Hagan, Pritchett, Skillman and Savoie Qualifying at the NHRA Toyota Nationals

28 10 2016

LAS VEGAS, NV – October 28, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Matt Hagan powered to the Funny Car provisional No. 1 qualifier Friday at the 16th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals.

Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel), Drew Skillman (Pro Stock) and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were the qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the 23rd race of 24 on the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. The NHRA Toyota Nationals is the fifth race of the six-race NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.

Hagan ran a track elapsed time record 3.872-second pass at 329.18 mph in his Mopar Express Lane / Rocky Boots Dodge Charger R/T for the qualifying lead at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Currently third in points, Hagan has raced to five No. 1 qualifiers this season.

“I think today was pretty cool because we had cloud cover,” Hagan said. “The track was tight, it was good out there. The groove is very narrow so you have to watch what you’re doing. All-in-all we had a good day and tomorrow is another day so we come back out tomorrow and fight hard again and just try to scoop up as much points as we can.”

Sixteen-time Funny Car world champion John Force is qualified second after pushing his Peak Antifreeze Chevy Camaro to a 3.872 at a track record speed of 331.94. Force’s speed was also a career best. Points leader Ron Capps is currently third.

Pritchett piloted her Pennzoil Top Fuel dragster to a 3.705 pass at 326.63 during the second qualifying session to set the track elapsed time record. She will be racing for her second No. 1 qualifier of the season and of her Top Fuel career.

“Talk about living a dream right now and being with the best team out there and the best people in my crew,” Pritchett said. “I’m enjoying it. We are keeping our head down but you have to enjoy it for a little bit. Learn from what we just did and move on and just consistently do that over and over again and that’s what we’ve been doing these last races. Vegas has always been kind of good to me, our car number is 777 so just going to keep rolling with it and staying focused and staying in the zone.”

Currently qualified in second is Doug Kalitta followed by reigning world champion and current points leader Antron Brown. Kalitta currently trails Brown in points by 150 points.

In Pro Stock, 2015 Road to the Future winner Skillman raced a 6.681 run at 204.94 in his Chevy Camaro during the second qualifying session. Skillman is looking for his first No. 1 qualifier of the season and fourth of his career.

“We had a rough start. We’re getting a good run now,” said Skillman, who won the most recent race in Dallas. “We are starting to learn the car a little better. We struggled really bad at the beginning of the Countdown and we think we are going a better direction, as it showed now. We’re hopeful for the future.”

Skillman’s time puts him ahead of Shane Gray in the number two spot and points leader Jason Line in third.

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Savoie rode to a 6.904 pass at 192.66 on his Savoie’s Alligator Farm Suzuki in Friday’s first qualifying session to hold the provisional top spot. Savoie has one No. 1 qualifier this season and six in his career.

“With the points deal, I’m going to say like we say in Louisiana, we say ‘mo points’ and we take them all if they give them to us. As a rider you try to do the same thing every time. It’s up to the crew and the crew chief to put the tune-up in it. Tim (Kulungian) and the guys they are great. They keep it together.”

The Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson team of Eddie Krawiec and Andrew Hines hold the second and third spots, respectively.
Qualifying for the NHRA Toyota Nationals continues Saturday at 11:45 a.m.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – Friday’s results after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the 16th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 23rd of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.  Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday’s final eliminations.

Top Fuel — 1. Leah Pritchett, 3.705 seconds, 326.63 mph; 2. Doug Kalitta, 3.709, 326.95; 3. Antron Brown, 3.723, 324.59; 4. Steve Torrence, 3.728, 323.89; 5. Brittany Force, 3.728, 323.89; 6. Tony Schumacher, 3.744, 326.00; 7. Shawn Langdon, 3.750, 324.90; 8. Tripp Tatum, 3.771, 321.27; 9. Clay Millican, 3.784, 325.92; 10. J.R. Todd, 3.811, 320.36; 11. Richie Crampton, 4.491, 171.49; 12. Shawn Reed, 4.913, 154.88.  Not Qualified: 13. Wayne Newby, 5.891, 108.88; 14. Terry McMillen, 6.575, 98.38; 15. Morgan Lucas, 6.693, 107.52; 16. Scott Palmer, 7.345, 94.75; 17. Troy Buff, 7.633, 86.77.

