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NHRA New England Nationals Sunday preview

Low qualifiers Steve Torrence, Matt Hagan, and Dallas Glenn will look to score victories during final eliminations at the NHRA New England Nationals.
04 Jun 2022
Posted by NHRA.com staff
New England Dragway

Friday leaders Steve Torrence, Matt Hagan, and Dallas Glenn held on to the top spots in Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock, respectively during Saturday’s final two qualifying sessions at New England Dragway. Now, they’ll face a bigger challenge as they look to finish the job with victories during Sunday’s final eliminations.

Although the top spots did not change hands, the sell out crowd at New England Dragway on Saturday witnessed an epic day of professional qualifying, and the start of eliminations in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

Torrence, who won back-to-back Epping titles in 2018-19, set the Epping track record on Friday with a 3.664, and he’s the top qualifier in the field. Torrence’s quest to win his first event of the season will begin with an opening round race against Scott Farley.

Championship leader Brittany Force held on to the second spot with her 3.687 from Friday and she will get to race against Clay Millican in Sunday’s opening round. Other intriguing matchups include Austin Prock vs. Antron Brown, Tony Schumacher vs. Leah Pruett, and Josh Hart vs. Shawn Langdon.

Hagan stayed atop the Funny Car field after Friday’s 3.878 which sets up a round one battle against Dale Creasy Jr. With just 14 cars in the field, the winner of the Hagan vs. Creasy bout will receive a bye run into the semifinal round.

Teammates John Force (3.881) and Robert Hight (3.889) moved to the No. 2 and No. 3 spots on Saturday. Force is scheduled to race against Terry Haddock in round one while Hight, the winner of the most recent event in Richmond, will be paired against Cory Lee.

The most interesting battle of the opening round will pit reigning Camping World NHRA Funny Car champ Ron Capps against Jim Campbell, who made two of the best runs of his career including a 3.950 to qualify No. 8.

Reigning rookie of the year Dallas Glenn also held on to the top spot in Pro Stock after Friday’s 6.543 run in his RAD Torque Systems Camaro. Glenn will race Alan Prusiensky’s Dodge in round one.

Kyle Koretsky finished as the No. 2 qualifier after a 6.544 in his Lucas Oil Products Camaro which means he’ll be racing Chris McGaha in round one.

One battle that figures to draw a lot of attention features recent Houston runner-up Camrie Caruso against five-time and reigning world champ Greg Anderson. Caruso qualified No. 6 with a 6.547 and has lane against the KB Racing flagship.

Billy Torrence, Top Fuel; John Force, Funny Car; Aaron Stanfield, Pro Stock.

Top Fuel
3.664 seconds by Steve Torrence, June 2021; 331.69 mph by Doug Kalitta, June 2018.

Funny Car
3.822 seconds by Robert Hight, June 2017; 336.74 mph by Robert Hight, June 2017.

Pro Stock
6.485 seconds by Shane Gray, June 2014; 214.72 mph by Greg Anderson, June 2015.

Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 5.

Sunday, June 5, FOX Sports 1 (FS1) will televise three hours of finals coverage at 7 p.m. ET.