Showing no signs of being a rookie, Austin Prock left on his John Force Racing teammate, former world champ Brittany Force, then expertly pedaled his Montana Brand dragster after it shook the tires, then raced to his first round-win to highlight a wild first round of Top Fuel. NHRA legend Don Prudhomme, who helped get Prock's car funded, said, "I just saw a rookie drive like a veteran."
He will face Mike Salinas, as the San Jose, Calif. native defeated Clay Millican with a stout 3.68 to start off Monday's action. That will get him lane choice in the second round.
Reigning world champ Steve Torrence extended his unbeaten streak to 25 straight rounds with low e.t. of the round, a 3.688, to beat Steve Faria, and will have a semifinal bye for the 14-car field. Torrence’s father, Billy, also advanced with a tire-shaking victory over Cameron Ferre.
Second-round matchups (lane choice first): Steve Torrence vs. bye; Mike Salinas vs. Austin Prock; Doug Kalitta vs. Billy Torrence; Leah Pritchett vs. Terry McMillen.