The field is set for tomorrow’s eliminations at this weekend’s NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing event, the 43rd annual Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals presented by NAPAFilters.com.
Allen Johnson and the Team Mopar/J&J Racing Dodge Avenger, was eighth after Friday’s first round of qualifying, but had a great pass in the second round to move up to No. 2. On Saturday, Johnson made a career-best pass of 6.486 seconds to take the top spot in the first round and was even faster in the second round. He’s the top qualifier heading into the eliminations.
Vincent Nobile and the Mountainview Tire Aveneger has good runs, coming in as high as fourth and as low as eighth. By the end of qualifying, Nobile had split the difference and took the sixth position.
Chris McGaha had trouble making the cut Friday, but the Harlow Sammons of Odessa Avenger came back strong n Saturday: they qualified for the tenth spot.
Jeg Coughlin and the JEGS.com/Mopar Avenger had the speed to make the field, but not the time. By Saturday, he was .042 seconds off the pace needed to race on Sunday. This is first time since Bristol in 2008 Coughlin has missed the cut.
V. Gaines couldn’t catch a break this weekend. Even the Kendall Oil Avenger’s fastest pass wasn’t quick enough to make the cut.
|FINAL QUALIFYING – PRO STOCK – 43rd ANNUAL NHRA GATORNATIONALS|
|Psn||Driver||Sponsor & Car||ET||Speed|
|1||Allen Johnson||Team Mopar/J&J Racing Avenger||6.486||211.99|
|2||Jason Line||Summit Racing Equipment GXP||6.490||212.69|
|3||Greg Anderson||Summit Racing Equipment GXP||6.504||212.03|
|4||Mike Edwards||Penhall/Interstate GXP||6.506||211.83|
|5||Ron Krisher||Valvoline GXP||6.515||211.36|
|6||Vincent Nobile||Mountain View Tire Avenger||6.519||211.69|
|7||Erica Enders||GK Motorsports Cobalt||6.519||211.76|
|8||Ronnie Humphrey||Genuine Hot Rod Hardware GXP||6.529||212.13|
|9||Rodger Brogdon||MAV TV GXP||6.533||210.47|
|10||Chris McGaha||Harlow Sammons of Odessa Avenger||6.541||210.37|
|11||Rickie Jones||Elite GXP||6.543||210.77|
|12||Steve Kent||Kent Trucking GXP||6.543||210.21|
|13||Shane Gray||Service Central GXP||6.544||210.31|
|14||Greg Stanfield||Nitro Fish/Coffman Tank GXP||6.551||209.69|
|15||Mark Martino||Desantis Crane Service GXP||6.552||210.31|
|16||Larry Morgan||Lucas Oil Mustang||6.555||210.83|
|Did Not Qualify|
|17||Grace Howell||GCPay.com Mustang||6.572||208.94|
|18||Warren Johnson||Johnson Racing GXP||6.573||209.69|
|19||Jeg Coughlin||JEGS.com/Mopar Avenger||6.597||210.24|
|20||V. Gaines||Kendall Oil Avenger||6.598||210.73|
|21||Gary Gregory||Fast Shark Supply.com GXP||6.625||208.10|
|22||Kurt Johnson||Johnson Racing GXP||8.520||207.94|
In Funny Car, all of the Chargers that entered made the final cut. Matt Hagan and the Aaron’s/Mopar Dodge qualified as high as sixth before a bad fourth round run knocked him down to ninth. Johnny Gray in the Tire Kingdom/Service Central Charger barely made the field in the first round of qualifying but got in some good runs on Saturday to qualify eighth. Ron Capps had qualified as high as third but had some trouble with the wall and dropped to eight coming into the final round. In the fourth round, Capps’ NAPA Auto Parts Charger hit its best speed of the weekend, 306.88, and Capps moved up to sixth.
Jack Beckman shook off early gremlins and made some solid runs in the Valvoline NextGen Charger including the top speed in four rounds of qualifying, 314.61 miles per hour. He’s just .021 seconds behind top qualifier Cruz Pedregon going into tomorrow’s finals.
|FINAL QUALIFYING – FUNNY CAR – 43rd ANNUAL NHRA GATORNATIONALS|
|Psn||Driver||Sponsor & Car||ET||Speed|
|1||Cruz Pedregon||Snap-on Tools Solara||4.026||311.77|
|2||Jack Beckman||Valvoline NextGen Charger||4.047||314.61|
|3||Robert Hight||Auto Club Mustang||4.057||313.66|
|4||Mike Neff||Castrol GTX Mustang||4.065||313|
|5||Bob Tasca III||Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang||4.083||309.06|
|6||Ron Capps||NAPA Auto Parts Charger||4.108||306.88|
|7||John Force||Castrol GTX High Mileage Mustang||4.114||309.49|
|8||Johnny Gray||Tire Kingdom/Service Central Charger||4.114||307.79|
|9||Matt Hagan||Aaron’s/Mopar Charger||4.116||307.65|
|10||Alexis DeJoria||Patron Tequila Camry||4.125||306.81|
|11||Courtney Force||Traxxas Mustang||4.136||306.12|
|12||Jim Head||Head Racing Solara||4.153||301.13|
|13||Jeff Arend||DHL Solara||4.154||307.23|
|14||Blake Alexander||Monte Carlo||4.168||297.02|
|15||Bob Bode||Stupid Fast Racing Impala||4.22||292.39|
|16||Tim Wilkerson||Levi Ray & Shoup Mustang||4.226||298.21|
|Did Not Qualify|
|17||Tony Pedregon||Pedregon Racing Impala||4.492||291.51|
|18||Todd Lesenko||Tap It Brewing Co. Monte Carlo||4.538||200.38|
|19||Dale Creasy Jr.||Tek Pak Inc. Monte Carlo||6.387||145.93|
Thanks and a tip o’ the hat to Gene Yetter!
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