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Pedregon Makes Serious Funny Car Pass In Topeka

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Friday, May 18 2012

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Cruz Pedregon obliterated the track records and claimed the provisional Funny Car pole at the Dollar General Summer Nationals with a 4.046 at 315.56 at  pass at Heartland Park Topeka on Friday evening.

Also earning provisional poles were Antron Brown in Top Fuel and Allen Johnson in Pro Stock.

Bob Tasca was second fastest in Funny Car with a 4.062, 304.60 run. Third was Mike Neff of John Force Racing.

“We don’t swing for the fence,” Pedregon said. “We try to race the track and be smart. That’s why we had 16 runs without smoking the tires.”

Just behind Don Schumacher Racing’s Brown in Top Fuel was Steve Torrence, the one-car-team driver who won his first ever national Top Fuel event last time out in Atlanta. His pass Friday in Topeka was 3.801-320.51.

“It’s been awhile since our Matco boys have been No. 1,” Brown said. “It feels great to take a swing and land it.”

Third fastest in Top Fuel was Brandon Bernstein.

Greg Anderson was second fastest in Pro Stock while his teammate, Jason Line, was third.

ohnson, a past winner at this track who has earned two No. 1 qualifying positions this season and raced to one victory, led Pro Stock with a performance of 6.618 at 207.85 in his Team Mopar Dodge Avenger.

“We’ve got a great consistent car now with the Mopar Dodge Avenger,” Johnson said. “We’ve finally climbed that mountain and have gotten settled on the top. We tested earlier in St. Louis and managed in similar conditions, and that helped us a bit this weekend. We’re trying to be close to the edge all the time now. You’ve got to do that to beat the Summit cars, Vincent [Nobile], and Mike [Edwards]. But we’re staying on this side of the edge so that we can maintain being consistent.”

Series leader Greg Anderson was second in the Summit Racing Pontiac with a 6.624 at 208.55, while defending world champ Jason Line was third with a 6.630 at 207.11 in his Summit Pontiac.

Qualifying continues Saturday with sessions at noon and 2:30 p.m. Sunday’s eliminations start at 11 a.m.

Friday’s results after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the 24th annual Dollar General Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka, eighth of 23 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday’s final eliminations.

Top Fuel — 1. Antron Brown, 3.797 seconds, 324.98 mph; 2. Steve Torrence, 3.801, 320.51; 3. Brandon Bernstein, 3.804, 320.51; 4. Shawn Langdon, 3.805, 323.04; 5. Tony Schumacher, 3.818, 321.42; 6. David Grubnic, 3.841, 319.29; 7. J.R. Todd, 3.843, 318.69; 8. Doug Kalitta, 3.844, 312.57; 9. Morgan Lucas, 3.853, 313.22; 10. Bob Vandergriff, 3.866, 318.77; 11. Khalid alBalooshi, 3.869, 311.85; 12. Spencer Massey, 3.916, 313.95. Not Qualified: 13. Terry McMillen, 3.917, 271.68; 14. Clay Millican, 3.955, 288.33; 15. Cory McClenathan, 3.979, 308.78; 16. Hillary Will, 3.994, 272.34; 17. Scott Palmer, 4.041, 238.30; 18. Mike Strasburg, 4.087, 234.86; 19. Luigi Novelli, 4.113, 240.72; 20. Fred Farndon, broke.

Funny Car — 1. Cruz Pedregon, Toyota Camry, 4.046, 315.56; 2. Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 4.062, 304.60; 3. Mike Neff, Mustang, 4.063, 311.05; 4. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 4.078, 307.09; 5. Johnny Gray, Charger, 4.105, 310.13; 6. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.105, 308.43; 7. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.105, 303.91; 8. Robert Hight, Mustang, 4.110, 306.88; 9. Courtney Force, Mustang, 4.116, 308.64; 10. Alexis DeJoria, Toyota Camary, 4.135, 303.91; 11. John Force, Mustang, 4.136, 306.60; 12. Jeff Arend, Camry, 4.150, 297.09. Not Qualified: 13. Jim Head, 4.184, 295.85; 14. Tim Wilkerson, 4.185, 288.15; 15. Bob Bode, 4.267, 291.45; 16. Todd Lesenko, 4.342, 284.27; 17. Tony Pedregon, 4.368, 240.08; 18. Dale Creasy Jr., 4.462, 279.04; 19. Jack Wyatt, 5.572, 130.25.

Pro Stock — 1. Allen Johnson, Dodge Avenger, 6.618, 207.85; 2. Greg Anderson, Pontiac GXP, 6.624, 208.55; 3. Jason Line, GXP, 6.630, 207.50; 4. Mike Edwards, GXP, 6.641, 207.37; 5. Erica Enders, Chevy Cobalt, 6.643, 204.85; 6. V. Gaines, Avenger, 6.645, 207.21; 7. Rodger Brogdon, GXP, 6.650, 206.95; 8. Ron Krisher, GXP, 6.655, 206.73; 9. Vincent Nobile, Avenger, 6.658, 207.21; 10. Kurt Johnson, GXP, 6.660, 206.20; 11. Jeg Coughlin, Avenger, 6.661, 206.70; 12. Chris McGaha, Avenger, 6.665, 206.23. Not Qualified: 13. Richard Freeman, 6.668, 206.80; 14. Steve Kent, 6.669, 206.51; 15. Larry Morgan, 6.673, 205.72; 16. Shane Gray, 6.680, 204.79; 17. Mark Martino, 6.681, 205.91; 18. Warren Johnson, 6.681, 205.91; 19. Ronnie Humphrey, 6.683, 206.26; 20. Greg Stanfield, 6.688, 206.16; 21. Jimmy Alund, 6.757, 204.32; 22. Mark Hogan, 6.804, 203.28; 23. Steve Kalkowski, 6.805, 201.55.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Friday, May 18 2012
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