Baytown: Jay Payne Firday report

FireIce Pro Mod car blazing a record trail in Houston HOUSTON (April 9) -- World champion drag racer Jay Payne topped Friday's Pro Mod qualifying action at Houston Raceway Park with a potential world record pass of 5.813 seconds at 246.21 mph in...

FireIce Pro Mod car blazing a record trail in Houston

HOUSTON (April 9) -- World champion drag racer Jay Payne topped Friday's Pro Mod qualifying action at Houston Raceway Park with a potential world record pass of 5.813 seconds at 246.21 mph in his FireIce/BAE '68 Camaro.J

Should Payne complete another run within one percent of his posted number during this weekend's 23rd annual O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals, which would require a 5.871 or quicker, then he'd officially set a world record, worth 10 bonus points in the Get Screened America Pro Mod championship standings.

"We ran a potential world record in Gainesville (5.809) but didn't back it up so maybe this time we can get it done. The No. 1 goal is winning the race. That never changes. If we can set a national record along the way, all the better.

"You have to keep in mind there are at least five cars that can run quicker than us. We're racers, so all we want to do is go faster and faster every run. At least that's what we do. Sometimes that strategy works out and some times it doesn't, although we probably have won more races than not trying to go faster."

As always, Brad Anderson, one of the most respected crew chiefs in the sport, is tuning Payne's hot rod. Anderson actually owns the racecar Payne drives.

"It gives you a lot of confidence when you look out the windshield and see Brad Anderson lining you up to make a run," Payne said. "He told me to hang on before that round so I knew he had it tuned up. That's how we race; we like to go fast.

"It's great calling Michael Cordani (CEO of GelTech, the parent company of FireIce) when you're the No. 1 qualifier. That always makes for a fun conversation. We're really lucky to have a company like FireIce supporting us. What they do for firefighters and the Fallen Firefighters Foundation really motivates us to win."

"We've got a great team representing us," Cordani said. "Jay Payne and Brad Anderson are the best in the business and we're honored to be with them in this venture. I know we have a lot of firefighters in Houston pulling for the team this weekend and we're off to a great start."

-source: jay payne

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