Story By: SCOTT SMITH / NHRA – EPPING, NH – Defending Funny Car world champion J.R. Todd powered down the hot track at Friday evening for the provisional top spot at the NHRA New England Nationals located at New England Dragway.
Todd drove his DHL Toyota Camry to a 4.022-seconds at 317.34 mph during the second round of qualifying. Todd is chasing his second No. 1 qualifier of the season, 12th of his career and first career at New England Dragway.
“We’re starting the second half of the season and it’s really go time, to start making moves,” Todd said. “I said last year I wanted to be in the top five coming out of Indy and we’re hanging right around there right now. But that was a good run for the DHL Toyota there in Q2. I didn’t think it was going to hold, though. I’m kind of surprised (Ron) Capps didn’t run better than he did. But, hats off to (crew chiefs) Jon (Oberhofer) and Todd Smith for adapting to these hot conditions and making this thing rip like it is.”
Capps and teammate Shawn Langdon are currently in the second and third spots respectively following Friday evening qualifying.
Clay Millican is also sitting in the top spot for Top Fuel at the 13th of 24 events on the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour.
Millican’s second qualifying run of 3.795 at 326.71 in his Parts Plus/Laris Motorsports Insurance dragster earned the top spot of the day. He is looking for his second No. 1 qualifying position of the season, 22nd of his career and first at NHRA New England Nationals.
“It was pretty obvious that everybody was having trouble,” Millican said. “There was no way a 3.79 was going to stay No. 1, I didn’t think. We were second car down the race track in that session and it’s a good race track but any race track is going to have trouble when it’s this hot outside.”
Qualifying continues at the NHRA New England Nationals at with the action LIVE on FS1 beginning at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday at New England Dragway.
EPPING, N.H. — Friday’s results after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the seventh annual NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway, 13th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday’s final eliminations.
Top Fuel — 1. Clay Millican, 3.795 seconds, 326.71 mph; 2. Richie Crampton, 3.825, 319.07; 3. Doug Kalitta, 3.844, 321.73; 4. Antron Brown, 3.848, 321.73; 5. Scott Palmer, 3.877, 315.34; 6. Austin Prock, 3.899, 310.05; 7. Brittany Force, 3.904, 292.90; 8. Dom Lagana, 3.926, 318.77; 9. Dan Mercier, 4.279, 219.72; 10. Cameron Ferre, 5.886, 117.18; 11. Steve Torrence, 6.157, 100.74; 12.
Terry McMillen, 6.318, 103.24; 13. Audrey Worm, 9.234, 89.65.
Funny Car — 1. J.R. Todd, Toyota Camry, 4.022, 317.34; 2. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 4.039, 313.07; 3. Shawn Langdon, Camry, 4.046, 314.39; 4. Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 4.048, 316.45; 5. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.051, 318.47; 6. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.069, 311.34; 7. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 4.091, 312.78; 8. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.095, 305.15; 9. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.117, 310.55; 10. John Force, Chevy Camaro, 4.348, 208.39; 11. Robert Hight, Camaro, 6.368, 107.91; 12.
Jim Campbell, Charger, 8.976, 70.82; 13. Mike Smith, Dodge Stratus, 9.893, 80.08; 14. Jeff Diehl, Camry, 17.392, 52.30.