The Dodge//SRT NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil continues on Saturday with two more rounds of professional qualifying in order to set the fields for Sunday’s final eliminations.
In Top Fuel, where reigning champ Steve Torrence and Brittany Force are locked in a tight battle for the top spot, it’s Force who currently has the upper hand after an impressive 3.69 in her Monster Energy dragster on Friday afternoon. Force picked up three qualifying bonus points as she attempts to track down Torrence, who is fourth after a 3.77 in his Capco Contractors entry.
Sandwiched between Force and Torrence are Clay Millican, who continued his recent string of impressive qualifying runs with a 3.73 and Mike Salinas, the winner of the most recent NHRA event in Bristol, who clocked a 3.76.
A number of racers did not make full runs including contenders Justin Ashley, Antron Brown, and Doug Kalittla. Also not qualified is Tripp Tatum, who clearly has the potential to make the top half of the field after an impressive 3.71 earlier this season.
Just two weeks after her victory in Bristol and Alexis DeJoria is still ridign high with her Bandero Tequila Toyota. DeJoria made the quickest Funny Car run on Friday with a 3.89. The top eight cars in the class ran in the threes including John Force (3.90), J.R. Todd (3.91) and title contender Matt Hagan (3.93).
Ron Capps, who came into the Las Vegas event with a one point lead over Hagan in the Camping World standings, is also off the a solid start with a 3.97 in his NAPA Dodge.
Kyle Koretsky, a runner up in Pro Stock during last year’s Fall Las Vegas race, made the quickest run in Pro Stock with a 6.667 in his Lucas Oil/Nitro Fish Camaro. Koretsky leads a KB racing sweep of the top three spots with Greg Anderson (6.670) and rookie of the year contender Dallas Glenn (6.687) leading the field.
Erica Enders, who is looking to win her fifth championship, is No. 6 after the first day with a 6.696.
Steve Johnson’s bid to get back into the title fight in Pro Stock Motorcycle after a disastrous outing in Bristol, got a big boost when he took his Suzuki to the provisional pole with a 6.848. Johnson was the championship leader earlier this season but fell to second place after an early loss in Bristol.
Matt Smith, the current leader, is second with a 6.869 on his Denso Buell while Bristol winner Angelle Sampey (6.969) and Jerry Savoie (6.900) fill out the top four.
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NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, Oct. 30 at noon and 3:30 p.m. Final eliminations start Sunday, Oct. 31 at 11:00 a.m.
Qualifying: Sunday, Oct. 31, 4-5 p.m. Eastern, FS1
Eliminations: Sunday, Oct. 31, 5-8 p.m. Eastern, FS1