Here comes the champ. Steve Torrence lowered the boom in the final session, making a 3.657-second pass, and pushing his dad, Billy Torrence, right off his perch. The Torrence boys took over the top two spots, and their good friend, Antron Brown, also stepped up. Brown made a six-spot jump to No. 3 with a 3.696, passing Brittany Force on speed.
Mike Salinas made his way into the top half of the field with some help from tuner Alan Johnson, and Leah Pritchett suffered another boomer in her final pass of qualifying. She will face teammate Brown while Force will face new teammate Austin Prock. That’s Prock’s first race day, which offers some intrigue to the first race day of 2019.
First-round matchups (lane choice first): Steve Torrence vs. Steve Faria; Billy Torrence vs. Cameron Ferre; Antron Brown vs. Leah Pritchett; Brittany Force vs. Austin Prock; Mike Salinas vs. Clay Millican; Richie Crampton vs. Terry Millican; Doug Kalitta vs. Scott Palmer
Final Qualifying Session: