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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



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