Steve Graham earned his first round win when Deric Kramer posted a 6.907-second elapsed time in the opening Pro Stock round. Graham didn’t light the world on fire (6.607), but those three-tenths of a second made all the difference in the world and he’ll match up against Jason Line. Line owns lane choice with a 6.536.
That wasn’t good enough for best of the round. Bo Butner ran a 6.501 as the 2017 Pro Stock champion gets a shot at Chris McGaha in round two. That’s as close as we got to a 6.40, though it looked like Rodger Brogdon had a shot. The No. 1 qualifier left before the tree activated, giving Val Smeland a free pass to the second round. He’ll face off against Alex Laughlin, who defeated Jeg Coughlin Jr. The yellow and black car experienced problems as soon as he left the clutch out.
Second-round pairings (lane choice first): Alex Laughlin vs. Val Smeland; Jason Line vs. Steve Graham; Erica Enders vs. Matt Hartford; Bo Butner vs. Chris McGaha