Team Pennzoil moves up in Round 2 DALLAS (April 23) -- After a lackluster start, the professional drag racers of Team Pennzoil managed to jump into title contention in just one round as the first day of qualifying commenced at the Third Annual...
Team Pennzoil moves up in Round 2
DALLAS (April 23) -- After a lackluster start, the professional drag racers of Team Pennzoil managed to jump into title contention in just one round as the first day of qualifying commenced at the Third Annual Lone Star Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. Improved Round 2 passes by each of the Pennzoil pros made an uninspiring opening round easy to forget as all three Pennzoil drivers managed to move up in the day's second session.
The following recap encapsulates all of the opening day action in the Pennzoil pits.
Mike Thomas, the driver of the Pennzoil Pro Stock Pontiac Firebird, followed up his forgettable first-round lap where he shut his car off at mid-track by rocketing up the standings with a 7.041-second pass at 196.42 mph in Round 2. The mark quickly pushed Thomas from the 21st spot in the standings to the fourth position on the qualifying ladder.
"I really feel as though we're just getting started," Thomas said. "That was a nice run but I believe this car has the ability to go a lot faster. I'd like to see the temperature drop 20 degrees or so and then we'd be able to fly in the morning. We've still got a lot of racing left to do this weekend but I'm very pleased with the position we're in right now."
Bruce Allen, the driver of The Outlaw Pro Stock Pontiac Firebird, put smiles on the faces of his hometown fans with a steady lap of 7.073 seconds at 195.52 mph, which moved the Arlington resident into contention in the No. 13 spot. Earlier in the day, Allen had posted a shut-off lap of 9.795 seconds at 95.67 mph after his car got loose during the run.
"We over-adjusted after the first run and probably left some in it in Round 2," Allen said. "It certainly wasn't the best we could have done. But that's great news for us. It's nice to have a not-so-good run and still be part of the field. We're improving as a team and this was the first step in the right direction. We'll make some adjustments and be ready to go in the morning.
Eddie Hill, the driver of the Pennzoil Top Fuel Dragster, had to pedaled the throttle twice to get through a 5.388-second lap at 273.30 mph in Round 2. The extra effort just moved Hill out of the 16th and final spot in the qualifying field into the No. 15 spot.
"We're closer to where we need to be but we're obviously still not there," Hill said. "I had to pedal her through to post a better time because we darn sure wanted to make the show and we have no idea what the weather will be like tomorrow. I hate to do that because it's so hard on parts and it cost a bunch of money that you don't necessarily need to spend. But I felt like it was something I needed to do."