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Chris Holbrook grabs pole in Topeka SAMTech.edu Factory Stock Showdown qualifying

Ford Mustangs dominated the top half of the qualifying sheet in Factory Stock at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals
08 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Chris Holbrook

Ponies ran rampant at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties. Chris Holbrook took pole position in the SAMTech.edu Factory Stock Showdown in his 2019 Ford Mustang with an 8.024-second pass at 173.36 mph. His Mustang was one of five in the top half of the field after the third and final qualifying session wrapped. 

VIDEO: Every run from the third and final Factory Stock qualifying session below. Catch the first round of eliminations on NHRA.tv and tune in to FS1 at 10 p.m. Eastern for more NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing coverage. 

2017 Pro Stock world champion Bo Butner slotted into the second spot, also driving a Ford-powered machine. He ran an 8.045 at 176.01 to finish ahead of the best-performing Chevrolet Camaro in the category. Randy Taylor qualified third at 8.062 at 170.49 in his 2019 Camaro, booking a matchup with Scott Libersher (another Camaro campaigner) in the first round of eliminations – set to begin at 2:45 p.m. Central Time on Saturday. 

Defending Factory Stock world champion Leah Pritchett finished eighth on the sheet with the best qualifying Dodge Challenger. Her Mopar-bannering machine ran an 8.105 at 169.23 and earned her a battle against Joe Welch, who also runs a Dodge. 

Welch survived the bumping that always takes place in the final qualifying session. He ran an 8.162 and qualified in the No. 16 position. Leonard Libersher was not so lucky, and missed out on the field by .012-second. So, too, did David Kramer, father of Pro Stock campaigner Deric Kramer, in his first Factory Stock race while running a Chevy Camaro. 

1Chris Holbrook8.024173.36Ford
2Bo Butner III8.045176.01Ford
3Randy Taylor8.062170.49Chevy
4Drew Skillman8.066172.56Ford
5Arthur Kohn8.075170.77Chevy
6Kevin Skinner8.081170.84Ford
7Bill Skillman8.101164.21Ford
8Leah Pritchett8.105169.23Dodge
9David Barton8.107173.96Chevy
10David Janac8.108169.89Chevy
11Mark Pawuk8.109169.91Dodge
12Stephen Bell8.112170.15Chevy
13Jesse Alexandra8.138168.64Chevy
14Scott Libersher8.143172.92Chevy
15Ryan Priddy8.154172.1Chevy
16Joseph Welch8.162170.69Dodge
17Leonard Libersher8.174167.99Chevy
18David Kramer8.182167.66Chevy
19Waldemar Rodriguez8.187167.38Chevy
20Terry Munroe8.19167.49Chevy
21ROBERT FALCONE8.216167.53Chevy
22Doug Hamp8.257167.55Chevy
23Bruno Massel9.421156.61Chevy