John Myers Classic report

Ferderer stays perfect with win No. 2 TUCSON, Ariz. (Feb. 1) -- Two races entered, two races won. That's how the 1999 scorecard of Pennzoil drag racing standout Mike Ferderer reads after his second successful weekend of pre-season competition...

Ferderer stays perfect with win No. 2

TUCSON, Ariz. (Feb. 1) -- Two races entered, two races won. That's how the 1999 scorecard of Pennzoil drag racing standout Mike Ferderer reads after his second successful weekend of pre-season competition in the Arizona desert.

Last weekend, Ferderer drove his Gumout Super Comp Dragster to the championship of the PRO National Time Trials at Firebird International Raceway in Phoenix. This past Saturday, Ferderer repeated the feat by placing his Gumout machine in the Winner's Circle of the John Myers Classic race at Southwest International Raceway.

Ferderer ran a 9.162-second quarter mile lap at 164.22 mph to take the win over Tony Pendegon, who posted a 9.173-second, 163.74-mph pass. The adjusted Super Comp index at SIR was 9.16 seconds.

"When I left home two weeks ago I realized that my wife didn't give me enough allowance," the Buckley, Wash., native joked. "So I had to win a couple of races to get some lunch money. The car is obviously running very, very strong and has been extremely consistent. I lost the handle on this car a little last year so I really spent a lot of time on it over the winter. It's still not exactly right but it's a lot closer to where it needs to be. I'm very pleased with the progress we've made."

Ferderer, who drives two cars for Team Pennzoil, also reached the semi-finals of the Super Gas bracket for the second race in a row. The two semifinal appearances translate to eight elimination round wins for Ferderer in his bright-yellow Pennzoil Super Gas Pontiac Grand Prix.

Although Ferderer's two wins this year occurred prior to the regular season and will therefore award no championship points, he still was pleased by the message the victories will send to his peers. "I haven't earned any points yet but I've won these races competing against the same guys I'll be racing all year," Ferderer said. "At the very least, I'm putting a heck of a scare into everyone."

The 22-event NHRA season begins on Thursday in Pomona, Calif., with the 39th Annual AutoZone Winternationals. Ferderer is the defending Super Gas champion of the event.

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