B. Force, DeJoria among the fastest on Friday in Vegas


Already a Top Fuel track record holder, Brittany Force added another impressive performance at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Strip on Friday, tentatively placing No. 1 at the Dodge // SRT NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil.

Alexis DeJoria (Funny Car), Kyle Koretsky (Pro Stock) and Steve Johnson (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also the No. 1 provisional qualifiers in the 19th of 20 races of the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season and the sixth race in the countdown of the eliminatory ones of the championship.

Force had another stellar race to close qualifying on Friday, this time clocking 3.693 seconds at 333.41 mph in his 11,000 horsepower Monster Energy dragster. If held up, Force would earn its 12th No.1 qualifying this season, one of Top Fuel’s record for a single season and the 32nd of his career. It’s been a dominant season in qualifying for Force, but the former world champion is chasing race wins as she tries to find reigning three-time world champion Steve Torrence. Force entered the weekend 73 points behind the Texan.

“It was a great race and a good start for us,” Force said. “We had success here in Vegas and won the event in 2019. We’re looking (for the championship) and it’s exciting for all of us. We’re going to throw it away and we’re going to go. Every run counts and we’ll try to throw every run. We want to get there, but we have to do well and we have to win this weekend. We’re off to a good start and we want to get as close as possible (to Torrence).

Clay Millican currently qualifies second with his assist from 3.732 to 328.70, while Bristol winner Mike Salinas is fourth after reaching 3.766 to 321.12. Torrence went 3,771 and 325,92 and is in fourth place.

After winning the last event, Alexis DeJoria kept up his brisk pace in Funny Car, qualifying No.1 in his 11,000 horsepower Toyota Camry Bandero Premium Tequila ROKiT ROKiT with a solid jump from 3.896 to 327.03. It would also give DeJoria her second consecutive No.1 qualifier after clinching her first place in five years when she went to No.1 at Bristol, which would give her a lot of momentum to close the 2021 season. championship John Force and JR Todd are currently second and third respectively, after Force was 3.902 to 328.54 and Todd was 3.911 to 329.02.

Points leader Ron Capps is currently seventh while reigning world champion and event winner Matt Hagan, who is just one point behind Capps, is fourth at 3.931 to 322.34.

In Pro Stock, Kyle Koretsky got off to a great start in his Lucas Oil Chevrolet Camaro, finishing first with his assist from 6.667 to 205.10. If he holds up, it would be Koretsky No.1’s second career qualifying and would take place at an event where he went to his first career final round a year ago. Koretsky fell in that race against reigning world champion Erica Enders, but the rising star is looking to end her second year in Pro Stock on a high note, one that included her first career victory.

Points leader Greg Anderson led in second place on Friday after passing 6.670 to 205.32. Anderson, who became the all-time winning leader in Pro Stock history with his victory in Dallas, had an 81-point lead over Enders at the start of the weekend. Star rookie Dallas Glenn is currently third after scoring 6.687 to 203.40.

Needing a big weekend after considerable struggles in Bristol, Steve Johnson of Pro Stock Motorcycle had a magnificent opening day on Friday in Las Vegas, rising to the No.1 position with his assist from 6.848 to 196 , 24 on his USA Electric Mac Rak Suzuki. If he holds, Johnson would win his fourth No.1 qualifying game this year and his eighth this season. The Championship hopeful needs a big weekend after a first-round loss to Bristol that took him down 56 points to Las Vegas.

Johnson got the good start he needed on Friday, but points leader and reigning world champion Matt Smith is just behind after posting 6.869 to 197.83. Angelle Sampey, who is second in points and the most recent winner of the race, rounds out the current top three after scoring 6.869 to 195.19.

Qualifying continues Saturday at 12 p.m. ET at the Dodge // SRT NHRA National Championships presented by Pennzoil at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Strip.


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