NHRA Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida, March 13-15, 2015
Karen Stoffer Wins The Gators!
story and photos by NHRA, Tim Hailey, and team reports
Karen Stoffer's always looked great in black
Karen Stoffer defeated three-time world champ Eddie Krawiec in the Pro Stock Motorcycle final with a 6.900 at 195.11 on her Suzuki Extended Protection Suzuki to claim her second Gatornationals victory Sunday at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville. Appearing in her first NHRA race since Indianapolis in 2013, Stoffer defeated Steve Johnson, Angie Smith, and Shawn Gann en route to the final. The win was Stoffer’s first since Denver in 2011 and her seventh overall. “We had a lot of heart and a lot of passion,” Stoffer said. “We don’t have a big budget but we certainly have a big heart. We certainly tried to get some high performance out of it and we were able to do it. The boys worked hard, worked till about midnight each night and gave us a good bike on Sunday.”
The air-shifter line popped off of Krawiec's V&H Harley in the final against Stoffer.
Number 1 qualifier Matt Smith sucked a shop towel through his Victory's S&S motor while burning out for round 1. They don't like that very much, and Matt disgustedly dismounted at the starting line while wife/teammate Angie struggled through a solo pass. She lost to Stoffer the next round.
Shop towel abuse!
There were several issues that made this weekend's PSM field singing the first race blues more than usual, including the new EBR "Buell" bodywork. But one issue everyone had to deal with was the new Sunoco fuel. "The new fuel was an issue," noted Krawiec. "It's not just a drop-in."
After a first round win, #2 qualifier Angelle Sampey headed to the second round to face LE Tonglet. A sensor broke during the burnout causing Sampey to shut off a few hundred feet off the starting line, ending her whirlwind weekend but gave notice that her dream of passing Dave Shultz and his 45 all-time Pro Stock motorcycle wins could happen this season. “Angelle is a champion in every sense,” said Star Racing's George Bryce. “I have never met a more intense competitor in my life and she wears her emotions on her sleeve. Even with the disappointment of breaking in round two, the fans let her know how they felt giving her a rousing standing ovation as she walked back to the starting line. That’s what makes a champion…talent, passion and guts and she has them all.”
Slated to run against his oldest son in the first round of eliminations, Hector Arana was the recipient of a solo pass after Hector Jr. decided to sit out the round for safety purposes. One would guess it had something to do with the new EBR "Buell" body. Hector Sr switched bikes after being unable to keep the bike with the new body straight, then H2's Q4 pass was disallowed after apparently "unapproved tape" on the body
Arana Sr ran a 6.928 at 193.57 mph. "That solo run in the first round ended up being really beneficial for me," Arana said. "We ended up being a bit off on that run, so we were able to get the tune-up right on the bike for the next round. We also were out of the groove for that run, so we had the chance to get it right the next time.
Arana and his Lucas Oil Buell lined up alongside Krawiec's Harley-Davidson in round two. Leaving off the line .011 behind Krawiec, Arana did his best to chase down the Harley but came up just .002-second short with a 6.902 compared to Krawiec's 6.900. "Like usual, Krawiec is always a tough guy to beat no matter what round it is," Arana said. "That was one of the closest races we have had against each other. It's tough to be that close and come up short. I'm happy though because that run was the second-best of that round. That means if we would have ran any of the other bikes, we would have been moving on. While that doesn't change anything now, it's nice to know that we were one of the main bikes to beat.
"Looking back at everything, we accomplished a lot. We took two new bikes out here and struggled to get them under control. I was lucky that I brought my 'Old Faithful' Lucas Oil Buell out here as well and was able to get back with the program right away. We're going home to work on what we've learned. We still have a lot of work left to do to get to where we want to be."
Bob Rahaim's badass 'Vette
Bob Rahaim raced to victory Sunday in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing portion of the Gatornationals. Rahaim powered his 2015 TLC Waste Disposal Corvette to a 5.957-second pass at 243.99 mph, defeating Pete Farber’s 8.965 at 107.26 in his ’69 Dodge Daytona in the finals. It was Rahaim’s first career Pro Mod win and seventh career race in the category. Rahaim was the No. 9 qualifier and defeated Mike Castellana, No. 1 qualifier Don Walsh and Troy Coughlin on the way to the final. “We hadn’t even won a round of competition before yesterday,” Rahaim said. “First round of eliminations, we were fortunate enough to take that win. We didn’t beat ourselves. I guess the consistency of going down the track every time won this event for us.”
Farber entered eliminations as the No. 6 qualifier. He defeated Mike Knowles, Eric Latino and Troy Coughlin Jr. on the way to the finals. Farber has one career win in four career finals.
Spencer Massey claimed his first Top Fuel win of the season. Massey piloted his Red Fuel dragster to a holeshot victory, winning with a performance of 3.882 seconds at 320.74 mph to defending world champ Tony Schumacher’s quicker but losing 3.873 at 313.29 in the U.S. Army dragster. It was Massey’s first win at Gainesville and 18th of his career. The victory moves Massey into a tie with Shirley Muldowney and Darrell Gwynn for 12th on the all-time wins list in Top Fuel. "Tony has been running really strong," said Massey, who moved to third in points with the win. "I know that he can step his game up and be deadly when he needs to on the starting line. We’ve got four new members on the team and three of four haven’t won a race. Now they’ve won the Gators.”
It was Schumacher’s second consecutive final round appearance of 2015, as he earned a victory at Phoenix in late February. With the runner-up finish he moved to third in points.
In Funny Car, Ron Capps drove his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T to a performance of 4.115 at 311.05 to take the victory over first-time finalist John Hale. The win was Capps’ first of the season, third at this event and 44th of his career (43rd in Funny Car). The win tied him for second all-time on the Funny Car wins list. Following the victory, Capps moves to second in points behind Don Schumacher Racing teammate Matt Hagan. “When you’ve got a race car like today, you almost wait for something to go wrong,” said Capps, who last won in Brainerd last season. “I’ve driven for almost 18 years and I feel like I find myself driving the car as if I am driving something that’s just so far behind the other cars. I think that really helped me this weekend.”
