2014 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Friday photo gallery
Friday, August 15, 2014

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Brainerd Int’l Raceway is known for its lively 200-acre campground referred to as “the Zoo.” The fun the fans experience off the track parallels the thrilling competition racers endure at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, the 17th of 24 events on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and penultimate race before the start of the Countdown to the Championship.

NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League competitors had their dragsters on display for Minnesota race fans interested in getting their children involved in drag racing.

Super Stock racer Todd Curtis was selected to be an upcoming Featured Flyer subject in National Dragster; all featured racers get these "brag" decals to put on their hot rods.

Points leader Erica Enders-Stevens, right, with sister Courtney, returned to racing after sitting out the last two races of the Western Swing. Her Elite Motorsports Camaro didn’t appear to have lost a step either; Enders-Stevens finished Q1 in the No. 3 position, running an off-the-trailer 6.647.

Jason Line picked up right where he left off in Seattle when Pro Stock’s first qualifying session began on Friday. After winning the last two races on the tour, he put his Chevy Camaro on the provisional pole with a run of 6.637 seconds.

Minnesota race fans received the first of their annual dose of nitromethane when Funny Cars pulled up to the ready line. This is Chad Head's Toyota.

Dale Creasy Jr. made his annual trip to Brainerd and ran a strong 4.23 with his Tek-Pak Chevy Impala, showing others how to get down the 120-degree racing surface in the first session.

Tim Wilkerson, who is still trying to secure a position in the top 10, equaled the best run of the opening session with a 4.17 that ended up being No. 2 based on Courtney Force’s better speed.

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Making his third appearance of the season, two-time Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Top Fuel winner Morgan Lucas made one of the best runs of the first session with a 3.92 at only 275 mph in the Lucas Oil 25th Anniversary dragster.

Defending event winner Spencer Massey came into the race looking to make a turnaround and got off to a good start with a 3.86 that earned him three bonus points.

Vincent Nobile is looking to rebound from a disappointing showing in Sonoma and Seattle, but things didn’t start off too well when the team blew up a motor in Q1. In the second session, the New York native recorded a 6.659 effort, and now his Mountain View team has something to build on tomorrow.

With four No. 1 qualifying positions already this season, Allen Johnson is halfway to collecting his fifth after posting a 6.614-second run in Q2. He began the weekend just 32 points behind Erica Enders-Stevens for the points lead but managed to shave two points off of that with his strong showing Friday.

Courtney Force made two solid runs in the Traxxas Ford Mustang with a session-leading 4.17 followed by a 4.13 that has her in the No. 5 spot after the last session.

In the front of the line for the second session, Robert Hight moved all the way up to the top in the Mike Neff-tuned Auto Club Ford Mustang with a 4.08 at 313 mph.

In what he proclaims to be a must-win situation to get a spot in the Countdown to the Championship, Bob Vandergriff Jr. ran a 3.83 to open the second qualifying session that ended up in the No. 5 position.

Seattle winner and points leader Doug Kalitta kept his momentum rolling with a 3.81 in the Mac Tools dragster that has him in the provisional No. 1 qualifying position.