Topeka: Jerry Toliver Saturday notes

Toliver Qualifies CANIDAE Car 15th for NHRA Summer Nationals TOPEKA, Kan., May 30, 2009 - Under oppressive 90-degree temperatures reflective of the event's name, the final day of qualifying for the 21st annual O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at...

Toliver Qualifies CANIDAE Car 15th for NHRA Summer Nationals

TOPEKA, Kan., May 30, 2009 - Under oppressive 90-degree temperatures reflective of the event's name, the final day of qualifying for the 21st annual O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka was completed today. Jerry Toliver drove the CANIDAE/Lucas Oil Chevy to a 15th qualifying position on the Funny Car grid with an elapsed time of 4.889 seconds at 214.83 mph, and for the second time this season he will face John Force in Round 1 of eliminations. He lost a close side-by-side run with the 14-time champ at Atlanta last month. Ashley Force Hood is qualified No. 1 for the second consecutive race with an elapsed time of 4.107 seconds at 295.59 mph.

"We've got a whole new, brand new clutch system on the CANIDAE car, so we're just out here learning on every run we make," Toliver said. "That means having to go through the pains of testing to see what works and what doesn't.

"We're having a problem dropping holes and we're trying to chase that. When you drop a hole, you put stress on the other cylinders and you burn them up, so we're having issues with that. But we're getting closer and closer. This new clutch combination is working and it should help Jim (team owner/crew chief Dunn) out in the tuning department because he's getting the same piece back every time."

Team owner Jim Dunn elected to pass on today's fourth and final qualifying session today as the track temperature soared to 127 degrees, and it looked like a prudent decision as only two cars were able to make full passes on the slippery track.

"Jim made a good call on that last session," Toliver said. "It's just so hot out there you're not going to gain anything on the racetrack. We saved some parts and we'll go after them tomorrow and see what happens."

-credit: jtr

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Force , Ashley Force , Jerry Toliver