Brainerd: Krisher wants a repeat

Krisher wants to repeat finals appearance at Brainerd. BRAINERD, Minn. - NHRA Pro Stock driver Ron Krisher is looking forward to the annual trip to Minnesota. One of his hobbies is fishing, but Krisher won't have time to enjoy the lush scenery...

Krisher wants to repeat finals appearance at Brainerd.

BRAINERD, Minn. - NHRA Pro Stock driver Ron Krisher is looking forward to the annual trip to Minnesota. One of his hobbies is fishing, but Krisher won't have time to enjoy the lush scenery and battle the fish of Minnesota.

He has stronger and faster opponents to catch. Krisher was the runner-up to Bruce Allen last year at the Brainerd facility. This year, he plans to take one step further when he returns to the 21st annual Rugged Liner NHRA Nationals, Aug. 15-18, at Brainerd International Raceway.

Larry Dixon, Ron Capps, Allen and Antron Brown are the defending winners in their respective pro categories at the $1.9 million race, the 16th of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. It is the 10th of 14 events for Pro Stock Motorcycle competitors.

Krisher said he wants to be in the final round again this season, but he wants the win-light this time.

"We are pretty excited about going back to Brainerd," Krisher said. "We did pretty well there last year and I think we have proven that we definitely have the horsepower to compete with the rest of the category. Some places we do a better job than at others. We do pretty well in Denver, for example, and I think Brainerd is the same thing. We seem to have a good handle on that track."

Driving his Eagle One Chevy Cavalier, Krisher has been one of the most consistent Pro Stock cars in the field. With more than 40 drivers competing for the 16-car field at most national events, qualifying has become more difficult this season than in years past.

Krisher is the only driver to qualify for every national event this season. Warren Johnson saw his record qualifying streak of 303 consecutive events end earlier this month when he missed the starting lineup at Infienon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Johnson, who will try to get another streak going in Brainerd, had not posted a DNQ (did not qualify) since March 1987. With Johnson's uncharacteristic DNQ, Krisher becomes the leading Pro Stock driver in that category, with 62 consecutive starts.

"I think that we have been doing a good job as far as our consistency in qualifying goes," Krisher said. "We have qualified for more than 60 straight events. I don't think that we will ever catch up to the record Warren set, but we are pleased with what we're doing.

"It is very exciting to be in the race every week. That's the best part of being out here and hopefully we will be able to do what it takes to continue our streak."

Krisher has earned five No. 1 qualifying positions this season. He has been to the final round twice, earning one victory at the Las Vegas event in April. Krisher just added former Mike Edwards crew chief Mike Elliott to the team to assist Tim Freeman with crew chief duties.

"The competition is so tight this year that you just can not afford to make mistakes," Krisher said. "You have got to get down that track every time in order to have any success. We have had the most problems in the first round of eliminations, so we added Mike Elliott and hopefully he can help us improve our race day setup.

"He has good race day experience and that is what we are looking for right now. We always have fast times during time trials, but we need to be better on Sunday and hopefully Mike can bring that to the party."

Going to Brainerd is an added comfort, according to Krisher. If the atmospheric conditions are similar to what the track featured last year, Krisher should have an immediate advantage.

"Knowing that what you did last year worked is a good feeling," Krisher said. "Some people didn't understand what to do to make that track work for them, but we got a good setup from the beginning. We just hope that when we get to Brainerd, we can have the same kind of success as last year."

This time, however, he wants to participate in the winner's circle activities. Maybe after that, he can make some time to celebrate and go fishing.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Larry Dixon , Warren Johnson , Ron Capps , Ron Krisher , Bruce Allen , Tim Freeman , Mike Edwards