Rookie driver Hale was appearing in his first career Funny Car final in only his sixth career start. Driving the ALO Drink Dodge Charger for Jim Dunn Racing, Hale defeated 16-time world champ John Force, Alexis DeJoria and Blake Alexander to reach the finals. It was JDR’s first final round appearance since Seattle 2008.
Don Schumacher's return to the track after health challenges the past three months couldn't have gone much better Sunday. The owner of the biggest organization in drag racing attended his first national event of the year since having successful surgery for head and throat cancer and completing 31 rounds of radiation treatments. In addition to a "Welcome Back Don" banner, two of his teams presented him with NHRA Wally trophies when Massey drove to a final round win over DSR teammate Tony Schumacher for the Top Fuel title moments after DSR teammate Ron Capps and the NAPA AUTO PARTS 2015 Dodge Charger R/T won the Funny Car title to become the second winningest driver in Funny Car history.
It marks the 43rd time DSR has won two professional titles at the same Mello Yello event and increased the organization's NHRA-best event titles total to 245. Through three events of the 2015 season, DSR has won all three Funny Car titles and two of three in Top Fuel.
"This is tremendously gratifying," Schumacher said. "My teams and all the guys back at the shop have done a phenomenal job. I'm getting better every day. I'm going to continue on and do what I do. This really was the first weekend I've been out and about. It was very refreshing for me to get back involved."
"Rahn Tobler has been working on making our NAPA Dodge better and in that process I've been feeling like I've been driving a car that was behind the other cars so I've felt like I've had to be really up on the wheel all the time and that's helped me," he said of his quick reactions.
Capps, who was runner-up at this year's opener, moved to second in points and trails leader and DSR teammate Matt Hagan, who was upset in the first round, by 26 points.
"Just to be able to race against legends and do this, I never want it to end," said Massey. His name also became attached to a pair of legends when his 18th career Top Fuel title tied him with Darrell Gwynn and Shirley Muldowney on the all-time win list.
Antron Brown and his DSR team led by crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Mark Oswald advanced to the semifinals. "Anytime you go to the semifinals, it's not a bad weekend at all," Antron said. "It was the typical Gainesville with a very tricky track. We've been at two killer tracks (Pomona and Phoenix) because of higher altitude and cooler air. They were both phenomenal. The thing is, Gainesville is how summer is going to be and we're building on our program and making it better and learning. This is the first time we've faced hot conditions with our clutch program."
Antron, who ranks fourth in points and is only 40 outside of first, qualified sixth and received a bye in the opening round. Larry Dixon, who was qualified 11th and slated to face the Matco Tools team, was uninjured in a ferocious crash that split his car in two and sent it sailing into the air. Dixon's Bob Vandergriff Racing team did not have a back-up car that gave Matco team the free ride.
After defeating J.R. Todd of Kalitta Racing in the quarterfinals, Antron faced eventual event winner and DSR teammate Massey in the semifinals.
Greg Anderson claimed his milestone 75th career victory and first in Pro Stock since Englishtown in 2012, when he clocked a 6.538 at 213.43 to defeat teammate Jason Line in an all-Summit Racing Chevy Camaro final round. Anderson’s third Gatornationals win moves him to sixth in the points standings. “It’s a special day and weekend,” said Anderson, a four-time Pro Stock world champ who had off-season heart surgery prior to the start of the 2014 season. “It was my birthday yesterday so it’s pretty darn cool. A year ago I couldn’t even come to this race [due to the surgery]. It was a great day for Greg Anderson, KB Racing and everyone involved with us.”
Line continued an impressive start to the 2015 season with his runner-up finish. He won the season-opening event at Pomona and this final round result was his 40th career runner-up finish. Line, a two-time world champ, sits second in points.
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series heads to Charlotte, N.C. for the sixth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, March 27-29, at zMAX Dragway. The NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series will head to Houston for the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals, April 24-26.
PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:
ROUND ONE -- Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.880, 195.65 def. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.950, 194.66; LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.923, 194.74 def. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, foul; Shawn Gann, Buell, 6.949, 191.29 def. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 15.609, 43.17; Hector Arana, Buell, 6.928, 193.57 def. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, broke; Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.874, 194.77 def. Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, 7.085, 187.99; Angelle Sampey, Buell, 6.913, 189.26 def. Chaz Kennedy, Buell, foul; Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.883, 193.96 def. Mike Berry, Buell, broke; Angie Smith, 7.070, 179.30 def. Matt Smith, broke;
QUARTERFINALS -- Tonglet, 6.927, 194.52 def. Sampey, broke; Krawiec, 6.900, 196.19 def. Arana, 6.902, 195.00; Stoffer, 6.933, 196.07 def. A. Smith, 6.985, 187.91; Gann, 6.953, 192.33 def. Hines, 7.703, 130.67;
SEMIFINALS -- Stoffer, 6.917, 196.62 def. Gann, 6.959, 192.58; Krawiec, 6.890, 195.11 def. Tonglet, 6.934, 194.38;
FINAL -- Stoffer, 6.900, 195.11 def. Krawiec, 7.884, 122.23.
ROUND ONE -- Bob Rahaim, Chevy Corvette, 5.946, 242.54 def. Mike Castellana, Chevy Camaro, 5.994, 243.81; T.J. Coughlin, Corvette, 5.884, 251.53 def. Kenny Lang, Camaro, broke; Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 6.050, 246.08 def. Kevin Fiscus, Ford Mustang, 6.514, 181.13; Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 5.922, 245.85 def. Mike Knowles, Mustang, 5.977, 241.28; Bill Glidden, Mustang, 5.946, 242.71 def.
Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.962, 245.54; Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.906, 247.70 def. Danny Rowe, Camaro, 5.873, 249.21; Eric Latino, Camaro, 5.876, 243.77 def. Steve Matusek, Camaro, 5.913, 248.07; Don Walsh, Camaro, 5.829, 242.45 def. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, broke;
QUARTERFINALS -- Coughlin, 6.162, 249.26 def. Janis, 8.745, 116.93; Coughlin Jr., 10.932, 78.56 def. Glidden, foul; Farber, 5.885, 248.43 def. Latino, foul; Rahaim, 5.940, 243.94 def. Walsh, 5.985, 240.77;
SEMIFINALS -- Rahaim, 5.996, 243.72 def. Coughlin, 6.196, 237.84; Farber, 9.787, 108.12 def.
Coughlin Jr., broke;
FINAL -- Rahaim, 5.957, 243.99 def. Farber, 8.965, 107.26.
ROUND ONE -- Antron Brown, 8.690, 76.90 def. Larry Dixon, broke; Clay Millican, 3.866, 312.93 def. Leah Pritchett, 7.612, 96.15; Shawn Langdon, 3.781, 318.77 def. Morgan Lucas, 10.084, 78.74; J.R. Todd, 3.795, 322.81 def. Doug Kalitta, 3.809, 321.58; Spencer Massey, 3.768, 329.02 def. Chris Karamesines, 5.421, 122.29; Tony Schumacher, 3.775, 325.45 def. Terry McMillen, 3.863, 309.98; Brittany Force, 3.792, 323.12 def. Dave Connolly, 3.856, 316.60; Richie Crampton, 3.783, 320.05 def. Steve Torrence, 3.859, 321.81;
QUARTERFINALS -- Brown, 3.850, 314.90 def. Todd, 4.008, 270.48; Langdon, 3.830, 312.06 def. Crampton, 3.866, 310.13; Schumacher, 3.887, 320.13 def. Millican, 7.009, 87.61; Massey, 3.911, 299.13 def. Force, 3.926, 285.47;
SEMIFINALS -- Massey, 3.858, 308.07 def. Brown, 5.182, 144.98; Schumacher, 3.838, 320.58 def. Langdon, 4.323, 241.24;
FINAL -- Massey, 3.882, 320.74 def. Schumacher, 3.873, 313.29.
ROUND ONE -- Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 4.088, 311.20 def. Tony Pedregon, Toyota Camry, 4.094, 306.26; John Hale, Dodge Charger, 4.541, 203.16 def. John Force, Chevy Camaro, 5.899, 122.27; Blake Alexander, Charger, 4.151, 303.43 def. Del Worsham, Camry, 4.689, 189.55; Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 4.044, 312.42 def. Dave Richards, Toyota Solara, 10.363, 79.91; Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.114, 310.55 def. Chad Head, Camry, 4.126, 300.46; Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 4.145, 303.78 def. Matt Hagan, Charger, 5.312, 241.54; Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.099, 311.27 def. Robert Hight, Chevrolet Camaro, 7.619, 87.62; Ron Capps, Charger, 4.112, 312.42 def. Courtney Force, Camaro, 4.105, 315.86;
QUARTERFINALS -- Wilkerson, 4.082, 311.63 def. Beckman, 4.096, 308.50; Alexander, 6.302, 128.20 def. Johnson Jr., broke; Capps, 4.130, 310.55 def. C. Pedregon, 4.728, 190.43; Hale, 4.196, 277.37 def. DeJoria, 4.509, 238.22;
SEMIFINALS -- Hale, 4.203, 301.20 def. Alexander, 7.443, 93.94; Capps, 4.120, 308.71 def. Wilkerson, 4.112, 308.85;
FINAL -- Capps, 4.115, 311.05 def. Hale, 4.208, 289.32.
ROUND ONE -- Vincent Nobile, Chevy Camaro, 6.562, 209.95 def. Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 20.384, 33.89; Jimmy Alund, Pontiac GXP, 7.032, 209.59 def. Erica Enders-Stevens, Camaro, 13.824, 62.06; Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.580, 210.97 def. Allen Johnson, Dodge Dart, 8.041, 124.76; Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.533, 212.59 def. Larry Morgan, Camaro, 6.562, 211.49; Rodger Brogdon, Camaro, 6.528, 212.90 def. John Gaydosh Jr, GXP, 6.728, 206.54; Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.498, 213.64 was unopposed; Jason Line, Camaro, 6.515, 213.00 def. Alan Prusiensky, Dodge Avenger, 6.644, 208.97; Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.532, 212.79 def. V. Gaines, Dart, 6.588, 211.86;
QUARTERFINALS -- Anderson, 6.561, 212.63 def. S. Gray, 6.567, 212.69; Brogdon, 6.542, 212.69 def. Skillman, 12.857, 67.53; Line, 6.528, 212.46 def. Alund, 6.571, 209.30; McGaha, 15.316, 54.94 def. Nobile, broke;
SEMIFINALS -- Anderson, 6.560, 213.67 def. McGaha, 21.386, 37.10; Line, 6.535, 213.40 def. Brogdon, 6.540, 213.47;
FINAL -- Anderson, 6.538, 213.43 def. Line, 6.554, 212.96.
EARLIER: Big Day for Smith, Victory at The Gators
Two-time world champ Matt Smith earned the top Pro Stock Motorcycle spot on his final qualifying attempt with an effort of 6.793 at 197.74 at the AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.Smith was on his Victory Gunner, which he debuted for the first time this weekend. “I can’t say enough about Victory and debuting the Gunner bike,” said Smith. “For Polaris, it’s an awesome deal for them to step in with NHRA drag racing and to come out and show what we’ve done right off the bat.”
