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Johnson, Beckman top Dodge qualifiers

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In Pro Stock, Mike Edwards defended his track record speed from Friday and wrapped up his ninth top qualifying spot. Allen Johnson, who has been the top qualifier at his home track for the last three years, was philosophical about this year’s result.

“We were trying to go for it that last run and sort of over powered the track but for the weekend we have to feel good about it as we closed the gap on Mike still a little more and I think we have a great car for race day,” Johnson said.

Johnson’s real goal is to finally win a Wally at Bristol. He was runner-up to Edwards last year in the closest finish in NHRA history and he wants a rematch.

“It’s Father’s Day (on Sunday) and I’m going to have extra motivation because I have my dad here by my side, but I think we have a great hot rod, we know this track, and the team is doing such a great job so we have high hopes.”


FORD NHRA THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS: PRO STOCK FINAL QUALIFYING
Psn Driver Sponsor & Car ET Speed
1 Mike Edwards I Am Second Camaro 6.632 208.23*
2 Allen Johnson Team Mopar Avenger 6.645 207.85
3 Erica Enders-Stevens Black Iguana Camaro 6.651 207.43
4 Shane Gray Gray Motorsports Camaro 6.654 207.62
5 Jason Line Summit Racing Equipment Camaro 6.661 206.95
6 Jeg Coughlin JEGS.com/Mopar Avenger 6.661 206.92
7 Greg Anderson Summit Racing Equipment Camaro 6.671 206.57
8 Rodger Brogdon ProtecttheHarvest.com Camaro 6.680 207.05
9 V. Gaines Kendall Oil Avenger 6.686 206.51
10 Greg Stanfield MAVTV/Lucas Oil Camaro 6.689 205.91
11 Rickie Jones Elite Motorsports Camaro 6.691 206.99
12 Vincent Nobile Mountain View Tire Avenger 6.700 206.48
13 Steve Kent ProtecttheHarvest.com Camaro 6.736 205.76
14 Larry Morgan Lucas Oil/MAVTV Mustang 6.739 204.79
15 Lewis Worden Cunningham Mustang 6.754 204.32
16 JR Carr F5 Motorsports Mustang 6.798 205.16
DID NOT QUALIFY
17 John Gaydosh Jr Gaydosh Performance GXP 6.978 198.23
18 Kurt Johnson Mark Christopher Auto Center GXP 7.359 200.77
19 Warren Johnson Warren Johnson Enterprises GXP 10.531 201.31
*Track record


In Funny Car, Saturday was a regular tire barbecue. The top 12 qualifiers were unchanged from Friday; the track ET and speed records set by Del Worsham and Jack Beckman, respectively, were still intact.

With no last-minute surprise entries, all 16 cars entered made it into the field for tomorrow’s eliminations.


FORD NHRA THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS: FUNNY CAR FINAL QUALIFYING
Psn Driver Sponsor & Car ET Speed
1 Del Worsham DHL Camry 4.008* 314.83
2 Jack Beckman Valvoline/MTS Charger 4.012 317.05*
3 Matt Hagan Magneti Marelli/Rocky Boots Charger 4.049 317.05
4 Tim Wilkerson Levi, Ray & Shoup Mustang 4.061 315.56
5 Ron Capps NAPA Auto Parts Charger 4.066 310.84
6 John Force Castrol GTX Mustang 4.071 307.93
7 Bob Tasca III Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang 4.082 310.70
8 Alexis DeJoria Tequila Patron Camry 4.096 312.42
9 Jeff Arend Eco-Absorb Charger 4.109 302.69
10 Johnny Gray Pitch Energy Charger 4.127 298.73
11 Courtney Force Traxxas Mustang 4.129 309.56
12 Chad Head Head Racing Camry 4.136 301.54
13 Cruz Pedregon Snap-on Tools Camry 4.177 295.40
14 Tony Pedregon Pedregon Racing Camry 4.414 293.79
15 Blake Alexander Auto Plus Parts Charger 6.150 288.09
16 Robert Hight Auto Club Mustang 6.849 294.37
*Track record

Ford’s towing claims: brag or bluff?

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In today’s print edition of Automotive News, Larry Vellequette wrote about one more facet of the ongoing battle for bragging rights among pickup manufacturers. This time, Ram is engaged in a tussle with Ford over top towing rights. Ford claims the championship over the Ram 3500, saying its 4X4 crew cab heavy-duty pickup can tow 31,200 pounds, 1,200 more than the Ram 3500 regular cab 4X2, which Chrysler maintains has “best-in-class” towing....

Proxy service advises merger approval

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San Francisco-based Glass, Lewis & Co. has recommended that its clients approve the Fiat Chrysler merger this Friday. Glass Lewis is one of the two leading proxy service companies in the world, the other being ISS which last week advised its clients to vote down the merger. According to a Reuters report, the company said the benefits of the merger outweigh concerns about voting rights....

Does Enders-Stevens strategy open the door for Johnson?

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NHRA Pro Stock points leader Erica Enders-Stevens didn’t race at Sonoma and she won’t be competing at the Northwest Nationals in Seattle. Elite Motorsports owner Richard Freeman two-event “holiday” at the Mile-High Nationals in Denver. Despite her very impressive racing resume, Enders-Stevens lacks a real sponsor and it’s likely this was a major consideration, especially since she had built up a 241-point lead over Allen Johnson, who is second in the point standings, at the end of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio....

Coughlin clinches Countdown berth in Sonoma

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Jeg Coughlin Jr. became the second Mopar driver to clinch a spot in the six-race Countdown to the Championship that will determine the Mello Yello NHRA Pro Stock world championship. Coughlin joined teammate Allen Johnson in the Countdown after making it to the Pro Stock semifinals in the NHRA Sonoma Nationals that ran this weekend at Sonoma Raceway....

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