Since the introduction of electronic fuel injection three years ago, 6.4-second runs have become something of a rarity in Pro Stock but the prime weather conditions on Saturday in Gainesville allowed Rodger Brogdon and Greg Anderson to take the top spots with runs. Brogdon, who qualified No. 1 at the season-opener in Pomona, is on track for his second green hat of the season after a 6.490. Brogdon was just four-thousandths quicker than Anderson, who has been the qualifying leader 102 times in 454 prior starts.
As quick as Brogdon and Anderson are, they cannot rest comfortably because the top eight drivers in the field are separated by just .029-second. Deric Kramer is third-quickest with a 6.509 while Friday leader and Pomona winner Bo Butner was shuffled by to fourth despite improving to 6.511 seconds. Earlier, Butner missed the record all-seven second field in the SAM Tech.edu NHRA Factory Stock Showdown with his Summit-backed Cobra Jet Mustang.
There are 17 Pro Stock cars in Gainesville which means one driver will not be a part of Sunday’s driver introductions. Currently the battle for that final spot is close between Wally Stroupe, who is 16th with a 6.675 and Jeff Isbell, who is just eight-thousandths of a second behind at 6.683.
Qualifying order after Q3:
|5||Jeg Coughlin Jr||6.514|