Brainerd Bruce Allen Friday Report

Outlaw shoots up standings BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 20) -- Pennzoil-sponsored Pro Stock driver Bruce Allen provided a Friday night thrill for his teammates when he blasted down the quarter-mile strip of Brainerd International Raceway in...

Outlaw shoots up standings

BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 20) -- Pennzoil-sponsored Pro Stock driver Bruce Allen provided a Friday night thrill for his teammates when he blasted down the quarter-mile strip of Brainerd International Raceway in 7.01 seconds at 195 mph during qualifying for the Colonel's Truck Accessories Nationals. The impressive time helped Allen jump from 24th to fifth place in the standings, which was the biggest move of the day in the pro classes.

Here's a recap of all of Team Pennzoil's Day 1 action.

Bruce Allen, the driver of The Outlaw Fuel Additives Pro Stock Pontiac, shot from the bottom of the pack to the No. 5 position in the field after a scorching 7.011-second lap at 195.28 mph in the second session. Allen, a three-time champion of this race, will have two more chances to improve his position tomorrow in Rounds 3 and 4.

"It's always a bit of a crap shoot when you're chasing chassis problems like we did today," Allen said. "But I guess the fact that we knew which direction to go in between rounds helped us out this time. That was a very good run and obviously a big improvement over the earlier one when I had to shut the car off. Still, there is room to improve and if we have a session where everyone is going fast tomorrow, we should be right there with them."

Eddie Hill, the pilot of the Pennzoil Top Fuel Dragster, did not complete his Round 2 pass under power and will use his opening lap of 4.653 seconds at 307.58 mph to garner the No. 5 spot in the qualifying field.

"We were experimenting a little there," Hill said. "Which is one of the huge advantages you gain when you open the weekend with a pass like we had in Round 1. This time around we found out one of the things we cannot do. Tomorrow we'll take our search in a different direction and see if we can't zero in on the perfect set-up for Sunday."

Mike Thomas, the driver of the Pennzoil Pro Stock Pontiac Firebird, failed to improve on his opening round lap of 7.139 seconds at 192.99 mph in the day's second session. The Knoxville, Tenn. resident encountered more clutch problems in Round 2 and could only manage a partially shut-off 7.952-second, 125.99-mph lap.

"We're still chasing this clutch situation," Thomas said. "This track is at a slight altitude and I haven't quite figured it out yet. Plus it's bumpy out there and that makes it tough. But everyone is racing under the same conditions so we have to step it up. We should be fine. Hopefully we'll have another cool, cloudy day tomorrow and we'll be able to go fast."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mike Thomas , Bruce Allen