Dallas: Jerry Toliver preview

TOLIVER BELIEVES ROCKSTAR FUNNY CAR TEAM READY TO BATTLE FOR WIN For much of this 2007 NHRA POWERade Series season, Jerry Toliver felt like he was sparring with his Funny Car rivals. There was that late beginning to the season and always, ...

TOLIVER BELIEVES ROCKSTAR FUNNY CAR TEAM READY TO BATTLE FOR WIN

For much of this 2007  NHRA POWERade Series season, Jerry Toliver felt like
he was sparring with his  Funny Car rivals.  There was that late beginning to
the season and always,  it seemed, the role of playing catch-up.
But not anymore.  Now he's ready to put on the gloves and go for that drag
racing knockout -- a  race victory.
"We're not worrying about qualifying anymore," said  the driver of the
ROCKSTAR Energy Drink/AutoZone Toyota Solara. "Now we want to  qualify in the top
half of the field. In the last two races, the guy who beat us  got to the
semifinals and finals (respectively).  We want to do that,  too."

His next opportunity unfolds this weekend with the running of the 22nd O' Reilly Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex in nearby Ennis. It is the 20th of 23 events this year.

"I am excited to be going to  Dallas," continued Toliver.  "I am looking
forward to racing there.   We have a good race car.  Dale (Armstrong, crew chief)
and Rick Cassell  (assistant crew chief) are working well together.  I keep
saying the team  is coming together and, in reality, it is.  The team continues
to get  better and better.

"It's going to be hot this weekend and we have pretty good hot-weather setup."

Toliver was runner-up in the 2000 fall race at the Motorplex.

He qualified 12th at Memphis last week and squared off against Jack Beckman in the first round. Beckman won and went on to finish second -- by one-thousandth of second.

"We are  going to start picking up those round wins," Toliver said, "and the
Motorplex is  a good place to start."
The last three series stops are at  Richmond, Va. (Oct. 7), Las Vegas (Oct.
28) and Pomona, Calif. (Nov.  4).

-credit: jtr

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Drivers Jack Beckman , Jerry Toliver