Johnson, Schumacher and McGaha top qualifying at New England
New England Nationals removals on Sunday.
EPPING, N.H. - Tommy Johnson Jr. gained the No. 1 qualifying position in Funny Car and will direct the group into Sunday's eliminations at the New England Nationals.
Tony Schumacher (Top-Fuel) and Chris McGaha (Pro-Stock) will also direct their individual classes into tomorrow's 11 a.m. eliminations at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag-Racing Series event near Boston.
Johnson Jr. had the fastest run of the third session and 2nd fastest of the fourth Saturday at New England Dragway, securing to his top place with his Friday best-run of 4.047 seconds at 319.45 miles per hour in his Make-A-Want Dodge Charger R/T. That is his first No. 1 since Chicago last time, first at Epping and the eleventh of his profession. He'll face Bob Tasca III in the first round.
"Today was in my opinion more remarkable than yesterday," stated Johnson Jr., who's searching for his first win of the the summer season. "To possess a car which goes out as well as runs 4.13 twice in the states we'd nowadays makes you really assured in your automobile."
Two time world champ Cruz Pedregon qualified 2nd using a 4.052 at 306.46 in his snap on Tools Toyota Camry. Pedregon, who'd the fastest run of the last session, races Jeff Diehl in the opening round.
John Pressure, A16-time world champ and runnerup in the inaugural running of the occasion, qualified his SUMMIT Antifreeze Chevy Camaro SS third with a 4.055 at 318.24, setting up a match-up with Dave Richards. Force's youngest daughter Courtney Force qualified fourth, while team-mate Robert Hight will enter race-day fifth.
In Top-Fuel, Schumacher ran a track record 3.742 at 324.12 in his U.S. Army dragster on Friday - Night and that operate held to ensure his 78th job No. 1, 2nd of the season and first at this occasion. Schumacher, the 8-time and defending world champ, will likely be paired with Morgan Lucas in the first round.
"We're obtaining the information we are in need of," Schumacher stated. "Mike [Green, crew chief] and Neal [Strasbaugh, assistant crew chief] with this new automobile, every round they get more powerful and better. It is heading down down the monitor. We produced four runs down the monitor and due to that we've more data."
Two time season winner Richie Crampton will enter removals as the No. 2 seed following a 3.744 at 325.92 in his Lucas Oil dragster. The reigning Car Club of Southern-California Road to the Future Prize winner will confront Canadian Dan Mercier in the initial round. Mercier is creating his first Mello Yello Sequence beginning.
Shawn Langdon, the 2013 Top-Fuel world champ, certified third after a 3.745 at 324.98 in the Bass Pro-Shops/Knuckle Sandwich/AJPE Toyota dragster, making a matchup with Terry McMillen. Steve Torrence and monitor speed record-holder Spencer Massey certified fourth and fifth respectively. Torrence will race Dave Connolly and Massey will satisfy Larry Dixon in the opener.
McGaha's third-top position
McGaha ran a 6.520 at 212.66 in his Harlow Sammons Chevy Camaro throughout Friday's periods to speed the Pro-Stock industry. It's McGaha's fifth profession top qualifying position and third of the season.
"It feels quite good to begin the show with hints of uniformity," mentioned McGaha, who'll possess a bye to the next round. "That is the important affair now. We did some testing now. It revealed indications of progress."
Four-time world champ Greg Anderson qualified second in his Summit Racing Chevy Camaro using a 6.521 at 213.30. Anderson, the latest Pro Inventory winner at Englishtown, will start removals against Alan Prusiensky.
Jason Line, a two time world champ, enters removals in third after a 6.530 at 212.69 in his Summit Racing Chevy Camaro and will race V. Gaines. Protecting world champ Erica Enders certified fourth and will satisfy John Gaydosh while No. 5 seed Vincent Nobile and Kenny Delco will faceoff.
EPPING, N.H. -- Sunday's first-round pairings for removals for the third yearly NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway and Motorsports Park, the tenth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag-Racing Set. Pairings based on results in qualifying, which concluded Saturday. DNQs recorded below pairings.
Top Gas -- 1. Tony Schumacher, 3.742 seconds, 324.28 mph vs. 16. Morgan Lucas, 10.229, 302.48; 2. Richie Crampton, 3.744, 325.92 vs. 1-5. Dan Mercier, 4.376, 295.21; 3. Shawn Langdon, 3.745, 324.98 vs. 14. Terry McMillen, 4.056, 305.70; 4. Steve Torrence, 3.765, 323.04 vs. 13. Dave Connolly, 3.870, 309.84; 5. Spencer Massey, 3.773, 327.66 vs. 12. Leah Pritchett, 3.861, 315.05; 6. Antron Brown, 3.784, 320.74 vs. 11. Larry Dixon, 3.824, 321.88; 7. Doug Kalitta, 3.795, 323.12 vs. 10. Brittany Force, 3.819, 320.89; 8. J.R. Todd, 3.813, 322.27 vs. 9. Clay Millican, 3.817, 318.17.
Funny Vehicle -- 1. Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger, 4.047, 319.45 vs. 16. Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 4.650, 219.90; 2. Cruz Pedregon, Toyota Camry, 4.052, 308.14 vs. 1-5. Jeff Diehl, Toyota Solara, 4.632, 237.55; 3. John Pressure, Chevy Camaro, 4.055, 318.24 vs. 14. Dave Richards, Solara, 4.624, 195.17; 4. Courtney Force, Camaro, 4.059, 319.45 vs. 13. Dom Lagana, Solara, 4.240, 301.87; 5. Robert Hight, Chevrolet Camaro, 4.068, 320.13 vs. 1 2. Tony Pedregon, Camry, 4.187, 288.15; 6. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.070, 318.24 vs. 1 1. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.145, 308.50; 7. Del Worsham, Camry, 4.073, 313.66 vs. 10. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.095, 310.20; 8. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 4.075, 309.42 vs. 9. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.081, 315.42.
DidN't Qualify: 17. John Hale, 4.747, 180.19.
Pro Inventory -- 1. Chris McGaha, Chevy Camaro, 6.520, 212.90 vs. Bye; 2. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.521, 213.30 vs. 1-5. Val Smeland, Chevy Cobalt, broke; 3. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.530, 212.83 vs. 14. Alan Prusiensky, Dodge Avenger, 6.673, 209.62; 4. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.543, 212.66 vs. 13. V. Gaines, Dodge Dart, 6.643, 211.00; 5. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.552, 212.39 vs. 1 2. John Gaydosh Jr, Pontiac GXP, 6.641, 209.82; 6. Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 6.553, 212.09 vs. 1 1. Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.602, 210.01; 7. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.562, 211.63 vs. 10. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.590, 211.10; 8. Allen Johnson, Dart, 6.563, 212.26 vs. 9. Larry Morgan, Camaro, 6.569, 212.69.
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