Hall, Gray tops on weather-shortened first day in Charlotte
Friday, April 19, 2013

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Persistent rain showers forced NHRA officials to postpone qualifying for the 4th annual Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Fueled by Full Throttle at zMAX Dragway until Saturday at 12:15 p.m.

One qualifying session of racing was completed in Pro Stock Motorcycle, and 10 cars were able to make runs in Pro Stock before rain showers moved into the area Friday afternoon.

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, featured at this event for the first time since 2010, John Hall took the No. 1 spot with a time of 6.930 seconds on the Matt Smith Racing Buell. In Pro Stock, Shane Gray was quickest of the 10 cars that ran before the rain fell. 

Gates will open at 8 a.m., and Pro qualifying rounds are set for Saturday at 12:15 and 4 p.m. for Sunday's final eliminations.

Defending NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series world champion Troy Coughlin raced to the qualifying lead in a rain-shortened day of action. The race, which is being contested in the traditional two-lane configuration, is the second of 10 races in 2013 for NHRA’s popular 250-mph doorslammer touring series.

Coughlin powered his JEGS.com Corvette to a leading time of 5.963 seconds at 243.72 mph. Pro Mod teams were only able to get in one of their two scheduled qualifying sessions before the action was canceled.

Danny Rowe was second in his ’67 Camaro with a 5.966 at 244.07, and local favorite Rickie Smith, from King, N.C., was fourth in his IDG Camaro with a 5.977 at 242.41. Series points leader and 2010 champ Von Smith was seventh in his vintage Dr. Moon Camaro with a performance of 6.033 at 236.92.

The final qualifying session for the Pro Mod Series is Saturday at 2 p.m. and will be followed by the first round of eliminations at 4 p.m. Pro Mod eliminations will continue Sunday beginning at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Be a part of the action all weekend with a 3-Day Pass to the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals starting at $99. Tickets for children 13 and under are free with any paid adult ticket; to purchase general admission or reserved seats please visit www.zMAXDragway.com or call the box office at 800-455-FANS (3267). For more information about NHRA, please visit www.NHRA.com.