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Englishtown, prerace: Funny Car racer Bob Gilbertson is optimistically confident heading into this weekend's Pro Care Rx NHRA SuperNationals at New Jersey's famed Raceway Park and for good reasons.

Gilbertson qualified for the last race on the circuit (Chicago) where many drivers of the more highly funded teams didn't make the cut. Even though Gilbertson lost in the first round due to parts breakage he believes that he's got a car that's fast, can qualify well and hopefully go some rounds.

"Our performance in Chicago proved that we're going in the right direction," Gilbertson said. "We're making a lot of horsepower and since Englishtown is always known for great traction and good conditions, especially during the Friday night qualifying session, so we're looking for some big numbers."

Another reason Gilbertson loves going to Raceway Park is that it's one of the original "Super Tracks" that is steeped in tradition.

"Racing at the same track that most of my drag racing heroes like "Jungle Jim" Liberman, Don Garlits, the Blue Max and many, many more raced on is special to me. Plus the rabid Englishtown fans pack the place and it's really cool to be racing in front of huge crowds."


Saturday, June 23, 2007 Qualifying 11:00 PM - 01:00 AM ET (ESPN2)

Sunday, June 24, 2007 Eliminations 10:00 PM - 01:00 AM ET (ESPN2)