Hagan, B. Force and Anderson Secure Preliminary No.1 Qualifying Positions at NHRA SpringNationals

NHRA Top Fuel Preliminary No.1 Qualifier B. Force at SpringNationals
  • Brittany Force goes to the No. 1 spot in her new car after her incident at Pomona 1
  • Matt Hagan’s second qualifying pass sent his to the top of the Funny Car class
  • Greg Anderson set both ends of the track record with his first run in Pro Stock

BAYTOWN, TX – April 21, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Matt Hagan powered to the Funny Car qualifying lead under the lights Friday evening at the 31st annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Brittany Force (Top Fuel) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) are also provisional qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the fifth of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

Hagan sits atop the Funny Car category with a run of 3.913-seconds at 308.78 mph in his Pennzoil/Mopar Dodge Charger R/T. He’s chasing the top position as he aims for his second No. 1 qualifier of the 2018 campaign and 32nd of his career.

“Really happy with my guys right now,” Hagan said. “They laid down some great runs and the car has been phenomenal. I’m very confident in what they’re doing. It helps me as a driver to allow me to do what I need to do.”

Defending world champion Robert Hight sits second after a 3.921 at 313.15 in his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro, while Jonnie Lindberg is third.

Force leads the Top Fuel class with a run of 3.701 at 313.80 in her Monster Energy dragster posted during the second qualifying session. The defending Top Fuel champion is seeking her first No. 1 qualifier of the season in her new car after wrecking at Pomona earlier this year.

“It’s been pretty much a whirlwind of a season,” Force stated. “We’ve been running our 2017 car the last few races while we built this new dragster. This was our testing and none of us knew how it was going to go. To come out second run and be able to go number one is pretty amazing.”

Tony Schumacher is currently qualified second with a 3.711 at 322.73 in his U.S. Army dragster and Billy Torrence rounds out the top three.

In Pro Stock, Anderson currently holds the top spot after resetting both ends of the track record with a pass of 6.492 at 213.00 in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro during his first round of qualifying. He is looking for his third consecutive and 96th career No. 1 qualifying position after earning top spots in Gainesville and Las Vegas.

“You don’t get conditions like this but maybe once or twice a year,” Anderson said. “Great day for me. Not only once but twice. We’ve got a great car over there and we’ll go faster tomorrow.”
Jeg Coughlin Jr. is currently qualified in the second spot with a 6.504 at 212.36 as he hopes to capitalize on the momentum he found last year as the No. 1 qualifier.

Qualifying continues at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

BAYTOWN, Texas — Friday’s results after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the 31st annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway, fifth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday’s final eliminations.

Top Fuel — 1. Brittany Force, 3.701 seconds, 313.80 mph; 2. Tony Schumacher, 3.711, 322.73; 3. Billy Torrence, 3.737, 317.87; 4. Antron Brown, 3.740, 324.98; 5. Scott Palmer, 3.761, 316.08; 6. Doug Kalitta, 3.772, 320.05; 7. Richie Crampton, 3.774, 316.23; 8. Terry McMillen, 3.849, 311.63; 9. Steve Torrence, 3.892, 313.88; 10. Bill Litton, 3.927, 306.60; 11. Leah Pritchett, 4.142, 204.60; 12. Terry Brian, 4.739, 284.62; 13. Mike Salinas, 4.944, 145.36; 14. Clay Millican, 5.092, 173.49; 15. Kebin Kinsley, 5.365, 148.17; 16. Terry Haddock, 7.362, 96.07.
Not Qualified: 17.Terry Totten, 10.009, 53.67.

Funny Car — 1. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 3.913, 308.78; 2. Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.921, 313.15; 3. Jonnie Lindberg, Toyota Camry, 3.927, 316.52; 4. Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 3.951, 311.05; 5. Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 3.963, 299.53; 6. J.R. Todd, Camry, 4.010, 313.37; 7. Del Worsham, Camry, 4.055, 305.29; 8. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.065, 266.27; 9. Jeff Diehl, Camry, 4.151, 283.49; 10. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.157, 242.76; 11. Courtney Force, Camaro, 4.247, 226.89; 12. John Force, Camaro, 4.625, 222.29; 13. Shawn Langdon, Camry, 4.801, 180.67; 14. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.806, 147.31; 15. Richard Townsend, Camry, 4.876, 166.11; 16. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 5.210, 169.55.
Not Qualified: 17. Jim Campbell, 8.750, 73.79; 18. Todd Simpson, 14.805, 62.31.

Pro Stock — 1. Greg Anderson, Chevy Camaro, 6.492, 213.00; 2. Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, 6.504, 212.36; 3. Tanner Gray, Camaro, 6.507, 211.99; 4. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.513, 212.29; 5. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.518, 211.99; 6. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.525, 212.79; 7. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.527, 212.29; 8. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.528, 211.93; 9. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.530, 211.33; 10. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.532, 211.79; 11. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.532, 212.73; 12. Rodger Brogdon, Camaro, 6.545, 206.29; 13. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.548, 210.67; 14. John Gaydosh Jr, Chevrolet Camaro, 6.592, 210.93; 15. Alan Prusiensky, Dodge Dart, 6.621, 208.65; 16. Steve Graham, Camaro, 12.954, 66.69.

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Source: National Hot Rod Association

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