Ron Capps and crew chief Rahn Tobler did not take part in preseason testing last weekend in Phoenix, and Capps said beforehand he’d make an early shutoff pass for his first run of the year. He did shut it off, running just 304.87 mph, but got the NAPA Hellcat Charger there pretty quick with a 3.915 to lead the Funny Car field after one session.
Shawn Langdon, who has four Pomona wins to his credit – four in Top Fuel (sweeping both the Winternationals and the Finals in 2013 and 2015) and one in Super Comp at the 2007 Finals, put the Global Electronics car No. 2 with a 3.927 and were joined in the three-second zone by Cruz Pedregon, defending world champ J.R. Todd, and defending event champ Matt Hagan.
Although all entered cars did not run this session, there are more than 16 cars on the grounds.
Qualifying sheet after one round:
|11||Bob Tasca III||7.843|
|12||Tommy Johnson Jr||8.010|
|13||Phil Burkart Jr.||8.584|