US Nationals Report from Darien & Grisel

Darien & Grisel Racing at the 2023 US Nationals Starting Line, Indianapolis, INAfter a yearlong hard-fought battle, we earned the privilege of being the West Region representative to the Jegs Allstars race within a race at the U.S. Nationals.

We enjoyed introduction festivities consisting of food, film, decals, Jegs t-shirts, caps and a very cool fabricated trophy with Casey’s name on it.

The first two runs were qualifying for the U.S. Nationals field and for position on the ladder for the Jegs Allstar race.

We struggled with the high humidity and high-water grains, along with the temperature.  We could only muster a best of 5.60 which put us on the Jegs ladder at #7.

The first round of Jegs was also the last chance to qualify for the U.S. Nationals.

We finally made some progress and clocked a 5.38 at 267.  That got us the round win in the Jegs race and qualified us #12 for the Nationals.  However, by the end of that session we were bumped to #18 and not in the show.

Second round of Jegs we picked up to a 5.35 at 270.  No match for eventual winner Julie Nataas and her 5.18.  The 5.35 would have qualified us for the Nationals had we run it one run earlier.

After struggling at Woodburn and Seattle we were happy to have our car headed in the right direction. 

Our next outing will be a West Region event at Famoso Raceway, October 13th – 16th.

We can’t thank you all enough for helping us make this happen.

Thank you,

Jerry Darien & Casey Grisel

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