- Monday 08 July, 2013
NORWALK, Ohio -- It was a record-setting weekend for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals and fans were treated to spectacular track conditions and close racing. Fortunately all pro sessions were unaffected by rain, although late-evening showers dampened sportsman racing, which carried extra rounds over to Sunday morning to catch up.
Doug Kalitta was the number one qualifier after Friday's qualifying in Top Fuel with a 3.767-second E.T. at 327.74 mph in his 8,000-horsepower Mac Tools dragster, breaking the track record in both categories. The old E.T. record of 3.780 seconds was set by Larry Dixon in June, 2010 and the old mph record was 322.73 thanks to Spencer Massey, in June of last year. Kalitta's Friday performance held up on Saturday and he remained the number one qualifier going into Sunday eliminations.
Friday's qualifying session had a new track E.T. record in Funny Car, set by number one qualifier John Force. His 8,000-horsepower Castrol GTX Mustang set a track record of 4.021 seconds, beating the old 4.032-second mark set by daughter Ashley in June, 2010.
Nobody beat Force's Friday performance on Saturday so Force held on to the number one position coming into Sunday's eliminations, giving Force his third No. 1 of the season, second in the last three weeks and 143rd of his career.
Also on Friday, Force's teammate Robert Hight drove his Auto Club Mustang to the second position at a track record speed of 318.77 mph, beating the old mark of 313.15 mph set by Del Worsham in June, 2010.
In Friday's Pro Stock qualifying, Mike Edwards broke the track speed record in his I AmSecond/Interstate Batteries Chevy Camaro, running 6.601 seconds at 209.92 mph. The old record was 209.36 mph which held up since Ron Krisher set the previous record back in June 2011.
On Saturday, Michael Ray had a 6.912-second E.T. and set a track-record speed of 194.77 to take the top spot in Pro Stock Motorcycle on his Sovereign-Star Racing Buell. The previous speed mark was 194.49 mph set by Andrew Hines in June, 2010.
Sunday eliminations saw more record-setting performances. In Top Fuel, Shawn Langdon reset Kalitta's E.T. track record to 3.752 seconds in his first round, beating J.R. Todd.
In Funny Car, Courtney Force (pictured above) moved the Funny Car track record to 319.67 mph in her first round win against Tim Wilkerson.
Edwards' mph track record held up during Sunday eliminations, but there were 11 total runs within less than one mile per hour of the record including four passes by Edwards himself who went on to win Pro Stock. Edwards had impressive consistency on Sunday, with passes of 6.609 seconds at 209.52 mph, 6.638 at 209.04 mph, 6.635 at 208.94 and 6.616 at 209.56.