FULLER EARNS PROVISIONAL NO. 4 POSITION FRIDAY AT ST. LOUIS MADISON, Ill. (May 2, 2008) -- Rod Fuller and his David Powers-owned Caterpillar Top Fuel team continued its consistent effort as the popular racer made two solid passes en route to the...
FULLER EARNS PROVISIONAL NO. 4 POSITION FRIDAY AT ST. LOUIS
MADISON, Ill. (May 2, 2008) -- Rod Fuller and his David Powers-owned Caterpillar Top Fuel team continued its consistent effort as the popular racer made two solid passes en route to the provisional No. 4 qualifying position Friday evening at Gateway International Raceway.
Fuller paced the field on Friday's opening qualifying effort. The six-time NHRA Top Fuel winner used a tune-up from crew chief Rob Flynn to cruise the Gateway quarter mile in 4.566 seconds at 323.04 mph to lead the order after the first qualifying session. Under the lights at the multi-purpose facility, Fuller drove his Flynn-tuned rail to the fourth quickest pass of the day. The Las Vegas racer clocked a pass of 4.541 at 321.50 to claim the provisional No. 4 qualifying spot. Teammate Antron Brown qualified second with a run of 4.521 seconds putting the two DPM cars second and fourth in the 16-car order. Fuller now has made eight consecutive full passes including last weekend's event at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga.
"We made two solid runs today and eight good runs in a row," Fuller said. "After our inconsistency early in the year, Rob Flynn scaled the car back to try and get it more consistent thinking both Atlanta and St. Louis would be hot, but surprisingly it has been pretty cool and fast. I think we accomplished a lot. We weren't swinging for the fences on the first run. It takes the pressure off when you make a good pass. Prior to Atlanta, we've been struggling making solid runs. We didn't need to go for it tonight because we anticipate the conditions being better on Saturday."
Professional nitro qualifying resumes Saturday afternoon at Gateway with sessions scheduled for 12:30 and 3 p.m. (CT). Fuller has qualified on pole at the St. Louis race the last two seasons.