St. Louis: Jerry Toliver Saturday summary

Jerry Toliver Qualifies ROCKSTAR Energy Drink Funny Car at St. Louis Jerry Toliver and his new ROCKSTAR Energy Drink Toyota Solara Funny Car team may have given the competition a four-race head start, but they proved they are ready to fight...

Jerry Toliver Qualifies ROCKSTAR Energy Drink Funny Car at St. Louis

Jerry Toliver and his new ROCKSTAR Energy Drink Toyota Solara Funny Car team may have given the competition a four-race head start, but they proved they are ready to fight back Saturday at Gateway International Raceway after Toliver earned his first 2007 starting spot.

Limited to just two qualifying attempts after rain wiped out Friday's two runs, Toliver ended the day with a 4.966-second elapsed time at 300.80 mph that placed him 14th in the 16-car field and brought high-fives from the crew. It 's the Temecula, Calif.-based driver's first start since his return from a two-year hiatus.

"We  are very pleased to get in; very excited to get into our first race,"
said  Toliver.  "The ROCKSTAR guys have been very patient and I want to give
them  something back, so maybe Sunday we can go some rounds."

Toliver races Ashley Force (No. 3, 4.853 at 309.70) in the first round.

"The issue for us this year has always been laps," added  Toliver.  "The
other drivers have at least 50 laps more (experience) than  we do this year and
they are way ahead of us. We joined the circuit in Las Vegas  (April 13, two
races ago). We have a great team. We have a great  sponsor.
"Our program just took us some time to get us to this  point where we can
run.  We didn't get stellar numbers in qualifying but we  got good race-day
numbers.  We got down a hot race track, which is  important, and we need to work on
our Friday night qualifying performance.   That's something we haven't had
the chance to look at yet, but that'll  come."
"It's a tough field out there," Toliver continued.  "My  God, Funny Car is
tough. But we have way too much talent here to not be  contenders."

-credit: jtr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Ashley Force , Jerry Toliver