BRISTOL, Tenn., April 25, 2001 - After a strong performance by Al Hofmann at last weekend's Mac Tools Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., Jim Dunn Racing has announced that Mac Tools will return as the main sponsor on their Pontiac Firebird Funny...
BRISTOL, Tenn., April 25, 2001 - After a strong performance by Al Hofmann at last weekend's Mac Tools Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., Jim Dunn Racing has announced that Mac Tools will return as the main sponsor on their Pontiac Firebird Funny Car for this weekend's Mac Tools Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.
"When you work hard, do the right thing and dedicate yourself to this sport the sponsors take notice," said Jim Dunn. "We're proud to once again have Mac Tools on board our Pontiac Firebird for this event and we'll do everything we can to put their racecar in the winner's circle. We have three days of good, hard racing to look forward to and Al (Hofmann), myself and the rest of the team will be ready."
After the completion of five races on the 24-event NHRA Winston championship schedule, Hofmann is 11th in the Funny Car standings but has managed to qualify his nitro-powered Pontiac at each event - no easy task when you consider the number of cars competing for one of the 16 starting spots at each event and the number of high-budgeted quality teams that have failed to duplicate the Jim Dunn Racing effort.
"Jim has a lot of experience putting together winning race teams," Hofmann said. "It's only a mater of time before this program starts clicking. We have a lot of great sponsors with Mooneyes, Red Line Oil and Pontiac and to have the support of Mac Tools means a lot to everyone on this team.
So far this season, Hofmann's Firebird is 2-5 in the eliminations' win-loss column. A harrowing fire for Hofmann during qualifying at the Summit Racing Nationals in Las Vegas was only a temporary setback. The 53-year-old veteran racer battled back at Gainesville to take out Tony Pedregon in round one before falling to John Force in round two.
Momentum is building though for the Dunn Racing team as they head to Thunder Valley, and Dunn and Hofmann have both waited far too long since their last trip to the winner's circle. For Dunn, his last victory dance came at the 1999 U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis and for Hofmann, his last national-event title was at Memphis in 1998. Together the two have been in the sport for over seven decades, but they're as hungry for their next victory as a first-year rookie.
"As far as the season goes we've had a couple of problems getting the car to go in the right direction," said Dunn. "The car's consistently run in the 4.90s but we've just had an unusual amount of bad luck. As soon as we can get the luck in tune with the performance I believe we'll have a winning combination."
The inaugural Mac Tools NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway on April 27 -29 is the sixth race on the NHRA Winston championship tour. Television coverage of qualifying highlights can be seen on ESPN2 on Saturday, April 28, beginning at 9:30 Eastern. Final eliminations will be broadcast on ESPN2 on Sunday, April 29, starting at 5:30 p.m.
"I think we're going to have run 4.80s to go rounds and be competitive," said Dunn. "The fields are so tight these days that if you don't run low numbers you're going out early. With Al driving and Mac Tools on board this Pontiac Firebird, I feel pretty good about our chances."