Dallas: Paul Jones wrap-up

Western Stabilization Racing Redline Oil/ Jelly Belly Candies Second round redlight sidelines Jones' solid performance in Dallas ENNIS, Texas - Many times in drag racing, little things will jump up and ruin what could be a good weekend. Such...

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Second round redlight sidelines Jones' solid performance in Dallas

ENNIS, Texas - Many times in drag racing, little things will jump up and ruin what could be a good weekend. Such was the case for Sophomore Federal Mogul Dragster pilot Paul Jones. In his quarterfinal matchup with Brian Hough, his dragster would not hold in the staging beams, and rolled through the lights, resulting in a red-light disqualification, and an automatic win for his opponent, Hough.

Jones, from Stockton, Calif., qualified the Western Stabilization/Redline Oil Blown Alcohol Dragster third with a 5.411 second elapsed time at 256.70 mph. In the first round, Jones defeated A/Fuel heavy hitter David Baca with a 5.495 at 255.68 mph. Jones' day would end against Hough in the quarterfinals, however. What makes the loss even harder to swallow, the team feels they could have beaten Hough had that not happened. Hough went on to run a 5.462 at 260.79 mph to his own 5.534 at 257.36.

"We actually had a real good weekend," said Jones. "We lost the first qualifying run because it wouldn't go into high gear. We got that problem fixed and ran a 5.41 in the second round of qualifying. We feel that the first run was every bit as good as the .41 run. That put us in the No. 2 position after two rounds. We were feeling pretty good about our performance and we decided to get pretty aggressive and try something off the mainstream. It went out there and shook the heck out of the tires; so much in fact that I just got out of the throttle. I knew it wasn't going to run better than a 5.41."

"We ended up running Baca in round one," Jones continued. "We switched from the beadlocks in round one to the liner tires, and that helped take care of the tireshake. The car went right down the track, just as smooth as glass; probably the smoothest run I have ever made. I had a .429 reaction time and ran a 5.49, so I'm pretty sure it was over right at the hit. We went into Sunday, and had Hough in the second round. We were feeling pretty confident about our performance, the round before the car was pretty soft; we knew we had more in it. We put some weight on the clutch, and brought the leave rpm's up a little bit. With a combination of those two things, it drove through the brakes, and turned the redlight on. It actually went red before I even left the line. That effected the e.t. because the timers started after the light went red. We figured the run out on paper, and the run was actually about a 5.42. We probably would have won that round as well, if I would have had as good a light as Hough did. It just wasn't meant to be."

With the strong showing in the quickest field ever in the history of the category, Jones and team feel confident of their chances going into this weekend's AC Delco Nationals at The Strip in Las Vegas.

"We serviced the car and got it ready for Vegas," stated Jones. "We really want to thank Western Stabilization for all of the effort they have given us this year, it wouldn't be possible for us to hit as many races without their support. We got Jelly Belly to come on board for the last four races of the season, and we hope to turn this into something positive for next year. We hope to bring them on board for next season, as we already have Western Stabilization on board for the next season. George, Jeff and Rick Santos of S&S Automotive have been a big help.

We're actually going to have George Santos back tuning the car for Vegas and the World Finals, so we are really excited about those races."

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-WSR-

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Series NHRA
Drivers David Baca , Rick Santos , Paul Jones