POMONA, CA – February 10, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Doug Kalitta ran his career best elapsed time to lead Top Fuel qualifying Friday at the 57th annual NHRA Circle K Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Due to weather, only Pro Stock was able to run both rounds of qualifying. Rain began halfway through the Funny Car second session before NHRA officials concluded racing activities.
Matt Hagan (Funny Car) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) were also qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the season opening event of the 24-race 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
In the only Top Fuel qualifying session, Kalitta piloted his Mac Tools dragster to a 3.697-second pass at 325.69 mph to head into Saturday’s qualifying in the No. 1 spot.
“We definitely always love running out here. Pomona, with just the history, is probably one of the coolest tracks on the circuit,” Kalitta said. “We finished off strong last year and I’m real relieved that the thing had a nice strong run the first qualifying session. It put up a good number. Just a lot of excitement and good way to start for a Friday with only the one run.”
Brittany Force holds the second spot with a 3.706 at 322.42 in her Monster Energy dragster, eight-time champ Tony Schumacher and his U.S. Army dragster are third with a 3.729 at 325.06 and rookie Troy Coughlin Jr. is fourth with a 3.730 at 322.81 in the SealMaster dragster.
Hagan led Funny Car with a 3.840 at 330.15 in the first session of qualifying in his Mopar Express Lane/Rocky Boots Dodge Charger R/T.
“It’s been a long winter,” Hagan said. “I’ve been chomping at the bit to put a mouth piece in and put a helmet on. I’ve had a lot of frustration and I was ready to take it out on the race track. It’s really nice to come out here and roll out of the box and run an .84. It was one of those runs where you knew you had to get it in so it’s a pressure filled situation. It needs to get it down the race track because you need to get qualified and you have the rain coming in.”
Courtney Force with her newly sponsored Advance Auto Parts Chevy Camaro qualified second with a 3.849 at 330.23 in the first session and Tim Wilkerson and his revamped Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Shelby Mustang jumped from 13th to third with his second round run of 3.857 at 322.65.
In Pro Stock, Anderson powered his Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro to a 6.557 at 210.60 in the second session to lead the category.
“We had a great racetrack today,” Anderson said. “It’s fun to drive a car when the weather is like this. You throw everything you got at the race car and the racetrack holds it. So that’s what we did today and tomorrow will be a different day. Sunday will be completely different, we’ll probably see sun on Sunday. So it will be a whole different deal going through the weekend but today, we’re king.”
Anderson’s teammate and defending world champion Jason Line followed with a 6.563 at 210.93 in his Summit Racing Camaro during the second session and two-time world champion Erica Enders, who is back in an Elite Motorsports Chevy Camaro ran a 6.567 at 210.60.
Qualifying for the Circle K Winternationals continues Saturday with the first session set for 12:30 p.m. and second session at 3:30 p.m.
POMONA, CA – Friday’s qualifying results for the 57th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, first of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday’s final eliminations.
- Doug Kalitta, 3.697 seconds, 325.69 mph;
- Brittany Force, 3.706, 322.42;
- Tony Schumacher, 3.729, 325.06;
- Troy Coughlin Jr., 3.730, 322.81;
- Antron Brown, 3.732, 323.27;
- Terry McMillen, 3.824, 322.88;
- Scott Palmer, 3.853, 321.50;
- Troy Buff, 3.913, 309.98;
- Clay Millican, 6.129, 100.05;
- Steven Chrisman, 6.585, 112.67;
- Steve Torrence, 6.796, 91.62;
- Leah Pritchett, 8.835, 67.47;
- Shawn Reed, 10.061, 45.19;
- Steve Faria, 11.049, 68.68.
- Not Qualified: Terry Haddock, broke.
- Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 3.840, 330.15;
- Courtney Force, Chevy Camaro, 3.849, 330.23;
- Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 3.857, 322.65;
- Alexis DeJoria, Toyota Camry, 3.932, 304.94;
- J.R. Todd, Toyota Camry, 3.936, 329.42;
- Del Worsham, Camry, 4.043, 298.80;
- Bob Bode, Charger, 4.142, 285.29;
- Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.153, 295.14;
- Ron Capps, Charger, 4.158, 325.14;
- John Force, Camaro, 4.247, 313.00;
- Jim Campbell, Charger, 4.451, 219.79;
- Phil Burkart, Charger, 4.470, 280.66;
- Jeff Diehl, Toyota Solara, 4.564, 187.94;
- Robert Hight, Camaro, 4.699, 232.67;
- Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.723, 183.97;
- Gary Densham, Mustang, 5.823, 129.49.
- Not Qualified: Jeff Arend, 7.702, 89.45;
- Cruz Pedregon, 13.651, 67.16.
- Greg Anderson, Chevy Camaro, 6.557, 210.60;
- Jason Line, Camaro, 6.563, 210.93;
- Erica Enders, Chevrolet Camaro, 6.567, 210.60;
- Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.570, 210.60;
- Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.573, 210.50;
- Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, 6.577, 210.21;
- Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.579, 210.80;
- Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.591, 210.08;
- Deric Kramer, Dodge Dart, 6.594, 209.46;
- Tanner Gray, Camaro, 6.595, 211.10;
- Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.604, 209.82;
- Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.617, 210.21;
- Allen Johnson, Dart, 6.636, 207.94;
- Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.660, 208.62;
- Alan Prusiensky, Dart, 6.663, 207.88;
- Val Smeland, Camaro, 7.511, 153.07.
- Not Qualified: Tom Huggins, 13.474, 69.20.
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Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 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 program 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; Gainesville Raceway 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