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O'Bannon makes the show in TAFC debut FONTANA, Calif. - Former NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster standout Sean O'Bannon was able to qualify for a tough field in his Top Alcohol Funny Car debut during this past weekend's Division 7 Lucas Oil Drag Racing...

O'Bannon makes the show in TAFC debut

FONTANA, Calif. - Former NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster standout Sean O'Bannon was able to qualify for a tough field in his Top Alcohol Funny Car debut during this past weekend's Division 7 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at his home track, Auto Club Dragway at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif. O'Bannon carded a 5.788 second elapsed time in the Tequila Patron/Forest River RV's Dodge Charger to make the show.

O'Bannon, 28, from Fontana, used that 5.788 at 247.16 mph to qualify fifth in his Sam Shockley tuned machine. In his first round match up with Dennis Taylor, both drivers left together, but it was Taylor taking the win with a 5.778 at 247.66 mph to O'Bannon's right-there 5.797 at 246.93.

"We had a pretty good cross wind on Sunday," said O'Bannon. "About the last 300' it pushed me over on the centerline pretty good. I still couldn't see Dennis, so I stayed with it and just hoped I could keep it off the line. I had the wheel cranked as hard as I could to the left, but it still kept drifting right. It was just a good close race. Neither one of us knew who won on the other end."

"Here at Jack O'Bannon Racing, we're definitely not content with just qualifying," O'Bannon continued. "But we're also realistic. With as many good cars as there is out here in Division 7, it's no easy task to qualify. Considering this was our first race with the car, we're happy things appear to be heading in the right direction. With Sam Shockley and Randy Anderson calling the shots on the tune-up, I'm confident the car will be up to speed very soon. I just have to keep working to learn these Funny Cars. They can have a mind of their own sometimes. Hopefully it won't be long before we put this Tequila Patron/Forest River RV's Charger in a winner's circle."

O'Bannon will make his national event debut in the Jack O'Bannon Racing Tequila Patron/Forest River RV's sponsored entry at the upcoming O'Reilly Summer Nationals at Heartland Park in Topeka, Kan., June 1-3.

-credit: jobr

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Drivers Dennis Taylor