The run gives Smith his third No. 1 qualifying spot at Gainesville and 23rd of his career. He races wife Angie Smith in the first round. They last faced off in the final of Epping, N.H. last season when Angie beat him to claim her first career victory.
Three-time world champ Angelle Sampey entered Saturday’s final sessions as the No. 1 seed but will settle for second with a 6.872 at 194.74. Sampey, who is returning from an ankle injury sustained at Las Vegas in October last season, will race her Star Racing Buell against former teammate Chaz Kennedy in the first round.
Eddie Krawiec qualified third on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson with a 6.873 at 195.48, setting up a race with Mike Berry. Defending world champ Andrew Hines sits fourth after qualifying and Jim Underdahl is fifth.
Hector Arana Sr. recorded his best time of the weekend so far during the last qualifying session, a 6.887 at 196.10 mph, that was quick enough for the No. 6 spot. As the elimination ladder stacked up, Hector is slated to run against his son Hector Jr. in the first round of eliminations.
After initially starting the weekend sporting the new EBR body on his Lucas Oil Buell, Arana decided to pull out last year's body, which he felt would give him the consistency he was seeking. "I've been fighting issues with making the bike go straight this weekend," Arana said. "I felt that because of that it would be better for me to pull out my bike from last year and use it for the rest of the weekend. I used it in Q4 and picked up, so obviously the change didn't make a big difference because I'm faster now."
With a pass of 6.957 seconds at 189.26 mph, Arana Jr qualified in the No. 11 position opposite of his dad on the eliminations ladder. This, however, occurred after Arana's Q4 time was disqualified due to a post-qualifying tech issue.
Don Walsh claimed the No. 1 qualifying position and a first round victory Saturday during the J&A Service NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Gatornationals. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, co-presented by the Real Pro Mod Association and Jerry Bickel Race Cars, Inc., is the first of 10 events on the season.
Walsh powered his late model Precision Turbo Camaro to a top qualifying run of 5.832 seconds at 248.02 mph, marking the seventh time in his career that he’s claimed the No. 1 spot. “It was great,” said Walsh. “I’m just really happy we have some new sponsors on board and that I’m able to run well for them this weekend. I’m super excited for us to put it all together here at the first race and put together what we had from last year and move it into this year.”
Walsh followed his qualifying success with a first round win. He will race Bob Rahaim in the quarterfinals on Sunday.
Pro Mod rookie TJ Coughlin qualified second in his JEGS.com Corvette with a 5.876 at 251.46. He then faced Kenny Lang and raced to victory after Lang red lighted. This is Coughlin’s first Pro Mod appearance in his career. He will face Bill Glidden in the quarterfinals.
Troy Coughlin's new 'Vette
The debut of Troy Coughlin's JEGS.com Chevrolet Corvette C7 has gone well. Coughlin qualified No. 5 with his Bickel-built car and won in the first round of the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals on Saturday, but Coughlin, crew chief Steve Petty, and the entire team are looking for more speed and consistency out of the new car. "It started off like gangbusters but for some reason it's not as happy or something," Coughlin said. "We'll have to go back and look at all the data, watch the films, and try to scope it out. We'll try and get it to be happy and go a little bit straighter. But there's no doubt I've got the best team on it. I know between Steve, Mike (Rees), Kyle (Pettis), and Justin (Beaver) we're going to get it."
Coughlin qualified No. 5 with a top pass of 5.893 seconds at 252.43 mph and lined up against Kevin Fiscus in the first round of eliminations. Coughlin got the jump with a .035-second reaction time and was never headed, winning with a pass of 6.050 seconds at 246.08 mph. Fiscus slowed to a 6.514-second pass at 181.13 mph.
Coughlin is teaming with his son Troy Jr. (T.J.), who is making his professional debut this weekend. While the elder Coughlin is driving a new car, T.J. is racing the car driven by his dad in 2014. "We just took these two cars out a week ago," Coughlin said. "We've been working all winter on the new car and on T.J.'s car. It's been a big job and they've tackled it. T.J.'s car is fast and consistent. I think more about his stuff than I do my own but we've got a great group of guys here, so there's no doubt they will wave their magic wand and get the JEGS.com car back on top of the game."
T.J. has done an admirable job, qualifying No. 2 and winning in the first round Saturday. "I'm really proud," Coughlin said. "Wow, very proud. He had a very good attention to detail, and he respects it a lot. He's jelled right in this thing. The first time he went down the track was two weeks ago, and it's like he's been doing it his whole life."
After not qualifying through the first two rounds, reigning category champion Rickie Smith was able to salvage a No. 7 qualifying position with a 5.909 at 246.30, but lost to Glidden in the first round of eliminations.
The 2011 world champ, Khalid al Balooshi, did not qualify in the inaugural event of the 2015 season. Balooshi is making a return to the doorslammer category after racing the last three seasons in Top Fuel.
Pro Mod Series eliminations will continue at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Cruz Pedregon powered to a track record 4.022-second run at 312.13 mph in his Snap-on Tools Toyota Camry to earn his 58th career No. 1 qualifying position. The 1998 Gainesville winner is seeking his first victory since Englishtown last season and faces Dave Richards in the first round. "Conditions were very similar to when we ran Friday,” said Pedregon, a two-time world champ. "We were trying to be steady today and not really try to improve the time. We figured if it was there, it was there."
Del Worsham qualified second in the DHL Toyota Camry with a 4.057 at 312.57 and faces Blake Alexander in round one. Worsham won this event in 2011 in Top Fuel, but is looking for his first in Funny Car.
John Force enters race day as the No. 3 qualifier with a 4.068 at 315.19 in his PEAK Antifreeze Chevy Camaro SS and faces John Hale. Tim Wilkerson qualified fourth while 2012 world champ Jack Beckman rounds out the top five qualifiers.
