Seven of the top eight qualifiers in Pro Stock Motorcycle made it on to the quarterfinal round but that doesn't mean the racing was anything other than exciting. The biggest upset of the round came early when the Lucas Oil EBR of No. 4 qualifier Hector Arana Jr. quit at half-track in his battle against Joey Gladstone. Arana Jr. was a tenth quicker during qualifying but that didn't discourage Gladstone, who nailed the Tree with a .007 light and cruised to the round win with a 6.967.
Hector Arana Sr. also made an early exit following a close -.005 red-light against John Hall, who is riding a Tim Kulungian-prepared Suzuki for Jerry Savoie's WAR team this weekend. Hall qualified with a 6.902 and ran within a thousandth of that number with a 6.901 for the win.
All three of the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Street Rod bikes punched their ticket to the second round with low qualifier Eddie Krawiec taking out Michael Ray and current points leader Andrew Hines moving past Marc Ingwersen with a very competitive 6.866. Three-time world champion Angelle Sampey joined her stable-mates in the quarterfinal round with a narrow win against Chicago runner-up Karen Stoffer. Both riders were quick on the starting line and Sampey's 6.917 held off Stoffer's 6.945.
The opening round was also kind to Matt Smith's team with three of their bikes moving on in eliminations. Reigning champ Matt Smtih was the quickest of the round with a 6.840 in his win against Kelly Clontz. Smith's wife, Angie, topped Cory Reed with a 6.895, setting up a husband-wife battle in the quarterfinals. Scotty Pollacheck earned his first round win of the season with a 6.900 that was too much for Ryan Oehler. Pollacheck was quick enough to earn lane choice against Gladstone in round two.
Round two pairings (lane choice first): Eddie Krawiec vs. John Hall; Scotty Pollacheck vs. Joey Gladstone; Matt Smith vs. Angie Smith; Andrew Hines vs. Angelle Sampey