TOPEKA, KS – June 8, 2019 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Defending Funny Car and Top Fuel world champions J.R. Todd and Steve Torrence powered to the top of their respective categories Friday evening at the 31st annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park for the 10th of 24 events on the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
Todd paced the Funny Car category Friday evening with a run of 3.924-seconds at 318.99 mph in his DHL Toyota Camry. He is chasing his first No. 1 qualifier of the season, second win on the year and first at Heartland Motorsports Park.
“It was a good run,” Todd stated. “I came back afterwards and Todd (Smith, crew chief) and John O. (Oberhofer, crew chief) said it ran better than they expected it to. That was a good rebound after Q1 where we were conservative and spun the tires. Good way to bounce back for the yella fellas, that’s nice and smooth.”
S. Torrence is the provisional qualifying leader in Top Fuel with a 3.760 at 325.45 during the second round of qualifying. He is entering the event with four consecutive victories on the season and is seeking for his second No. 1 qualifier of the season in his Capco Contractors dragster. His father, Billy Torrence, finished the day in the second position after his pass of 3.765 at 323.58.
“It’s going to be an important weekend to be No. 1,” S. Torrence said. “Knowing that the car is doing exactly what Richard (Hogan, crew chief) and Bobby (Lagana Jr., crew chief) are telling it to do on the track makes you more comfortable getting in. Allows us to have a little bit more confidence and swagger heading into those sessions when you know you can go No. 1.”
Qualifying continues for the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at 12:30 and 3:45 pm CT on Saturday.
TOPEKA, KS — Friday’s results after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the 31st annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park, 10th 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, 3.760 seconds, 325.45 mph; 2. Billy Torrence, 3.765, 323.58; 3. Austin Prock, 3.783, 315.42; 4. Antron Brown, 3.798, 292.33; 5. Doug Kalitta, 3.800, 325.22; 6. Clay Millican, 3.813, 302.89; 7. Richie Crampton, 3.822, 314.75; 8. Terry McMillen, 3.858, 311.85; 9. Brittany Force, 3.877, 316.15; 10. Leah Pritchett, 3.883, 318.47; 11. Scott Palmer, 3.890, 310.55; 12. Cameron Ferre, 4.145, 229.90; 13. Terry Totten, 6.942, 84.66.
Funny Car — 1. J.R. Todd, Toyota Camry, 3.924, 318.99; 2. Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 3.931, 318.54; 3. John Force, Chevy Camaro, 3.938, 323.27; 4. Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger, 3.948, 316.60; 5. Ron Capps, Charger, 3.952, 317.19; 6. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 3.953, 310.27; 7. Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.987, 319.60; 8. Shawn Langdon, Camry, 3.994, 318.02; 9. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.018, 319.14; 10. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 4.028, 312.50; 11. Jim Campbell, Charger, 4.163, 298.67; 12. Terry Haddock, Mustang, 4.169, 291.26; 13. Robert Hight, Camaro, 4.288, 216.55; 14. Dale Creasy Jr., Charger, 6.483, 112.23; 15. Jack Wyatt, Charger, 7.466, 94.15.
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Source: National Hot Rod Association