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Dodge NHRA Mile-High Nationals Saturday preview

Professional qualifying will continue today at the Dodge NHRA Mile-High Nationals presented by Pennzoil with two more qualifying sessions for Mello Yello series pros in addition to qualifying and eliminations for Lucas Oil Series Sportsman racers.
20 Jul 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Qualifying concludes today at the Dodge NHRA Mile-High Nationals presented by Pennzoil with a pair of professional qualifying sessions that are scheduled for 4:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. (Mountain Time). Racing begins with Sportsman cars on the track at noon. 

Last night, reigning Mello Yello Top Fuel world champion Steve Torrence electrified the huge crowd at Bandimere Speedway when he drove his Capco Contractors dragster to a 3.783 to lead the field. Torrence also set the track speed record at 330.31 mph. Defending event winner Leah Pritchett and her teammate Antron Brown enter the day as the No. 2 and No. 3 qualifiers, respectively.

In Funny Car, two-time world champion Cruz Pedregon was quickest with a 4.002 from his Snap-on Dodge. Pedregon is seeking his first win since the 2018 Charlotte Four-Wide Race. Ron Capps (4.005) and Bob Tasca III (4.008) are in hot pursuit of Pedregon for the top spot in the field.

Greg Anderson, seeking his first Pro Stock win since last year's Denver race, currently occupies the top spot after wheeling his Summit Racing Camaro to a 6.980. Anderson, a three-time Denver winner, is just a thousandth of a second ahead of Deric Kramer's American Ethanol Camaro while Erica Enders is third-quickest at 6.995 seconds.

The new Harley-Davidson FXDR bike made a strong first impression with Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines taking the top spot in Pro Stock Motorcycle with a 7.232. Hines took the provisional pole based on speed because Hector Arana Sr. also ran 7.232 on his Lucas Oil EBR, but was two mph slower at the finish.

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