Team Pennzoil adds to record session DALLAS (Oct. 24) Â The second day of professional qualifying for the National Hot Rod Association's 13th annual Revell Nationals started with one of the quickest sessions in the history of auto racing. All...
Team Pennzoil adds to record session
DALLAS (Oct. 24) The second day of professional qualifying for the National Hot Rod Association's 13th annual Revell Nationals started with one of the quickest sessions in the history of auto racing. All three pro categories saw new records set: Warren Johnson ran a jaw-dropping 6.867-second pass at 201.34 mph to set both the national elapsed time and top speed Pro Stock records; Gary Scelzi drove his dragster through the lights in 4.525 seconds to set a new national Top Fuel elapsed time record; and Cruz Pedregon posted a 4.839-second, 317.90-mph lap, which was the best Funny Car run ever witnessed at the Texas Motorplex
Although they didn't rewrite the national record books, all three professional drivers in the Pennzoil stable managed to leave their mark on the lightening-fast session. Here's an in-depth look at each pilot's Round 3 pass.
Eddie Hill, the pilot of the Pennzoil Top Fuel Dragster, blasted down the strip in 4.703 seconds at 286.86 mph during a crowd-pleasing third round lap. While the time Hill posted was slightly slower than the 4.626-second, 309.06-mph pass he ran on Friday, he was still pleased with the 448th sub-five-second run of his career. Hill is currently in the seventh spot of the quickest Top Fuel field ever assembled.
"That run felt absolutely wonderful," Hill said. "I'm really surprised that we weren't a little quicker then the time on the slip. It sure felt better than a 4.70-second run. The blower did let go just past the 1,000-foot mark which caused the engine to shut-off, but I thought we were far enough along that it wouldn't effect the elapsed time. The conditions out there were ideal and I really wish we could have taken advantage of them a little better than we did. We're still very happy. The car's in great shape."
Mike Thomas, the driver of the Pennzoil Pro Stock Pontiac Firebird, carded the fastest mph mark of his career during a 6.914-second, 199.15-mph Round 3 pass. Thomas' previous top speed was a 199.11-mph lap he carded in March at the Pennzoil Nationals. The impressive speed helped place Thomas in the No. 7 position.
"I'd love to break that 200-mph barrier," Thomas said. "If the weather holds, we could do it today. That was a good run for us but it could have been better. The car shook a little in fourth gear and I was hunting around for a spot to run in. If that hadn't happened we might have been over 200-mph right there. We definitely like where were at and I think we'll surprise some folks tomorrow. I'm ready to win a race again."
Bruce Allen, the driver of the Outlaw Fuel Additives Pro Stock Pontiac Firebird, finally gave his hometown fans something to cheer about when posted a 6.947-second lap at 197.62 mph. The time moved Allen, who lives in the Dallas suburb of Arlington, from the 23rd position to the No. 15 spot.
"Well, that's a little better," Allen said. "Although I do feel like we're a couple of runs behind everyone else. We need to be quicker this afternoon to improve our position and I really think we can be a lot quicker. There are plenty of people behind us who could put us out so the pressure is on to run well. Still, I'm optimistic because if everyone else is running well this afternoon, then we should be right there with them."