Denver: Jerry Toliver preview

Toliver, ROCKSTAR Energy Drink Toyota Team Look for Success at Mile-High Nationals Momentum is building. Jerry Toliver can feel it. "We are excited to be racing every week," said the enthusiastic Toliver. " We are so focused. We're ...

Toliver, ROCKSTAR Energy Drink Toyota Team Look for Success at Mile-High Nationals

Momentum is building. Jerry Toliver can feel it.

"We are excited to be racing every  week," said the enthusiastic Toliver.  "
We are so focused.  We're  ready to take our ROCKSTAR Energy Drink Toyota
Solara Funny Car to the next  performance level."
After getting a late start, Toliver's team, led  by renowned crew chief Dale
Armstrong, has been overcoming the obstacles  inherent with a new team finding
its competitive edge five races behind the  other cars in the category.

"The season is only halfway over," Toliver continued, "but there's still a long way to go. Our glass is half full . . . but we're not where we want to be."

This week, Toliver will be in Denver, site of the Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, Friday through Sunday. It is the NHRA POWERade Series' fourth straight race, and is contested at a track more than one mile in the air. That creates tuning problems for Armstrong and every other crew chief at the track.

The combinations used at Denver won't be brought out again until next year.

"Having all these races in a row is a good thing for us  because it keeps us
going," said Toliver, of Temecula, Calif.  Everyone is  working hard to go
forward and move up a notch so we have a competitive  car."
Toliver qualified 14th last week at Bristol, Tenn.  He  gave Cruz Pedregon a
scare before falling back when the engine dropped a  cylinder.
"Dale and the guys are getting a handle on running  the car, but the bottom
line is they couldn't do it any faster.  It just  takes laps."

-credit: jt/jls

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cruz Pedregon , Jerry Toliver