No. 1 qualifier John Force re-set low elapsed time of the race with a strong 3.859 as five of the top eight qualifiers advanced in a quick Funny Car round. Force, who qualified in the top spot for the first time in two years, stayed in the hunt for his landmark 150th win with a win against Terry Haddock. Force's teammate, Robert Hight, also found the 3.8s with a 3.895 win over Jonnie Lindberg.
Don Schumacher Racing put two of their four Funny Cars into the quarterfinals with Matt Hagan, and Ron Capps advancing. Tommy Johnson Jr. was on the receiving end of Hagan's 3.946 run while Jack Beckman fell to Bob Tasca, who made his best run of the weekend with a 3.949.
J.R. Todd also carried the momentum from last weekend's Las Vegas win into the first round with a solid win over Jim Campbell. Todd will have his work cut out for him in round two with a tough race against Hight.
Round two pairings (lane choice first): Robert Hight vs. J.R. Todd; Matt Hagan vs. Blake Alexander; Shawn Langdon vs. Ron Capps; John Force vs. Bob Tasca III.