VIPSports.com Car Heads to NHRA Summer Nationals
After a three week rest, the ParkerTech Racing Services crew is ready to start burning some alcohol again. Their VIPsports.com funny car is loaded up and ready for Topeka, Kansas and the May 26th - 28th NHRA O'Reilly Summer Nationals. The Heartland Park Topeka track promotes itself as "the world's fastest ¼ mile" and the crew is hoping that feature will work to their advantage. "For Frank Parker, owner of the VIPsports.com Dodge Stratus, the time between races hasn't been very restful. "We've freshened up the whole car since Atlanta and made some adjustments," he said. "If it moved, we took it apart and put it under the microscope. If it didn't move, we polished it. I made the mistake of taking a brief nap and woke up to my four-year old rubbing polish on my leg." Danny Townsend, driver of the VIPsports.com Top Alcohol Funny Car and Dan Parker, co-chief, have been studying past data from Topeka and working on set-ups and strategy. "We're a real close second in Division 3 points and holding on to number five in national points," said Townsend. "With one win, out of only two points meets, the odds are in our favor for a great season finish."
Round one of Top Alcohol qualifying is on Friday, May 26, at 3:00 pm and the second at 6:00 pm. The final qualifying session takes place at 11:00 am Saturday. Eliminations begin at 4:00 pm Saturday and pick up again at 11:00 am Sunday.