Richmond: Jerry Toliver preview

CONFIDENT TOLIVER SEEKING RACE VICTORY AT TORCO NATIONALS Jerry Toliver is on a mission. His goal is to win at least one of three remaining NHRA POWERade Series races this season. After missing the first four races, the garrulous Toliver...

CONFIDENT TOLIVER SEEKING RACE VICTORY AT TORCO NATIONALS

Jerry Toliver is on a mission.  His goal is to win  at least one of three
remaining NHRA POWERade Series races this  season.

After missing the first four races, the garrulous Toliver and the determined crew of his ROCKSTAR/AutoZone Toyota Solara Funny Car began playing catch-up in terms of competitive performances. And now they have pulled even with them in this highly unpredictable category.

No driver has dominated this Countdown to the Championship, creating a very compelling race to the finish line.

First up is the Torco Racing Fuels Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park this weekend. Eight drivers have won races and three are tied with a trio of victories this year. The level playing field, plus the fact Toliver believes his team has "found the comfort level, performance-wise," boosts his confidence.

"We were right there with the guys in the other lane at the last  few races
before our car spun the tires," Toliver said. "If we can get the  racing gods
to grant us a little luck, we could be on our way to a win.  I  think it is
going to be an interesting three races.  We aren't in  championship contention,
but we sure can get in the way of those that  are.
"We want to turn things around, starting with round wins and  adding them up
to four on Sunday.  I'm not that familiar with the Richmond  track because
this is only the second race since NHRA started racing there  again.

"It is a crap shoot just to qualify anymore. For example, we got into the Dallas lineup and Robert Hight, the Funny Car points leader, didn't. That's the way it has been all year."

Toliver started 16th at  Dallas and gave No. 1 qualifier Tim Wilkerson a
battle until half-track when the  Toyota's tires lost traction.
"We know we'll have good  racetracks at the last two races -- Las Vegas and
Pomona (Calif.)," continued  Toliver, "and that will help some of the
better-performing cars.  We'll be  getting after them. Our primary focus is to get a
win for ROCKSTAR and AutoZone,  and if we race the guys who are running for the
championship -- and beat them --  that will help us accomplish our goal."

-credit: jtr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tim Wilkerson , Jerry Toliver , Robert Hight