DALLAS (April 23) â€“ After a lackluster start, Pennzoilâ€™s professional drag racers Eddie Hill and Bruce Allen managed to jump into the top half of the qualifying field as the first day of qualifying commenced at the 14th Annual Oâ€™ Reilly...
DALLAS (April 23) – After a lackluster start, Pennzoil’s professional drag racers Eddie Hill and Bruce Allen managed to jump into the top half of the qualifying field as the first day of qualifying commenced at the 14th Annual O’ Reilly Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. Improved Round 2 passes by Hill and Allen made the opening round easy to forget as the Pennzoil drivers managed to move up in the day’s second session.
The following recaps the opening day action from the Pennzoil pits.
Eddie Hill- the driver of the Pennzoil Top Fuel Dragster, followed up his forgettable first-round lap where he shut his car off at mid-track by rocketing to the fourth spot in the Top Fuel standings with a 4.601-second pass at 320.74 mph in Round 2.
“We will take that run, we stepped on it a bit this second round, we felt it would run close to what we did. This car is coming around and to run good like this in front of our Texas fans is very gratifying for Ercie and myself. We will go into Saturday’s qualifying sessions a little more comfortable now knowing we have a pretty good grip on the track conditions. This track has been really good for us we like racing at Billy Meyer facility.”
Bruce Allen, the driver of The Outlaw Pro Stock Pontiac Firebird, put smiles on the faces of his hometown fans with a second round qualifying lap of 6.906 seconds at 199.51mph, which moved the Arlington resident into the No. two spot on the Pro Stock ladder. Earlier in the day, Allen had posted a shut-off lap of 8.297seconds at 120.16 mph after his car got loose.
“Our car put in a good run there, we like to race here, home town or not I like this track. Basically we went over all our notes from past laps here and came up with a combination we felt would work under and current air conditions. The track surface is good on the long end, it’s smooth, fun to drive on and I guess it pays to keep good notes. Our success today came from our past racing here. We have something to build on for Saturday’s two qualifying sessions and will put us in a good position for Sunday. I doubt our second place qualifying position will stand tomorrow it’s going to get cooler and I’m sure will see faster qualifying times.”
Mike Thomas, Pennzoil’s Pro Stock driver failed to qualify on Friday and will attempt to make the sixteen car Pro Stock on Saturday.