Medford: Paul Jones wrap up

Western Stabilization Racing Edgecomb Racing/ Redline Oil Jones makes first final round appearance in Medford MEDFORD, Ore. - Second year NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster pilot Paul Jones made his first final round appearance during this past ...

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Jones makes first final round appearance in Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. - Second year NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster pilot Paul Jones made his first final round appearance during this past weekend's Division 6 Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series event at Southern Oregon Dragway in Medford, Ore. Jones was defeated by defending four-time World Champion Rick Santos in the final.

Jones, from Stockton, Calif., qualified the Western Stabilization/Redline Oil Blown Alcohol Dragster third with a 5.514 at 255.76 mph. In round one, he defeated fellow Stockton resident Don Hudson with a 5.617 second elapsed time at 254.11 mph, then took out heavy hitter Duane Shields in the semifinals on a holeshot. Jones' 5.518 at 260.19 was enough to defeat Shields' quicker-but-later 5.501 at 258.74 mph. In the final, Jones would face the defending champ, Santos, who built Jones' car. Both drivers left together, but the Champ was too much for Jones, as Santos recorded a 5.429 at 259.01 mph to Jones' 5.560 at 255.39 mph.

"We had a real good weekend," said Jones. "We had no problems whatsoever. In the first round of qualifying, it went out there and ran 5.61, and it just got better from there, and we ended up qualifying with a .51. We beat Don Hudson in the first round, who is also from Stockton, and then had to run Duane Shields in the semifinals, who is really good. I had a .443 reaction time against his .514, and was able to beat him on a holeshot, which is always a neat thing to do as a driver."

"We had Rick Santos for the final," Jones continued. "He had went 5.46 in the semifinals, and we had ran 5.51, so on paper, it looked like it could be a pretty good race. I cut a .420 reaction time to his .443, and the car got out there and shook really hard in low gear; I wasn't able to wait on the shift light, I had to shift early on the account of the tireshake. When I clicked it into second gear, everything cleared up, and went right on down the track, but unfortunately, he had already put a length on me, and lengthened it from there. He ended up winning, and we got a runner-up, which is our best finish, ever. We're real proud of that, and hopefully, this is a prelude of good things to come."

With this strong showing behind them, Jones and the Western Stabilization team hope to make another strong showing at their next event, the O'Reilly Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex, just south of Dallas.

"This absolutely gives us momentum," stated Jones. "The thing we have been talking about is that we have got the car to run, we just need to get the car to run consistently, and learn how to win so to speak. This has been a really good step, it has brought the morale up on the team. To go out there, and be able to do this well, not hurt any parts, and put the car in the trailer in one piece, really makes everyone happy. We're just going to go out there and keep this winning streak going."

"If we were going to lose to anybody, Rick Santos would be the one to lose to," added Jones. "He's helped us out a bunch, built our car, and sure, we wanted to win as much as anybody, but it helped him out in the points, so it worked out kind of good for everybody."

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-ER-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Rick Santos , Paul Jones , Duane Shields