Norwalk: Jay Payne preview

Payne hoping to take his FireIce Mustang one step further in Norwalk NORWALK, Ohio (June 25) -- Fresh off a runner-up finish at last Sunday's race in Bristol, Tenn., multi-time champion drag racer Jay Payne knows his FireIce/BAE Ford Mustang is...

Payne hoping to take his FireIce Mustang one step further in Norwalk

NORWALK, Ohio (June 25) -- Fresh off a runner-up finish at last Sunday's race in Bristol, Tenn., multi-time champion drag racer Jay Payne knows his FireIce/BAE Ford Mustang is in top form for this weekend's Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series event at Summit Motorsports Park in northern Ohio.

"We had a chance in Bristol," Payne said. "But we just missed it. That's okay. The key is putting yourself in a position to win. If you do that on a consistent basis, the wins will come. The car's running great and we really didn't have much to do to it between races, which was fortunate because you don't have a lot of time when you have all these races in a row and your driving across the country.

"We're excited to get back after it. The weather is going to be warm but we've been running in the heat for more than a month now so I think we've all got it figured out. Hopefully we pick up right where we left off."

As one of the newest tracks added to the NHRA schedule, Norwalk is one of the few drag strips in North America where Payne has yet to score a victory. Including action in Pro Mod, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Top Alcohol Dragster, and Super Stock, Payne has won a remarkable 107 national and divisional trophies. He's also claimed two national championships and 11 more divisional crowns.

"It's a wonderful facility," Payne said. "We've always heard that the track owners, the Bader family, really takes car of the racers and the fans and that they take a lot of pride in the racetrack and that's certainly my first impression. I think it would be really neat to win a race here and see if we can't give Von (Smith, points leader) something to think about."

In conjunction with his title sponsor, FireIce, Payne will salute the Great Falls (Mont.) Fire Department throughout this weekend's event. At each stop on the NHRA tour, Payne hosts a group of firefighters at the track as a way of thanking them for their service.

"The marketing partnership we have with Jay Payne and Brad Anderson has been a big hit," said GelTech CEO Michael Cordani. "It's important to acknowledge the 1.1 million firefighters in this country for the incredible service they provide to all of us and we can do that with this racecar. We wish Jay and Brad good luck in Norwalk."

-source: jay payne PR

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