Memphis: Rod Fuller Saturday notes

FULLER FLIES CATERPILLAR DRAGSTER TO NO. 11 POSITION AT MEMPHIS MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Sept. 27, 2008) -- Hot Rod Fuller powered his David Powers-owned Caterpillar dragster to the No. 11 qualifying position Saturday afternoon at Memphis Motorsports ...

FULLER FLIES CATERPILLAR DRAGSTER TO NO. 11 POSITION AT MEMPHIS

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Sept. 27, 2008) -- Hot Rod Fuller powered his David Powers-owned Caterpillar dragster to the No. 11 qualifying position Saturday afternoon at Memphis Motorsports Park. Fuller used a qualifying-best run of 3.909-seconds on Friday evening to claim the No. 11 position.

Fuller, who won his first career professional race at Memphis Motorsports Park in 2005 (def. Tony Schumacher), entered the final day of qualifying for the 21st annual O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals in the No. 11 position. The Caterpillar car clocked a run of 3.909 seconds at 292.96 mph on Friday evening. On Saturday's opening attempt, the 2008 St. Louis NHRA winner powered to a run of 3.944 at 300.46 mph to remain 11th in the order. The Rob Flynn-tuned dragster posted a solid final qualifying effort when Fuller raced to a run of 3.939 at 300.53 to finish 11th in the 16-car order. Fuller has now qualified for 82 consecutive races, the second longest qualifying streak in Top Fuel (Schumacher). Fuller's teammate, Antron Brown, qualified ninth in the Matco Tools dragster.

"We made two pretty good runs today," Fuller said. "We have another tough match-up tomorrow against (Tony) Schumacher and that (U.S.) Army car. It seems like we get them every race. We've beat them before, so it's time to knock them off again. We'll give it our best."

Fuller will match-up against rival and five-time series champion Tony Schumacher in the opening round of Top Fuel eliminations at 11 a.m. (CT) on Sunday. Fuller is 2-6 against the U.S. Army dragster this season and 1-1 in two final round matches.

-credit: dpm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Tony Schumacher , Rod Fuller