Gainesville: Rod Fuller preview

Rod Fuller on Gainesville "In my mind, Gainesville is one of the crown jewels of drag racing. It's one of the top races you can win. It's arguably our biggest race with fans and attendance. You always get geared up to go to Gainesville. I've...

Rod Fuller on Gainesville

"In my mind, Gainesville is one of the crown jewels of drag racing. It's one of the top races you can win. It's arguably our biggest race with fans and attendance. You always get geared up to go to Gainesville. I've never won there and raced at my first national event ever at Gainesville in 1992. I have a great feeling about this race. We seem to have a good combination there and had a strong showing last season. We have a race car that can win this race."

Rob Flynn (crew chief) on Gainesville

"We want to continue running well, but need to work on our consistency. We've had solid performances with having low E.T. of the first two races, but we're not as consistent as we'd like. If we can improve in that area, we should have a good package."

Fuller Gainesville Notebook

Three weeks ago near Phoenix, Fuller raced the Caterpillar dragster to a semifinal finish. He qualified 11th before bowing out in the semis to Australian driver David Grubnic. The round loss ended Fuller's 17-round win streak at the Phoenix race.

Last March, Fuller qualified his Valvoline dragster second at the Gatornationals with a pass of 4.535 seconds at 323.66 mph. He advanced to the semifinals before falling to race winner Tony Schumacher. Fuller has never advanced to the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Fuller has recorded low elapsed time of the meet at the first two races this season, 4.494 seconds at Pomona, Calif. and 4.491 seconds at Phoenix. He has clocked low E.T. of the meet seven times in his career.

Fuller has qualified for 63 consecutive NHRA Top Fuel events. He hasn't missed the cut since driving Top Fuel part time in 1996 (Houston). It is the second longest streak in Top Fuel (Tony Schumacher).

Fuller made his NHRA national event debut at the 1992 Gatornationals in the Super Comp category. He advanced to the semifinals.

Fuller drove his Rob Flynn-tuned rail to a career-best second place finish last season. He collected three wins in six final rounds, four poles, four low E.T. of the race, one top speed of the race, and won the $100,000 Technicoat Shootout at the fall Las Vegas race. He also won a category-best 40 rounds of eliminations, three more than Brandon Bernstein.

-credit: dpm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Schumacher , David Grubnic , Rod Fuller