Vandergriff advances to Quarterfinals in Memphis MEMPHIS, Tenn., (August 21, 2006)- Bob Vandergriff Jr. left Memphis with a big smile on his face after competing in the rain-delayed final elimination's of the O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals at ...
Vandergriff advances to Quarterfinals in Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn., (August 21, 2006)- Bob Vandergriff Jr. left Memphis with a big smile on his face after competing in the rain-delayed final elimination's of the O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park. Vandergriff was smiling not only because his UPS sponsored Top Fuel dragster went to the second round of elimination's, but primarily because he can see a difference in his team. Crew chief Jim Dupuy is making good decisions with the guidance of his brother Wayne, who officially joined the team this weekend.
"I'm glad to see our team get back to where they belong," said Vandergriff. "Jim [Dupuy} and Wayne work very well together. It was awesome to see them produce consistent runs on their first race together in over a year. I'm sure that once they have a few more laps under their belt, we are going to see the UPS car become quite competitive. I'm proud of how far they have come, despite the hot and humid conditions that plagued Memphis this weekend."
Vandergriff defeated "Hot Rod" Fuller in the first round of elimination's on Sunday. Then came the rains, and the lightning, and the thunder, and then finally the postponement until 9 am Monday morning. Vandergriff would meet Morgan Lucas in the first pair of Top Fuelers to run. Vandergriff left the line first, but didn't have enough for Lucas, posting a time of 4.720 seconds at 312.35 mph to Lucas' 4.637/294.95.
Vandergriff will head to the shop to organize and prepare for the prestigious Mac Tools US Nationals on Aug. 31-Sept. 4 at Indianapolis Raceway Park.