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| , RacinToday.com Sunday, June 26 2016
Kalitta Motorsports' Del Worsham is on the Funny Car pole in Ohio.

Kalitta Motorsports’ Del Worsham is on the Funny Car pole in Ohio.


Kalitta Motorsports teammates Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel) and Del Worsham (Funny Car) swept the No. 1 nitro qualifying positions Saturday as time trials concluded for the 10th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio.

Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also will lead their respective categories into eliminations Sunday at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park for the 12th race of the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

Worsham posted his first pole of the season and 46th of his 540-race career with a 1,000-foot elapsed time track record run of 3.875-seconds at 328.70 mph from Friday. However, Worsham’s Toyota Camry suffered minor damage when the parachutes failed to deploy in the final qualifying session and he wound up in the sand trap at the end of the track.

“The car made a great run but we came in with a new Toyota DHL Camry body,” Worsham said. “We had a malfunction in the routing of the wiring of the cables from the levers to the parachutes and they failed. I swatted for them twice and when they didn’t deploy it was all I could do to get it stopped. Luckily the damage was minimal for what it could have been.”

Funny Car point-leader Ron Capps of Don Schumacher Racing qualified second and will face Jeff Diehl. Robert Hight, the 2009 world champion from John Force Racing, qualified third and will race Brandon Welch when eliminations begin. 

In Top Fuel, Kalitta retained the No. 1 position in his Mac Tools dragster with a 1,000-foot pass in 3.719-seconds at 327.51 mph. Point-leader Kalitta posted his third pole of the season to go with four wins.

“It’ll be interesting for (Sunday) as it will get a little warmer, so we’ll work that into our (clutch) program,” Kalitta said. “Getting into the top half is real important and that’s our goal every time, to get lane choice. Just real proud of my guys on this thing.”

Two-time/reigning world champion Antron Brown of DSR retained the No. 2 position and will face Luigi Novelli in the first round. Brittany Force will meet veteran Chris “The Greek” Karamesines as she aims for her third win of the season, while Richie Crampton will battle Leah Pritchett.

Anderson powered to the Pro Stock pole in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro with a quarter-mile run of 6.565-seconds at 211.26 mph from Friday. Anderson earned his fifth pole of the season and 85th of his career. A four-time world champion, Anderson will face Charlie Wescott Jr. in the first round.

“We are having a ball right now, having fun racing,” Anderson said. “I love every individual race we come to; I love to have a chance to win each race we come to. It means more to me than anything to hoist that Wally on a Sunday at any racetrack we go to.”

Additionally, Anderson and Ken Black Racing teammate Jason Line _ the Pro Stock point-leader _ became the first drivers to secure berths in the season-ending, six-race NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship during Saturday’s qualifications.

“I didn’t think it could be done this early. Job No. 1 is done, we are in the big show,” said Anderson, second in points to his teammate. “The good news is we can try a few things and experiment, we can test a few things some of the other teams can’t.”

Pro Stock Motorcycle point-leader Krawiec secured his fourth pole in the first five races of the season with his quarter-mile run of 6.822-seconds at 195.31 mph aboard his Vance & Hines Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson. Krawiec posted his 31st career pole and third at the event he won in 2011. Krawiec will face Chip Ellis on Sunday.

“I think I have a very good bike going into tomorrow,” said Krawiec, a three-time world champion . “The biggest thing I have been struggling with here is, myself and my teammate (Andrew Hines), is just keeping up on the wind direction. It’s been changing and for our motorcycles we really need to be on top of that, to make the proper chassis adjustments to go straight down the track. The knowledge and the data we have from today is going to help us.”

Hines, the five-time/reigning world champion, qualified second aboard his V-Rod and will face Michael Phillips. Two-time world champion Matt Smith, who qualified third, will face Michael Ray. 

FOX Sports 1 will televise two-and-a-half hours of live finals coverage Sunday 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.

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.


