Defending event champ Richie Crampton extended his Gainesville Raceway win streak to five rounds with his first round-win of the season in the Kalitta/DHL machine. Low qualifier Brittany Force also got on the scoreboard, beating a troubled Chris Karamesines while Clay Millican handed rookie Austin Prock the first first-round loss of his three-race nitro career while also earning his first win light of the year. The other nitro rookie, Jordan, Vandergriff, chalked up his third round-win of the year in upsetting No. 2 qualifier Mike Salinas.
Reigning world champ Steve Torrence matched low qualifier Force’s 3.680 for low e.t. (but gets the edge based on a faster speed, 327.27 to 326.32) in beating one of his usual crewmembers, Dom Lagana. Doug Kalitta and terry McMillen also ran identical e.t.s, but against each other one one, with Kalitta taking the win via an .050 to .072 holeshot.
Second-round pairings (lane choice first): Brittany Force vs. T.J Zizzo; Leah Pritchett vs. Richie Crampton; Clay Millican vs. Jordan Vandergriff; Steve Torrence vs. Doug Kalitta