In Top Fuel, Shawn Langdon claimed his second straight No. 1 qualifier at this event with a run at 3.765 at 325.45 in his Knuckle Sandwich/AJPE dragster. Langdon, the 2013 Top Fuel world champion, has had a successful start to 2015, winning the season-opening event in Pomona from the No. 1 starting spot and reaching the semifinals at Phoenix. It is Langdon’s second straight top qualifier at Gainesville and 18th of his career. He will open eliminations against Morgan Lucas. “We wanted to come out and make a strong run in that early session,” said Langdon, who is seeking his first career Gatornationals win. “We knew it was going to heat up for the later session today. We really felt that was the run to go after. Luckily it held and it was basically what we were trying to run.”
Spencer Massey sits second following a 3.793 at a track record speed of 329.02 in the Red Fuel dragster. Massey, a three-time winner last season, faces Chris Karamesines. "When the Red Fuel car runs nearly 330 mph at Gainesville and that makes this entire team happy," Spencer said. "To run 3.793 in the heat of the day makes us extremely happy."
Defending event winner Doug Kalitta was third in his Mac Tools dragster with a 3.796 at 323.58 and goes up against teammate J.R. Todd in round one. Defending world champ Tony Schumacher enters race day in fourth while Leah Pritchett starts fifth.
During Saturday’s first session, Larry Dixon walked away from a harrowing crash after his C&J Energy Services dragster went out of control near the finish line. Dixon, a three-time world champ, was uninjured in the accident but will not race in eliminations on Sunday.
"I was sitting right there in the water box about to fire up when we saw Larry's crash and thankfully he walked away," Spencer added. "I have total confidence in this Red Fuel/Sandvik crew giving me the safest car possible with the canopy and fresh air system and fire bottles. When I staged, it was like I didn't think of the crash. We went 3.79 at 329 mph and I'm excited and now I'm ready for race day."
Possibly the best part of Saturday at the fabled Gatornationals was seeing a familiar red shirt back in the DSR pits and on the starting line. Team owner Don Schumacher was back at the track following a successful surgery in November and treatment for Stage 1 Squamous cell carcinoma. "To have Don not here for the first couple of races was tough, we knew we're missing something and it was a huge void in our pits," Spencer said. "With Don back here, it brings a smile to my face and it was great to give him a huge hug today. Tomorrow we'll work on getting him a Wally trophy."
In Pro Stock Car, Chris McGaha held on to his Friday run of 6.507 at 213.73 to claim the top spot in his Harlow Sammons Chevy Camaro. It is McGaha’s first career No. 1 qualifier at Gainesville and third of his career. McGaha is seeking his first career victory in eliminations tomorrow. “The Number one position is good,” McGaha said. “Those little points do get addicting after awhile. You can make up a round here or there. I’ve still got to win a race, I can’t lose focus here. It’s one round at a time.”
Jason Line raced his Summit Racing Chevy Camaro to the No. 2 qualifying position with a 6.522 at 212.69. Line, a two-time world champ, has four wins at this event and opens eliminations against John Alan Prusiensky as he seeks a fifth.
Points leader and Phoenix winner Rodger Brogdon qualified third in his RoofTec Chevy Camaro with a 6.526 at 212.93 and will face V Gaines. "We have a really good car," Brogdon said. "We haven't made a killer run yet during qualifying but we've been consistent. We have four good, solid runs down the track, so we're very much looking forward to tomorrow."
Brogdon's "worst" run of the weekend was 6.540 seconds at 213.10 mph, so all four qualifying passes were within .011-second. He also had runs of 6.529 seconds at 213.06 mph and 6.531 at 213.00 mph. Brogdon has now qualified second once and third twice in the first three races of the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, in addition to winning in Phoenix and racing to the semifinals in Pomona.
"Our confidence level is great," Brogdon said. "When we get on the airplane, it's fun. We know we're going to go to win the race -- at least we know we have a chance when we get there. It's great. It's totally different than any year I've been in Pro Stock before."
But Brogdon is not at all worried about the points standings. "I don't even think about the points until people ask me," Brogdon said. "It doesn't change a thing for us. It's way too early to worry about points. If we had two races to go, yeah, I'd be talking about it, but we have 21 to go, so no, it doesn't ever cross my mind."
Shane Gray qualified in the fourth position while Greg Anderson finished qualifying in fifth.
ESPN2 will air two hours of elimination coverage of the AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at 7:30 p.m.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Sunday's first-round pairings for eliminations for the 46th annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville, the third of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday. DNQs listed below pairings.
Pro Stock Motorcycle -- 1. Matt Smith, Victory, 6.867, 194.02 vs. 16. Angie Smith, Victory, 6.992, 189.20; 2. Angelle Sampey, Buell, 6.872, 194.74 vs. 15. Chaz Kennedy, Buell, 6.985, 190.27; 3. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.873, 195.48 vs. 14. Mike Berry, Buell, 6.984, 190.62; 4. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.877, 195.11 vs. 13. Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, 6.976, 190.40; 5. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 6.883, 196.76 vs. 12. Shawn Gann, Buell, 6.965, 191.92; 6. Hector Arana, Buell, 6.887, 196.10 vs. 11. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.957, 191.59; 7. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.891, 194.88 vs. 10. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.
Did Not Qualify: 17. Fredrik Fredlund, 7.015, 191.08; 18. Eddie Reed, 7.015, 190.27; 19. Brian Pretzel, 7.047, 188.81; 20. Redell Harris, 7.178, 190.92; 21. Joe DeSantis, 7.391, 142.26; 22. Roy Olsen, 7.541, 180.02; 23. Lance Bonham, 8.358, 177.25.
