KALITTA, WORSHAM, ENDERS-STEVENS AND KRAWIEC LEAD FRIDAY’S QUALIFYING AT OHIO’S SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT NHRA NATIONALS
- Published on Saturday, 05 July 2014 06:11
NORWALK, Ohio – Top Fuel points leader Doug Kalitta has advanced to the final round in six races this season, and his hot streak continued Friday as he raced to the qualifying lead at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
Del Worsham (Funny Car), Erica Enders-Stevens (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event near Cleveland.
Kalitta drove his Mac Tools dragster to a leading performance of 3.771 seconds at 326.16 mph in the Top Fuel class. If the performance holds, it will be the 42nd No. 1 of his career. He is seeking his first Norwalk win.
“Tomorrow will be a lot like today so it’ll be interesting to see if we can hold the lead,” Kalitta said. “I’m incredibly lucky to have this opportunity with what we have going on right now. I’m just trying to make the best of it. I’m looking forward to tomorrow and seeing what we can do.”
Also in Top Fuel, Steve Torrence is in the second spot with a 3.799 at 324.67 in his Capco Contractors dragster, while Kalitta teammate J.R. Todd is third with a 3.807 at 319.22 in his Optima Batteries dragster.
Veteran Funny Car driver Worsham powered his DHL Toyota Camry to a track record time of 4.000 at 317.34 to lead that category.
“We were definitely trying to make a three-second run,” said Worsham. “We changed cars for the third time in three races so we’re pretty excited to make a good run. We’ll just have to play a little harder tomorrow.”
Tommy Johnson Jr. is second with a 4.030 at 319.67 in his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger. John Force is third in his Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang with a 4.034 at 319.45. Ohio native Chad Head sits in fifth place in his Head Racing Toyota Camry with a 4.052 pass at 318.02.
In Pro Stock, Mello Yello Series points leader Enders-Stevens powered her Elite Motorsports Chevy Camaro to 6.523 second pass at 212.63, setting both ends of the track record. If her time holds through Saturday’s two sessions, it will be her eighth No. 1 qualifying position of her career and second of the season.
“I’m really proud of my team,” Enders-Stevens said. “We’ve worked really hard. I couldn’t be more proud to throw up the numbers that we did today. We were hoping for better numbers this evening but that starting line is a little challenging. I feel confident this weekend.”
Shane Gray is second in Pro Stock with a 6.527 at 211.69 in his Gray Manufacturing Chevy Camaro followed by Allen Johnson, who posted a 6.532 at 211.89 in his Mopar/Magneti Marelli Dodge Dart. Ohio native and defending world champ Jeg Coughlin held on to the sixth spot with a performance of 6.554 at 212.03 in his JEGS.com/Mopar Dart, while the Summit Racing Equipment team of Jason Line and Greg Anderson hold the eighth and 11th spots respectively.
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Krawiec powered his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to the qualifying lead with a performance of 6.844 at 195.05, setting a track record for elapsed time.
“To come here and have low e.t. and a great motorcycle under me, I couldn’t ask for anymore,” Krawiec said. “You never really know what’s going to happen. I’m definitely looking forward to it.”
Jerry Savoie is second in his Savoie’s Alligator Farm Buell with a 6.865 pass at 195.48. John Hall powered his Matt Smith Racing Buell to the third spot with a 6.882 pass at 194.38. Series points leader and Harley-Davidson teammate Andrew Hines sits in fourth place with a 6.913 pass at 192.33.
The final two qualifying sessions are Saturday at 4:45 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Sunday’s eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m.