A "Two-fer"-- Milford, Michigan -- The VIPsports.com Top Alcohol Funny Car Team heads for Columbus, Ohio, this week. Round Six of NHRA's North Central Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series takes place at National Trail Raceway September 23-25.
Milford, Michigan -- The VIPsports.com Top Alcohol Funny Car Team heads for Columbus, Ohio, this week. Round Six of NHRA's North Central Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series takes place at National Trail Raceway September 23-25. For Frank Parker and his ParkerTech Racing Services crew, this race will be a "two-fer." Their Round Five race, at Bowling Green, Kentucky, was rained out and rescheduled to run at Columbus. Danny Townsend, driver of Parker's VIPsports.com Dodge Stratus, qualified third and won his first round just before the race was called.
The combined Columbus race holds promise for the VIPsports.com car. Parker's final set-up, at the recent Mac Tools US Nationals, resulted in the quickest-ever sixty-foot time for his car and driver. With that new data, the VIPsports.com Dodge Stratus has the potential of visiting the winners circle twice, improving its third-place standing in division points and moving back into the top ten in national points.
The additional track time also is an opportunity to prepare for the team's season-ending race, the following weekend, at the Ameriquest Mortgage US Nationals, on the Rt. 66 Raceway track in Peoria, Illinois. While Rt. 66 was scheduled as the season finale, the team's season-long performance qualified the VIPsports.com Top Alcohol Funny Car for the prestigious Jeg's All Stars event. The invitation-only Jeg's event, referred to as a "race within a race," pits NHRA's top Sportsmen racers, from across the country, against one another. Run in conjunction with the Rt. 66 national race, Jeg's provides the Sportsmen separate monetary rewards and bragging rights. As a second straight "two-fer," the event at Rt. 66 will now be a season-ending grand finale for ParkerTech Racing Services and their VIPsports.com Dodge Stratus Top Alcohol Funny Car.
Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying, at National Trail, starts Friday, September 23rd, at 4:30 pm, then continues on Saturday at 12:30 and 4:30 pm. The first round of TAFC eliminations is on Sunday at 1 pm. The Bowling Green make-up runs will include a time trial, during Friday qualifying, and final rounds during Saturday's qualifying. For track information, call 740-928-5706 or visit www.nationaltrailraceway.com.
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