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3-time NHRA Champion to make '09 debut in Gainesville (Gainesville, FL) 3-time and defending NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster champion Bill Reichert and his Rislone Engine Treatment team have only one thing on their mind heading into this weekend's AC...

3-time NHRA Champion to make '09 debut in Gainesville

(Gainesville, FL) 3-time and defending NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster champion Bill Reichert and his Rislone Engine Treatment team have only one thing on their mind heading into this weekend's AC Delco Gatornationals: taking a big bite out of the competition.

The Gatornationals, held in Gainesville, FL has traditionally been the East Coast opener for NHRA teams. Reichert and co. is excited to begin their 2009 quest to defend their title there, and their enthusiasm shows. "We just finished the car this past weekend, and we are very eager to get it to the track. We have really high expectations for the car this weekend, and Gainesville has always been pretty good to us," said Reichert.

Naturally, the first thing everyone wants to know is what changes, if any, Reichert has made to his Rislone-backed ride for 2009. "Truthfully, we've avoided any wholesale changes to the car. It was running great at the end of last year, and we hope to basically pick up in Gainesville where we left off." He went on to add that "NHRA has mandated a nitro percentage change in an effort to slow everyone down a bit, so we'll have to tune the car appropriately to deal with that. But we are heading into the event prepared to make changes as needed; we even have some different cylinder heads and a different camshaft we can utilize if needed."

Gainesville is frequently noted for its favorable track conditions that often produce spectacular results, and that's what Reichert is counting on. "I actually tuned a car at an event a few weeks ago in Gainesville and we picked up the win, so I've got a pretty good idea of what to expect down there. Our Rislone top alcohol dragster is naturally aspirated, and it has always liked the atmospheric conditions found at sea-level tracks like Gainesville."

Fans can check out Reichert and his Rislone dragster this weekend at the Gatornationals in Gainesville, with preliminary qualifying beginning on Thursday and final eliminations concluding the weekend on Sunday the 15th. "Our fans in Florida are always great to be around, and we appreciate them coming out each year," said Reichert. "I can't think of any better way to repay them than to pull off a big win to start the season!"

-credit: barsleaks.com

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