Bristol: Rod Fuller final report

FULLER SUFFERS RARE EARLY LOSS AT BRISTOL BRISTOL, Tenn. (May 18, 2008) -- Rod Fuller, a seven-time NHRA Top Fuel winner, raced his David Powers-owned Caterpillar dragster to a first-round finish Sunday morning at Bristol Dragway during ...

FULLER SUFFERS RARE EARLY LOSS AT BRISTOL

BRISTOL, Tenn. (May 18, 2008) -- Rod Fuller, a seven-time NHRA Top Fuel winner, raced his David Powers-owned Caterpillar dragster to a first-round finish Sunday morning at Bristol Dragway during the O'Reilly Thunder Valley Nationals. Fuller remains fourth in the NHRA Top Fuel standings.

Fuller and his Rob Flynn-led Caterpillar/Matco Tools team started from the No. 9 position after qualifying with a pass of 4.584-seconds. That placed the Caterpillar team in a first-round match-up against No. 8 qualifier and former NHRA Rookie of the Year J.R. Todd. As the first pair of dragsters to square off on Sunday, the drivers used nearly identical reaction times and Fuller sped to a pass of 4.635 seconds at 280.95 mph. The Caterpillar dragster suffered a mechanical failure during the pass and slowed from a sure mid-4.5-second elapsed time. That allowed Todd to score the round win with a run of 4.589 at 321.04. Fuller now has a record of 10-7 this season.

"That was a tough round," Fuller said. "We were on a really good pass and the car hit a bump and knocked my foot off the throttle pedal and that's why we lost the round. It should have run a low 4.50, but it's just one of those tough breaks in drag racing. I don't mind taking the blame, but we're analyzing why it happened. Our car is running good. We'll move on to Topeka and hopefully represent our CAT dealers and do well."

-credit: dpm

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Series NHRA
Drivers David Powers , Rod Fuller , J.R. Todd