FULLER LOOKS FOR REPEAT OF '07 AT 2010 MILE-HIGH NATIONALS MORRISON, Colo. (July 21, 2010) - Three years ago was a dream season for popular NHRA racer "Hot Rod" Fuller. The seven-time NHRA winner won a career-best three races in six final rounds...
FULLER LOOKS FOR REPEAT OF '07 AT 2010 MILE-HIGH NATIONALS
MORRISON, Colo. (July 21, 2010) - Three years ago was a dream season for popular NHRA racer "Hot Rod" Fuller. The seven-time NHRA winner won a career-best three races in six final rounds and nearly claimed the Top Fuel championship. One of his three race triumphs was at scenic Bandimere Speedway near Denver, a favorite stop on the NHRA tour.
Fuller looks for a repeat of his win three years ago near Colorado's stunning red rocks when the NHRA completes the grueling three-race Western Swing, July 23-25, at Bandimere Speedway with the 31st annual Mile-High Nationals.
"When we had four races to run in, I circled Denver," Fuller said. "It's a beautiful track and nobody has an advantage because of the altitude and we only race there once a year. Also, Lee Beard is one of the best guys on the mountain. He's had a lot of success there and he's from Colorado. This is a big race for us because Richard Cregan, the CEO of Yas Marina Circuit, will be there and it would be great to hand him the 'Wally' to take back to Abu Dhabi."
Fuller, who now lives in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will make his second start of 2010 behind the wheel of his Abu Dhabi/Yas Marina Circuit Top Fuel dragster. The former NHRA sportsmen standout - Fuller earned 13 NHRA national event wins in the Super Comp and Super Gas categories - qualified third at 3.873-seconds last weekend at Infineon Raceway at Sonoma, Calif. in his 2010 NHRA debut. It was the first time he has competitively raced his car since the Yas Drag Festival in Abu Dhabi in March.
Reunited with champion crew chief and Colorado native Lee Beard, Fuller showed little rust in his return to NHRA competition last weekend in Sonoma. All three of his qualifying attempts carded elapsed times in the 3-second range. Fuller and Beard first formed a lethal driver/crew chief combination five years ago during his 15-race Top Fuel effort in 2005. In just their second race together, Fuller scored his first career NHRA Top Fuel win by edging seven-time series champion Tony Schumacher in the final round at Memphis Motorsports Park. Could another win in their second race together be in store?
"We just missed the tune-up in the first round at Sonoma," Fuller said. "We were one of the best cars in the heat and it just didn't work out in our favor. I told Lee (Beard) that we lost in the first round at Sonoma in 2005 and went to the next race and won. I don't want to be superstitious, but that would be cool if we can do that again. Plus I'm bringing my lucky troll out of retirement. We're shipping him from (Las) Vegas to get him back in the car this weekend. Last weekend was my first Top Fuel race I've ever raced in without my lucky troll going back to the 90s."
With his lucky troll riding along at his side, it may just be another second start celebration for Fuller at his crew chief's home track.