Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals live photo gallery
Saturday, April 27, 2013

News and views from the O'Reilly Auto Parts
NHRA SpringNationals
presented by Super Start Batteries
Last update: 3:25 p m.
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  (Above) It's a drizzly morning at Royal Purple Raceway that has delayed the start of day two of the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals presented by Super Start Batteries; action is on hold while the NHRA Safety Safari presented by AAA works to dry the track between the drizzles.

Despite the weather, a fine crowd already has turned out and is enjoying a leisurely pit-area stroll (below) to check in with their favorite drivers, like Antron Brown (left), who is preparing for the first of the day's two final qualifying sessions in Top Fuel to set the field for Sunday's final eliminations.

Fans also are checking out the interactive Mello Yello display for a hands-on experience with the sport.

Beginning at this event, Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car members of the Pro Sportsman Association, like Jim and Annie Whiteley, foreground, in conjunction with Lucas Oil Products and NHRA, will be holding autograph sessions at every national event to allow the fans to get to know them better.

[12:15 p.m.] Hector Arana Jr. (left) led the way for the third straight Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying session, posting a 6.895 that was a thousandth of a second quicker than Scotty Pollacheck's 6.896.

Andrew Hines moved up to third behind them with a 6.904 for the final bonus point of the session.

2:30 p.m.: After a two-hour rain delay, action is ready to resume at Royal Purple Raceway.

[3:25 p.m.] After five more pairs of Pro Stockers, weather has again halted action. V. Gaines (above) has the round's best time, a 6.590 (matched by Erica Enders-Stevens, albeit at a slower speed). There are four cars remaining to complete the session. No qualifying bonus points will be awarded unless all cars run.

4:25 p.m.: Racing has been called for the day due to continuing rain and a poor forecast.