SEATTLE, WA – August 5, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Friday qualifying was led by Steve Torrence in the Top Fuel category at the 30th annual NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways.
Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Bo Butner (Pro Stock) were also provisional qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the 16th of 24 events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.
Points leader Torrence piloted his dragster to a 3.791-second run at 324.75 mph. He is seeking his third No. 1 qualifier of the season after coming off a win at the most recent event in Sonoma.
“Really proud of the run,” Torrence stated. “I knew it was a good solid run. Really proud of all the Capco guys. They’ve done an excellent job all year and they continue to just keep digging. This is definitely going to be a fight to the finish.
Brittany Force follows closely behind Torrence in her Monster Energy dragster after a 3.792 pass at 323.89. Tony Schumacher and the U.S. Army dragster are currently third with a pass of 3.802 at 322.96.
Hight powered his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS to the top of the Funny Car class during the second qualifying session with a run of 3.894 at 329.42. He is looking for his second consecutive No. 1 qualifier and recently won in Denver.
“What I’m most impressed with is my team and how they’re able to adapt race to race,” Hight said. “It shows that my guys have a good handle on everything. It’s just a lot of fun right now. We’ve got to race better on Sunday though. Our performance is right there; we just need consistency.”
Tommy Johnson Jr. is second in his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T with a pass of 3.930 at 324.05, while 16-time world champion John Force is third with a pass of 3.973 at 307.23 in his PEAK Chevrolet Camaro SS.
In Pro Stock, Butner, the category points leader, had a pass of 6.584 at 209.36 in his Jim Butner’s Auto Chevrolet Camaro during the second session to lead the field. He is chasing his fourth No. 1 qualifier of the season and seventh of his career.
“We put a little bit of fire down right there, that was more than I expected,” Butner stated. “The car is still halfway new, but we ran really good here last year. Very happy with the new 2017 Camaro and it’s pretty freaking hot.”
Drew Skillman holds the second position in his Ray Skillman Chevrolet Camaro after his pass of 6.603 at 208.84. Rookie Tanner Gray follows in third in his Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro with a pass of 6.612 at 208.75.
Qualifying at the 30th annual NHRA Northwest Nationals resumes Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET at Pacific Raceways.
KENT, WA — Friday’s results after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the 30th annual NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways, 16th 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, 3.791 seconds, 324.75 mph; 2. Brittany Force, 3.792, 323.89; 3. Tony Schumacher, 3.802, 322.96; 4. Antron Brown, 3.813, 317.42; 5. Mike Salinas, 3.826, 319.29; 6. Shawn Langdon, 3.845, 314.46; 7. Troy Coughlin Jr., 3.854, 320.43; 8. Terry McMillen, 3.861, 279.15; 9. Troy Buff, 3.862, 309.98; 10. Leah Pritchett, 3.891, 288.70; 11. Scott Palmer, 3.989, 301.60; 12. Terry Haddock, 3.999, 283.67; 13. Shawn Reed, 4.013, 267.53; 14. Clay Millican, 4.167, 210.11; 15.Doug Kalitta, 4.658, 161.77; 16. Ron Smith, 6.917, 88.58.
Funny Car — 1. Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.894, 329.42; 2. Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger, 3.930, 324.05; 3. John Force, Camaro, 3.973, 307.23; 4. Alexis DeJoria, Toyota Camry, 3.975, 321.04; 5. Jack Beckman, Charger, 3.983, 322.88; 6. Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 3.990, 322.04; 7. Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.999, 322.19; 8. Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 4.006, 311.49; 9. J.R. Todd, Camry, 4.009, 322.88; 10. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.019, 319.37; 11. Jonnie Lindberg, Camry, 4.053, 318.32; 12. Jim Campbell, Charger, 4.064, 305.08; 13. Del Worsham, Camry, 4.111, 311.41; 14. Courtney Force, Camaro, 4.187, 230.33; 15. Gary Densham, Mustang, 4.238, 286.92; 16. Jeff Diehl, Toyota Solara, 7.177, 95.62.
Pro Stock — 1. Bo Butner, Chevy Camaro, 6.584, 209.36; 2. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.603, 209.07; 3. Tanner Gray, Camaro, 6.612, 208.75; 4. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.614, 209.49; 5. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.615, 209.75; 6. Allen Johnson, Dodge Dart, 6.617, 209.52; 7. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.637, 209.69; 8. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.646, 208.42; 9. Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, 6.662, 207.78; 10. Alan Prusiensky, Dart, 6.680, 207.30; 11. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.684, 207.30; 12. Steve Graham, Camaro, 9.880, 93.42; 13. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 10.955, 81.32.
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Source: National Hot Rod Association