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Saturday, May 31, 2014


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Saturday at the Toyota NHRA Summernationals at historic Old Bridge Township Raceway Park opened with more eliminations in the Lucas Oil Sportsman classes, including Super Comp (above) and Super Stock (below).


Stock eliminator runs the gamut of cars from the wheelstanding C/SA 396 Camaro of Joe Santangelo and Anthony Bertozzi (above) to the six-cylinder T/SA American Graffiti '77 Gremlin of Eric Merryfield (below).

 
Over in the John Force Racing compound, preparations are underway on the Traxxas Funny Car of Courtney Force (above) and the Castrol Edge Top Fueler of her sister Brittany (below).
 

 
  (Above) Johnny Davis, left, and Glen Kelley turn the wrenches on the Toyota Funny Car of Chad Head.

(Left) Swedish Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Elvira Karlsson continues her U.S. tour in Englishtown and has the assistance at this race of veteran tuner Gary Stoffer.

(Below) Top Fuel ace Spencer Massey enters the event on a hot streak, having won the last two races, in Atlanta and Topeka, with his Battery Extender dragster.
 


NHRA Members and site subscribers can get up-to-the-minute, detailed coverage from this weekend's event on NationalDragster.net.

 
  Old Bridge Township Raceway Park is the birthplace of the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, so it was only fitting that NHRA officials announced here that, effective June 15, the minimum age for kids eligible to participate in the league will be 5 years old. [Story]

(Left) NHRA President Tom Compton, second from left, was joined at the announcement by Raceway Park's David Napp, left, one of the original Jr. Dragster drivers whose father, Vinny, conceived the idea; former Jr. Dragster driver/current Top Fuel pilot Leah Pritchett; and NHRA Vice President-Racing Administration Josh Peterson.


Toyota-sponsored drivers including current Funny Car low qualifier Cruz Pedregon (above) and Del Worsham (below) took part in an autograph-signing session before the day's first qualifying passes.

 
  [1:15 p.m.] Andrew Hines (above) made the second-fastest pass in Pro Stock Motorcycle history with a blast of 199.23 mph, just shy of teammate Eddie Krawiec's 199.26-mph run set three years ago in Gainesville. Hines' e.t. was "just" 6.778, good for the No. 2 spot.

Krawiec also made a good run; his 6.747 at 198.90 was the fourth quickest and fourth fastest in history and put him atop the field.

Reigning season champ Matt Smith (left) shook his recent doldrums with a 6.793 to jump from outside the field into the No. 3 spot.


[1:30 p.m.] Pro Stock points leader Erica Enders-Stevens (above), who didn’t make it down the track on Friday’s lone pass, made the first 215-mph pass in Pro Stock history with a 215.55-mph ripper that bettered the previous best speed in class history, the 214.69-mph run national record pass she made earlier this year in Gainesville. Her 6.473 pass tied the second-quickest pass in class history (behind only Mike Edwards’ 6.471 from Charlotte 2013) and moved her to the top of the field. (Below) Rodger Brogdon’s 6.488 moved him to No. 2, and his speed of 214.42 was the fifth fastest in class history. Allen Johnson ran the second-fastest speed in history, 214.83.


From the grandstands to the pits, Raceway Park is absolutely jammed with Jersey race fans.


[2:25 p.m.] Richie Crampton (above) had the best run of the event's third Top Fuel session, a 3.771 that moved the GEICO dragster to the No. 2 spot. Reigning Mello Yello world champ Shawn Langdon (below), who was outside the top 12, wasn't far behind with a 3.776 that earned the Al-Anabi team the No. 3 position.

 
[3 p.m.] Del Worsham (above) remained the No. 2 qualifier but had the best run of the third Funny Car session with a 4.052. Jack Beckman (below) was second best with a 4.072 that did not improve on his Friday 4.054.
 


Local fan Mat Poris of Old Bridge has a unique medium for the autographs he's collected over the last six years.


[4:15 p.m.] "The Hectors" (above) all qualified for the Pro Stock Motorcycle field. Adam Arana, left, had to go from outside the field on his last pass and ran a 6.880 to do so while his older brother, Hector Jr., had the best run of the session with a 6.772. Hector Sr., center, didn't make a good run but remained in the field. John Hall (below) made a solid 6.811 pass with his B.R.A.K.E.S./Matt Smith Racing Buell.

[4:30 p.m.] Allen Johnson (above) made the second-quickest pass in Pro Stock history with a 6.472 to jump to the No. 1 spot in the field. Shane Gray (below) also stepped up with a 6.485 in the FireAde Camaro. Erica Enders-Stevens ran 214.76 mph to back up his earlier 215.55 for the new national speed record. So far at this event, we’ve seen three of the top four speeds in Pro Stock history, seven of the top 10, and 11 of the top 15.


[5:25 p.m.] (Above) Despite already leading the field, Doug Kalitta and crew chief Jim Oberhfoer socked it to the Top Fuel field in the final session with a new low e.t. of 3.748 at top speed of 327.66. (Below) Morgan Lucas, appearing in just his second event of the season, made it a perfect two-for-two by qualifying in the No. 13 spot.


[5:45 p.m.] Jack Beckman (above) has had a sensational qualifying outing, running in the 4.0s on all four passes leading up to a 4.017 that pushed him to the No. 5 spot in Funny Car. Alexis DeJoria (below) lost a really great final pass when her Patron XO Café Toyota slowed to just 303 mph on a sizzling 4.052-second pass.