The Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals, the second event in NHRA’s much-heralded return to action, continues on Sunday with final eliminations for racers in Top Fuel and Funny Car. On Saturday, the field was set during a hectic and action-packed day of qualifying at historic Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, with Clay Millican and Bob Tasca III earning the coveted green hats that are awarded only to professional low qualifiers.
Millican led the field after Q1 with a 3.829 and that run was not bettered during the second round of qualifying on Saturday afternoon. Leah Pruett, Shawn Langdon, Antron Brown, and returning pro Tony Schumacher also earned top-half starting spots. Billy Torrence, coming off a win at last week’s E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals, finished as the No. 10 qualifier and as a result, he’s paired with his son, Steve, the reigning Top Fuel champion. Current points leader Doug Kalitta, debuting a new sponsorship with Osborn this weekend, was sixth-quickest with a 3.907 and will race Doug Foley in round one.
Tasca missed last weekend’s NHRA return while recovering from COVID-19, was cleared to drive earlier this week, and quickly made up for lost time with a 3.991 to top all Funny Car qualifiers. Tasca was not in the field when he made his second qualifying run, but quickly recorded the first and so far, only three second run of the event. He will be paired with Alex Miladinovich in round one.
The marquee match-up in Funny Car will pit Don Schumacher Racing teammates Ron Capps and Matt Hagan against each other. Hagan, the winner of last week’s event, slipped to No. 13 in the final order while Capps is the No. 4 seed with a 4.054 in his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge.
In addition to the Mello Yello series pros, the E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod series, SAM Tech.edu Factory Stock Showdown, and Mickey Thompson Top Fuel Harley, winners will also be crowned on Sunday in four E.T. bracket categories and two Jr. Dragster classes.
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Sunday, July 19 FOX tv will televise three hours of final eliminations coverage at noon (ET).