Saturday Qualifying Results from Summit NHRA Nationals

Courtesy of NHRA Communications

Matt Hagan powered to his third No. 1 qualifier of the season Saturday at the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.

Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the twelfth of 24 events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. 

Hagan secured the top spot after setting the track elapsed-time record with a pass of 3.865-seconds at 333.33 mph in his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T during the second session Friday night.

“I feel pretty good about this track and this car, so we definitely feel like we have an opportunity to turn on four win lights tomorrow,” Hagan said. “We know we need to put this car in the winner’s circle a few more times to move to the top spot in the standings, and that’s really what we are trying to do.”

Robert Hight set the track speed record at 334.65 with a 3.870 during his second qualifying session on Friday in his Auto Club of Southern California Chevy Camaro to sit at second at the conclusion of the qualifying rounds. Teammate John Force qualified third after a 3.911 at 319.98 in his PEAK Chevy Camaro.

Kalitta maintained his advantage atop the Top Fuel category with an elapsed time track record run of 3.709-second pass at 327.43 mph in his Mac Tools dragster during the second session on Friday night, earning his first No. 1 qualifier on the year and 48th of his career.

“It’s been awhile since we qualified first and there is no better place than your own backyard for Kalitta Motorsports,” Kalitta said. “We’re looking forward to carrying that into tomorrow, and we are definitely excited to get racing again.” 

Kalitta is now tied for 15th in NHRA history with Antron Brown as each of the active Top Fuel drivers have 48 career No. 1 qualifiers to their credit. 

Brittany Force secured the number two slot after a 3.714 pass at 327.66 during her second run on Friday night in her Monster Energy dragster. Points leader Steve Torrence qualified third with a run of 3.715 at 328.46 in his Capco Contractors dragster as he chases his fourth win of the season. 

In Pro Stock, Anderson held on to the top spot after driving to a 6.584 at 210.24 pass in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro during the fourth and final session. He secured his first No. 1 qualifier of the season and the 88th of his career.

“We knew today was going to be a good day with the improved weather, and the racetrack was great today so we figured we would need to improve our runs from yesterday to stay on top,” Anderson said. “It’s a pretty cool feeling to do that here in front of the home crowd at Summit Motorsports Park, so I’m happy we were able to make it happen.”

Points leader Bo Butner qualified second with a 6.588 at 210.41 in his Jim Butner’s Auto Chevy Camaro. Drew Skillman locked in the third spot after a 6.593 at 209.92 in his Ray Skillman Chevrolet Camaro.

Smith notched the first slot in Pro Stock Motorcycle with a run of 6.824 at 196.16 in his Victory Polaris Magnum during his third qualifying run. He was able to lock down his 25th career No. 1 qualifier and first of the season. 

“Today went well, and we didn’t even think we were going to be able to go that fast but my crew did a great job to solve some problems we have had this year,” Smith said. “We have to keep learning and hopefully we can use this as a turning point in the season.” 

LE Tonglet notched the second spot in Pro Stock Motorcycle after a 6.847 at 195.36 in his Nitro Fish Racing Suzuki, as he chases his third victory of the season. Hector Arana secured the third qualifying position after a 6.886 at 194.63 in his Lucas Oil Buell. 

Eliminations at the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals begins at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.

Sunday's first-round pairings for eliminations for the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, the 12th 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. Doug Kalitta, 3.709 seconds, 327.43 mph  vs. 16. Troy Buff, 3.972, 284.33; 2. Brittany Force, 3.714, 327.66  vs. 15. Pat Dakin, 3.912, 313.95; 3. Steve Torrence, 3.715, 328.46  vs. 14. Troy Coughlin Jr., 3.894, 313.37; 4. Leah Pritchett, 3.720, 323.81  vs. 13. Ike Maier, 3.880, 298.47; 5. Antron Brown, 3.736, 332.26  vs. 12. Dom Lagana, 3.851, 320.51; 6. Clay Millican, 3.741, 324.51  vs. 11. Scott Palmer, 3.828, 319.14; 7. Terry McMillen, 3.750, 323.35  vs. 10. Shawn Langdon, 3.799, 320.66; 8. Tony Schumacher, 3.766, 328.38  vs. 9. Mike Salinas, 3.792, 315.71.

