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Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals Sunday Preview

Terry McMillen, Tommy Johnson Jr., Jason Line, and Matt Smith lead their respective fields into final eliminations at the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil at historic Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
08 Aug 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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The Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil, the third-straight event contested at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, continues on Sunday with final eliminations for racers in a host of classes including Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle. On Saturday, the professional fields were set after two thrilling rounds of qualifying.

McMillen earned the first low qualifier award of his career when he drove the Amalie dragster to a 3.807 during the afternoon session. McMillen bumped provisional low qualifier Steve Torrence to second. Leah Pruett finished the day in the No. 3 spot with her Dodge dragster followed by Clay Millican, who was the low qualifier at the most recent Indy event last month.

Johnson has his second low qualifier award of the season when he took the MD Anderson Cancer Center Dodge to a 3.976 to edge DSR teammate Matt Hagan, who recorded a 3.982. The top three spots are occupied by DSR Dodges with Ron Capps in the No. 3 position after a 3.987 in his NAPA Dodge. Johnson will face off against Alexis DeJoria in round one while Hagan faces a tough battle against teammate Jack Beckman.

The Indy event marks the 57th time that Line has led all qualifiers in Pro Stock after the four-time world champ drove his Summit Racing Equipment Camaro to a 6.574 that none of his opponents could better. Teammate Greg Anderson was close with a 6.592 while current points leader Jeg Coughlin Jr. finished in the No. 3 spot after a 6.593. Line defeated Coughlin in the final the last time Pro Stock cars hit the track at Indy last month.

In the second Pro Stock Motorcycle event of the season, Smith’s Denso EBR has been the quickest bike in the Pro Stock Motorcycle field after a 6.807 best. Smith is being chases by a trio of Harley riders, Eddie Krawiec, Angelle Sampey, and Andrew Hines as well as recent first-time winner Ryan Oehler, who is fourth quickest.

In addition to the Mello Yello series pros, the E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod series, and Mickey Thompson Top Fuel Harley, winners will also be crowned on Sunday in Mountain Motor Pro Stock as well as ten Lucas Oil Series sportsman classes.

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