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| , RacinToday.com Saturday, June 16 2018

Courtney Force moved to the provisional pole in Bristol on Friday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by by Harold Hinson)

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Courtney Force continued to outrun the Funny Car field Friday in Bristol, Tenn., earning the provisional pole at the 18th annual Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.

Tennessee native Clay Millican (Top Fuel) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) also emerged as preliminary No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at Bristol Dragway during the 11th of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

Force earned P1 after a 1,000-foot pass of 3.993-seconds at 325.92 mph in her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS recorded during her second run, as she was the only driver to crack the four-second mark. The current point leader is seeking her seventh pole of the year and fifth in the past six events.

“This car was hauling down the track and it was really a great run altogether,” said Force, of John Force Racing. “It’s huge for us to pick up some bonus points; this has been a great start to the weekend.”

J.R. Todd sits second with a 4.072-second pass at 313.15 mph in his DHL Toyota Camry, also set during the second session.

Millican powered into the Top Fuel lead with a 1,000-foot run of 3.817-seconds at 322.88 mph in his Great Clips/Strutmasters dragster during the second session. The defending event winner is aiming for his fifth pole of the season, as he also chases his third event victory in the past four races.

“I was really shocked that our run held up during the second qualifying round, because our team wasn’t swinging for a home run with that pass,” Millican said. “I believe that there was more out there tonight, but my focus is on getting back in the winner’s circle here in Bristol.”

Eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher is second at 3.830-seconds and 323.66 in his U.S. Army dragster.

Anderson leads Pro Stock after covering the traditional quarter-mile in 6.674-seconds at 205.35 mph in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro SS on his second pass. The four-time world champion from KB Racing is chasing his seventh pole of the season and third in a row.

“This track presents a different challenge, but apparently we did the best job of handling the conditions today,” Anderson said. “We knew it would be tough (Saturday) if we didn’t make a strong run in the night session tonight, but we did a great job and got the most out of it that we could.”

Five-time world champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. is second following his 6.683-second pass at 205.22 mph in the JEGS.com/Elite Performance Camaro SS, also run during the second session.

Friday’s provisional qualifying results after the first two of four rounds of time trials for the 18th annual Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, 11th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Qualifying continues Saturday for Sunday’s final eliminations:

Top Fuel _ 1. Clay Millican, 3.817-seconds, 322.88 mph; 2. Tony Schumacher, 3.830, 323.66; 3. Antron Brown, 3.832, 319.67; 4. Scott Palmer, 3.863, 319.82; 5. Brittany Force, 3.875, 320.20; 6. Steve Torrence, 3.879, 321.81; 7. Dom Lagana, 3.886, 321.19; 8. Mike Salinas, 3.917, 314.97; 9. Shawn Reed, 4.019, 263.62; 10. Leah Pritchett, 4.129, 224.25; 11. Doug Kalitta, 4.419, 187.08; 12. Richie Crampton, 4.626, 169.81; 13. Terry McMillen, 4.724, 159.34; 14. Pat Dakin, 4.874, 152.66; 15. Terry Totten, 6.899, 84.96. 

Funny Car _ 1. Courtney Force, Chevy Camaro, 3.993, 325.92; 2. J.R. Todd, Toyota Camry, 4.072, 313.15; 3. Robert Hight, Camaro, 4.077, 316.97; 4. Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 4.078, 312.06; 5. Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 4.109, 304.05; 6. John Force, Camaro, 4.115, 313.51; 7. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.130, 307.86; 8. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.167, 303.03; 9. Shawn Langdon, Camry, 4.191, 299.00; 10. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.192, 296.24; 11. Jim Campbell, Charger, 4.215, 295.98; 12. Jeff Diehl, Toyota Solara, 4.298, 290.13; 13. Del Worsham, Camry, 4.335, 231.91; 14. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.362, 215.93; 15. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.457, 201.79; 16. Jonnie Lindberg, Mustang, 5.346, 138.33. 

Pro Stock _ 1. Greg Anderson, Chevy Camaro, 6.674, 205.44; 2. Jeg Coughlin Jr., Camaro, 6.683, 205.26; 3. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.685, 204.82; 4. Tanner Gray, Camaro, 6.688, 205.60; 5. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.692, 203.58; 6. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.700, 204.57; 7. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.703, 204.82; 8. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.703, 204.08; 9. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.704, 205.07; 10. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.706, 205.91; 11. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.710, 204.66; 12. Tim Freeman, Camaro, 6.744, 202.94; 13. John Gaydosh Jr., Camaro, 6.800, 203.12; 14. Tommy Lee, Camaro, 7.012, 193.88; 15. Alan Prusiensky, Dodge Dart, 10.396, 87.04; 16. Wally Stroupe, Camaro, 13.947, 60.12. 

Steven Whiteley secured the provisional pole Friday during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Elite Motorsports, is the sixth of 12 events this season.

Whiteley covered the quarter-mile in 5.823-seconds at 250.51 mph in the second session in his J&A Services/Y-Not Racing 2018 Chevrolet Camaro to take the top spot.

“I knew it ran decent, but I couldn’t believe we ran that quickly especially in these conditions,” said Whiteley, 14th in the point standings. “We’re hoping to stay in that top spot (Saturday) but it will depend on track conditions and weather to see if anyone can run better.”

Rick Hord currently sits second with a 5.855-second pass at 251.72 mph.

Friday’s provisional qualifying results after the first two of four rounds of time trials for the 18th annual Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, the sixth of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday’s final eliminations:

Pro Modified _ 1. Steven Whiteley, Chevy Camaro, 5.823-seconds, 250.51 mph; 2. Rick Hord, Chevy Corvette, 5.855, 251.72; 3. Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.855, 249.58; 4. Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.861, 244.07; 5. Jeremy Ray, Corvette, 5.870, 244.47; 6. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.872, 245.18; 7. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 5.872, 244.78; 8. Bob Rahaim, Camaro, 5.908, 246.39; 9. Danny Rowe, Camaro, 5.919, 246.75; 10. Troy Coughlin, Ford Mustang, 5.928, 247.84; 11. Chad Green, Camaro, 5.939, 245.63; 12. Jeffery Barker, Pontiac GXP, 5.952, 250.69; 13. Sidnei Frigo, Corvette, 5.954, 248.34; 14. Michael Biehle, Mustang, 5.958, 246.75; 15. Jim Whiteley, Camaro, 5.960, 241.07; 16. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 5.964, 239.31. 

Not Qualified _ 17. Chip King, 5.966, 241.20; 18. Todd Tutterow, 5.992, 242.32; 19. Brandon Snider, 6.004, 241.45; 20. Doug Winters, 6.013, 239.06; 21. Richie Stevens, 6.171, 240.38; 22. Steve Jackson, 6.228, 201.97; 23. Clint Satterfield, 6.345, 235.31; 24. Harry Hruska, 6.928, 170.69; 25. Eric Dillard, 7.654, 139.33; 26. Steve Matusek, 7.739, 124.50; 27. Chuck Little, 7.866, 84.23; 28. Dan Stevenson, 8.313, 158.82; 29. Erica Enders, 9.011, 101.81.

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, June 16 2018
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