Bristol: Valvoline/Eagle One preview

Valvoline/Eagle One: Mac Tools Thunder Valley Nationals Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tenn. April 26-28 Race 6 of the 23-event NHRA POWERade Series Funny Car: Another MaxLife Run for Worsham Del Worsham, currently second to John Force is the...

Valvoline/Eagle One:
Mac Tools Thunder Valley Nationals
Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tenn.
April 26-28
Race 6 of the 23-event NHRA POWERade Series

Funny Car: Another MaxLife Run for Worsham

Del Worsham, currently second to John Force is the Funny Car standings, will race under the colors of Valvoline's MaxLife motor oil brand at Bristol. It's the second of three scheduled events in the MaxLife Pontiac Firebird for Worsham, who won his eighth career Funny Car race earlier this season at Firebird Raceway. Valvoline is an associate sponsor of Worsham's Checker Schuck's Kragen machine and the agreement calls for the MaxLife car to be run at Houston, Bristol and next weekend's Southern Nationals.

Pro Stock: Krisher Owns Bristol Track Records

Ron Krisher, who opened the season with four consecutive Pro Stock poles, is the track ET and speed record-holder at Bristol Dragway. In last year's event, Krisher drove his Eagle One Chevrolet Cavalier to a 6.930 second, 199.23 mph pass. He has nine career No. 1 qualifying positions. Krisher took a wire-to-wire victory over Darrell Alderman in the finals of the SummitRacing.com Nationals in Las Vegas earlier this season, his fourth career Pro Stock triumph.

Krisher has now qualified for an impressive 52 consecutive Pro Stock events, going back to the year 2000 season-opener at Pomona. Pro Stock may well be the most competitive racing series in the world, with between 34-37 cars typically trying for the 16 qualifying positions. Krisher was one of only four drivers to qualify for all 24 NHRA events in 2001.

Krisher owns his own drag racing engine development company, KRJ, located in Newark, Ohio. His company supplies engines to Pro Stock competitors Tom Hammonds and V. Gaines. Before entering Pro Stock, Krisher raced sports cars on road courses and sprint cars on dirt, and he's a self-made entrepreneur.

Krisher on learning his Eagle One Cavalier, after switching from a Pontiac Firebird after 2001's first two races: "It was kind of like the Discovery Channel. We kept going back through the car. We (crew) were asking ourselves, 'What's this about?' 'Why did we do this?' We've been on a real shake-out this year to find all the things that we do different with this car and all the things other people are doing."

Top Fuel: Russell Still Working at It

Darrell Russell had his best qualifying effort of the season at Houston, and moved up to a tie for ninth in Top Fuel points. In Las Vegas, he started working with new crew chief Wayne Dupuy and an essentially all-new crew.

Continuing one of the most successful partnerships in modern motor racing, Valvoline returns in 2002 for the 19th season as a sponsor of Joe Amato's Top Fuel team. From 1984 through his retirement after the 2000 campaign, Valvoline's technical, product and financial support helped Amato to five Top Fuel championships and 52 victories, both NHRA records. Darrell Russell added to the record in 2001, with two wins, and NHRA Rookie of the Year honors in Amato's dragster. Bilstein Engine Flush is Amato Racing's new primary sponsor.

NEXT EVENT: Southern Nationals, Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Ga., May 3-5.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Darrell Alderman , Del Worsham , John Force , Ron Krisher , Tom Hammonds