Englishtown: Jerry Toliver preview

Jerry Toliver's ROCKSTAR Funny Car Team Keeps Getting Better Jerry Toliver is pleased to report his ROCKSTAR Energy Drink Funny Car team' s search for quicker elapsed times is yielding results, results that should be good enough to put him ...

Jerry Toliver's ROCKSTAR Funny Car Team Keeps Getting Better

Jerry Toliver is pleased to report his ROCKSTAR  Energy Drink Funny Car team'
s search for quicker elapsed times is yielding  results, results that should
be good enough to put him solidly in the 16-car  starting lineup.
His first opportunity to test that theory comes  this weekend with the Pro
Care Rx SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway  Park.
The ebullient Toliver coaxed talented and highly-respected  tuner Dale
Armstrong out of retirement to lead his Toyota Solara team to  on-track success.
Despite a late start, this team is getting better with  each race.

"We were very, very pleased with the results from testing at Chicago (June 11)," said Toliver, "and we look forward to applying them at Englishtown. I keep saying it is laps, laps, laps, and the more laps we get on the car the better we are getting. I know this team is better than what it looks like on paper right now, and I'm hoping we'll start making some headway and go some rounds on race day."

The team  joined the series in the fifth race and Toliver has qualified twice
in five  outings.  He earned his first starting position in two years at St.
Louis,  14th with a best of 4.966 seconds, and came back to qualify 12th at
Topeka,  4.903 seconds.

"The biggest problem we were having was in the first 330 feet of the run," Toliver said. "From halftrack on we were running right with the others. We were giving up some ground there and that's what we worked on and where we got better.

"Dale and I are very  pleased.  This is a very competitive class. If you are
off a little bit,  you don't qualify, and some of the top drivers have been
off and they don't  qualify . . . like Ron Capps, Robert Hight and Mike Ashley."

Capps is the current point leader, Hight is second and Ashley fourth.

"We  have good race-day setup right now and we are probably right in the
middle of  the pack," added Toliver.  "With what we found at Chicago, we should
move  up.  We'll see what happens and get after it at Englishtown.  I've  done
well there before.  It's a great race track and they have a great fan  base."

-credit: jls

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Series NHRA
Drivers Ron Capps , Mike Ashley , Jerry Toliver , Robert Hight