Sunday’s schedule for the Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals is jam packed with two more rounds of professional qualifying, the continuation of eliminations in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing series as well as FuelTech Pro Mod and FlexJet Factory Stock classes and the Pep Boys NHRA Funny Car Callout event
Three down and two to go during qualifying for the 69th annual Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals as the fields in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle are nearly set. For the most part, Friday’s best elapsed times held up through two more rounds of qualifying on Saturday but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of room for shuffling throughout the field as drivers attempt to secure their starting spots for the sport’s richest and most prestigious drag race.
Heading into Sunday, Steve Torrence, Robert Hight, Matt Hartford, and Gaige Herrera are the provisional leaders in their respective classes. Torrence posted a 3.708-seocnd run on Friday with his Capco Contractors dragster and he remains ahead of Brittany Force and her Monster Energy/Flav-R-Pac team by just a thousandth of a second. The robust Top Fuel field already has a 16-car bump spot of 3.85 seconds and several notables are not yet qualified including Clay Millican, who has two victories this season.
Hight went 3.853-seconds at 329.67 mph in his Cornwell Tools Camaro. If that holds, Hight will earn his fourth No. 1 qualifier this season and 81st in his career. It also gives the multi-time champion plenty of momentum heading into Sunday’s Pep Boys NHRA Funny Car All-Star Callout.
Hight had the first selection for the specialty event, selecting back-to-back world champ Ron Capps. With the next pick, Bob Tasca III picked John Force and Matt Hagan followed by choosing Tim Wilkerson, leaving Cruz Pedregon and Alexis DeJoria as the final pairing for Sunday’s race. Hight, though, likes his chances after Saturday’s standout run.
Hartford maintained his No. 1 spot in Pro Stock thanks to Friday’s run of 6.569 at 209.23 in his Total Seal Camaro, keeping him on track for his fourth top qualifier this season. He also made the quickest run of Saturday’s first session, continuing his quest for a first Indy triumph. Troy Coughlin Jr. maintained his second spot with a run of 6.570 at 208.30 and Aaron Stanfield stayed in the third spot after going 6.586 at 208.39.
He didn’t top Friday’s spectacular, track-record run of 6.746 at 198.96 on his Mission Foods/Vance & Hines Suzuki, but Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader Gaige Herrera made a pair of strong runs to stay in command heading into Sunday. If Friday’s run holds up, Herrera would get his eighth No. 1 qualifier in nine races, a spectacular feat considering the talent level in the category. Herrera’s teammate, Eddie Krawiec, stayed second with his 6.807 at 198.79 from Friday and Hector Arana Jr. remained third after going 6.873 at 198.76.
Here's you're official cheat sheet for the event:
2022 EVENT WINNERS
Antron Brown, Top Fuel; Ron Capps, Funny Car; Greg Anderson, Pro Stock; Matt Smith, Pro Stock Motorcycle
Tony Schumacher, 10, TF; John Force, Ed McCulloch, 5, FC; Bob Glidden, 9, Pro Stock, Dave Schultz, 6, Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Top Fuel - 3.640 seconds by Brittany Force, Sept. '22; 337.75 mph by Brittany Force, Sept. ‘22
Funny Car - 3.799 seconds by Matt Hagan, Sept. '17; 338.77 mph by Hagan, Sept. '17
Pro Stock - 6.538 seconds by Jason Line, Sept. '11; 211.13 mph by Mike Edwards, Sept. '12
Pro Stock Motorcycle – 6.746 seconds by Gaige Herrera, Sept. 23; 201.16 mph by Matt Smith, Sept. 22.
Top Fuel - 3.623 sec. by Brittany Force, Sept. '19, Reading, Pa.; 338.94 mph by Brittany Force, Nov. ‘22, Pomona, Calif.
Funny Car - 3.793 sec. by Robert Hight, Aug. '17, Brainerd; 339.87 mph by Robert Hight, July ’17, Sonoma, Calif.
Pro Stock - 6.450 sec. by Erica Enders, March '22, Gainesville, Fla.; 215.55 mph by Erica Enders, May '14, Englishtown, N.J.
Pro Stock Motorcycle - 6.665 sec. by Karen Stoffer, March 22, Gainesville, Fla.; 205.04 mph by Matt Smith, Sonoma, Calif., July 21.
EVENT SCHEDULE (Eastern Time)
SUNDAY, September 3
Lucas Oil Series eliminations at 8 a.m.
NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series qualifying at 2:15 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.
MONDAY, September 4
Pre-Race ceremonies begin at 9 a.m.
NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series eliminations begin at 10:00 a.m.
SUNDAY, Sept. 3, FOX TV will televise 90 minutes of Funny Car Allstar Callout coverage at 4:00 p.m. ET
MONDAY, Sept. 4, FS1 will televise two hours of finals coverage at noon.
MONDAY, Sept. 4, FOX TV will televise three hours of finals coverage at 2 p.m.
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