SONOMA, Calif. (July 31, 2001) - This time last year, Jerry Toliver and World Wrestling Federation Racing, were the team to beat in the Funny Car field. After leading the Winston points race 11 out of the first 13 events, an unfortunate 'Did Not...
SONOMA, Calif. (July 31, 2001) - This time last year, Jerry Toliver and World Wrestling Federation Racing, were the team to beat in the Funny Car field. After leading the Winston points race 11 out of the first 13 events, an unfortunate 'Did Not Qualify' for Toliver during the 2000 Fram Autolite Nationals took place. Toliver Racing Crew Chief, Dale Armstrong, is confident there won't be a repeat of last year's performance.
"Sears Point Raceway is a tough track to race at," Armstrong said. "We have control of our race car and are very confident we will go out there and perform well. It is very important for us to qualify in the top four. Once we get off on the right foot, good things will continue to happen."
"The car has been running very consistent since Denver," added Toliver, driver of the World Wrestling Federation Pontiac Firebird Funny Car. "When we made the decision to convert to a one-car team, it was with the intention of putting all our efforts into our primary car. We are making tremendous progress in turning this team around, it will just be a matter of time before we have the car where it should be."
During the 2000 season, the Prolong Northwest Nationals marked a high point in Toliver's racing career; he was number one in Winston points and had already recorded three National Event wins (Pomona, Gainesville and St. Louis). This year's visit to the Pacific Northwest and Seattle International Raceway was a milestone event for different reasons; last weekend Toliver recorded his first elimination round win of the 2001 season.
"This organization is too good to go without a round win as long as we have," Toliver said. "We went to Seattle last weekend and won our first round, it was a great feeling to get that much needed win out of the way."
Toliver Racing is in its fourth season of competition in the NHRA Drag Racing Series in 2001. Toliver Racing has six wins to its credit as well as a third and fifth place finish in the 2000 season points championship. The Toliver Racing prepared WWF/Raw is War/Triple H Pontiac Firebird will be driven by Jerry Toliver.