ENNIS, Texas - Federal Mogul Dragster rookie Joe Fuentes lost what might have been a huge upset in the second round of this past weekend's O'Reilly Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec at the Texas Motorplex just south of Dallas. The...
ENNIS, Texas - Federal Mogul Dragster rookie Joe Fuentes lost what might have been a huge upset in the second round of this past weekend's O'Reilly Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec at the Texas Motorplex just south of Dallas.
The Austin, Texas native once again lost at the hands of this year's Division 4 Champion Jay Meyer when his coil wire (the main ignition wire) shook off the car, rendering him helpless. Meyer had problems of his own, but much further down track when his blower belt came off. Meyer ended up with the win, coasting to an elapsed time of a 5.841 at only 181.37. Fuentes ran a 5.563 at 251.86 mph on his first round bye run.
"We just keep on running into problems," said Fuentes. "We hopped the car up a little more, thinking we could run another low .50. It went out there and shook so hard it the coil wire came loose. That ended our weekend right there. Jay had problems of his own, and slowed down to a .84. I think I could have had him."
"These little problems that are biting us are happening now, but we hope to learn from them so they don't get us next year."
Looking back at this season, his rookie year, Fuentes feels he has learned a lot, and looks forward to a full schedule next season.
Fuentes said, "This season turned out a lot better than we expected, and a lot better than some other people expected. We learned a lot early in the season from the Buff's even though we parted ways with them. We decided to go do it on our own, you always learn more that way. I have to thank Ora Vasquez, Tom Conway, and the Buff's for all the help they have given us this year. My crew chief Tony Rosillo has done an excellent job as well as the rest of the crew - Mike Young, Dale Zellenger, Jerry Fuentes, Paige Harden, Art Ayala, and James Wortham. Without them, I couldn't have done this. We will have four motors and a lot of spares for next year. We are going to hit it hard next year with a full schedule, so I'm looking forward to it."