Gainesville: Ron Krisher Gatornationals preview

Krisher HP Powers to 2 Straight Poles; 3-Time Champ Hines Opens Bike Season at Gainesville Ron Krisher's commitment to horsepower is paying off in NHRA's ultra-competiitve POWERade Pro Stock class, evidenced by the fact that Krisher's Eagle One...

Krisher HP Powers to 2 Straight Poles; 3-Time Champ Hines Opens Bike Season at Gainesville

Ron Krisher's commitment to horsepower is paying off in NHRA's ultra-competiitve POWERade Pro Stock class, evidenced by the fact that Krisher's Eagle One Chevrolet Cavalier will be going for three consecutive poles in this weekend's (March 14-17) Mac Tools Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. The event also marks the start of the 14-race Pro Stock Motorcycle tour, and a recent national media poll picked three-time class champion Matt Hines as the pre-season favorite.

When Krisher, 54, of Warren, Ohio, decided to "get serious" about Pro Stock drag racing three years ago, he purchased his own engine building and development company. It's now emerged as the horsepower king in that division, with Krisher earning the No. 1 qualifying spot at both Pomona and Firebird to open the campaign. The company also supplies powerplants to drivers Tom Hammonds and V. Gaines.

"This is what we had in mind (with self-owned engine business)," said Krisher, who has three career wins and was eighth in points in 2001. "When we make a mistake with the car (chassis), the horsepower just makes up for it. Nobody makes perfect runs. We don't have to make perfect runs to be where we're at. If we made perfect runs, we'd probably be a hundredth (of a second) faster than we are now. We've got enough power to overwhelm everyone and everything on any given pass."

Notice to the Pro Stock field, where more than 30 cars are trying to get into the final elimination round of 16: After putting his Eagle One racer on the pole at Firebird, Krisher said he had an even more potent motor ready for Gainesville.

"They're (engine builders) trying new things at home all the time," said Krisher, an entrepreneur. "We've got a brand-new motor at home that's better. It's dramatically better. There's a constant pace of development. If we don't have new things with the motor we're working with hood scoops, carburetors, gear ratios, to try to make it better."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Matt Hines , Ron Krisher , Tom Hammonds