Pennzoil drivers cool off in Round 2 DALLAS (Oct. 23) Â The temperatures dropped considerably on Friday evening making the second round of professional qualifying for the 13th annual Revell Nationals at the Texas Motorplex one of the ...
Pennzoil drivers cool off in Round 2
DALLAS (Oct. 23) The temperatures dropped considerably on Friday evening making the second round of professional qualifying for the 13th annual Revell Nationals at the Texas Motorplex one of the quickest sessions in the history of drag racing. Unfortunately for Team Pennzoil, while several track records were reset during the cool nighttime round, the Pennzoil pilots all struggled under the lights.
Here's a quick look at each Pennzoil driver's second round pass.
Eddie Hill, the pilot of the Pennzoil Top Fuel Dragster, lost traction just pass the 60-foot mark and cruised through his Friday night pass in 7.096 seconds at 110.26 mph. Hill's first round pass of 4.626 seconds at 309.06 mph kept him comfortably in the field.
"We were going for it," Hill said. "The car let go at around 70 or 80 feet and it shook so hard that I couldn't even see. That hardly ever happens. These cars are so touchy that a little tiny adjustment goes a long way. I guess that in this case we just went a little too far. That's the advantage of having a great first round pass. You can push it to the limit and try to set a record. Everything's running great and we remain very excited."
Mike Thomas, the driver of the Pennzoil Pro Stock Pontiac Firebird, had to abort his second round pass due to difficulties with his clutch. Thomas' Round 2 time of 8.337 seconds at 115.75 mph was well behind his opening lap of 6.973 seconds at 198.36 mph. He is currently in 14th place on the qualifying ladder.
"We sat up there (staging lanes) for an hour longer than we expected due to all of the wrecks and we ended up being way off on the clutch set-up," Thomas said. "When you prepare for one set of conditions and run in another, it makes it very tough to get down the track. I believe we'll be very fast in the morning session tomorrow. The weather should keep the track cool and, if we get down the track under power, I expect us to run a 6.88-second lap at least. This car definitely has the power to go that fast."
Bruce Allen, the driver of the Outlaw Fuel Additives Pro Stock Pontiac Firebird, improved on his previously posted 7.106-second, 195.31-mph lap when he tripped the lights in 7.023 seconds at 196.76 mph on Friday evening. Still Allen remained out of contention in the No. 23 spot with two rounds of qualifying yet to be run.
"We just made a terrible run and still got down the track in pretty decent time," Allen said. "The tires were spinning real hard and that cost us a lot of time and speed. But I feel pretty good right now. We now know the adjustments we need to make to go faster. A lot of the problems we had earlier are fixed and I'm really confident that we can run well tomorrow and qualify for this race."