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MAX NAYLOR SETS RECORD ON HOOSIERS
AS TOP QUALIFIER IN NHRA PRO STOCK CLASS

9-20-07
Max Naylor was #1 qualifier at the US Nationals in Indy on Hoosier tires.LAKEVILLE, IN (September 20, 2007) -- Max Naylor, the only NHRA Pro Stock driver currently competing on Hoosier tires, rocked the racing world recently. First, the driver of the Jagermeister Dodge Stratus Hemi qualified No. 1 at NHRA's biggest event of the season--the U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis. It was the 54-year-old driver's first-ever low qualifier award. Naylor repeated the feat two weeks later at the Mid-South Nationals in Memphis becoming only the 18th driver in Pro Stock history to qualify No. 1 in two consecutive NHRA events.  

It all began earlier in the year at Michigan when Naylor, dissatisfied with his team's performance, met with Hoosier engineers about a possible switch to the Hoosier brand. At Michigan, they tested a set of Hoosier drag tires built specifically for the Pro Stock class. 

Naylor, a former race track owner and sportsman racer, shocked everyone when he later showed up for final qualifying at Denver with his Pro Stocker mounted on Hoosier drag slicks. Since then, the tires haven't been off the car. 

After a few events and some set-up changes working out the bugs, Naylor and his Hoosier-shod Hemi have now become a formidable combination in NHRA competition. 

The first taste of success came over Labor Day weekend when Naylor earned the No. 1 qualifier position on each of the three days of qualifying at the U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis. Naylor was the top qualifier among the 33 Pro Stock cars on hand. Naylor's Jagermeister Dodge posted at time of 6.655 seconds @ 206.39 mph to take the top spot. It also broke a string of 329 races in which the competing tire brand has been the No. 1 qualifier--a streak dating back to 1992.

Naylor stated, "This weekend is the highlight of any drag racers career. I told the guys that no matter what happens for the rest of our lives, or this weekend, we can always say we were No. 1 at Indy." Naylor added, "It's a major accomplishment."

Two weeks later at Memphis, Naylor showed his team's performance at Indy was no fluke. The New Buffalo, PA driver again claimed the top qualifier position. In addition to setting a career-best mark, Naylor also set a new track ET record with a time of 6.594 seconds @ 207.37 mph. He also is just the 18th driver in Pro Stock history to qualify No. 1 in two consecutive NHRA events.  
 

Max Naylor (white shirt) and the entire Jagermeister crew toured the Hoosier facilities.In between the two events, Naylor and his wife Jane, along with his entire crew, stopped by Hoosier to meet the staff and get a glimpse of how the tires he now races on are built. 

Since making the switch to Hoosier tires, Naylor stated, "It's good to be working with people with the utmost integrity. It was just the right time for the both of us."

For more information about Max and the Jagermeister Pro Stock team visit www.naylorracing.com

Can Max and the Jagermeister team make it three events in a row? We will all find out this weekend at the O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals (September 20-23) in Dallas, TX.   

The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) was founded in 1951 by Wally Parks and is based in California. NHRA has over 35,000 licensed competitors. For more information about NHRA visit www.nhra.com

      

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