Jason Line had two good runs on Saturday, dropping Allen Johnson to No. 2 in the final Pro Stock qualifying order in the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway just outside of Reading, Pennsylvania.
There was lots of movement in Pro Stock qualifying. Compared to the order after Friday’s rounds, only four drivers kept their same spot and just three, including Johnson, stuck with their Friday times.
Jeg Coughlin trimmed 0.007 seconds from his previous best, coming back from a sixth-place finish in the third round to reclaim the No. 4 spot.
V. Gaines chopped 0.020 seconds and moved up two positions to fifth while Vincent Nobile slashed 0.029 seconds and moved up to the top half of the field with a three-spot jump to eighth.
In the third round, Erica Enders-Stevens, the reigning lady of Pro Stock, was matched up with her husband, Richie Stevens. The pair turned in identical ET’s but Richie posted the higher speed and advanced from the No. 6 spot to fourth while Erica remained at No. 5. In in next, and final round, Coughlin and Gaines posted lower time times, leaving the Stevens family in the No. 6 and No. 7 spots.
In Funny Car, there was a bit of an upset. After Courtney Force’s record speed was reviewed on Friday, it was determined to be invalid and the track record went to her father John. The elder Force held the No. 1 spot and the extra points moved him into first place in the Countdown to the Championship, four points ahead of Matt Hagan.
In contrast to the all the movement in Pro Stock, positions and speeds in Funny Car remained virtually the same with Jack Beckman as the top-ranked Dodge driver, having qualified third. The first 12 qualifying positions were unchanged after two rounds of racing on Saturday. Two or the four Dodge drivers that missed the cut on Friday made it into the expanded field on Saturday.
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