Gainesville: Tony Bartone Friday summary

Bartone Races To Provisional No. 7 At Gators GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 16) -- Tony Bartone and the Lucas Oil Funny Car headed by 'Big Jim' Dunn recorded a 4.831 elapsed time to position themselves in the provisional No. 7 position after Friday's...

Bartone Races To Provisional No. 7 At Gators

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 16) -- Tony Bartone and the Lucas Oil Funny Car headed by 'Big Jim' Dunn recorded a 4.831 elapsed time to position themselves in the provisional No. 7 position after Friday's qualifying for the running of the 38th annual ACDelco Gatornationals at the famed Gainesville Raceway.

Being on the outside of qualifying for the first two NHRA season-opening events hasn't deterred the Dunn team and going into Gators, their spirits were high and with their great run today has only targeted that direction in the right place with greater enthusiasm.

"Just persistence, working on the tune up since missing by just a little at Phoenix and Pomona has put us here," said a happy Bartone. "This is the same motor setup basically, and we've been working on the clutch, working on the chassis and trying to get the race car down the track. I'm glad we're in the No. 7 spot and see if we can pick it up a little bit tomorrow we should stay in the top half of the field for Sunday and that would be great for the Lucas Oil Funny Car.

"We started the season with a bunch of new parts and it's just getting laps on those elements are making them perform better taking us in the right direction.

Having a Florida residence in Del Ray Beach, in many ways, has all the components of offering Bartone the chance to claim Gainesville Raceway as a second home track on the 23-race NHRA POWERade Funny Car tour.

"I have a lot of family and friends and you can tell by my Southern accent that this is definitely a home track for me," said a sarcastic Bartone, who is a native of Long Island City, N.Y.

Qualifying continues with two more qualifying sessions at 1 and 3:30 p.m. EDT for the professional rounds along with ESPN2 airing qualifying results with a two-hour program at 1 a.m. early Sunday morning.

-credit: lor

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Bartone