2014 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Saturday photo gallery
Saturday, July 05, 2014

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Another beautiful day is on tap as Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park begins to fill with fans eager to see Sportsman eliminations and the event's final two qualifying sessions in the Mello Yello classes.

There's plenty to see and do in the pits. (Above) Tony Pedregon's immaculate recreation of "TV Tommy" Ivo's Funny Car is on display. (Below) Fans can try their hand at the many interactive displays on Nitro Alley.

  Meanwhile, in the Force camp ...

(Above) Courtney Force's Traxxas Ford gets unloaded for the day.

(Left) Not every job on a Funny Car team is glamorous. Just ask Jason Sharp, who got to take out the garbage this morning. (Or maybe he was hauling off sacks full of cash from T-shirt sales.)

(Below) Super fan David Todd, of Bowmanville, Ont., came down to show off his interesting headgear, made from one of the Funny Car bodies of the John Force Traxxas radio-control cars. Of course, he had to pose next to the Castrol machine, too, with a cool Mello Yello firmly in his hand.

The Ohio Outlaw AA/Gassers returned to put on another fun set of runs before Pro qualifying began.

  (Above) John Force Racing presented Brett Shaw, president of Mac Tools, with a championship ring from the boss' 16th title, won last year. From left, Robert Hight, Courtney and Brittany Force, Shaw, and John Force.

(Left) Here's the short and tall of it in Pro Stock as John Nobile, left, father of Vincent, welcomed back to the drags former Pro Stock driver (and Cleveland Cavaliers NBA forward) Larry Nance, who was visiting his old pals.

(Below) Harley Pro Stock Motorcycle ace Andrew Hines, left, welcomed team co-owner and two-wheeled legend Terry Vance to the event.

(Above) Summit-sponsored Pro Stock racer Greg Anderson signed autographs for fans before the day's qualifying began. (Below) The New York City-based Devyl Nellys also entertained the crowd.


Chaz Kennedy and the Star Racing Buell (above) leapfrogged his way from the No. 12 spot all the way to No. 3 with a 6.867 that was the best of the event's third Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying session.

Hector Arana Sr. (left) went 6.871 on his Lucas Oil Buell to go to the No. 4 hole; his speed of 196.93 mph broke the 196.33-mph speed record set by his son, Hector Jr., a few pairs earlier, which had broken the new mark of 196.16 that Hector Sr. set Friday.

Eddie Krawiec remained No. 1 with his earlier 6.844 and didn’t make a full pass in this session. Jerry Savoie’s Suzuki is No. 2 still at 6.865.

Chris McGaha (above), who is driving the Camaro with which Mike Edwards won this event last year, is qualified No. 4 with a 6.546 with one Pro Stock session to go. Home-state hero Larry Morgan (below), a three-time runner-up at this event (2007, 2008, and 2011) is in the No. 17 spot with one shot to make the show.

Another monster crowd has settled into its seats as the first of two qualifying sessions gets under way.

Steve Torrence (above) improved on his Friday 3.799 with a 3.792 in the day's first Top Fuel run but remained No. 2 behind Doug Kalitta's 3.77. Antron Brown (below) had the round's next-best e.t., a 3.801 for No. 3.

Matt Hagan (above) was the star of the third Funny Car session when he booted his Mopar/Rocky Boots Charger to a 4.066, low of the round. Terry Haddock (below) sits in the No. 17 spot with one run to go.

Hector Arana Jr. (above), the winner last weekend in Chicago, jumped up three positions to the No. 2 spot in the final qualifying session with a 6.858. Eddie Krawiec’s 6.844 remained in the No. 1 spot. Swedish rider Elvira Karlsson (below) has qualified for her first final eliminations after running a best of 6.984, which put her Suzuki on the bump spot. She previously had DNQ’d at her first five races this season.


 Against all odds, Travis Mazza (above) qualified Larry Morgan’s second Mustang for the Pro Stock field in his national event debut after V. Gaines was unable to better Mazza’s 7.36 on his final effort. Mazza, son of former national event Sportsman winner Mike Mazza, will take on low qualifier Erica Enders-Stevens in the first round Sunday.

For Gaines (right), it was his first DNQ in more than two years (Atlanta 2012) with his Kendall Oil Dodge.

Shane Gray (below) made the final session’s best run, a 6.535, but it wasn’t good enough to get around field leader Enders-Stevens’ 6.523.


 Shawn Langdon (above) highlighted a spectacular final qualifying session by taking the No. 1 qualifying spot from Doug Kalitta with a 3.745 that broke his own year-old track record of 3.752.


Kalitta (below) fired back with a 3.746 that just missed taking back the top spot, but his speed of 327.82 broke his own incoming track record of 327.74.

For the second straight event, rookie Richie Crampton (right) entered the final qualifying session not in the field and made a run good enough to qualify, a 3.905, that moved his GEICO dragster to No. 15, meaning a first-round date Sunday with Kalitta.


For the second straight night, the three-second Funny Car barrier at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park stubbornly refused to fall as Del Worsham (above) duplicated his Friday night pass of 4.000.

John Force (below) sizzled the Norwalk timers with a 322.04-mph clocking on a 4.016 run to break daughter Courtney’s track speed record of 321.42 and jump to the No. 2 spot in the field.

Bob Motz's spectacular jet-powered Kenworth again closed the show, this time topping 200 mph.

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