Dropped cylinders lead to quarterfinal exit for Jones POMONA, Calif. - NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster driver Paul Jones had dropped cylinders end his day prematurely during this past weekend's K&N Filters Winternationals at Pomona Raceway. The...
Dropped cylinders lead to quarterfinal exit for Jones
POMONA, Calif. - NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster driver Paul Jones had dropped cylinders end his day prematurely during this past weekend's K&N Filters Winternationals at Pomona Raceway. The Desert Storm vet lost to Brian Hough who's 5.357 second elapsed time at 263.26 mph was too much for Jones' cylinder-dropping 5.632 at 243.72 mph.
Jones, from Stockton, Calif., qualified the Western Stabilization A/Fuel Dragster a strong fifth in the sixteen car field with a 5.388 at 253.95 mph. In round one, he took out Charlie Marcum with a 5.489 at 251.06 mph before losing to Hough in the quarterfinals.
"We happened to draw first pair for the first round of qualifying, and went 5.38 right out of the box," said Jones. "We were a little bit down on the mph, but for the most part, it was a really good run, considering we really didn't have it 'on kill.' That really made us optimistic for the rest of the weekend, and we used the opportunity to test some different things during the rest of qualifying, but were unable to improve on the .38. We ran a 5.48 to get around Charlie Marcum in the first round, and things were looking good."
"In the second round on Sunday, it just went out there and dropped a couple of cylinders right off the line," Jones continued. "With the A/Fuel cars, a lot of times, once they drop a hole, they don't pick it back up. Then you are just kind of along for the ride, and at that point, I had the best seat in the house to watch Hough ahead of me."
Not discouraged, Jones and the Western Stabilization/Darien & Meadows team plan to head to Phoenix for the NHRA Division 7 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series opener at Firebird Raceway, Mar. 1-3. Jones feels the information they learned from Pomona will make them even more of a threat.
"I think that the information that we learned will help us a lot in Phoenix," commented Jones. "Jerry [Darien - co-owner and crew chief] and the guys are really optimistic, and I'm optimistic; I think we can go out there and use what we learned this weekend to our benefit. Hopefully we can go out there and shoot right to the top of the pack and do our best to win the race."