Two final qualifying sessions will set the Camping World Drag Racing Series fields for Sunday’s final eliminations at the Texas NHRA FallNationals. The event is the first this season with four qualifying sessions and with two already under their belts, teams have gathered a lot of data on the all-concrete Texas Motorplex strip.
With a hot day ahead, Brittany Force is almost assured to hold onto the No. 1 qualifying spot in Top Fuel after her sizzling Friday night run, which would give her a ninth pole in the last 10 events and her 11th of the season.
Her Friday efforts nibbled away a bit at world champ Steve Torrence’s points lead and she’ll ty to do more damage in today’s two sessions. The battle plan for the day for the class – and probably all of the classes – is to get down two solid runs in the heat pf the day in which they will run Sunday’s final eliminations.
Three-time Funny Car world champ Robert Hight hasn’t had the kind of Countdown playoff he’s used to with just two rounds wins in three events, but the driver of the AAA Texas Chevy enters today’ s final two qualifying sessions in the No. 1 spot after making the best run of both Friday sessions.
Nine cars are qualified in the three-second zone after a wild opening day and with two more qualifying sessions today that number could grow but it’s doubtful Hight will loves the top spot in the heat of the day. Bob Tasca III was the only other driver to make two three-second qualifying runs Friday but both have a lot of company.
Greg Anderson enters the final day of qualifying with a 220-point lead, five more than he started the weekend with and now the equivalent of one full round of racing over archrival Erica Enders.
Anderson had the best run of both Friday qualifying sessions and grabbed the maximum six points while Enders got only one for being third-quickest of the second session. Anderson’s rookie teammate, Dallas Glenn, asserted himself between the two with a dazzling 6.56 pass in Q2 as he continues to build a case for winning the rookie of the year title.
Steve Johnson didn’t get Friday’s night Q2 qualifying bonus but his first-session run of 6.75 certainly asserted him as the king of daytime racing, which is when Sunday’s racing will take place.
Like Anderson, Johnson was able to use Friday’s two sessions to boost his incoming 17-point lead over Angelle Sampey but only to 19 after racking up four points to her two. He’d love to add another couple today to get his lead over one round as he battles for what would be his first career championship.
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NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds, at noon and 4 p.m. CT. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. CT on Sunday, Oct. 10
Television coverage on Fox Sports 1 contunues with qualifying action at 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Sunday, leading directly into eliminations action on FS1 from 4:30-7:30.