Pomona: Rod Fuller preview

Rod Fuller on Pomona 1 "It's a track I've done well at in the sportsmen ranks, but a nemesis in Top Fuel. I have a bad taste in my mouth from the Finals last fall, so I want to go in and win this race. I feel very confident going in. We had the...

Rod Fuller on Pomona 1

"It's a track I've done well at in the sportsmen ranks, but a nemesis in Top Fuel. I have a bad taste in my mouth from the Finals last fall, so I want to go in and win this race. I feel very confident going in. We had the quickest time in testing. We have a fast car and that's exciting."

Rob Flynn (crew chief) on Pomona 1

"Based on testing with both cars, we're pretty confident heading into Pomona. It is a different race track, so you have to start over again. The last time, at the Finals, we had some misfires, but overall we've done well there in the past. We're confident going into the season."

Fuller Pomona 1 Notebook

Fuller qualified second at the Winternationals last February with a run of 4.481 seconds at 327.27 mph. It then was the quickest pass of his career. He advanced to the semifinals before falling to Brandon Bernstein. It is the farthest he has advanced in seven tries at the historic Southern California drag strip.

Fuller drove his Rob Flynn-tuned rail to a career-best second place finish last season. He collected three wins in six final rounds, four poles, four low E.T. of the race, one top speed of the race, and won the $100,000 Technicoat Shootout at the fall Las Vegas race. He also won a category-best 40 rounds of eliminations, three more than Bernstein.

Fuller clocked the quickest pass of 2008 preseason testing on Jan. 29 with a run of 4.468 seconds at 331.36 mph at Firebird International Raceway near Phoenix.

Fuller has qualified for 62 consecutive NHRA Top Fuel events. He hasn't missed the cut since driving Top Fuel part time in 1996 (Houston). It is the second longest streak in Top Fuel (Tony Schumacher).

Fuller had an average qualifying position of 4.13 last season. He only qualified in the bottom half of the 16-car order twice (Seattle and Pomona 2).

Fuller has scored two NHRA sportsmen victories at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. He won Pomona 3 (Super Comp) in 2001 and claimed the Super Gas title at the Auto Club Finals (Pomona 2) in 2003. He has 19 career NHRA national event victories (six Top Fuel and 13 sportsmen).

-credit: dpm

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Drivers Tony Schumacher , Rod Fuller