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Saturday, April 12, 2014


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NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
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NHRA's Mello Yello teams, like the two Kalitta Motorsports-operated Funny Car operations of Alexis DeJoria (above) and Del Worsham (below), are preparing for their final two qualifying runs.


The annual B.R.A.K.E.S. Hot Rods and Hotcakes breakfast was a huge hit as fans who donated money to the teen safe-driving foundation got a breakfast served to them by stars of the NHRA. (Above) From left, Brittany, Courtney, and John Force; B.R.A.K.E.S. founder Doug Herbert; Antron Brown; and Alexis DeJoria.

 
 Fans on NHRA's interactive Nitro Alley are checking out the Harley-Davidson display, getting the chance to throw a leg over one of the company's legendary two-wheelers, and also getting a chance to get autographs from the company's two three-time NHRA world champs, Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec (right).  


Meanwhile, preparatory work continues in the pit area. Here, Zack Tuttle from Clay Millican and Dexter Tuttle's Parts Plus Top Fuel team installs new rotors in one of the team's superchargers.


It's a full house in the pits at zMAX Dragway as fans are enjoying North Carolina's pleasant weather.


[1:30 p.m.] (Above) Friday Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying leader Michael Ray, far lane,  was not able to better his 6.816 best, but his 6.822 was more than four-hundredths quicker than the 6.869 recorded by No. 2 Hector Arana Jr., second from bottom. Also in this all-Buell quad, John Hall, second from top, posted a 6.927 and Scott Pollacheck a 6.933. (Below) Gainesville winner and current points leader Steve Johnson is on the outside looking in with a 6.998 best against Katie Sullivan’s 6.961 bump spot.


[1:50 p.m.] Dave Connolly (above) had the best time of the third Pro Stock session, wheeling the Charter Camaro to a 6.545. (Below) It’s supposed to but four-wide, but this one only went two. Jason Line, far lane, ran a strong 6.560, and Jeg Coughlin Jr. posted a 6.568, but the big surprise is who’s not pictured, as No. 1 qualifier Chris McGaha’s tire-rattling, 17-second effort came after back-to-back 6.531s Friday. The same fate also befell Shane Gray, who shut off to a 15-second coaster.


[2:10 p.m.] Antron Brown (above) earned three bonus points after he made the best run of the third Top Fuel session with a 3.824, just a thousandth of a second off his Friday best. He remains the No. 8 qualifier. (Below) Al-Anabi teammates Khalid alBalooshi, far lane, and Shawn Langdon, near lane, ran identical 3.828 elapsed times, but alBalooshi’s better speed, 313.80 to Langdon’s 313.51, earned him two bonus points and Langdon just one. Langdon remained the qualifying leader and alBalooshi No. 3, sandwiched around J.R. Todd’s 3.781.


[2:40 p.m.] John Force (above) ran a 4.130 for the best pass of the Funny Car session. (Below) Cruz Pedregon, near lane, was next best with a 4.13 in this quad, which also featured a 4.18 by Courtney Force, far lane, a 4.20 by Del Worsham, and a troubled 4.40 by Tim Wilkerson, who was experimenting with a new clutch setup.


There's no other place on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour that looks like this!


[4:45 p.m.] Hector Arana Jr. (above) made a great run of 6.835 in the final Pro Stock Motorcycle session but couldn’t surpass Michael Ray’s Friday 6.81 and will start Sunday from the No. 2 spot based on his earlier 6.825. Former world champ Andrew Hines (below) saved his best for last, blasting his Harley-Davidson to a 6.84, eight-hundredths of a second better than his previous best of 6.92.


[5 p.m.] Chris McGaha (above) not only held onto the No. 1 spot in the Pro Stock field — his second of the season – but he also had the best run of the final session with his Harlow Sammons Chevy, a 6.547. (Below) No. 2 qualifier Erica Enders-Stevens, second from top, ran a 6.554 in her impressive quad, which also included Jimmy Alund, who posted a 6.558, and Allen Johnson, near lane, who ran a 6.566. V. Gaines’ troubled weekend continued with a shutoff run, but he qualified on an earlier 6.560.


[5:20 p.m.] Shawn Langdon (above) not only stayed atop the Top Fuel qualifying sheets with his 3.753 but also had the best run of the final session, a 3.793. (Below) Antron Brown, far lane, had the second-best pass, a 3.794, in this good quad with Doug Kalitta (3.831), Steve Torrence (3.857), and Tony Schumacher (3.903).


[5:40 p.m.] Courtney Force (above) raced her Traxxas Mustang to a 4.088 for the best run of the final Funny Car qualifying session. (Below) This great quad featured Four-Wide Funny Car champions, with (from bottom) Cruz Pedregon, Matt Hagan, Jack Beckman, and John Force representing 20 career world titles. Pedregon got the best measure of the group with a 4.13 with Hagan next best at 4.18.


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