The unique format of the Four-Wide Nationals, where the first two finishers in each quad advanced, allowed Terry Totten to score his first career round win as he followed only Clay Millican across the stripe in their quad, with Leah Pritchett and Austin Prock up in smoke behind them.
Brittany Force and Richie Crampton finished 1-2 in their quad with 3.7-second passes; Scott Palmer also ran in the 3.70s but finished third and went into the trailer along with Cameron Ferre. Steve Torrence won his quad with a strong 3.729, low e.t. of the round, and finishing ahead of Doug Kalitta who beat Terry McMillen on a holeshot, and tire-smoking Steve Chrisman. Despite his strong 3.780, Kalitta was the fourth slowest of the winners and won’t have a choice of any lane in the semifinals.
Low qualifier Mike Salinas and Billy Torrence also advanced to the semifinals, beating Antron Brown in the one-short quad.
Semifinal quads (lane choice in order):
Mike Salinas vs. Clay Millican vs. Billy Torrence vs. Terry Totten
Steve Torrence vs. Brittany Force vs. Richie Crampton vs. Doug Kalitta