NHRA Top Fuel - Successful Debut For Synergyn Fuel Addititive Dragster
SONOMA, July 31, 2011: Even though Ron August Jr. fell to Antron Brown in today's first round of eliminations during this weekend's Fram / Autolite NHRA Nationals in Sonoma, it was still a successful debut for the Synergyn Fuel Additives Top Fuel dragster.
August qualified no. 14 with a 3.996 at 304.39 mph, but ran into trouble during his race against Brown. Shortly after the cars launched, The Synergyn Fuel Additives dragster lost traction and threw a blower belt, slowing August to a 4.760 at only 158.07 mph to Brown's winning 3.836 at 318.77 mph.
"We made it into the show, I was comfortable driving the car, and our sponsors got some great exposure," August said. "The free samples of Synergyn in the midway were very popular, and Mike Lescure had several of his customers at the race. This weekend was really about showing our sponsors how powerful NHRA drag racing is as a marketing tool, and I think we achieved that."
This was the first time August has driven for Dexter Tuttle's team, a group who finished in the top 10 in 2010.
"These guys are really calm and it made me very comfortable in the car," August said. "Everyone is very professional and I know everything is taken care of when we go to the starting line. Of course we also wanted to go rounds, but other than that this was the best time I've ever had driving a fuel car. I can't wait to do it again."