Brittany Force Goes To NHRA Spring Nationals Top Fuel #1 Spot Friday In New Car After Pomona Crash

Story By: SCOTT SMITH / NHRA – BAYTOWN, TX – Matt Hagan powered to the Funny Car qualifying lead under the lights Friday evening at the 31st annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Brittany Force (Top Fuel) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) are also provisional qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the fifth of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

Hagan sits atop the Funny Car category with a run of 3.913-seconds at 308.78 mph in his Pennzoil/Mopar Dodge Charger R/T. He’s chasing the top position as he aims for his second No. 1 qualifier of the 2018 campaign and 32nd of his career.

“Really happy with my guys right now,” Hagan said. “They laid down some great runs and the car has been phenomenal. I’m very confident in what they’re doing. It helps me as a driver to allow me to do what I need to do.”

Defending world champion Robert Hight sits second after a 3.921 at 313.15 in his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro, while Jonnie Lindberg is third.

Force leads the Top Fuel class with a run of 3.701 at 313.80 in her Monster Energy dragster posted during the second qualifying session. The defending Top Fuel champion is seeking her first No. 1 qualifier of the season in her new car after wrecking at Pomona earlier this year.

“It’s been pretty much a whirlwind of a season,” Force stated. “We’ve been running our 2017 car the last few races while we built this new dragster. This was our testing and none of us knew how it was going to go. To come out second run and be able to go number one is pretty amazing.”

Tony Schumacher is currently qualified second with a 3.711 at 322.73 in his U.S. Army dragster and Billy Torrence rounds out the top three.

In Pro Stock, Anderson currently holds the top spot after resetting both ends of the track record with a pass of 6.492 at 213.00 in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro during his first round of qualifying. He is looking for his third consecutive and 96th career No. 1 qualifying position after earning top spots in Gainesville and Las Vegas.

“You don’t get conditions like this but maybe once or twice a year,” Anderson said. “Great day for me. Not only once but twice. We’ve got a great car over there and we’ll go faster tomorrow.”
Jeg Coughlin Jr. is currently qualified in the second spot with a 6.504 at 212.36 as he hopes to capitalize on the momentum he found last year as the No. 1 qualifier.

Qualifying continues at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
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BAYTOWN, Texas — Friday’s results after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the 31st annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway, fifth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday’s final eliminations.

Top Fuel — 1. Brittany Force, 3.701 seconds, 313.80 mph; 2. Tony Schumacher, 3.711, 322.73; 3.
Billy Torrence, 3.737, 317.87; 4. Antron Brown, 3.740, 324.98; 5. Scott Palmer, 3.761, 316.08; 6.
Doug Kalitta, 3.772, 320.05; 7. Richie Crampton, 3.774, 316.23; 8. Terry McMillen, 3.849, 311.63; 9. Steve Torrence, 3.892, 313.88; 10. Bill Litton, 3.927, 306.60; 11. Leah Pritchett, 4.142, 204.60; 12. Terry Brian, 4.739, 284.62; 13. Mike Salinas, 4.944, 145.36; 14. Clay Millican, 5.092, 173.49; 15. Kebin Kinsley, 5.365, 148.17; 16. Terry Haddock, 7.362, 96.07. Not Qualified: 17.
Terry Totten, 10.009, 53.67.

Funny Car — 1. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 3.913, 308.78; 2. Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.921, 313.15; 3. Jonnie Lindberg, Toyota Camry, 3.927, 316.52; 4. Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 3.951, 311.05; 5. Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 3.963, 299.53; 6. J.R. Todd, Camry, 4.010, 313.37; 7. Del Worsham, Camry, 4.055, 305.29; 8. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.065, 266.27; 9. Jeff Diehl, Camry, 4.151, 283.49; 10. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.157, 242.76; 11. Courtney Force, Camaro, 4.247, 226.89; 12. John Force, Camaro, 4.625, 222.29; 13. Shawn Langdon, Camry, 4.801, 180.67; 14. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.806, 147.31; 15. Richard Townsend, Camry, 4.876, 166.11; 16. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 5.210, 169.55. Not Qualified: 17. Jim Campbell, 8.750, 73.79; 18. Todd Simpson, 14.805, 62.31.

Pro Stock — 1. Greg Anderson, Chevy Camaro, 6.492, 213.00; 2. Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, 6.504, 212.36; 3. Tanner Gray, Camaro, 6.507, 211.99; 4. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.513, 212.29; 5. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.518, 211.99; 6. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.525, 212.79; 7. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.527, 212.29; 8. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.528, 211.93; 9. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.530, 211.33; 10. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.532, 211.79; 11. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.532, 212.73; 12. Rodger Brogdon, Camaro, 6.545, 206.29; 13. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.548, 210.67; 14. John Gaydosh Jr, Chevrolet Camaro, 6.592, 210.93; 15. Alan Prusiensky, Dodge Dart, 6.621, 208.65; 16. Steve Graham, Camaro, 12.954, 66.69.

GONZALEZ SECURES PRO MOD PRELIMINARY NO. 1 QUALIFYING POSITION AT NHRA SPRINGNATIONALS

Jose Gonzalez powered to the qualifying lead Friday during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Tige Boats, is the third of 12 events this season.

Gonzalez ran a 5.69-second pass at 257.78 mph in the second qualifying session to take the current No. 1 position.

“We actually made three changes before that run, but we never thought we had that much,” Gonzalez stated. “This is just my second event here, so this actually feels really good. The competition is just so tough here anything can happen tomorrow now.”

Steve Jackson is currently qualified second with a 5.707 at 249.03 and Mike Janis is initially qualified third with a 5.733 at 234.61.

E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service qualifying continues Saturday at 1 p.m.
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BAYTOWN, Texas — Friday’s results after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the 31st annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway, the second of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday’s final eliminations.

Pro Modified — 1. Jose Gonzalez, Chevy Camaro, 5.696, 257.78; 2. Steve Jackson, Camaro, 5.707, 249.53; 3. Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.733, 248.61; 4. Chad Green, Chevy Corvette, 5.746, 250.23; 5.
Jeremy Ray, Corvette, 5.761, 248.66; 6. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.768, 251.58; 7. Todd Tutterow, Camaro, 5.774, 248.16; 8. Shane Molinari, Pontiac Firebird, 5.784, 255.97; 9. Jim Whiteley, Camaro, 5.788, 247.97; 10. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 5.796, 251.02; 11. Michael Biehle, Ford Mustang, 5.815, 253.09; 12. Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 5.825, 249.12; 13. Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.855, 212.36; 14. Erica Enders, Camaro, 5.866, 240.81; 15. Sidnei Frigo, Corvette, 5.867, 252.38; 16. Richie Stevens, Camaro, 5.892, 247.16. Not Qualified: 17. Steve Matusek, 5.927, 217.46; 18.
Chuck Little, 5.929, 240.00; 19. Rick Hord, 5.956, 241.41; 20. Chip King, 5.963, 244.69; 21. Clint Satterfield, 5.976, 242.76; 22. Doug Winters, 6.018, 242.98; 23. Pete Farber, 6.090, 190.19; 24.
Harry Hruska, 6.481, 237.96; 25. Bob Rahaim, 7.940, 121.39; 26. Danny Rowe, 8.199, 115.78; 27.
Brandon Snider, 8.789, 108.79; 28. Dan Stevenson, 9.410, 98.54.