Nobile’s HEMI®-Powered Pro Stock Avenger Wins the NHRA Spring Nationals!

Vincent Nobile, who isn’t old enough to legally drink, won his first NHRA national event this weekend at the O’Reilly Spring Nationals in Houston.
This 19 year-old from Melville, New York wheeled his 500 cubic-inch HEMI-powered Dodge Avenger past some heavy hitters in the class and became the youngest driver ever to win in NHRA Pro Stock. After qualifying fifth, Vincent was paired up with previous two-time event champion Kurt Johnson in round one and proceeded to take the win with a 6.643 to Johnson’s losing 6.667 ET. In round two, Vincent had to go up against the 2006 NHRA Pro Stock Champion Jason Line. After both cars lit the staged lights, Jason let the clutch out too early and red-lighted but Vincent’s impressive 6.63 easily would have handled the 6.64 run of Line. In the semi-finals, Vincent had his Dodge Avenger dialed-in like a bracket racer as he laid down another 6.63 to defeat Stanfield’s Pontiac GXP. This set the stage for the finals as Vincent was “in the zone” and had a killer reaction time (0.007) to Roger Brogdon’s not to shabby 0.009 light. It was a great side-by-side drag race but Vincent’s Dodge nipped Brogdon’s Pontiac right at the stripe by approximately six inches!
Vincent Nobile is definitely having a break-out year, and after this weekend’s win at the Spring Nationals, he’s definitely in contention for the coveted NHRA Rookie of the Year award.


    Posted May 2, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    WOW! I didnt know DODGE made a HEMI AVENGER coupe! Sign me up!

    Seriously, atta boy Vinny !!! You are the dude!

  • Dcal1963
    Posted May 2, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    About time!!!  Lets keep putting those Chevy powered Pontiacs and Fords on the trailers!!!  Keep it up!!

  • Mopar_Dodge_91
    Posted May 2, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    @ROADNTRACK: Allen Johnson competes in the NHRA Pro Stock Series, he is Mopar’s main driver. The team has some factory support from Dodge/Mopar.

  • michael foley
    Posted May 3, 2011 at 5:22 am | Permalink

    I was suprised at the detail on Vincents car ie.the Rear door handles.Very nice paint too,being only 19 I hope he stays a MOPAR man.He’s a bright talent for the future of Drag Racing.

  • Bobby Powell
    Posted May 3, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    Woo hoo. Chalk one up for the good guys.

  • HEMIhead
    Posted May 3, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    Nice job guys! Now that’s how to get it done! Thanks, from “A Mopar Guy”.
    Hope you get the “Rookie of the Year!”

    Posted May 3, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful car and congratulations on the win! Great accomplishment!!! I would love to see a two door HEMI Avenger with a hood scoop for sale at the dealer.

  • Posted December 25, 2011 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    I told my grnamdhoter how you helped. She said, “bake them a cake!”

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