Did Not Qualify: 17. Chris Karamesines, 4.065, 276.13; 18. Luigi Novelli, 4.429, 186.07.

Funny Car -- 1. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 3.865, 333.33  vs. 16. Jeff Diehl, Toyota Solara, 4.561, 201.40; 2. Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.870, 334.65  vs. 15. Jim Campbell, Charger, 4.092, 310.91; 3. John Force, Camaro, 3.911, 319.98  vs. 14. Dale Creasy Jr., Charger, 4.076, 306.46; 4. Jonnie Lindberg, Toyota Camry, 3.922, 323.89  vs. 13. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.018, 321.19; 5. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 3.925, 329.34  vs. 12. J.R. Todd, Camry, 4.002, 320.89; 6. Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 3.930, 324.67  vs. 11. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 3.991, 322.65; 7. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 3.943, 320.13  vs. 10. Del Worsham, Camry, 3.982, 317.05; 8. Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 3.962, 328.22  vs. 9. Jack Beckman, Charger, 3.971, 322.04. 

Did Not Qualify: 17. Courtney Force, 4.627, 194.41. 

Pro Stock -- 1. Greg Anderson, Chevy Camaro, 6.584, 210.24  vs. 16. Mark Hogan, Pontiac GXP, 6.862, 202.24; 2. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.588, 210.41  vs. 15. Val Smeland, Camaro, 6.792, 202.03; 3. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.593, 209.92  vs. 14. John Gaydosh Jr, Chevrolet Camaro, 6.704, 206.57; 4. Tanner Gray, Camaro, 6.593, 209.07  vs. 13. Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.703, 206.86; 5. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.594, 210.24  vs. 12. Alan Prusiensky, Dodge Dart, 6.668, 206.73; 6. Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, 6.610, 209.49  vs. 11. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.632, 209.33; 7. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.616, 210.01  vs. 10. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.623, 210.47; 8. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.619, 209.49  vs. 9. Allen Johnson, Dart, 6.619, 208.91. 

Pro Stock Motorcycle -- 1. Matt Smith, Victory, 6.824, 196.16  vs. 16. Joe DeSantis, Suzuki, 7.056, 189.68; 2. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.847, 195.36  vs. 15. Melissa Surber, Buell, 7.018, 192.41; 3. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.886, 194.63  vs. 14. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.958, 193.29; 4. Joey Gladstone, Suzuki, 6.904, 193.65  vs. 13. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.952, 192.28; 5. Scotty Pollacheck, Suzuki, 6.908, 193.60  vs. 12. Angelle Sampey, Victory, 6.943, 192.74; 6. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.916, 193.79  vs. 11. Angie Smith, Buell, 6.940, 192.25; 7. Chip Ellis, Buell, 6.929, 193.46  vs. 10. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.937, 193.18; 8. Mike Berry, Buell, 6.932, 192.03  vs. 9. Cory Reed, Victory, 6.932, 191.13.

Did Not Qualify: 17. Michael Ray, 7.164, 177.00; 18. Odolph Daniels, 7.624, 171.34.

Troy Coughlin raced to the No. 1 qualifying position in dramatic fashion and won the first round of competition at the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Real Pro Mod Association, is the eighth of 12 events on the 2017 schedule. 

Coughlin raced to the qualifying lead in his JEGS.com Chevy Corvette, with his pass of 5.756-seconds at 259.31 mph for his third No. 1 qualifying position of the season. His speed of 259.31 bested the previous record set by Melanie Troxel in 2011.

In the first round of eliminations Coughlin faced Danny Row and was able to parlay his top qualifying position to advance to the second round. Coughlin posted a winning run of 5.751 at 258.42 to the trailing pass of Row at 6.274 at 178.71. Coughlin will face Michael Biehle II when racing resumes tomorrow. 

