FULLER SECURES POSITION IN COUNTDOWN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP, QUALIFIES EIGHTH AT BRAINERD BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 9, 2008) -- Rod Fuller earned one of the coveted 10 slots in NHRA's Countdown to the Championships by qualifying at Brainerd...
FULLER SECURES POSITION IN COUNTDOWN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP, QUALIFIES EIGHTH AT BRAINERD
BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 9, 2008) -- Rod Fuller earned one of the coveted 10 slots in NHRA's Countdown to the Championships by qualifying at Brainerd International Raceway on Saturday afternoon. Fuller, who finished second in the inaugural Countdown to the Championship last year, qualified eighth at the Brainerd NHRA race with a time of 3.933-seconds.
Fuller, who entered the final day of qualifying at the Brainerd NHRA race ranked eighth in the 16-car order, nearly equaled his quickest elapsed time on Friday during Saturday's first qualifying session. Fuller raced the Caterpillar dragster to a pass of 3.933 seconds at 308.71 mph on Friday evening and opened Saturday with the third quickest pass of the session, 3.934 at 307.16. Only points-leader Tony Schumacher and teammate Antron Brown were quicker. The seven-time Top Fuel winner remained in the No. 8 position. On his final qualifying attempt, Fuller carded a run of 4.160 at 251.86 after shutting off early when the Caterpillar car started spinning the tires down track. It is the eighth time that Fuller has qualified in the No. 8 position in his professional career and the 10th time that he qualified in the top half of the field this season. He has now qualified for 77 consecutive races, the second longest streak in Top Fuel (Tony Schumacher).
"We used that last run as a test run," crew chief Rob Flynn said. "We were very happy with the first run. We tried to improve, but nobody did improve on that run. What were happy about is that the car is not dropping cylinders. That's been a major problem with our lack of consistency this season and that gives us more confidence going down the track."
Fuller and the Caterpillar Top Fuel team will face off against No. 9 qualifier and perennial title contender Brandon Bernstein when final eliminations begin at 11 a.m. (CT) on Sunday at B.I.R. Fuller is 0-1 against Bernstein this season.