Saturday's Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals photo blog
Saturday, April 20, 2013

News and views from the Dollar General
NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
fueled by Full Throttle
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  After Friday's weather-fueled, shortened day, day two of the Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals fueled by Full Throttle dawned to clear, blue skies and the promise of a fast day of racing ahead.

Fans are pouring into zMAX Dragway where the temperatures are expected to be in the mid-60s, ideal for record-breaking performances.

(Below) Fans entering the facility are being treated to a car show, featuring local hot rods and vintage and current iron.

  The Hot Rods and Hot Cakes breakfast took place this morning in the zMAX Dragway pavilion to help Speedway Children’s Charities continue to support local children in need as well as help B.R.A.K.E.S. to teach teens the importance of safe driving. Fans had the opportunity to eat breakfast alongside NHRA drivers.

(Above) Among those drivers lending their support to B.R.A.K.E.S. founder Doug Herbert, center, were, from left, Allen Johnson, Larry Dixon, Blake Alexander, Leah Pruett, John Force, Terry McMillen, and Jason Line. (Left) Alexander helped serve up the hotcakes.

Sportsman cars are beginning their final eliminations today in all classes outside of the Top Alcohol ranks.

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Top Fuel points leader Tony Schumacher and the U.S. Army team warm up their mount before the day's first qualifying session. With just two runs today to qualify, strategy will be an important factor.

John Force's Castrol GTX Funny Car team performed an engine swap prior to their first run.

Rhode Island-based Funny Car star Bob Tasca III is one of many drivers at the event showing support for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings with a "Run Forever Boston" decal on their race cars.

  [12:50 p.m.] Hector Arana Jr. (left) was the star of the day's first Pro Stock Motorcycle session with a 6.826 aboard his Lucas Oil Buell.

(Above) The final quad of the session was a good one. Although Adam Arana, far lane, had to shut off early, from top Scotty Pollacheck (6.887), Matt Smith (6.831), and Friday leader John Hall (6.875) all ran strong. Smith's pass was the second best of the round.

The final bonus qualifying point went to Hector Arana Sr. with a 6.860.

[12:50 p.m.] Mike Edwards (above) may have a new look on his Camaro, but he still has the same performance. He made the quickest pass in Pro Stock history with a 6.471 to get a leg up on a new national record; he holds the current mark at 6.473. Edwards, who now has made the three-quickest passes in class history, will need to run 6.536 or better to back it up. (Below) All four drivers in this quad impressively were within three-hundredths of one another, from bottom, Greg Anderson (6.517), V. Gaines (6.545), Jason Line (6.516), and Vincent Nobile (6.522). Shane Gray (6.498) and Allen Johnson (6.500) had the round's second- and third-best times.

[1:15 p.m.] Defending Top Fuel event champ Spencer Massey (above) wasted no time reasserting his dominance at the event, grabbing the No. 1 spot after the first session with a 3.774. Morgan Lucas (below) is currently No. 2 with a 3.793. Shawn Langdon earned the final bonus point with his third-best 3.799.

[1:45 p.m.] Rookie Chad Head, second from bottom, was the surprise low qualifier in the first Funny Car session with a stout 4.014 (above). John Force (below) had the next-best pass, a 4.039, for No. 2. Reigning Mello Yello world champ Jack Beckman finished No. 3 with a 4.071.

  Wonderful racing weather and sunshine has brought North Carolina fans out in force for the 4th annual Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals fueled by Full Throttle. Between rounds, they're checking out everything that the NHRA pits and Nitro Alley have to offer and getting driver autographs from stars like Leah Pruett (left), who currently is qualified No. 9 in Top Fuel.


[2:45 p.m.] Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader Hector Arana Jr. (above) earned the No. 1 qualifying spot with his first-session 6.826 but didn’t have the best pass of the second session. That honor went to Sovereign/Star Racing rider Scotty Pollacheck (left), who ran 6.834 to Arana’s 6.849.

The biggest surprise of Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying was that reigning Mello Yello champ Eddie Krawiec could only manage the No. 16 spot and will have to be in the same first-round quad with Arana; his brother, Adam Arana; and his own teammate, Andrew Hines.

[3 p.m.] Mike Edwards reset the 6.473 Pro Stock national record he established last month in Gainesville when he powered his Interstate Batteries Camaro to a 6.490 that backed up his earlier 6.471 for the new mark.

His 6.741 could also back up anything quicker well down into the 6.4s.

Jason Line was second quickest in the final session with a 6.495, and Shane Gray third with a 6.502.

[3:20 p.m.] Top Fuel points leader Tony Schumacher came into the final session not in the field but avoided a huge upset when he powered the U.S. Army dragster solidly into the field with a 3.823.

[3:25 p.m.] Shawn Langdon grabbed the No. 1 qualifying spot in Top Fuel, putting up a 3.751 in the Al-Anabi silver entry. That's just .002-second off of Tony Schumacher's 3.749 track record.

[4:15 p.m.] Rookie Chad Head (above) is the surprise No. 1 qualifier in Funny Car, scoring his first pole position in just the third race of his career with his 4.014 recorded in the first session. Tim Wilkerson (below) had the best run of the final session, a 4.09 in the Levi, Ray & Shoup Mustang.