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|
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|
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