Texan Russell ready to rock Lone Star State. DALLAS (Oct. 12) -- With a partisan home state crowd cheering him on, native Texan Top Fuel driver Darrell Russell roared to his 12th top-half qualifying effort of the season in the Bilstein Engine ...
Texan Russell ready to rock Lone Star State.
DALLAS (Oct. 12) -- With a partisan home state crowd cheering him on, native Texan Top Fuel driver Darrell Russell roared to his 12th top-half qualifying effort of the season in the Bilstein Engine Flush dragster. Russell's 4.615 at 320.97 mph placed him sixth in the 16-car field of the annual Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis.
"We're happy with our performance so far," Russell said."We made three great passes and we gained a lot of good information on what we can do with this racetrack and our combination. We're ready to have some fun now and put this car in the spotlight.
"It's been a super weekend so far. Being back in Texas after the season we've had is great. It's a little overwhelming at times to have the support from the fans around here. Everyone's pulling for us because I'm from Texas and it's a real honor to have them know so much about the wins we've had and how we've done all season. People are keeping up with this team and we hope to give them some more to cheer about."
Russell will begin his quest for his fourth victory of the 2002 season against No. 12 qualifier Dave Grubnic of Australia. Grubnic's best time so far this weekend was a steady 4.662 at 316.45 mph. Overall, Grubnic and Russell have raced twice in their careers with each driver taking one win.
There will be a bit of a wildcard factor for all of the race teams in attendance to deal with on Race Day. An Artic cold front is forecasted to blow through the area late Saturday evening and temperatures are expected to drop into the 40s.
"It can make a huge difference," Russell said."A lot of the information teams have gathered so far can literally be thrown out the window because the tune-up definitely changes when it gets cold. But I have a lot of confidence in our crew chief Wayne Dupuy and the rest of the team that they can make the necessary adjustments. The good news is cold weather usually equals fast times and we love to go fast."
ESPN2 will provide several hours of coverage of this weekend's race. Qualifying highlights will air from 4:30-6 p.m. (ET) today. Tomorrow's eliminations will be broadcast from 6:30-9 p.m. (ET) Sunday with a repeat showing from 3-5 p.m. (ET) Tuesday.