Gainesville: Bob Vandergriff Jr Friday summary

VANDERGRIFF ENDS FRIDAY IN 10th POSITION GAINESVILLE, Fla., (March 17, 2006)- Bob Vandergriff, Jr., driver of the UPS Top Fuel dragster, is excited about his return to the AC DELCO NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville,...

VANDERGRIFF ENDS FRIDAY IN 10th POSITION

GAINESVILLE, Fla., (March 17, 2006)- Bob Vandergriff, Jr., driver of the UPS Top Fuel dragster, is excited about his return to the AC DELCO NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Fla., this weekend. Vandergriff feels at home at Gainesville Raceway, the site where he accomplished his NHRA Competition license from Frank Hawleys School in 1999, and a week later he was back to upgrade that license to Top Fuel.

Vandergriff started the first of Fridays two qualifying sessions by smoking the tires at the hit. "We are not unlike the other teams here, struggling with the new tires," said Vandergriff. We are making changes trying to overcome the challenges that the new tire is bringing.

On Fridays second pass, the UPS Top Fueler launched hard and carried the front wheels while shaking the rear slicks. "The tires shook at 1.1 seconds into the run, so I pedaled it," Vandergriff explained. "I stepped back into it, but the clutch had already locked up. I carried the front wheels at three feet high for about two seconds. They were just hanging there so I kept my foot in it since we weren't in the show, I wanted to gain info."

The results of Vandergriff riding out the wheelstand produced a 4.740 second pass at 325.85 mph to land the team in the number 10 position. "We are making changes in the right direction," added Vandergriff. "We hope to eliminate the tire shake. We'll see how we can improve on Saturday."

-vm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Bob Vandergriff , Frank Hawley