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Doug Kalitta won the provisional pole in Norwalk on Friday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)

Doug Kalitta won the provisional pole in Norwalk on Friday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)


Top Fuel point-leader Doug Kalitta set a track elapsed time record and raced into the provisional class qualifying lead Friday at the 10th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

Del Worsham (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the 12th event of 24 on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

Kalitta piloted his Mac Tools dragster to the top spot with a 1,000-foot pass of 3.719-seconds at 327.51 mph during the last qualifying session. A two-time pole-winner this season, Doug and his Kalitta Motorsports team are based in nearby Ypsilanti, Mich.

“It‘s great to perform in front of our family and friends here and we have them all this weekend,” Kalitta said. “That’s the funnest thing, getting everyone here and rooting us on. We’re pretty proud of that run. It‘s one of those Friday night runs you dream about.”

Two-time/reigning world champion Antron Brown, second in Top Fuel points to Kalitta, also trailed Kalitta in qualifying after his run of 3.733-seconds at 320.51 mph in the Matco Tools dragster fielded by Don Schumacher Racing. Brittany Force is third at 3.735-seconds at 324.28 mph in the Monster Energy dragster fielded by John Force Racing.

Worsham, who has yet to earn a No. 1 qualifying position this year, posted a 1,000-foot lap of 3.875-seconds at 328.70 mph in his DHL Toyota Camry to set both a track record for elapsed time and speed. Worsham  _the 2011 Top Fuel world champion and 2015 Funny Car world champ _ has one career win at the track.

“We’ve been spending a lot of races just getting ready and trying to make sure we have a setup that’s good for Sunday,” said Worsham, who also races for Kalitta Motorsports. “The first run today we kind of took a step back and made sure we made a good, clean run. That allowed us to go out there tonight and the crew and the crew chief prepared the car to run what it ran. Fortunately it did.”

Funny Car point-leader Ron Capps currently is qualified second with a run of 3.882-seconds at 324.90 mph in the NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T fielded by DSR. Teammate Tommy Johnson Jr., winner last Sunday at Bristol Dragway, is eighth with his 3.969-second lap at 321.96 mph in the Make-A-Wish Dodge. 

Anderson moved into the top spot during the second Pro Stock qualifying session with a quarter-mile pass in 6.565-seconds at 211.26 mph in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro. Anderson, the defending event winner, has three wins at this facility. He jumped from the 12th qualifying position into the lead after a disappointing first attempt.

“We set the bar low the first run and we looked like a hero tonight,” said Anderson, a four-time world champion. “Racetrack is killer right now and you do what you can. This was fun out here tonight. The fans love to see that and we made the most of it.”

Jason Line, Anderson’s Ken Black Racing teammate and the Pro Stock point-leader, is second at 6.569-seconds at 211.00 mph.

Krawiec, who has two wins this season and is the current Pro Stock Motorcycle point-leader, took the provisional qualifying lead with a quarter-mile pass of 6.822-seconds at 195.31 mph aboard his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson. The three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion has three No. 1 qualifying positions this season.

“Nice clean, straight run down the raceway here and that’s what you have to do with the competition level in the Pro Stock Motorcycle category,” Krawiec said. “My teammate (Andrew Hines) came up and gave me a little fist bump and said, ‘Go to the top for the pole.’ He helped me out and gave me a little confidence there.”

 Qualifying continues Saturday at 12:30 p.m. (EDT). Fox Sports 1 will televise one hour of qualifying coverage at 7 p.m. Saturday.

On Sunday, FS1 will televise two-and-a-half hours of live finals coverage beginning at 11 a.m. (EDT). The additional coverage marks the first time this season FS1 has televised live the first two rounds of the finals. In addition, fans will be able to watch the full three-hour broadcast of Sunday’s racing later that evening, first on FOX Sports 2 at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) and then at midnight Sunday on FS1.

Fans can catch encore showings of qualifying highlights Sunday morning at 7 and 8 a.m. on FS2. Encore showings of Sunday’s finals will air Monday at 3:30 a.m. on FS1 and 7 p.m. on FS2; Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. on FS1, and June 30 at 9 a.m. on FS2.

Friday’s qualifying results after the first two of four rounds of time trials for the 10th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, 12th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.  Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday’s final eliminations:

Top Fuel _ 1. Doug Kalitta, 3.719-seconds, 327.51 mph; 2. Antron Brown, 3.733, 320.51; 3. Brittany Force, 3.735, 324.28; 4. Richie Crampton, 3.735, 317.79; 5. J.R. Todd, 3.759, 324.44; 6. Tony Schumacher, 3.766, 321.12; 7. Shawn Langdon, 3.795, 321.50; 8. Pat Dakin, 3.820, 308.14; 9. Clay Millican, 3.821, 319.60; 10. Troy Buff, 3.832, 310.48; 11. Tripp Tatum, 3.948, 264.08; 12. Terry McMillen, 3.968, 249.86.

Not Qualified _ 13. Luigi Novelli, 4.566, 190.54.

Funny Car _ 1. Del Worsham, Toyota Camry, 3.875, 328.70; 2. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 3.882, 324.90; 3. Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.886, 327.03; 4. Courtney Force, Camaro, 3.889, 326.63; 5. Jack Beckman, Charger, 3.891, 326.63; 6. Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.909, 320.13; 7. Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 3.955, 315.49; 8. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 3.959, 321.96; 9. Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 3.968, 323.74; 10. Chad Head, Camry, 3.970, 310.70; 11. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 4.002, 313.15; 12. John Hale, Charger, 4.066, 313.22.

Not Qualified _ 13. John Force, 4.114, 241.11; 14. Jeff Diehl, 4.575, 182.62; 15. Brandon Welch, 11.904, 74.72.

Pro Stock _ 1. Greg Anderson, Chevy Camaro, 6.565, 211.26; 2. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.569, 211.00; 3. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.593, 209.30; 4. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.597, 210.08; 5. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.603, 209.43; 6. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.606, 209.65; 7. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.624, 209.04; 8. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.640, 209.36; 9. Jeg Coughlin Jr., Dodge Dart, 6.653, 206.29; 10. Erica Enders, Dart, 6.656, 207.37; 11. Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.672, 206.29; 12. John Gaydosh Jr., Camaro, 6.686, 206.13.

Not Qualified _ 13. Charlie Westcott Jr., 6.771, 204.11; 14. Mark Hogan, 6.836, 201.01; 15. Allen Johnson, 7.093, 152.90; 16. V. Gaines, 7.139, 153.28; 17. Curt Steinbach, 7.503, 139.50; 18. Dave River, 14.699, 57.82.

Pro Stock Motorcycle _ 1. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.822, 195.31; 2. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.853, 194.69; 3. Matt Smith, Victory, 6.854, 194.58; 4. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.867, 194.77; 5. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.876, 195.22; 6. Cory Reed, Buell, 6.884, 192.88; 7. Hector Arana Jr., Buell, 6.890, 193.27; 8. Hector Arana, Buell, 6.897, 194.97; 9. Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, 6.918, 193.27; 10. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.932, 191.13; 11. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 6.965, 192.49; 12. Michael Phillips, Suzuki, 6.975, 194.77.

Not Qualified _ 13. Karen Stoffer, 6.992, 189.04; 14. Brian Pretzel, 7.005, 186.98; 15. Melissa Surber, 7.009, 190.22; 16. Chip Ellis, 7.010, 189.55; 17. Michael Ray, 7.033, 192.74; 18. Joe DeSantis, 7.070, 185.10; 19. Angelle Sampey, 7.081, 155.74; 20. Angie Smith, 8.751, 101.20.


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