Pro Stock driver Shane Tucker’s AAA NHRA FallNationals campaign was brought to a premature end in Dallas on the weekend after a false start in the first round of elimination finals.
Tucker was paired against Dave Connolly after qualifying 10th at Texas Motorplex but engaged his Chevrolet Camaro’s clutch early and left the tree early.
The Aussie admits starts have been a weakness for him lately and he tried something different this time around.
“A lot of things have to be right for you to be great off the line and I’ve been pretty average on the tree,” Tucker said.
“I changed my routine which is something I don’t think I’ll do again. I think I over complicated things.
“I tried to make sure I wasn’t been too hard on the clutch and was a bit light on it when I put it on the rev limiter and it flicked straight off.
“It's disappointing, but there's always another drag race,” he said.
Connolly went on to run a 6.597 second pass at 210.57 mph before continuing on the win the event.
Tucker was originally going to miss the FallNationals, but made the decision to compete after the NHRA Carolina Nationals was postponed, and is uncertain of what his next event will be.
"We need to reassess this year and how I've been driving. Maybe I need to take a break,” he said.