Pennzoil's Pro Stockers Ready for Superbowl Race

Pennzoil's Pro Stockers ready for Superbowl race HOUSTON (Jan. 7) - The most competitive drivers of drag racing return to Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas, on Jan. 30 for the sixth annual Pro Stock Superbowl Challenge. Team Pennzoil...

Pennzoil's Pro Stockers ready for Superbowl race

HOUSTON (Jan. 7) - The most competitive drivers of drag racing return to Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas, on Jan. 30 for the sixth annual Pro Stock Superbowl Challenge. Team Pennzoil drivers Bruce Allen and Mike Thomas join the rest of the National Hot Rod Association's biggest names in a fight for the first cash prize of the 1999 season.

The one-day event is considered the final tune-up opportunity for all of the Pro Stock-class drivers who compete on the NHRA circuit. The official start of the 22-race season occurs just five days later at the Winternationals in Pomona, Calif.

"This is a very interesting race because you don't have the pressure of a regular event yet all the best drivers are there," Allen said. "In other words, you still want to have the best car on the track. This race kind of sets the tone for the season. It's our time to get back to racing, get a little confidence and momentum, and get ready for a run at the championship. The Superbowl is also our last chance to sort out any problems we might have."

Houston Raceway Park proven to be a favorable site for both Pennzoil-sponsored drivers. Allen has two national event runner-up finishes at HRP and has the distinction of having set the national elapsed time record there in 1991. The Arlington, Texas, resident returns to this year's event in his distinctive Outlaw Fuel Additives Pontiac Firebird.

Thomas, meanwhile, recorded the best elapsed time of his eight-year professional career at HRP during the Pennzoil Nationals in March when he tripped the timers in 6.889 seconds. He finished the event as runner-up to eventual 1998 Winston champ Warren Johnson. Thomas, who pilots the Pennzoil Pontiac Firebird, also garnered a runner-up finish at last year's Superbowl race.

"We've had two runner-ups in a row at this track," Thomas said. "It must be our turn to win one. That would be a great way to start off the season. The Superbowl is almost like a normal race. Everybody's there and everybody wants to beat the other guy. You know how we all are - if there's a race going on, we want to win it. One thing is certain, you always leave Houston with a real good gauge of where you stand in relation to everyone else."

The event begins at 8 a.m. with professional time trails at 10 a.m. and noon. Elimination racing begins at 1 p.m. Tickets are available for $18 and children under 12 will be admitted for $1. Call 281-383-2666 for ticket information.

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