Funny Car — 1. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 3.872, 329.18; 2. John Force, Chevy Camaro, 3.876, 331.94; 3. Ron Capps, Charger, 3.881, 326.71; 4. Robert Hight, Camaro, 3.885, 323.81; 5. Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 3.888, 324.36; 6. Del Worsham, Toyota Camry, 3.895, 325.69; 7. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 3.909, 326.32; 8. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 3.922, 321.88; 9. Chad Head, Camry, 3.923, 326.24; 10. Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 3.952, 318.99; 11. Paul Lee, Camry, 3.986, 312.13; 12. John Bojec, Camry, 3.990, 316.23.  Not Qualified: 13. Jim Campbell, 4.023, 293.28; 14. John Hale, 4.056, 311.77; 15. Gary Densham, 4.083, 308.50; 16. Dave Richards, 4.235, 279.50; 17. Phil Burkart, 4.377, 285.77; 18. Jeff Arend, 4.978, 155.15; 19. Jon Capps, 5.119, 146.16; 20. Anthony Begley, 5.460, 164.35; 21. Courtney Force, 6.718, 101.76; 22. Jack Beckman, 6.931, 81.19; 23. Brandon Welch, 7.190, 86.23.

Pro Stock — 1. Drew Skillman, Chevy Camaro, 6.681, 205.38; 2. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.683, 205.51; 3. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.690, 205.82; 4. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.692, 205.35; 5. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.697, 205.54; 6. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.698, 205.76; 7. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.718, 205.22; 8. Allen Johnson, Dodge Dart, 6.730, 204.51; 9. Erica Enders, Dart, 6.731, 204.17; 10. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.740, 204.70; 11. Jeg Coughlin, Dart, 6.740, 204.32; 12. Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.747, 202.94.  Not Qualified: 13. Chris McGaha, 6.749, 204.26; 14. Aaron Strong, 6.756, 203.65; 15. Deric Kramer, 6.770, 203.19; 16. Shane Tucker, 6.771, 204.11; 17. Alan Prusiensky, 6.829, 201.10.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.904, 192.66; 2. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.944, 192.63; 3. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.951, 191.97; 4. Matt Smith, Victory, 6.974, 190.78; 5. Hector Arana, Buell, 6.975, 191.81; 6. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.979, 191.16; 7. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.987, 191.43; 8. Angelle Sampey, Buell, 6.992, 190.94; 9. Cory Reed, Buell, 7.005, 188.86; 10. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 7.012, 191.29; 11. Melissa Surber, Buell, 7.014, 188.86; 12. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 7.022, 191.16.  Not Qualified: 13. Joey Gladstone, 7.037, 189.20; 14. Freddie Camarena, 7.078, 189.12; 15. Angie Smith, 7.083, 188.60; 16. Jim Underdahl, 7.108, 189.84; 17. Chip Ellis, 7.111, 188.86; 18. Scotty Pollacheck, 7.125, 183.52; 19. Joe DeSantis, 7.127, 185.84; 20. John Hall, 7.180, 185.08; 21. Mike Berry, 7.193, 182.62; 22. Lance Bonham, 7.233, 181.72; 23. David Hope, 7.326, 180.79; 24. Kristen Ashby, 7.337, 175.75; 25. Brian Bognuda, 7.338, 178.12; 26. Gunner Courtney, 7.341, 178.54; 27. Chaz Kennedy, 7.361, 180.43.

About National Hot Rod Association

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 23 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Source: National Hot Rod Association

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