CLERMONT, Ind. - Sometimes in drag racing you may lose the battle but win the war. Such may be the case for NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster driver Paul Jones. While Jones improved nearly half a second over his first run, a centerline infraction ...
CLERMONT, Ind. - Sometimes in drag racing you may lose the battle but win the war. Such may be the case for NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster driver Paul Jones. While Jones improved nearly half a second over his first run, a centerline infraction disqualified the run during today's second qualifying session of this weekend's Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at the famed Indianapolis Raceway Park.
Jones, from Stockton, Calif., ran an elapsed time of 5.61 seconds at 247 mph in the Western Stabilization/Red Line Oil backed Federal Mogul Dragster during today's disqualified pass. Jones currently is qualified 22nd by his off pace 6.178 at 244.83 mph.
"We had an oil down right in front of us," said Jones. "We ran after the track crew did the clean up. It went out off the line and made a move towards the centerline. I had to pull it back towards the middle, I didn't want to muscle it around to much. It kept on wanting to move more, and right about 700-800 ft., it crossed the centerline, and it still ran a 5.61 at 247. It actually wasn't too bad a run. It had a .946 60', so it wasn't real agressive, we were just trying to get in the show. Unfortunately, that run was disqualified as a result of crossing the centerline."
Jones and the Edgecomb Racing team, who have ran as quick as a 5.38 in Seattle, plan to step up for tomorrow's final qualifying session.
"We know what the car is capable of," stated Jones. "We're just going to try to put the car in the show on our last chance tomorrow. We have as good of parts as anybody. I don't see it being a problem for us to get up there and put this thing in the low .40's, if the weather conditions permit. The conditions should be as good, if not better, if the predictions the weatherman has been making are correct. If we can run a low .40, that should definitely get us in the upper half of the field."