Five-time NHRA Top Fuel winner Rod Fuller will pilot the yellow-and-black Holt Cat dragster during the 22nd annual O’Reilly Fall Nationals. David Powers Motorsports and San Antonio-based Holt Cat have partnered for the Dallas event, Sept. 20-23, at Texas Motorplex, it was announced today.
This is the eighth time that David Powers Motorsports and a Caterpillar dealer group have joined to back Fuller’s car this season.
The relationship between David Powers Motorsports and the Cat dealer groups is a program to increase technician recruiting. Caterpillar dealers are experiencing a shortage of technicians and NHRA drag racing offers a technician-rich recruiting environment to find qualified candidates with experienced mechanical backgrounds. Holt Cat is the largest Caterpillar dealer in the nation and operates 22 locations throughout Texas from the Red River to the Rio Grande.
“I’m excited to have Holt Cat on the car at Dallas,” Fuller said. “We seem to get to at least the semis when we have a Cat dealer on our dragster and that’s definitely the goal this weekend. We’ve been to the semis and finals at the Motorplex the last two years, so now it’s time for us to get into the winner’s circle. It’s going to be warm and our Caterpillar dragster runs well in the heat, so we’re excited to get the points lead back and lock in a spot in the Countdown.”
Fuller enters the 20th race on the 2007 NHRA schedule ranked second in the countdown to the championship standings. The five-time NHRA winner has two wins (Phoenix and Denver) in five final round appearances this season. He also has earned four poles this year. Having led the standings for most of the 2007 season, Fuller trails Tony Schumacher by 19 points in the countdown to four. Fuller, who drove to a runner-up finish at Texas Motorplex last September, is a three-time finalist at the Dallas race.
“Holt Cat is proud to be associated with David Powers Motorsports, one of the top teams in the NHRA," Holt Cat president and COO Allyn Archer said. “We are excited to have our logo on Rod Fuller’s car and have great expectations of another finals victory for the Cat car. We look forward this weekend to meeting prospective customers as well as technicians interested in a career with a strong, values - based company like Holt.”
Holt Cat will display Caterpillar equipment at the Dallas event. They will have a location in the popular manufacturer’s midway area of the pits where fans can inquire about a career as a Caterpillar dealer technician, acquire information on the Cat equipment and meet Fuller.
ESPN2 will feature three hours of final eliminations coverage from the O’Reilly Fall Nationals at 7 p.m. (ET) on Sept. 23.