Sean O'Bannon Sonoma II preview

O'Bannon looking for continued success in Sonoma SONOMA, Calif. - Rookie NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Sean O'Bannon and the Tequila Patron/Forest River RV's team will be looking for continued success during this weekend's Division 7 Lucas...

O'Bannon looking for continued success in Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. - Rookie NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Sean O'Bannon and the Tequila Patron/Forest River RV's team will be looking for continued success during this weekend's Division 7 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. O'Bannon enters the event hot on the heels of running career-best numbers on his way to scoring a semifinal finish during last weekend's Fram-Autolite Nationals held here.

O'Bannon, 28, who finished second nationally in Top Alcohol Dragster last season, lost in the semifinals last weekend after valvetrain failure lead to extensive engine damage and ultimately, the round loss. After running a career best 5.62 last weekend at 257 mph, the Sam Shockley lead team hopes more of the same is in store this weekend.

"The team is really pleased with the performance of the car," said O'Bannon. "We had a mechanical failure get us in the semifinals last weekend. We made a lot of progress. Hopefully we can get in the groove this weekend and see what we got. We would love to get this Tequila Patron/Forest River RV's in our first winner's circle this weekend."

O'Bannon is also quick to cite the road to the winner's circle will be no easy road to hoe.

"This could easily be the quickest field ever for a divisional," stated O'Bannon. "Most of the cars from last weekend are here, and I was No. 8 with a 5.632 last weekend. The air should be a little better, so there's no telling what the bump will be. We're going to have to bring our "A" game, but we're definitely looking forward to the challenge."

-credit: jor

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