Five rounds of Funny Car qualifying at the 2019 Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals helped create a record-breaking field of 16 qualifiers with Justin Schriefer’s 4.005 sitting on the record bump spot. The old record was 4.029 set at the 2016 Auto Club NHRA Finals.
Fifteen Funny Cars qualified in the three-second zone, matching the total from the 2016 Finals, but the field fell just .006-second shy of giving the sport its first all-three field.
The first all-four-second field was set in Phoenix in 2001 on a quarter-mile racing distance and accomplished in the event’s first two qualifying sessions, the result of a new 660-foot concrete launch pad installed at the track and cool conditions. Nineteen cars ultimately qualified in the four-second range.
Four drivers -– John Force, Ron Capps, Tommy Johnson Jr., and Del Worsham -- were part of all three of those record fields. Force qualified No. 2 in the 2001 Phoenix field, No. 4 in the 2016 Finals field, and then No. 3 this weekend. Capps qualified sixth, fifth, and fourth this weekend. Johnson ranked ninth, third, and 10th. Worsham qualified for the 2001 Phoenix race in the No. 14 spot, in Pomona in No. 8 slot, and, although he wasn’t driving this weekend, tuned nitro rookie Ray Martin into this year's Indy field in the No. 13 spot.
Jack Beckman, who leads this record field, also led the previous quickest field at the 2016 Finals. Other drivers (besides Force, Capps, and Johnson) who qualified in both of the most recent quickest fields were Robert Hight, Matt Hagan, Tim Wilkerson, Paul Lee, and Cruz Pedregon.
Here's a look at those fields:
|2019 CHEVROLET PERFORMANCE U.S. NATIONALS|
(quickest field in history, Sept. 1, 2019)
|8.||Bob Tasca III||3.894|
|10.||Tommy Johnson Jr||3.909|
|2016 AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS|
(previous record field, Nov. 12, 2016)
|3.||Tommy Johnson Jr.||3.873|
|2001 CHECKER SCHUCKS KRAGEN NATIONALS |
(First all-four-second field, Sept. 16, 2011)
|9||Tommy Johnson Jr.||4.893|