National: Jay Payne Dallas preview

Indy winner Payne hoping to keep dream alive in Dallas DALLAS (Sept. 23) -- Fresh off one of the biggest wins in his career at the prestigious U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, multi-time world champion drag racer Jay Payne is looking forward to...

Indy winner Payne hoping to keep dream alive in Dallas

DALLAS (Sept. 23) -- Fresh off one of the biggest wins in his career at the prestigious U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, multi-time world champion drag racer Jay Payne is looking forward to bagging his fourth national event victory of the season at this weekend's 25th annual O'Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals.

Payne already has driven his powerful FireIce Ford Mustang to Top Alcohol Funny Car wins in Las Vegas, Topeka, and Indy, and he knows if he can win two of his last three events he'll have a chance at a third national title this November.

"You never count on anything but as long as we have a chance at the national championship we might as well fight for it," Payne said. "We have three national events left -- Dallas, Vegas 2, and Pomona 2 -- and I figure if I can win two of those than we'll be in the hunt. All you can ask for is to have a shot at it, but at the same time we know the competition is fierce.

"The FireIce Mustang is running really well right now and we actually found something with our clutch grinder that we've fixed and we think we'll be even more consistent down the stretch. It's a very exciting time for our race team."

The Texas Motorplex in Ennis, just south of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, is the perfect place for Payne to extend his winning streak. He's a former winner at the all-concrete facility (2003 and 2004) and he's hoping another big weekend will push his career victory total to 109.

"I hope we get some cooler weather because the Motorplex is fast, fast, fast when the air is right," Payne said. "The first forecast I saw was calling for heat but we're hoping a little front comes through and cools it down just a touch so we can give the fans a show."

For the first time, Payne's bright blue Ford will carry the logo of Angel Faces, a non-profit organization that provides healing retreats and ongoing support for adolescent girls with severe facial disfigurements, mostly caused by fires.

"My wife Shelly suffered burns on all of her extremities in a bad fire when she was driving Top Fuel so we're intimately familiar with the challenges these young girls have," Payne said. "When Michael Cordani (CEO of GelTech, FireIce's parent company) asked us to help FireIce raise awareness for this wonderful organization we jumped at the chance."

-source: jay payne PR

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