Fuller's top-10 points battle continues
Las Vegas, Sunday: Hoping to cash in on some hometown luck, David Powers Homes/Valvoline Top Fuel driver "Hot Rod" Fuller was disappointed with a first-round loss at the seventh annual SummitRacing.com Nationals. The good news for supporters of the team is that Fuller still has a solid top-10 car.
Fuller's first-round loss against Doug Kalitta was brought on by a severe bout of tire-shake that slowed him to a 5.115 at 275.06 mph against Kalitta's 4.566 at 330.63 mph. Yet the always-upbeat pro found a way to motivate himself by the outcome.
"Just about the time we feel like we have a handle on this new tire, it jumps up and bites us again," Fuller said. "We're going stay here in Vegas Monday and do more testing. I know Lee Beard and crew will get this thing figured out and when they do, we'll be showing everybody what we showed them in Phoenix, a win."
Las Vegas-based Ahern Rentals was prominently displayed on the David Powers-owned machine this weekend as a tribute to company President Don Ahern's daughter, who recently was lost in a tragic car accident.
"Dayna lost her life but she was with us in our hearts," Powers said. "There is nothing worse than losing one of your children and we felt having her name and her dad's company on the car was the least we could do to honor her memory. They have a great family-owned business as we do. Our two companies have a lot in common and seem to share the same family values. There is just a great synergy between us."
After completing five of 23 events in the 2006 NHRA POWERade drag racing schedule, Fuller is seventh in the battle for the championship, just 215 markers behind point leader and event winner Melanie Troxel.
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