Bristol: Jerry Toliver final report

FIRST-ROUND WOES CONTINUE FOR TOLIVER IN BRISTOL BRISTOL, Tenn. (May 18, 2008) -- Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car driver Jerry Toliver is still seeking his first round win of the season after his second wheelstand of the...

FIRST-ROUND WOES CONTINUE FOR TOLIVER IN BRISTOL

BRISTOL, Tenn. (May 18, 2008) -- Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car driver Jerry Toliver is still seeking his first round win of the season after his second wheelstand of the weekend slowed him to a loss during the opening round of eliminations at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

Toliver entered race day from the No. 15 qualifying position and faced Jim Head in the opening round. After a short delay for light rain, the pair finally fired up their cars and prepared to race. The Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge left the starting line hard, besting Head's .103 reaction time by .015 of a second (.088), but after experiencing tire shake Toliver pedaled the throttle early and at 400 feet the car lifted the front end, forcing him to shut off. Head took the win with an elapsed time of 4.834 seconds at 319.29 mph to Toliver's losing 6.482/128.57.

"The Rockstar Energy Drink car went out there and shook the tires and I pedaled it and it pulled the front wheels up," Toliver explained. "Once again we just can't get by first round. I'm totally frustrated right now. I feel bad for all these guys on the crew and for Rockstar. I apologize to Rockstar Energy Drink. They deserve better than this and we're going to work hard and try and make it better.

"The bottom line right now is that we're struggling with this new car and we just can't seem to get it right. It throws us a bone here and there and we think we're on to something and then things happen like this weekend. We've got to qualify better. If we can qualify better then we'll have a better first-round draw and then we'll start winning rounds. The more rounds we go the more we learn. We just have to get back on track with this thing. We're not giving up; we're just extremely frustrated because we're better than this.

"My hats off to these guys for keeping their heads high and for the Rockstar Energy Drink people for hanging with us," added Toliver.

Toliver is currently 16th in the Funny Car point standings. This event has been halted due to rain after the semifinals match-ups were set. If Melanie Troxel, who is waiting to wage her semifinal battle against Jim Head, wins the event, she will move ahead of Toliver.

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jim Head , Melanie Troxel , Jerry Toliver