Dallas Pennzoil Round 1 Report

Quick Round 1 opens Dallas race DALLAS (Oct. 23) ­ The professional drivers of the National Hot Rod Association began their individual quests for a Lone Star win with a Friday afternoon session of qualifying at the 13th annual Revell Nationals.

Quick Round 1 opens Dallas race

DALLAS (Oct. 23) ­ The professional drivers of the National Hot Rod Association began their individual quests for a Lone Star win with a Friday afternoon session of qualifying at the 13th annual Revell Nationals. As expected, the exceptionally quick all-concrete quarter-mile of the Texas Motorplex yielded several fast times in Round 1 and ­ as temperatures continued to drop ­ left drivers anxious to return for a night session of projected record-breaking speeds and elapsed times.

The drivers of Team Pennzoil did their best to keep pace in the opening round. The following recap sums up the mood in each of the Pennzoil pits.

Eddie Hill, the pilot of the Pennzoil Top Fuel Dragster, thrilled his adoring hometown fans when he blasted down the strip in 4.626 seconds at 309.06 mph in Round 1. The Wichita Falls resident finished the session in the No. 4 position.

"I love it when a weekend starts like this," Hill said. "You sure sleep a lot better when you know you're in the show right from the start. The car seems perfect. There wasn't anything wrong at all. The entire run was real smooth and the engine is happy. The good start allows us to really push it tonight. We are going to try for a career best time and speed. The track tonight will be the best we'll see all weekend."

Mike Thomas, the driver of the Pennzoil Pro Stock Pontiac Firebird, placed his machine in the middle of the all-six-second qualifying field with an opening round pass of 6.973 second at 198.36 mph. The run moved Thomas into the ninth qualifying position.

"I guess I should be pleased that we were as quick as we were but, truth be known, we could've gone a lot faster," Thomas said. "The tires really shook hard in first gear and that forced me to shift into second a lot sooner then I normally would. That's where we lost some time. I think we left the line at too high a RPM and the car slipped out of the groove and let go for a second. If we can dial it in better, we could be real fast tonight."

Bruce Allen, the driver of the Outlaw Fuel Additives Pro Stock Pontiac, started the first of four qualifying laps with a below-standard 7.106-second, 195.31-mph pass. Allen, who lives in nearby Arlington, is temporarily in the No. 26 spot on the qualifying ladder.

"I wish we would have started better," Allen said. "However, everything on this car is new so we really didn't know what to expect. When you have a new engine, new carbs and a new transmission you just never know how the parts are going to react the first time out. Hopefully we gained some data and we can make the necessary changes to improve the car before tonight. I think we'll be fine."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mike Thomas , Bruce Allen