Brainerd: Rod Fuller Friday notes

POINTS-LEADER FULLER EARNS PROVISIONAL POLE FRIDAY AT BRAINERD BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 10, 2007) -- Rod Fuller took a step towards earning his sixth career pole Friday evening at Brainerd International Raceway. The five-time NHRA Top Fuel winner...

POINTS-LEADER FULLER EARNS PROVISIONAL POLE FRIDAY AT BRAINERD

BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 10, 2007) -- Rod Fuller took a step towards earning his sixth career pole Friday evening at Brainerd International Raceway. The five-time NHRA Top Fuel winner powered his plain white David Powers-owned dragster to the provisional No. 1 qualifying position Friday at B.I.R.

The rising Top Fuel star made a rare mistake on Friday's opening qualifying lap as Fuller lifted off the throttle and coasted to a 6.501-second pass. The Las Vegas resident rebounded on Friday evening using a tune-up from crew chief Rob Flynn to race to the top of the order. Fuller drove "Great White" to a blistering run of 4.607 seconds at 324.83 mph to pace the Top Fuel field at B.I.R. It was the quickest and fastest pass of the day in Top Fuel. If the time holds on Saturday, it will be Fuller's fourth pole of the 2007 season (Atlanta, St. Louis and Norwalk) and sixth of his career.

"I made a mistake on the first run," Fuller said. "They had the car setup light to get down the track and it felt funny like it was spinning the tires, so I lifted. It was running smooth and should have ran a high 4.60. It was my responsibility. I was hard on myself after that run. I came back to the pitandapologized to my guys. We're all behind each other.

"On the night run, it felt great. At the end of the track the guys gave me thumbs up and I knew it was good. I'm surprised it held because there were a lot of good cars behind us. It's cool to give back to the team. This just continues our dream season."

-credit: dpm

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