Top Fuel -- 1. Shawn Langdon, 3.765 seconds, 325.45 mph vs. 16. Morgan Lucas, 3.963, 300.40; 2. Spencer Massey, 3.793, 329.02 vs. 15. Chris Karamesines, 3.904, 313.51; 3. Doug Kalitta, 3.796, 323.58 vs. 14. J.R. Todd, 3.891, 312.86; 4. Tony Schumacher, 3.796, 323.43 vs. 13. Terry McMillen, 3.874, 319.29; 5. Leah Pritchett, 3.809, 321.81 vs. 12. Clay Millican, 3.867, 310.34; 6. Antron Brown, 3.811, 314.09 vs. 11. Larry Dixon, 3.851, 319.52; 7. Brittany Force, 3.817, 318.09 vs. 10. Dave Connolly, 3.850, 316.38; 8. Richie Crampton, 3.829, 319.14 vs. 9. Steve Torrence, 3.843, 320.81.
Did Not Qualify: 17. Pat Dakin, 3.967, 298.54; 18. Shawn Reed, 4.015, 311.05; 19. Ike Maier, 4.137, 243.06; 20. Cory McClenathan, 4.666, 162.06.
Funny Car -- 1. Cruz Pedregon, Toyota Camry, 4.022, 312.13 vs. 16. Dave Richards, Toyota Solara, 4.464, 227.84; 2. Del Worsham, Camry, 4.057, 312.57 vs. 15. Blake Alexander, Dodge Charger, 4.349, 223.69; 3. John Force, Chevy Camaro, 4.068, 315.19 vs. 14. John Hale, Charger, 4.304, 234.04; 4. Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 4.080, 312.64 vs. 13. Tony Pedregon, Camry, 4.194, 297.88; 5. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.081, 309.56 vs. 12. Chad Head, Camry, 4.126, 303.30; 6. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.083, 314.17 vs. 11. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 4.116, 308.14; 7. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.088, 311.63 vs. 10. Robert Hight, Chevrolet Camaro, 4.113, 310.05; 8. Courtney Force, Camaro, 4.104, 312.13 vs. 9. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.108, 313.29.
Did Not Qualify: 17. Jeff Diehl, 10.394, 85.32.
Pro Stock -- 1. Chris McGaha, Chevy Camaro, 6.507, 212.76 vs. Bye; 2. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.522, 213.13 vs. 15. Alan Prusiensky, Dodge Avenger, 6.662, 208.94; 3. Rodger Brogdon, Camaro, 6.526, 213.10 vs. 14. John Gaydosh Jr, Pontiac GXP, 6.636, 209.52; 4. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.526, 212.93 vs. 13. V. Gaines, Dodge Dart, 6.603, 211.36; 5. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.529, 213.03 vs. 12. Larry Morgan, Camaro, 6.583, 212.53; 6. Allen Johnson, Dart, 6.530, 212.90 vs. 11. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.562, 212.19; 7. Erica Enders-Stevens, Camaro, 6.551, 212.36 vs. 10. Jimmy Alund, GXP, 6.561, 212.06; 8. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.553, 212.26 vs. 9. Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 6.555, 211.76.
ROUND ONE -- Bob Rahaim, Chevy Corvette, 5.946, 242.54 def. Mike Castellana, Chevy Camaro, 5.994, 243.81; T.J. Coughlin, Corvette, 5.884, 251.53 def. Kenny Lang, Camaro, broke; Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 6.050, 246.08 def. Kevin Fiscus, Ford Mustang, 6.514, 181.13; Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 5.922, 245.85 def. Mike Knowles, Mustang, 5.977, 241.28; Bill Glidden, Mustang, 5.946, 242.71 def.
Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.962, 245.54; Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.906, 247.70 def. Danny Rowe, Camaro, 5.873, 249.21; Eric Latino, Camaro, 5.876, 243.77 def. Steve Matusek, Camaro, 5.913, 248.07; Don Walsh, Camaro, 5.829, 242.45 def. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, broke.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Final order after 3 rounds of qualifying in Pro Modified at 46th annual AMALIE Oil Motor NHRA Gatornationals. The first of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
Psn---Num-Driver, Home Town, Car Type---------------Qual-ET--Qual-Spd-Top Spd
1 3382 Don Walsh, Wixom MI, '14 Camaro 5.832 248.02 248.02
2 394 T.J. Coughlin, Delaware OH, '12 Corvette 5.876 251.49 251.49
3 6 Steve Matusek, Olathe KS, '68 Camaro 5.879 248.29 248.29
4 5 Danny Rowe, Laguna Hills CA, '68 Camaro 5.882 249.16 249.95
5 2 Troy Coughlin, Delaware OH, '15 Corvette 5.893 252.43 252.43
6 8 Pete Farber, Baldwinville MA, '69 Daytona 5.897 247.02 247.02
7 1 Rickie Smith, King NC, '69 Camaro 5.909 246.30 246.30
8 9 Mike Castellana, Muttontown NY, '69 Camaro 5.926 242.80 242.80
9 360 Bob Rahaim, Grosse Pointe MI, '15 Corvette 5.929 243.37 243.55
10 324 Bill Glidden, Whiteland IN, '10 Mustang 5.941 242.23 243.24
11 5011 Mike Knowles, Grand Junction CO, '67 Mustang 5.966 236.30 236.30
12 7 Kevin Fiscus, Jacksonville FL, '12 Mustang 5.973 248.57 248.57
13 4 Mike Janis, Lancaster NY, '13 Camaro 5.973 245.40 245.40
14 1938 Eric Latino, Port Perry ON, '69 Camaro 5.984 245.63 245.63
15 5012 Kenny Lang, Grande Pointe MB, '69 Camaro 5.989 240.00 240.64
16 213 Chip King, Semora NC, '70 Charger 6.005 243.19 243.19
------------ Not Qualified ------------
17 327 Khalid alBalooshi, Doha QA, '68 Camaro 6.007 250.00 250.00
18 5200 Steven Whiteley, Grand Junction CO, '14 CTS 6.007 244.92 244.92
19 5087 Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction CO, '69 Chevelle 6.025 242.19 242.19
20 4914 Jeff Naiser, Houston TX, '69 Camaro 6.030 239.87 239.87
21 1109 Gerry Capano, Greenville DE, '63 Corvette 6.059 237.67 237.67
22 6967 Jim Bell, Edmonton AB, '69 Camaro 6.062 232.15 232.15
23 2105 Doug Winters, Pleasant Garden NC, '69 Chevelle 6.174 223.54 223.54
24 701 Clint Satterfield, Albuquerque NM, '68 Firebi 6.180 240.38 240.38
25 303 Dan Stevenson, Bolingbrook IL, '15 Camaro 6.195 242.15 242.15
26 2071 Willard Kinzer, Allen KY, '69 Camaro 6.293 240.59 240.59
27 567 Chris Juliano, Iberia MO, '67 Mustang 6.381 232.39 232.39
EARLIER: Sampey, Stoffer Lead Day 1 at The Gators!
