Capps, Torrence, Line and Krawiec Lead Qualifying Friday at the NHRA Summernationals

ENGLISHTOWN, NJ – June 10, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Ron Capps set a track record and raced to the qualifying lead in Funny Car on Friday at the NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Jason Line (Pro Stock), and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the 10th event of 24 on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

Capps, a two time winner this season, powered his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T to a Raceway Park elapsed time record with a 3.870-second pass at 318.62 mph in the first session of qualifying. Capps will be racing for his third No. 1 qualifier of the season on Saturday.

“The first run was stout for the conditions,” said Capps, who won on Monday in Epping, N.H. “You never know what can happen. I hope it holds up tomorrow. It would be nice to have another green hat.”

Matt Hagan, who posted two consecutive wins earlier this season in Atlanta and Topeka, is in second in his Mopar Express Lane / Rocky Boots Dodge Charger with a 3.901 at a track record speed of 326.71.  Robert Hight is third with a 3.915 at 323.74 and reigning world champion Del Worsham sits in fourth with a 3.931 at 318.17.

Torrence raced his Capco Contractors / Torrence Racing dragster to a 3.735 at 325.06 to take the qualifying lead in Top Fuel. Torrence, who won the season opener in Pomona, Calif., and raced to a runner-up finish last weekend in Epping, is in pursuit of his fifth No. 1 qualifier of the season and 10th of his career.

“It feels good,” said Torrence. “The car has been running well all year and to come into Englishtown with some momentum from Epping and the car continuing to do well, it’s a huge boost of confidence for myself and for the guys.”

Two-time and reigning world champion Antron Brown sits in the No. 2 spot after piloting his Matco Tools dragster to a 3.742 pass at 317.94 mph. Brown, a fan favorite as a local from Chesterfield, N.J., won this event last year and is riding momentum from his win last weekend in Epping. Shawn Langdon powered his Red Fuel / Sandvik Coromat dragster to the third spot while Brittany Force, who won in Gainesville, Fla., and Charlotte, N.C., is fourth in her Monster Energy dragster.

Line raced to the quickest time of the year in Pro Stock to lead the category with a 6.519 pass at 212.56 in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro. Line, the Pro Stock points leader, has four No. 1 qualifiers this year and has raced to five victories in eight final round appearances.

“My car is great right now,” said Line. “It feels very good but the other teams are gaining on us, there’s no doubt about it, so we have to step it up.”

Line’s Ken Black Racing teammates, Greg Anderson and Bo Butner, follow him in second and third, respectively. Anderson ran a 6.533 at 212.93 in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro and posted the category’s fastest time of the year.

Three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Eddie Krawiec powered his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to the qualifying lead with a 6.783 pass at 195.53. Krawiec, a former Raceway Park track manager, leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle points with two wins in three final rounds this year.

“Anytime you can go low ET the first session coming out it definitely helps build momentum,” said Krawiec. “We made a good clean run.”

Jerry Savoie is in the No. 2 spot and raced to a 6.788 at 197.80 on his Savoie’s Alligator Farm Suzuki and Hector Arana Jr. is third on his Lucas Oil Buell. Reigning world champ Andrew Hines is fourth.

Qualifying continues Saturday at 1:45 p.m. at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

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ENGLISHTOWN, NJ — Friday’s results after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the 47th NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, tenth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.  Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday’s final eliminations.

Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence, 3.735 seconds, 325.06 mph; 2. Antron Brown, 3.742, 317.94; 3. Shawn Langdon, 3.747, 326.71; 4. Brittany Force, 3.753, 323.66; 5. Doug Kalitta, 3.768, 325.06; 6. Dom Lagana, 3.794, 320.13; 7. Terry McMillen, 3.813, 316.67; 8. Leah Pritchett, 3.875, 261.07; 9. Luigi Novelli, 4.459, 204.11; 10. Richie Crampton, 4.579, 168.39; 11. Shawn Reed, 5.064, 145.61; 12. J.R. Todd, 6.193, 97.03.  Not Qualified: 13. Clay Millican, 6.656, 91.42; 14. Tony Schumacher, 8.064, 77.39.

Funny Car
1. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 3.870, 321.04; 2. Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.901, 326.71; 3. Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.915, 323.74; 4. Del Worsham, Toyota Camry, 3.931, 318.17; 5. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 3.932, 322.88; 6. Chad Head, Camry, 3.938, 314.46; 7. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 3.939, 314.75; 8. Courtney Force, Camaro, 3.947, 319.29; 9. John Force, Camaro, 3.967, 316.90; 10. Jack Beckman, Charger, 3.981, 318.17; 11. Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 4.075, 276.92; 12. Blake Alexander, Charger, 4.098, 304.87.  Not Qualified: 13. John Hale, 4.206, 240.64; 14. Tim Wilkerson, 4.429, 192.36; 15. Mike Smith, 5.126, 160.08; 16. Jeff Diehl, 7.015, 98.08.

Pro Stock
1. Jason Line, Chevy Camaro, 6.519, 212.83; 2. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.533, 212.93; 3. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.540, 212.66; 4. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.541, 212.46; 5. Allen Johnson, Dodge Dart, 6.565, 212.06; 6. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.579, 212.26; 7. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.602, 210.05; 8. Erica Enders, Dart, 6.617, 209.20; 9. Jeg Coughlin, Dart, 6.622, 209.85; 10. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.625, 210.47; 11. Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.625, 210.11; 12. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.628, 210.28.  Not Qualified: 13. V. Gaines, 6.696, 209.56; 14. John Gaydosh Jr, 6.717, 207.37; 15. Charlie Westcott Jr., 7.009, 198.76.

Pro Stock Motorcycle
1. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.783, 197.51; 2. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.788, 198.26; 3. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.799, 197.16; 4. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.802, 197.57; 5. Angelle Sampey, Buell, 6.804, 196.67; 6. Chip Ellis, Buell, 6.824, 198.38; 7. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.834, 197.91; 8. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.842, 195.59; 9. Hector Arana, Buell, 6.851, 198.03; 10. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.853, 197.42; 11. Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, 6.859, 196.62; 12. Michael Ray, Buell, 6.881, 196.16.  Not Qualified: 13. Melissa Surber, 6.887, 192.82; 14. Angie Smith, 6.888, 193.21; 15. Michael Phillips, 6.903, 196.19; 16. Jim Underdahl, 6.907, 181.81; 17. Shawn Gann, 6.926, 194.30; 18. Joe DeSantis, 6.975, 189.23; 19. Brian Pretzel, 6.978, 193.49; 20. Cory Reed, 6.981, 192.77; 21. Matt Smith, 7.256, 190.11; 22. Lance Bonham, 7.317, 181.18; 23. Thomas Miceli, 7.579, 140.11; 24. Rickey Gadson, 10.303, 75.61.

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