Hagan, Schumacher and Butner Claim No.1 Qualifying Positions at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties

TOPEKA, KS – May 20, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Matt Hagan raced his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T to the No. 1 Funny Car qualifying position at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Park Topeka.

Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel) and Bo Butner (Pro Stock) were also No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the eighth event of 24 on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

Hagan set both ends of the national record during the Saturday’s first round of qualifying with a pass of 3.802-seconds at 338.85 mph. This is his 28th career No. 1 qualifying position and second of the season.

“We had an amazing hot rod,” Hagan stated. “It’s pretty amazing. This is about as extreme as it gets. 338 miles per hour with a steering wheel in your lap is craziness. We’ve got the conditions, the parts and pieces and the power and the crew that is doing a great job out there. It’s just cool to go out there and get it done.”

Hagan will go against Jack Wyatt in the first round of eliminations.

Courtney Force qualified second in her Advance Auto Parts Chevy Camaro with a pass of 3.815 at 335.23 and teammate Robert Hight took third in his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS.

In Top Fuel, Schumacher set the track E.T. record with a pass of 3.660 at 327.90 in his U.S. Army dragster. This is his 83rd No. 1 qualifier of his career, third of the season and second consecutive.

“I think we have a great team,” Schumacher said. “The confidence levels are high. I think we struggled in the last couple of races, to be honest, even though we pulled a few No. 1’s off. We’re just getting it figured out.”

Schumacher’s teammates Leah Pritchett took second in her Papa Johns dragster and three time world champion, Antron Brown, is third in his Matco Tools / U.S. Army dragster. Brown set the national speed record of 333.16 early Saturday afternoon.

Schumacher will face Pat Dakin in the first round of eliminations. Pritchett will square up against Rob Passey at the line.

In Pro Stock, Butner has back-to-back No. 1 qualifying positions this season with a run of 6.540 at 210.70 in his Jim Butner’s Auto Chevy Camaro. Teammates Jason Line and Greg Anderson followed behind placing second and third, respectively. KB Racing last saw a one, two, three line up at Pomona 2 last season.

“I definitely think my crew hit it that time,” Butner said. “As long as the KB team supports us and as long as those cars are one, two and three; that’s all we care about. We are a very good team and we’re all very supportive of each other.”

Butner will line up against Mark Hogan in the first round of eliminations.  Line will see David River at the starting line.

Eliminations will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Park Topeka.

TOPEKA, KS — Sunday’s first-round pairings for eliminations for the 29th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented Minties at Heartland Park Topeka, the eighth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.  Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday.

DNQs listed below pairings.

Top Fuel — 1. Tony Schumacher, 3.660 seconds, 327.90 mph  vs. 16. Pat Dakin, 9.380, 68.09; 2. Leah Pritchett, 3.667, 330.23  vs. 15. Rob Passey, 8.930, 74.26; 3. Antron Brown, 3.671, 333.16  vs. 14.Kebin Kinsley, 4.205, 204.23; 4. Brittany Force, 3.674, 332.43  vs. 13. Luigi Novelli, 3.998, 283.61; 5. Steve Torrence, 3.677, 331.20  vs. 12. Mike Salinas, 3.828, 307.51; 6. Shawn Langdon, 3.700, 328.38  vs. 11. Troy Coughlin Jr., 3.809, 321.73; 7. Doug Kalitta, 3.711, 329.75  vs. 10.Scott Palmer, 3.780, 325.85; 8. Clay Millican, 3.727, 327.03  vs. 9. Terry McMillen, 3.754, 326.63.

Funny Car — 1. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 3.802, 338.85  vs. 16. Jack Wyatt, Dodge Stratus, 4.530, 227.46; 2. Courtney Force, Chevy Camaro, 3.815, 335.23  vs. 15. Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 4.522, 200.59; 3. Robert Hight, Camaro, 3.826, 337.66  vs. 14. Dale Creasy Jr., Chevy Impala, 4.065, 309.98; 4. Jack Beckman, Charger, 3.844, 331.77  vs. 13. Chad Head, Toyota Camry, 3.963, 328.14; 5.Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 3.847, 331.61  vs. 12. Del Worsham, Camry, 3.946, 327.19; 6. John Force, Camaro, 3.850, 332.59  vs. 11. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 3.915, 320.81; 7. Ron Capps, Charger, 3.861, 325.22  vs. 10. Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 3.886, 326.24; 8. Brian Stewart, Mustang, 3.872,
328.38  vs. 9. J.R. Todd, Camry, 3.875, 332.34.

Did Not Qualify: 17. Jim Campbell, 6.181, 113.28.

Pro Stock — 1. Bo Butner, Chevy Camaro, 6.540, 210.70  vs. 14. Mark Hogan, Pontiac GXP, 6.791, 202.52; 2. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.547, 210.44  vs. 13. Dave River, Chevy Cobalt, 6.781, 203.77; 3.Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.558, 210.24  vs. 12. Alan Prusiensky, Dodge Dart, 6.677, 207.46; 4. Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, 6.561, 210.54  vs. 11. Deric Kramer, Dart, 6.622, 207.98; 5. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.569, 209.62  vs. 10. Allen Johnson, Dart, 6.583, 210.11; 6. Tanner Gray, Camaro, 6.569,209.62  vs. 9. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.582, 210.11; 7. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.573, 210.08  vs. 8. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.581, 210.24.

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 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

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