Topeka: Bob Vandergriff Jr preview

VANDERGRIFF READY FOR QUIET TIMES IN TOPEKA TOPEKA, Ks., (May 26, 2006)- Bob Vandergriff Jr. is looking for a very quiet weekend at Heartland Park for the running of the O'Reilly NHRA Summernationals. Quiet in the sense of avoiding being...

VANDERGRIFF READY FOR QUIET TIMES IN TOPEKA

TOPEKA, Ks., (May 26, 2006)- Bob Vandergriff Jr. is looking for a very quiet weekend at Heartland Park for the running of the O'Reilly NHRA Summernationals. Quiet in the sense of avoiding being on the highlight reel of the car in the other lane. The attention that Vandergriff would welcome will be results of his performance. The UPS Top Fuel team has seen some unwanted action and attention at the past few races. During Friday nights qualifying session at Bristol Dragway, Vandergriff found himself driving away from possible contact with Cory McClenathan's horrific chassis failure in the next lane. Vandergriff masterfully drove his car to 5.4 seconds to avoid being collected in McClenathan's wave of flying debris.

Vandergriff had a second harrowing experience at National Trail Raceway last weekend when he was passed in his own lane by Hillary Will at the end of what became a rain-shortened qualifying session.

The Jim Dupuy-led UPS team looks forward to a quiet and uneventful Friday night session. The only excitement they are hoping for will be from the result of their power. "Jim (Dupuy) and the team have the UPS car running really well," Vandergriff said. "We qualified No. 2 in Columbus, and hope to do at least that good here in Topeka. We did some more testing on Monday and I think we are in a very good place. We are ready go rounds in Topeka.

Vandergriff is currently in the No. 13 position in the NHRA POWERade Championship points chase.

-vm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cory McClenathan , Bob Vandergriff , Hillary Will