Las Vegas: Paul Jones preview

Ashley Jeffery Motorsports Darien & Meadows Racing Jones looking for first win at "The Strip" LAS VEGAS - At last year's SummitRacing.com Nationals in Las Vegas, Brandon Bernstein wheeled the Darien & Meadows A/Fuel Dragster to their first ...

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Darien & Meadows Racing

Jones looking for first win at "The Strip"

LAS VEGAS - At last year's SummitRacing.com Nationals in Las Vegas, Brandon Bernstein wheeled the Darien & Meadows A/Fuel Dragster to their first national event win of last year. Fast forward to this year's event, where Darien & Meadow's new 'hot shoe' driver Paul Jones will be looking to defend the team's title at the track, and pick up his first national event win, much like Bernstein did last year.

Jones, from Stockton, Calif., made it to the finals at last weekend's Division 7 event in Tucson, Ariz. in the Western Stabilization backed A/fueler, where he lost to Darren Nicholson. With a strong showing in similar high-altitude conditions under their belt heading into this weekend, Jones feels confident of the team's chances this weekend.

"The runner-up in Tucson was a good deal for the team," said Jones. "The car struggled through some issues while we were there, but we were able to pull a runner-up finish off. Darien & Meadows runner-uped in Tucson last year, then followed it up with a win in Las Vegas, and that's definitely what we are trying to do this year. Jerry [Darien] has a good tune-up for Vegas. We have Western Stabilization coming with us this weekend, so we are looking forward to going out there this weekend, and hopefully we can win this deal."

Jones feels that better atmospheric conditions this weekend will lead to better numbers than was posted last weekend in Tucson.

"Tucson had a good track," stated Jones. "The actual track surface was awesome. I don't think anybody smoked the tires. We had trouble dealing with the atmospheric conditions; on Sunday the corrected altitude was over 6300 ft. That's just about as bad as it gets. In Vegas the conditions should be better, and the track is always good. We are definitely planning to try to run with the rest of the cars out there. The conditions we ran in last weekend put us behind the 8-ball, so we should be able to step it up this weekend."

"Depending on the air conditions, I think we are going to be at the top of the pack," Jones added. "I think if anybody is running 5.30's this weekend, we'll be right there with them. It all depends on the air. Regardless of how the air is, we are going to be with the front of the pack. Jerry Darien definitely has the tune-up for that track, and we are going to go in there and try to go four rounds."

Qualifying begins on Friday for the Top Alcohol Dragsters with two sessions. They will make their final qualifying pass Saturday morning, then run round one of eliminations that afternoon. Final eliminations will conclude the event Sunday. Stay tuned to InsideTopAlcohol.com for the latest news in alcohol racing.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Brandon Bernstein , Paul Jones