Las Vegas II: Jerry Toliver preview

TOLIVER AND ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK TEAM READY TO ROCK VEGAS TEMECULA, Calif. (Oct. 8, 2008) -- Rockstar Energy Drink Dodger Charger R/T Funny Car driver Jerry Toliver heads to this weekend's Las Vegas NHRA Nationals with a consistent race car and...

TOLIVER AND ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK TEAM READY TO ROCK VEGAS

TEMECULA, Calif. (Oct. 8, 2008) -- Rockstar Energy Drink Dodger Charger R/T Funny Car driver Jerry Toliver heads to this weekend's Las Vegas NHRA Nationals with a consistent race car and a great deal of confidence. After seeing improvements in performance and consistency over the last several races, including a No. 2 qualifying effort in Memphis two races ago, he is eager to end the 2008 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series on a winning note.

"It's been a frustrating season and obviously it's too late to turn things around, but it's still not too late to put this Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge in the winner's circle," said Toliver, who won the inaugural race in Las Vegas in 2000 as team owner of the Funny Car driven by Jim Epler. "We want nothing more than to bring Rockstar Energy Drink a win. That's our main focus and our goal going into Las Vegas.

"We've had a sporadic hot rod this season. It's been on and run really well and then when it came down to crunch time it seemed to be a tick off. We just haven't had the performance on Sundays necessary to win, and that includes everybody, as well as myself. We haven't jelled and I don't know why. It's frustrating. And the crew guys feel the same way. They're dedicated, true professionals and I love them. They've worked they're asses off all year and it would be nice for them to finally have a chance to celebrate.

"We've got two more races to accomplish our goal of winning for Don Schumacher Racing, all the sponsors and Rockstar crew members, and who knows what's going to happen.

"We've seen glimmers of some terrific performance out of the Rockstar Energy Drink car this season and I know crew chief Phil Shuler and the team have what it takes to get this car to the winner's circle. It's those glimmers that keep you going. The bottom line is that we want to be the best we can be on any given day out there, whether it's during qualifying or eliminations.

"I love going to Vegas, it's a great race track and it's a lot fun and I look forward to going. We just want to go to go to Las Vegas and do the best we can and give something back to Rockstar Energy Drink for all they've put into this program. Hopefully that something is a winner's trophy."

-credit: dsr

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