- Brittany Force’s time on Friday was confirmed as Top Fuel’s fastest.
- John Force has made his way to first place for the 163rd time in his career.
- Aaron Stanfield (Pro Stock) and Steve Johnson (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also qualified No.1.
Funny Car points leader John Force worked his way to first place for the 163rd time in his career, taking the No. 1 qualifying position Saturday at the DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
Brittany Force (Top Fuel), Aaron Stanfield (Pro Stock) and Steve Johnson (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also qualified No.1 in the 15th of 20 races of the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season and the second race of the countdown to the championship qualifiers.
J. Force’s 3.860-second run at 332.18 mph from Friday in his 11,000 horsepower Chevrolet Camaro PEAK Antifreeze and Coolant held up, winning his third No.1 qualifying of the season. His daughter, Brittany, joined him at the top of Top Fuel, marking the fifth time the father and daughter have shared the No.1 spot in their careers together, and the second time in the last three races. Force’s exceptional combo also qualified No.1 in each of Charlotte’s two races this season as well. J. Force will now seek his fourth win this season taking on a Ladder Loaded with Funny Car.
âIt’s going to be tough, but it’s really good for my guys and we’ll see how it goes tomorrow,â said Force. âI like to see Brittany do well. She has a lot of my personality, she’s a good runner and I’m proud of her. It’s exciting for me to see her excel. It’s countdown time and now it’s time to show off your stuff. There are 5-6 cars (in Funny Car) that can take the lead and we’ll see how it goes.
Force teammate Robert Hight remained second in qualifying thanks to his 3.878-330.07 and Cruz Pedregon completed the top three after his run from 3.879 to 323.58 on Friday.
B. Force stayed on top of Top Fuel thanks to his exceptional 3.62 second run at 331.85 mph on Friday in his 11,000 horsepower Monster Energy dragster. This is his eighth consecutive No.1 qualifying, which is the longest single-season qualifying streak in Top Fuel history, 10th this season and 30th in his career. Force also had the fastest run in each of the three qualifying sessions for the second race in a row, giving her a one point lead over Steve Torrence heading into the eliminations, where she will open the race against Artie Allen in the first round.
âThere’s nothing quite like getting three solid runs on the track in qualifying before making the elimination,â said Force. âWe’re feeling great and we’ve had some solid, consistent runs, and we’re hoping to have a long day. For us, we want to start every run and grab the best number possible, and it seems to be working for our team. We have to stay focused and we tackle this round at a time. Sharing number 1 (with his dad) is special and something I will always remember.
Mike Salinas moved up to second in the final qualifying session with a strong run of 3.679 to 314.53. Clay Millican is third after 3.708 to 322.96. Torrence qualified fifth with a 3.739 to 321.35.
For the first time in his Pro Stock career, Stanfield is the No. 1 qualifier with his run of 6.575 to 208.59 in his Chevrolet Camaro Janac Brothers selected on Friday. Seeking to make a big leap after a second-round outing in the Championship’s first-round countdown, Stanfield did so in qualifying and will face Wally Stroupe in the first round of the eliminations. Taking part in his first countdown to the Championship, Stanfield, who is third in points, is looking for his fourth win this season.
âIt’s really cool and a testament to the relentlessness of these Elite Motorsports guys,â Stanfield said of qualifying # 1 for the first time. âI’m the lucky one behind this really fast hot rod and it’s been a blast. Hopefully we can keep our momentum going until the race. If I can stay on my game behind the wheel and we make the right choices, I hope we can have a long day.
Reigning world champion Erica Enders stayed second with her 6.578 to 208.49 on Friday and Greg Anderson qualified third with 6.580 to 208.39 from the first qualifying round. The points leader had the two fastest qualifying heats on Saturday, building momentum on Sunday as he tries to claim his 98th career victory and overtake Warren Johnson for the most wins in history by Pro Stock.
Johnson had another outstanding day on his Mac Rak / Slick 50 Suzuki, improving from Friday’s race and qualifying No.1 with a stellar 6.788 to 197.74 pass in the Pro Stock Motorcycle. This gives Johnson his second No.1 qualifier this season, marking the first time in his career that he has qualified No.1 twice in a season. The points leader dominated qualifying, clocking the fastest run of the three sessions and building up a lot of momentum in the eliminations. Johnson is after his second straight playoff victory and after his impressive qualifying performance, he’s feeling great heading into the race.
âI love the education of this. I’m learning so much, âsaid Johnson, who also won the spring race in Charlotte earlier this year. âWe were pretty darn proud of this race and I’m proud of the way we are running. I’m extremely happy with it and we’ve never raced like this before. They were really very small adjustments. The first run (Saturday) we learned from Q1 and made small adjustments and I rode better.
Angelle Sampey qualified second at 6.848 to 195.05 and reigning world champion Matt Smith is third at 6.851 to 199.40 in his last qualifying run.
