Las Vegas II: Jerry Toliver Saturday notes

Toliver Comeback Nets No. 15 Starting Spot; Tony Pedregon First-round Foe at Las Vegas LAS VEGAS, October 27, 2007 -- After watching several drivers bump him from the starting lineup, Jerry Toliver responded by bouncing one of them in Saturday's...

Toliver Comeback Nets No. 15 Starting Spot; Tony Pedregon First-round Foe at Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, October 27, 2007 -- After watching several drivers bump him from the starting lineup, Jerry Toliver responded by bouncing one of them in Saturday's final qualifying run for Sunday's ACDelco Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Toliver drove the ROCKSTAR Energy Drink/AutoZone Toyota Solara Funny Car to a time of 4.833 seconds at 318.54 mph, putting him 15th overall. He races Tony Pedregon (No. 2, 4.770 at 314.09) in the opening round.

Toliver's previous best was 4.846 at 319.52.

"I was sitting in the car watching, knowing it was my last (qualifying) shot," Toliver said, "and it was nerve racking. To make things worse, I stopped the car on the track after the run and I didn't know what I ran. I finally saw (track announcer) Alan Reinhardt and he gave me the thumbs up.

"We had 25 Funny Cars here and it was tough. There were several good cars that didn't qualify. We are very happy the ROCKSTAR Energy Drink/AutoZone Toyota was one of them. We are looking forward to the race."

-credit: jtr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , Jerry Toliver