Las Vegas II: Jerry Toliver preview

Jerry Toliver Working on 2008 Combination; Wants Solid Finish for 2007 The 2007 NHRA POWERade Series season is ending, but Jerry Toliver's approach is races at Las Vegas and Pomona, Calif., provide an early start to the...

Jerry Toliver Working on 2008 Combination; Wants Solid Finish for 2007

The 2007 NHRA POWERade Series season is ending, but Jerry Toliver's approach is races at Las Vegas and Pomona, Calif., provide an early start to the 2008 campaign.

Toliver is pleased  with the performance improvements of his ROCKSTAR Energy
Drink/AutoZone Toyota  Solara Funny Car and he goes into this weekend's
ACDelco Nationals intent on  continuing that trend.
"Based on what we have been doing in  qualifying at the last five races, we
have a good shot at qualifying in the top  half of the field," said Toliver, of
Temecula, Calif.  "We feel we are a  top-eight (qualifier) car and we think we
'll be in good shape at  Vegas."
Toliver is returning to the site of his first start with a  new car and team.
 That was at The Strip in April.  This time around  he arrives with a race
car that definitely is capable of winning rounds on  Sunday.

Toliver acknowledges that he could be a factor in the Countdown to 1 final segment of the championship format but he has no favorites. Four drivers -- Tony Pedregon, Gary Scelzi, Robert Hight and Ron Capps -- are the only ones in contention.

"I am  out here to win rounds and races," he said.  "I'm racing the guy in
the  other lane, so if I should run up against any of them, I want to beat
them.  Every round win now is just as important to our team as the first  one.

"The car's performance is improving and we are running out of races, but we are getting a good start on next year."

-credit: jtr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , Gary Scelzi , Jerry Toliver , Robert Hight