Dallas: Rod Fuller preview

The Fuller Times The pre-race release of five-time NHRA Top Fuel winner Rod Fuller and the David Powers Motorsports Top Fuel team "I'm excited to go back to Dallas. Last year we were in the finals and had a strong race car. The two years we've...

The Fuller Times
The pre-race release of five-time NHRA Top Fuel winner Rod Fuller and the David Powers Motorsports Top Fuel team

"I'm excited to go back to Dallas. Last year we were in the finals and had a strong race car. The two years we've raced there, I've been in the semifinals and finals. We've had a strong car and seem to do really well there. There are only two more races for the Countdown to Four and I look forward to going to a great track and a track we've done well at in the past. Our goal is to get our points lead back and get into the Countdown to Four. "

Fuller Dallas Notebook

Last weekend in Memphis, Fuller qualified eighth at 4.583 seconds at 321.81 mph. He has qualified in the top half of the field at 18 ofq9 races this season. Fuller drove to a quarterfinal finish before falling to Doug Foley. It is just his second quarterfinal loss this season.

Fuller enters the third of four races in the Countdown to Four ranked second in the Top Fuel standings. He trails leader Tony Schumacher by 19 points or nearly one round of competition. Under the old points system, Fuller would be in first place by 155 points over Schumacher.

Fuller has two victories (Phoenix and Denver) in five final-round appearances this season. He also has driven his Rob Flynn-tuned dragster to four poles in 2007.

Last Sept., Fuller qualified his Valvoline dragster fourth at Texas Motorplex with a run of 4.554 at 324.28 mph. He drove to a runner-up finish before falling to Brandon Bernstein in the final round. Fuller recorded top speed of the event at 329.42 mph.

Fuller has advanced to at least the semifinals at 13 ofq9 races this year.

Fuller drove to runner-up finishes at Texas Motorplex in Super Comp in 1998 and Super Gas in 1997.

Fuller on Dallas...

Dallas: "The Grassy Knoll"

Texas Motorplex: "All-concrete"

Favorite local restaurants: "III Forks"

Favorite Texas Motorplex racing memory: "Beating Tony Schumacher in the semifinals last year"

Favorite activity while at Dallas: "Going to the West End"

-credit: dpm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Schumacher , Brandon Bernstein , Doug Foley , David Powers , Rod Fuller