Houston Preview Team Pennzoil Heads Home

Team Pennzoil Searching for Positive Results in Houston Houston, Texas (Oct. 26) -- The National Hot Rod Association will be making their next to the last stop on the 1999 schedule at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas this weekend. With ...

Team Pennzoil Searching for Positive Results in Houston

Houston, Texas (Oct. 26) -- The National Hot Rod Association will be making their next to the last stop on the 1999 schedule at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas this weekend. With point champions already determined in the Funny Car and Pro Stock classes, Team Pennzoil's emphasis will be on capturing the event win for their sponsor.

After a horrific explosion last weekend in Dallas that destroyed his primary car, Eddie Hill, pilot of the Pennzoil Top Fuel Dragster, is just hoping to make the field and pull off a good run or two in his backup car.

"We were forced to pull out our backup car due to our explosion in Dallas," said Hill. "We basically will have to rebuild the car to match the current tune-up that we had been running. The backup car is a good car but it is nothing like the one we had in Dallas. I would like to stay running Houston will be fun, but I think I'll wait till after the first round of qualifying before I can say anything. I'm still sore and I'm sure it will get worse before it gets better."

Bruce Allen, driver of the Outlaw Additives Pontiac Pro Stock, hopes to keep his team's momentum up as they head into Houston. After improving his career-best elapsed time and speed in Dallas last weekend, he feels that the next positive would be a win in his sponsor's hometown.

"If the weather is good, we will fly in Houston," said Allen, "it's a great track and I really enjoy racing there. If the weather conditions are good I won't be surprised to see the fastest Pro Stock field this year. As a rule we do really well there and with the momentum we have going right now should help us pull off a win."

Mike Thomas, driver of the Pennzoil Pontiac Pro Stock, is determined to get in the top ten in points and feels that his best shot to accomplish that goal is to capture a win in Houston.

"We will be testing a lot before we get to Houston," said Thomas. "I'm not pleased at all with the performance of this car. Since we hit the wall in Indy, this car has been a hand full. We have all the ingredients we need to win races yet we haven't been doing that. I'm looking forward to going to Houston. We have had pretty good success and our goal for the end of the year is to get in the top ten in points."

The Third Annual Matco Tools SuperNationals is scheduled for Oct. 28-31 at Houston Raceway Park. For more information on times and tickets prices, call the raceway at 281-383-2666.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mike Thomas , Bruce Allen