Low qualifiers Brittany Force and Steve Torrence advance while Austin Prock wins the first battle against rival Jordan Vandergriff. Force ran a tenth slower than her track record qualifying run with a 3.766, but that was more than enough to win after Cameron Ferre fouled. Torrence powered to a 3.720 to take care of business against Kebin Kinsley's respectable 3.855.
It's hard to call it an upset anytime a three-time champion wins a round but Antron Brown and the Matco team were able to advance from the No. 11 spot and beat last week's Las Vegas winner Mike Salinas on a holeshot, 3.735 to 3.727. Brown lost to Salinas last week in the Four-Wide event.
Scott Palmer also banked his first round win of the season after Billy Torrence's Capco Contractors entry did not get off the starting line cleanly.
Round two pairings (lane choice first): Steve Torrence vs. Austin Prock; Antron Brown vs. Leah Pritchett; Clay Millican vs. Scott Palmer; Brittany Force vs. Doug Kalitta.