In the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Mod Pro Mod Drag Racing series presented by J&A Service, Justin Bond took first place in his Bahrain 1 Racing Camaro powered by ProCharger with a run of 5.775 to 246.71. This is his third No.1 qualifying in four races and his fifth this season. Indy winner Jeffrey Barker is second after scoring 5,784 to 250.18 and points leader Jose Gonzalez is third at 5,786 to 247.93.
Eliminations for the DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals at the zMAX Dragway begin at 10:30 a.m. ET Sunday.
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CONCORD, NC – Sunday’s first round pairs for the knockouts for the 13th Annual DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway, the 15th of 20 events in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. Pairings based on the results of qualifying, which ended on Saturday. DNQ pairings listed below.
Top Fuel – 1. Brittany Force, 3.662 seconds, 331.85 mph vs. 16. Arthur Allen, 4.439, 180.19; 2. Mike Salinas, 3.679, 314.53 vs. 15. Joe Morrison, 4.069, 267.96; 3. Clay Millican, 3,708, 322.96 vs. 14. Shawn Langdon, 3,879, 293.92; 4. Billy Torrence, 3,729, 325.85 vs. 13. Doug Foley, 3,871, 298.34; 5. Steve Torrence, 3,739, 321.35 vs. 12. Doug Kalitta, 3,869, 305.84; 6. Justin Ashley, 3.756, 324.05 vs. 11. Leah Pruett, 3.804, 321.50; 7. Josh Hart, 3.760, 320.36 vs. 10. Alex Laughlin, 3.793, 315.19; 8. Antron Brown, 3,764, 318.99 vs. 9. Spencer Massey, 3,769, 321.58.
Funny Car – 1. John Force, Chevy Camaro, 3,860, 332.18 vs. Bye; 2. Robert Hight, Camaro, 3,878, 330.07 vs. 15. Terry Haddock, Ford Mustang, 4,190, 287.17; 3. Cruz Pedregon, Dodge Charger, 3,879, 323.58 vs. 14. Dave Richards, Mustang, 4,116, 287.23; 4. Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.891, 330.55 vs. 13. Tony Jurado, Mustang, 4.099, 274.44; 5. Ron Capps, Charger, 3.895, 326.00 vs. 12. Jim Campbell, Charger, 4.053, 313.80; 6. JR Todd, Toyota Camry, 3.899, 326.08 vs. 11. Mike McIntire, Camry, 4.026, 283.97; 7. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 3.907, 328.62 vs. 10. Blake Alexander, Mustang, 3.947, 318.24; 8. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 3,913, 327.27 vs. 9. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 3,921, 326.56.
Pro Stock – 1. Aaron Stanfield, Chevy Camaro, 6.575, 208.59 vs. 16. Wally Stroupe, Camaro, 6.665, 205.54; 2. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.578, 208.49 vs. 15. Alan Prusiensky, Dodge Dart, 6.660, 205.41; 3. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.580, 208.39 vs. 14. Fernando Cuadra, Ford Mustang, 6.645, 207.82; 4. Kyle Koretsky, Camaro, 6.595, 207.18 vs. 13. Cristian Cuadra, Mustang, 6.632, 208.14; 5. Dallas Glenn, Camaro, 6.597, 208.68 vs. 12. Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.630, 207.11; 6. Troy Coughlin Jr., Camaro, 6.599, 206.51 vs. 11. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.628, 207.59; 7. Mason McGaha, Camaro, 6.602, 207.69 vs. 10. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.617, 207.59; 8. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.606, 208.17 vs. 9. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.613, 207.59.
Did not qualify: 17. Fernando Cuadra Jr., 6,669, 205.72; 18. Richie Stevens, 6,706,205.01; 19. Rob Tucker, 6,743, 200.71; 20. Marty Robertson, 16.227, 52.70.
Pro Stock Motorcycle – 1. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.788, 197.74 vs. 16. Chris Bostick, 7.100, 175.78; 2. Angelle Sampey, Suzuki, 6.848, 195.05 vs. 15. Ryan Oehler, EBR, 7.027, 193.38; 3. Matt Smith, EBR, 6.851, 199.40 vs. 14. Michael Phillips, Suzuki, 7.024, 191.35; 4. Joey Gladstone, Suzuki, 6.883, 195.05 vs. 13. Jianna Salinas, Suzuki, 7.008, 191.32; 5. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.890, 195.90 vs. 12. Cory Reed, Suzuki, 6.998, 191.29; 6. Eddie Krawiec, Buell, 6,901, 197.33 vs. 11. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 6.985, 193.46; 7. Andrew Hines, Buell, 6.903, 196.24 vs. 10. Kelly Clontz, Suzuki, 6.955, 191.67; 8. Angie Smith, EBR, 6.911, 196.50 vs. 9. Scotty Pollacheck, EBR, 6.923, 192.96.
Did not qualify: 17. Charles Poskey, 7.172, 189.82; 18. Ron Tornow, 7.222, 187.03; 19. David Barron, 10.688, 77.21.
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