First-round elimination pairings for the 10th 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, 3.719-seconds, 327.51 mph vs. Bye; 2. Antron Brown, 3.733, 320.51 vs. 15. Luigi Novelli, 13.639, 190.54; 3. Brittany Force, 3.735, 324.28 vs. 14. Chris Karamesines, 4.341, 210.77; 4. Richie Crampton, 3.735, 317.79 vs. 13. Leah Pritchett, 4.309, 200.17; 5. J.R. Todd, 3.759, 324.44 vs. 12. Terry McMillen, 3.968, 249.86; 6. Tony Schumacher, 3.766, 321.12 vs. 11. Tripp Tatum, 3.948, 303.03; 7. Shawn Langdon, 3.795, 322.73 vs. 10. Troy Buff, 3.832, 310.48; 8. Pat Dakin, 3.820, 308.14 vs. 9. Clay Millican, 3.821, 319.60.

Funny Car _ 1. Del Worsham, Toyota Camry, 3.875, 328.70 vs. Bye; 2. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 3.882, 324.90 vs. 15. Jeff Diehl, Toyota Solara, 7.204, 182.62; 3. Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.886, 327.03 vs. 14. Brandon Welch, Chevy Monte Carlo, 4.519, 210.67; 4. Courtney Force, Camaro, 3.889, 326.63 vs. 13. John Hale, Charger, 4.066, 313.22; 5. Jack Beckman, Charger, 3.891, 326.63 vs. 12. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 4.002, 314.61; 6. Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.909, 320.74 vs. 11. John Force, Camaro, 3.979, 324.12; 7. Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 3.955, 315.49 vs. 10. Chad Head, Camry, 3.970, 310.70; 8. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 3.959, 321.96 vs. 9. Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 3.968, 323.74.

Pro Stock _ 1. Greg Anderson, Chevy Camaro, 6.565, 211.26 vs. 16. Charlie Westcott Jr., Ford Mustang, 6.818, 204.11; 2. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.569, 211.00 vs. 15. Curt Steinbach, Camaro, 6.762, 204.94; 3. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.593, 209.30 vs. 14. V. Gaines, Dodge Dart, 6.750, 205.72; 4. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.597, 210.08 vs. 13. Allen Johnson, Dart, 6.743, 207.34; 5. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.603, 209.43 vs. 12. John Gaydosh Jr., Camaro, 6.686, 206.13; 6. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.606, 209.65 vs. 11. Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.672, 206.29; 7. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.624, 209.04 vs. 10. Erica Enders, Dart, 6.656, 207.37; 8. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.640, 209.36 vs. 9. Jeg Coughlin Jr., Dart, 6.653, 206.99.

Did Not Qualify _ 17. Mark Hogan, 6.830, 201.01; 18. Dave River, 11.931, 73.50.

Pro Stock Motorcycle _ 1. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.822, 195.31 vs. 16. Chip Ellis, Buell, 6.977, 191.92; 2. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.853, 194.69 vs. 15. Michael Phillips, Suzuki, 6.972, 194.77; 3. Matt Smith, Victory, 6.854, 194.58 vs. 14. Michael Ray, Buell, 6.969, 194.16; 4. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.861, 195.48 vs. 13. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 6.965, 192.49; 5. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.875, 195.22 vs. 12. Angie Smith, Victory, 6.955, 189.31; 6. Angelle Sampey, Buell, 6.876, 195.08 vs. 11. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.932, 191.97; 7. Cory Reed, Buell, 6.884, 192.99 vs. 10. Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, 6.918, 193.27; 8. Hector Arana Jr., Buell, 6.890, 193.65 vs. 9. Hector Arana, Buell, 6.897, 194.97.

Did Not Qualify _ 17. Karen Stoffer, 6.978, 194.35; 18. Brian Pretzel, 7.003, 190.75; 19. Melissa Surber, 7.005, 190.78; 20. Joe DeSantis, 7.077, 188.78.

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, June 26 2016
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