Madison: Rod Fuller preview

Fuller looks for first back-to-back win ST. LOUIS (June 21) -- Feeling a turn of the good luck tide, "Hot Rod" Fuller is ready to begin a win streak at this weekend's 10th annual O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway International ...

Fuller looks for first back-to-back win

ST. LOUIS (June 21) -- Feeling a turn of the good luck tide, "Hot Rod" Fuller is ready to begin a win streak at this weekend's 10th annual O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Speedway.

In his first full season driving the Valvoline/David Powers Motorsports Top Fuel dragster, Fuller has now visited the winner's circle twice and has had one runner-up finish at the mid-way point of the 2006 POWERade Drag Racing series.

"We knew sooner or later that things would shift in our favor," Fuller said. "It was just a matter of time. We would have top speed or the lowest E.T. of a given qualifying round and for whatever reason found ourselves packing our bags early during eliminations. That's behind us now and with this Fathers Day 'Wally' in hand, our team is pumped."

The Lee Beard-tuned dragster defeated Larry Dixon in last weekends final elimination match-up, pushing Fuller back into the elite top-five in NHRA POWERade championship points standings. Fuller is currently fourth; A win this weekend could boost him up to third.

Also this weekend the car will be sporting an additional logo on its flanks -- Margay, the top U.S. manufacturer of competition go-karts. The St. Louis-based, family-owned company has been in the competition kart building business since 1964. Some former, factory-backed Indy Car drivers that have found success in Margay's include Scott Goodyear and Scott Pruett. NASCAR stars Kevin Harvick and Jerry Nadeau have also scored victories in Margay karts early in their racing careers.

Current Margay factory racer Zack Beard, son of crew chief Lee Beard, is currently third in points in the Stars of Karting series. Attending this weekends NHRA event will be Margay President and CEO Keith Freber.

-dpm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Kevin Harvick , Jerry Nadeau , Scott Goodyear , Scott Pruett , David Powers , Rod Fuller