Indy ORP: Rod Fuller preview

Rod Fuller "I'm coming into the U.S. Nationals with a chip on my shoulder. To be honest with you, I was excited about the Countdown, but knowing we'd have a great shot to be the champion, it's not fun seeing 174 points go bye-bye. I can't let...

Rod Fuller

"I'm coming into the U.S. Nationals with a chip on my shoulder. To be honest with you, I was excited about the Countdown, but knowing we'd have a great shot to be the champion, it's not fun seeing 174 points go bye-bye. I can't let that bother us and we just need to go in and try to win Indy. Winning Indy would be huge. A lot of people would rather win Indy than the championship, it's that important of a race."

Fuller Indianapolis Notebook

Two weeks ago in Reading, Pa., Fuller captured his sixth career pole and fourth this season with a run of 4.521 seconds at 327.19 mph. He advanced to his fifth final round of the season where he posted a runner-up finish to Doug Herbert.

Fuller will lead the eight-car field into the Countdown to Four beginning at the U.S. Nationals. Through the first 17 races, Fuller and his Rob Flynn-led team amassed 1,255 points and led second-place driver Tony Schumacher by 184 points. Fuller was atop the standings following 14 of 17 races this season and has not ranked lower than third (Pomona 1).

Last year, Fuller qualified fourth at O'Reilly Raceway Park with a pass of 4.509 at 329.67 mph. He advanced to the semifinals before losing a close match with Schumacher.

The Las Vegas racer has two wins (Phoenix and Denver) in five final-round appearances this season. He also has four poles (Atlanta, Norwalk, St. Louis and Reading). Fuller has an average starting position of 3.23 his year.

Fuller will race his yellow-and-black Caterpillar dragster for the seventh time this season with support from MacAllister CAT. Fuller raced his Wagner CAT car to the win at Denver in July. He also has two runner-up finishes in the CAT car (Joliet and Reading).

-credit: dpm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Rod Fuller