHANE TUCKER, 34, Auzmet Architectural/StructGlass Chevrolet Camaro SS

Final Qualifying: No. 15 at 6.635, 208.07 mph

Race Results: Lost to Jason Line

Bonus Qualifying Points: 0



PRO STOCK – Alex Laughlin, Granbury, Texas, Chevrolet Camaro, 6.648, 207.43 mph def. Erica Enders, Wynnewood, Okla., Elite Chevrolet Camaro, 6.773, 206.80 mph

TOP FUEL – Doug Kalitta, Ypsilanti, Mich., Mac Tools dragster, 4.144, 212.43 mph def. Billy Torrence, Kilgore, Texas, Capco dragster, 4.220, 206.01 mph

FUNNY CAR – John Force, Yorba Linda, Calif., PEAK Chevrolet Camaro, 3.919, 324.44 mph def. Jack Beckman, Norco, Calif., Infinite Hero Dodge Charger, 3.940, 325.92 mph

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE – Jerry Savoie, Cut Off, La., Suzuki, 6.851. 195.25 mph def. Andrew Hines, Brownsburg, Ind., Harley Davidson, red-light

mello yello 18Mello Yello Point Standings (unofficial)

PRO STOCK – 1. Bo Butner, 969; 2. Alex Laughlin, 967; 3. Jason Line, 906; 4. Greg Anderson, 884; 5. Erica Enders, 853; 6. Deric Kramer, 818; 7. Matt Hartford, 809; 8. Jeg Coughlin, 745; 9. Chris McGaha, 630; 10. Val Smeland, 429; 11. Kenny Delco, 411; 12. Fernando Cuadra, 410; 13. Rodger Brogdon, 320; 14. Fernando Cuadra Jr, 268; 15. Shane Tucker, Auzmet/StructGlass Chevrolet Camaro, 265

TOP FUEL – 1. Steve Torrence, 1742; 2. Doug Kalitta, 1184; 3. Antron Brown, 1109; 4. Brittany Force, 1108; 5. Mike Salinas, 1071; 6. Clay Millican, 1058; 7. Leah Pritchett, 957; 8. Austin Prock, 931; 9. Richie Crampton, 842; 10. Billy Torrence, 819

FUNNY CAR – 1. Robert Hight, 1481; 2. John Force, 1376; 3. Tommy Johnson Jr, 1269; 4. Jack Beckman, 1259; 5. Ron Capps, 1234; 6. Matt Hagan, 1165; 7. Bob Tasca III, 1116; 8. J.R. Todd, 1095; 9. Shawn Langdon, 997; 10. Tim Wilkerson, 863

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE – 1. Andrew Hines, 1126; 2. Eddie Krawiec, 882; 3. Matt Smith, 839; 4. Hector Arana Jr, 743; 5. Jerry Savoie, 551; 6. Karen Stoffer, 532; 7. Angie Smith, 474; 8. Angelle Sampey, 462; 9. Ryan Oehler, 458; 10. Hector Arana, 449