'Ferd' cards another Pennzoil win BOISE, Idaho (April 18) -- The incredible drag racing season of Pennzoil sportsman driver Mike Ferderer continued this weekend at Firebird Raceway when the Buckley, Wash. native claimed the Super Gas title of...
'Ferd' cards another Pennzoil win
BOISE, Idaho (April 18) -- The incredible drag racing season of Pennzoil sportsman driver Mike Ferderer continued this weekend at Firebird Raceway when the Buckley, Wash. native claimed the Super Gas title of the Northwest Div. 6 Federal Mogul Series points race. The victory brings Ferderer's 1999 totals to four championships in six races, thereby upping his winning percentage to an unheard of 67 percent.
Amidst chants of 'Ferd, Ferd, Ferd,' the 16-year pro earned the fans admiration by surviving the challenge of 74 other competitors and seven grueling rounds of elimination racing to take the crown in his bright yellow Pennzoil Pontiac Grand Prix. The road to Victory Lane included a pair of nail-biting races, one in Round 3 and another in the quarterfinals, when Ferderer bettered his opponent by less than three inches.
"I'm exhausted," Ferderer said. "But this is the best kind of tired you can be. The Pennzoil machine was one bad Jose all weekend long and it needed to be because every single race was a battle. There are no bad cars in this division and I faced some great drivers today. Everything just happened to fall into place for me and I couldn't be happier."
Ferderer, who drives both the Pennzoil Super Gas Pontiac and the Gumout Super Comp Dragster, has already notched a national event win in Phoenix as well as two other Arizona victories during the preseason, all in his Super Comp Dragster.
"I'm really happy with the dragster and, if not for a minor tire-smoker here, I probably would have done well in that car also," Ferderer said. "After starting the season so well with the dragster, I turned my attention to the door car (Super Gas) to get it straightened out. I finally figured her out in Houston and the information she gave me there led to the success here in Idaho. Once I made the adjustments for the higher altitude I didn't have to touch her. She was as close to perfect as she's ever been and I don't plan on changing a thing."
That could be bad news for the rest of the Super Gas class, especially the competitors from Div. 6. Ferderer already has a firm grip on the top spot in his home region and should be ranked nationally in both cars the next time the Federal Mogul points standings are released.
Ferderer next returns to the racetrack April 30-May 2 at Mission Raceway in Mission, Canada, where he will attempt to add win No. 5 to his 1999 resume. "I'm having so much fun right now that I can't wait to get after it again," Ferderer said. "When you're on a hot streak like this, you never want to quit. I'd race every day if I could."