Fuller and Co. eyes season bursting with possibilities POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 1) -- Forgive Top Fuel driver "Hot Rod" Fuller, decorated veteran crew chief Lee Beard, and the rest of the David Powers Motorsports crew if they seem a little ...
Fuller and Co. eyes season bursting with possibilities
POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 1) -- Forgive Top Fuel driver "Hot Rod" Fuller, decorated veteran crew chief Lee Beard, and the rest of the David Powers Motorsports crew if they seem a little anxious to start the 2006 POWERade drag racing season. After all, this team is filled with long-time racers who have all attended numerous runnings of the upcoming CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals several times in the past.
The difference this time is they have a chance at an NHRA title, and they all know it.
Houston-based custom homebuilder and former Funny Car match race specialist David Powers built his team from the ground up in 2005. He methodically assembled all the right pieces and personnel over the course of an abbreviated 15-race schedule to make sure the end product was exactly what he wanted. With that goal accomplished, he and his group are anxious to see how they stack up when they run a fulltime campaign.
If last year's results are any indication, then the current top group of racers better make room for another contender. With backing from Valvoline and 84 Lumber, Fuller piloted his dragster to a win and two runner-up finishes in 2005. His per-race average of 53 championship points vaulted him to an unlikely top-10 finish over several full-time cars. The team just knows that if they can run an entire year, they can make some noise.
"I think we're at a point where other teams know what we're capable of," said Fuller, a longtime sportsman racer with an impressive drag racing resume. "The way we ran once we had everything the way it is now, we were capable of winning every race.
"You worry during the off-season if anything will change and some things have, but it's all for the better. Our new Hadman chassis drives even nicer than the old car so we'll have the consistency we need to win rounds. Plus, Lee Beard has a whole off-season of tinkering under his belt. He has this tune-up totally figured out. We're gonna be quick.
"We were second quickest in testing to (back-to-back champ) Tony Schumacher and we ran the car soft because we were trying the new tires. Now they say we might switch back to the old tires. Either way, Lee has us ready to go and we're all pacing around like caged cats for this season to start. We're ready for Pomona."
David Powers Motorsports will officially unveil their special-edition red, white, and blue Valvoline paint scheme at the 46th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals, which run from Feb. 9-12 at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. Qualifying and eliminations of the event will be carried in same-day coverage on ESPN2. Check local listings for exact times.