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Records are being Set during Qualifying for the 2018 NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park

Chandler, ARIZ. (February 23, 2018) – Records were broke and then broken again during Top Fuel Dragster qualifying on Friday for the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.  Race teams from across the nation will continue qualifying Saturday before going into final elimination rounds on Sunday.

While some teams were having trouble taming the track, others were on their game.  Clay Millican came out in Q2 and laid down a 3.664 at 335.23 mph, setting a new national top speed record.  Clay only held the record for a brief moment as Tony “The Sarge” Schumacher ran shortly behind him stealing the record with a 3.667, 336.57 mph run.

And what’s it like to experience the hit of two 10,000 horsepower Top Fuel Dragsters from 25 feet away.  Take a look at Sky Hanson’s video.

Leah Pritchett took the first Top Fuel win of the 2018 season for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season opener in Pomona.

As of Friday, the current qualifying order in Top Fuel Dragster is as follows;

POSITION DRIVER ET MPH
01 Tony Schumacher 3.649 334.65
02 Steve Torrence 3.655 331.45
03 Clay Millican 3.664 335.23
04 Richie Crampton 3.683 323.27
05 Billy Torrence 3.697 331.45
06 Blake Alexander 3.705 329.58
07 Antron Brown 3.717 333.66
08 Mike Salinas 3.737 326.32
09 Terry McMillen 3.74 316.45
10 Leah Pritchett 3.755 291.07
11 Doug Kalitta 3.786 321.42
12 Scott Palmer 3.788 326.63
13 Brittany Force 4.454 172.72
14 Greg Carrillo 4.553 176.49
15 Troy Buff 4.56 164.53
16 Kebin Kinsley 9.187 74.21

Jack Beckman was the No. 1 qualifier by the end of Q2 Friday.  After Q2 in Top Fuel Funny Car the day ended with the below listed qualifying order;

Matt Hagan took the first Funny Car win of the 2018 season for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season opener in Pomona.

POSITION DRIVER ET MPH
01 Jack Beckman 3.845 332.43
02 Courtney Force 3.845 328.7
03 Jonnie Lindberg 3.866 317.27
04 Tommy Johnson Jr 3.879 328.62
05 Cruz Pedregon 3.888 333.25
06 Matt Hagan 3.926 330.88
07 Robert Hight 3.927 329.26
08 J.R. Todd 3.944 324.2
09 Bob Tasca III 3.971 316.75
10 Jeff Diehl 4.148 306.67
11 Richard Townsend 4.244 235.27
12 Shawn Langdon 4.333 209.59
13 Ron Capps 4.474 188.81
14 Tim Wilkerson 4.551 182.82
15 John Force 6.745 96
16 Del Worsham 7.374 93.25
17 Jim Campbell 7.402 91.58

Alex Laughlin was the NO. 1 qualifier by the end of the day on Friday.  The Pro Stock qualifying order after Q2 on Friday is;

Greg Anderson took the first Pro Stock win of the 2018 season for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season opener in Pomona.

01 Alex Laughlin 6.537 209.43
02 Chris McGaha 6.545 210.18
03 Greg Anderson 6.546 210.73
04 Jason Line 6.553 210.41
05 Erica Enders 6.554 209.49
06 Drew Skillman 6.558 210.31
07 Deric Kramer 6.561 210.41
08 Vincent Nobile 6.567 210.08
09 Bo Butner 6.572 210.5
10 Matt Hartford 6.573 209.65
11 Kenny Delco 6.581 209.36
12 Jeg Coughlin Jr 6.582 208.84
13 Tanner Gray 6.591 209.65
14 Val Smeland 6.64 208.65
15 Steve Graham 6.659 208.55
16 Alan Prusiensky 6.69 206.83
17 Joey Grose 6.73 205.94

In Stock Eliminator, BJ Graham is qualified 9th, Justin Lamb 10th, Bill North 11th and Mike Cotten 17th of the top 20 qualifiers.  There are 61 cars in the class.

In Top Sportsman, Phil Dion is currently qualified 7th, David Armstrong 12th, Kelly Harper 17th, and Josh Edwards 19th.

Good luck to all of our Arizona drag racers this weekend.

Qualifying for the NHRA Arizona Nationals continues Saturday at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.  Sportsman Eliminations begin at 8:00 am.  The Midway opens at 9:30 am.

Sunday the Midway opens at 9:00 am. Nitro Elimination rounds begin at 11:00 am.

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