Pomona II: Jerry Toliver preview

THREE-TIME POMONA WINNER TOLIVER WANTS FINALS VICTORY FOR ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK CREW TEMECULA, Calif. (Nov. 11, 2008) -- Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car driver Jerry Toliver wants to end the 2008 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing...

THREE-TIME POMONA WINNER TOLIVER WANTS FINALS VICTORY FOR ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK CREW

TEMECULA, Calif. (Nov. 11, 2008) -- Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car driver Jerry Toliver wants to end the 2008 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series with a victory this weekend at the 44th annual NHRA Finals at Pomona (Calif.) Raceway. More than anything, he'd like to add a fourth career win at this facility to his resume and the first of the year for the Rockstar Energy Drink team. The California native boasts triumphs in Pomona at the season finale in 1999 and at the season openers in 2000 and 2004.

It's been a long season for the California native who joined Don Schumacher Racing in 2008 and endured a year void of racing luck, despite driving a car that has demonstrated strong performances throughout the year. The one thing that has remained solid for Toliver is his hard-working crew. Led by crew chief Phil Shuler, the Rockstar Energy Drink team's determination throughout the season has never been in question. Coming off a strong No. 3 qualifying effort at the last event in Las Vegas, Toliver wants to reward his crew with a victory.

"This is our one last shot to win that race for Rockstar Energy Drink, Don Schumacher Racing and the boys," said Toliver, No. 15 in points. "So it's a big race for me. The car has shown it has the ability to go out there and run with the best of them. The problem we've been having is consistency and taking our qualifying car and making it work on the first lap on race day.

"I'm excited about going back to Pomona, it's easily my favorite track," said Toliver, who has scored three of his career five wins there, including the first of his career. "My friends and family are always there and with the success I've had there in the past it's always a fun place to go. Any time you've won somewhere I think you feel more confident at that race track. It's now or never for the Rockstar Energy Drink team."

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jerry Toliver , Don Schumacher