“It’s pretty awesome," said Coughlin. "To be at home, in our home state, with a lot of the associates from JEGS.com up here, we couldn’t be more excited to be able to be No. 1 and national record-holder. We strive to break records and there’s going to be people who break our records. We’re just pretty excited to be a big piece of J&A Service Pro Mod series and the NHRA. All the folks at Jegs.com, Pro Line, Mac Tools, I mean, there’s many that are out here that help support our racing program and we couldn’t be more excited for sure."

In other racing action, points leader Mike Castellana races Shannon Jenkins, Rickie Smith will face off against Jonathan Gray and Shane Molinari will square up against Stevie Jackson. 

The second round of eliminations for the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Series are slated to begin at 12:45 p.m. Sunday. 

First round results from the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, the eighth of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

Pro Modified round one -- Michael Biehle, Ford Mustang, 5.842, 255.00 def. Sidnei Frigo, Chevy Corvette, 8.170, 113.25; Jonathan Gray, Chevy Camaro, 5.835, 249.44 def. Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 5.933, 247.25; Shane Molinari, Pontiac Firebird, 5.803, 256.21 def. Eric Latino, Camaro, 5.857, 249.49; Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 5.751, 258.42 def. Danny Rowe, Corvette, 6.274, 178.71; Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.875, 246.44 def. Steve Matusek, Camaro, Foul - Outer Boundary; Steve Jackson, Camaro, 6.537, 166.60 def. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 10.185, 93.75; Shannon Jenkins, Mustang, 5.860, 246.66 def. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 8.083, 109.83; Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.914, 248.57 def. Doug Winters, Chevy Chevelle, Foul - Red Light.

FastNews Network - Final order after 3 rounds of qualifying in Pro Modified at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals:

1    2 Troy Coughlin, Delaware OH, '15 Corvette       5.756@ 259.31

2    1 Rickie Smith, King NC, '17 Camaro              5.821  248.80 

3 6718 Shane Molinari, Battle Ground WA, '68 Firebird 5.831  257.28 

4   44 Mike Castellana, Oyster Bay NY, '17 Camaro     5.841  246.98 

5   77 Shannon Jenkins, Tuscaloosa AL, '16 Mustang    5.843  246.93 

6  280 Steve Jackson, Evans GA, '17 Camaro            5.846  244.03 

7   13 Jonathan Gray, Artesia NM, '17 Camaro          5.848  246.93 

8    4 Michael Biehle, North Vernon IN, '67 Mustang   5.857  254.71 

9  288 Sidnei Frigo, Sao Paulo BZ, '16 Corvette       5.873  252.61 

10 5200 Steven Whiteley, Grand Junction CO, '14 CTS-V  5.874  248.02 

11 1518 Pete Farber, Baldwinville MA, '69 Daytona      5.895  247.61 

12    7 Khalid alBalooshi, Dubai UA, '17 Camaro        5.895  247.16 

13 2105 Doug Winters, Pleasant Garden NC, '69 Chevelle 5.899  237.09 

14 1938 Eric Latino, Port Perry ON, '69 Camaro         5.900  248.61 

15    5 Steve Matusek, Olathe KS, '68 Camaro           5.903  249.58 

16    8 Danny Rowe, Laguna Hills CA, '15 Corvette      5.906  247.57 

Not Qualified:

17 1456 Mike Janis, Lancaster NY, '16 Camaro           5.920  242.98 

18  325 Harry Hruska, Hebron IN, '14 Camaro            5.921  248.43 

19  213 Chip King, Roxboro NC, '70 Charger             5.937  244.21 

20 5011 Mike Knowles, Grand Junction CO, '67 Mustang   6.041  240.12 

21 1262 Chuck Little, Atkinson NH, '63 Corvette        6.058  241.50 

22    3 Bob Rahaim, Grosse Pointe MI, '14 Camaro       6.103  241.58 

23  701 Clint Satterfield, Albuquerque NM, '68 Firebi  6.145  245.32 

24 5087 Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction CO, '69 Camaro    6.162  193.29 

25  303 Dan Stevenson, Bolingbrook IL, '16 Camaro      6.818  159.95 

26 275T Ruben Tetsoshvili, Wesley Chapel FL, '17 Cama  8.125  109.81 

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