What year is this?? Angelle Sampey and Karen Stouffer lead Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying at the end of two throwback rounds Friday at the AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
Three-time PSM world champ Sampey set the pace in the two-wheel class with a run of 6.891 at 192.44 on the Star Racing Buell. Sampey, who had offseason surgery to repair an ankle injury from Las Vegas last October, will be going for a fourth No. 1 qualifier at Gainesville and 46th overall. “Over the offseason, I think the ankle injury actually was a blessing in disguise,” said Sampey, who rejoined the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour in St. Louis last September after a six year absence. “It really made me work hard over the offseason to improve mentally and physically.”
Karen Stoffer, who last raced at Indianapolis in 2013, qualified No. 2 on Friday with a 6.904 at 193.18 on her Stoffer Enterprises Suzuki. Defending world champ Andrew Hines drove his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to a 6.905, 192.91 putting him in the third provisional position.
T.J. Coughlin raced to the qualifying lead Friday in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series at Gainesville. This weekend’s Pro Mod competition, presented by the Real Pro Mod Association and Jerry Bickel Race Cars, Inc., is the first of 10 events on the season.
On his second career pass in Pro Mod competition, The son of 2012 Pro Mod champion Troy Coughlin drove his JEGS.com Chevrolet Corvette to a performance of 5.876 seconds at 251.49 mph to lead the category. “Everybody really played their part to get this thing to go that fast,” Coughlin said. “It was a group effort. What an honor just to be here, racing in a professional class here at the Gatornationals. Great group of drivers to be racing with. I can’t think of any better way to have a day one.”
His dad was No. 4 overall with a run of 5.893 seconds at 252.43 mph that was the fastest speed of the day. "We were low e.t. for the session and Pops was top speed," Coughlin said. "All in all, a great day for the JEGS.com team. I couldn't think of a better way to start my pro career, and of course I'd love to hold on to that No. 1 spot."
Coughlin is moving up to the NHRA Pro Mod series for 2015 after a successful Sportsman career that included the NHRA Division 3 Super Gas championship and numerous race wins, notably two U.S. Nationals victories. He is driving the yellow-and-black JEGS.com Corvette that his dad drove a year ago. "I have to thank everybody who played such a huge role in getting this off the ground: crew chief Steve Petty, Mike Rees, Kyle Pettis, Justin Beaver, and everyone at JEGS Mail Order," Coughlin said. "This is certainly a dream come true to drive this car, and I couldn't do it without them."
Steve Matusek sits second with a 5.879 at 248.29 in his Agave Underground Tequila 1968 Camaro and his teammate, Danny Rowe, is third with a 5.882 at 249.16 in his Agave Underground Tequila 1968 Camaro.
A pair of former world champions, including reigning champ Rickie Smith and 2011 champ Khalid alBalooshi, did not qualify through the first two rounds. Troy Coughlin, 2012 champion and father of T.J., qualified fourth in his JEGS Mail Order Corvette.
Defending world champ Tony Schumacher raced to the qualifying lead in Top Fuel. Schumacher had a great start to the weekend at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville, leading both qualifying sessions and piloting his U.S. Army dragster to a performance of 3.796 seconds at 323.43 mph during the second session. "We’ve got a great car,” said Schumacher, who is looking for his 77th career top qualifying start and third at Gainesville. “We’re not coming off a bad race either. We won in Phoenix and performed decent in Pomona. I think the changes we made early on, for once, really worked. It’s setting a good trend on a tune-up that we needed to find quicker than last year.
"I'm sure we'll push it again tomorrow. I just love Gainesville," said Schumacher, who has won the Gatornationals four times (2004, 2007-08, 2010) and is on the cusp of his third pole at the track. If it's cloudy and cool we'll try to go faster, and if it's sunny we'll just want to go faster than everyone else."
Brittany Force had an impressive run during the second session in her John Force Racing dragster, running a 3.817 at 318.09, good enough for the current No. 2 spot. Spencer Massey sits third after the first two sessions with a 3.841 at 323.66 in the Red Fuel dragster.
In Funny Car, Cruz Pedregon was quickest with a 4.022 at 312.13 in the Snap-on Tools Toyota Camry. A two-time world champ, Pedregon is going for his fourth consecutive top qualifying spot at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville. “I wish I could tell you because I would do it at all the tracks,” said Pedregon about his qualifying luck in Florida. “It just works out that way. There’s been a few changes to the car mechanically even since last year. The four years in a row that we have managed to stay No. 1, all four of those were done with slightly different setups on the car.”
