Seattle: Toliver holding his own

Jerry Toliver continues to prove his critics wrong and give John Force the race of a lifetime. With half of the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series events completed, Toliver has a firm grip on the Funny Car points lead. While his 73 point margin ...

Jerry Toliver continues to prove his critics wrong and give John Force the race of a lifetime.

With half of the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series events completed, Toliver has a firm grip on the Funny Car points lead. While his 73 point margin over nine-time champion John Force doesn't seem like a lot to the average observer, it's everything to Toliver, a former drag boat racer.

With his flashy WWF Racing attitude, Toliver has said all along that he wants to make sure Force's dominance in the category doesn't extend to two decades. With three victories in six final round appearances, Toliver continues to prove that he has what it takes to get the job done.

"We missed a golden opportunity in Denver," said Toliver, who was eliminated in the second round after Force suffered a rare first round loss. "We had a great chance to pad our points lead by even more. The positive side is that we were able to stretch our lead a little more and that means something. The race for the Winston championship is going to be tougher than ever from here on out. In the blink of an eye your entire year could get turned around."

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Force , Jerry Toliver