BAYTOWN, TX (MAY 1, 2011) Nineteen-year-old Pro-Stock rookie Vincent Nobile beat out veteran and hometown favorite, Rodger Brogdon in the final round of Sunday’s NHRA O’Reilly Auto Parts Spring Nationals. The young driver, fueled by VP’s C25, took the trophy by just one-thousandth of a second for his first career victory.

“It was close,” Nobile said. “I didn’t even know who won at the stripe. Finally the win light came on and everyone was screaming in my ear. It’s awesome and I am just living a dream.”

Nobile left the starting line of the biggest race in his young career with a near-perfect .007-second reaction time. Brogdon wasn’t too far behind with a .009 start but couldn’t match Nobile’s pass of 6.625 at 209.72 mph (Brogdon - 6.624 at 208.78 mph). The margin of victory was .0016 seconds, which is approximately six inches.

"He was right there the whole way down," said Nobile, who became just the 54th winner in Pro Stock history. "I went through the finish line and I was like, 'Who won? Who won?' Then I heard the guys screaming in my headset and I went crazy. It's so surreal.”

"I watched my dad (John Nobile) drag race for years and go to 10 finals before he got a trophy. To have one this early in my driving career is unbelievable. He got down there and we both just started crying like babies. Neither one of us could even talk."

Nobile is currently fourth in the point standings and trails points leader Jason Line by 23 points. Greg Stanfield is ranked second and Greg Anderson is third. Rounding out the top 10 are Mike Edwards, Brogdon, Erica Enders, Ron Krisher, Allen Johnson and Ronnie Humphrey.

“We are going to take one step at a time,” Nobile said. “This was the first step. Hopefully, we can get rookie-of-the-year, then if everything going the way it does, hey, the championship would be wonderful.”

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