Del Worsham continued his positive early season momentum with a 4.057 at 312.57, good enough for the provisional No. 2 spot. John Force, the winningest Funny Car driver in Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville history with seven career wins, sits third with a 4.075 at 314.02. Jack Beckman and the Infinite Hero 2015 Dodge Charger R/T with crew chief Jimmy Prock leads DSR's four Funny Cars with a best run of 4.081 (309.56) on his first run and holds the provisional No. 5 qualifying position. "Coming out of the trailer with a good run is huge," said Beckman, who didn't qualify at Pomona, Calif., to start the season. "You can win a race after struggling in qualifying but going into Saturday without a solid run will get you to start biting your nails. When you run strong straight out of the box like we did today, it gives us the chance to try some things and get more data without worrying about qualifying as much."
Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan has won the past three Mello Yello events, including the first two this year, and is No. 8 with a best run of 4.132 (308.43) in his Mopar Express Lane/Rocky Boots Dodge.
Chris McGaha led the Pro Stock Car category after two sessions with a run of 6.507 at 212.73 in the Harlow-Sammons Chevy Camaro. McGaha, who set career-bests for both time and speed at Gainesville, is going for his third No. 1 qualifying effort of his career. “We’re finding our way back,” said McGaha about last season’s struggles. “We had issues in the engine department and slowly overcame those. We started finding it towards the end of the year. This winter, we really found the mojo.”
Phoenix winner Rodger Brogdon continued his strong performance in his RoofTec Chevy Camaro, claiming the current No. 2 position with a 6.525 at 212.93. Shane Gray was third with a 6.526 at 212.26 in the Gray Manufacturing Camaro. Defending world champ Erica Enders-Stevens sits in the seventh position in her Elite Motorsports Camaro with two sessions remaining.
Qualifying continues for the AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Noon and 3 p.m. Sunday’s eliminations start at 11 a.m. The final NHRA Pro Mod Series qualifying session is Saturday at 2 p.m., and will be followed by the first round of eliminations at 5 p.m. Pro Mod eliminations will continue on Sunday at 1:15 p.m.
Friday's results after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the 46th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville, third of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday's final eliminations.
Pro Stock Motorcycle -- 1. Angelle Sampey, Buell, 6.891, 192.93; 2. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.904, 193.18; 3. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.905, 192.91; 4. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.912, 191.57; 5. Matt Smith, Buell, 6.918, 191.57; 6. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.923, 193.68; 7. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.944, 193.90; 8. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.957, 189.26; 9. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.967, 192.80; 10. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 6.974, 190.89; 11. Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, 6.976, 190.40; 12. Chaz Kennedy, Buell, 6.985, 190.27. Not Qualified: 13. Mike Berry, 7.010, 188.54; 14. Shawn Gann, 7.025, 187.86; 15. Hector Arana, 7.026, 186.59; 16. Angie Smith, 7.056, 186.85; 17. Redell Harris, 7.091, 190.92; 18. Fredrik Fredlund, 7.125, 188.99; 19. Roy Olsen, 7.392, 180.02; 20. Lance Bonham, 7.544, 177.25; 21. Eddie Reed, 7.632, 131.38; 22. Brian Pretzel, 14.051, 54.53.
Pro Modified -- 1. Troy Coughlin Jr, Chevy Corvette, 5.876, 251.49; 2. Steve Matusek, Chevy Camaro, 5.879, 248.29; 3. Danny Rowe, Camaro, 5.882, 249.16; 4. Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 5.893, 252.43; 5. Don Walsh, Camaro, 5.893, 245.05; 6. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 5.897, 247.02; 7. Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.926, 242.80; 8. Bob Rahaim, Corvette, 5.929, 243.37; 9. Bill Glidden, Ford Mustang, 5.941, 242.23; 10. Mike Knowles, Mustang, 5.966, 236.30; 11. Kevin Fiscus, Mustang, 5.974, 247.02; 12. Kenny Lang, Camaro, 5.989, 240.64; 13. Chip King, Dodge Charger, 6.005, 243.19; 14. Jim Whiteley, Chevy Chevelle, 6.025, 242.19; 15. Jeff Naiser, Camaro, 6.030, 239.87; 16. Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS, 6.031, 244.07. Not Qualified: 17. Gerry Capano, 6.059, 237.67; 18. Doug Winters, 6.174, 223.54; 19. Clint Satterfield, 6.180, 240.38; 20. Dan Stevenson, 6.195, 242.15; 21. Mike Janis, 6.376, 176.40; 22. Willard
Top Fuel -- 1. Tony Schumacher, 3.796 seconds, 323.43 mph; 2. Brittany Force, 3.817, 318.09; 3. Spencer Massey, 3.841, 323.66; 4. Larry Dixon, 3.851, 319.52; 5. Richie Crampton, 3.853, 271.35; 6. Antron Brown, 3.854, 310.63; 7. Shawn Langdon, 3.875, 316.97; 8. Leah Pritchett, 3.920, 303.16; 9. Doug Kalitta, 3.949, 284.87; 10. Chris Karamesines, 4.014, 305.98; 11. Morgan Lucas, 4.054, 223.21; 12. Ike Maier, 4.137, 243.06. Not Qualified: 13. Shawn Reed, 4.206, 288.27; 14. Steve Torrence, 4.501, 173.61; 15. Clay Millican, 4.546, 179.64; 16. Cory McClenathan, 4.883, 147.21; 17. Terry McMillen, 5.120, 140.74; 18. Dave Connolly, 5.247, 127.49; 19. J.R. Todd, 5.439, 274.61; 20. Pat Dakin, 9.725, 72.43.
Funny Car -- 1. Cruz Pedregon, Toyota Camry, 4.022, 312.13; 2. Del Worsham, Camry, 4.057, 312.57; 3. John Force, Chevy Camaro, 4.075, 314.02; 4. Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 4.080, 311.92; 5. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.081, 309.56; 6. Courtney Force, Camaro, 4.104, 312.13; 7. Robert Hight, Chevrolet Camaro, 4.113, 310.05; 8. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.132, 308.43; 9. Tony Pedregon, Camry, 4.299, 237.96; 10. John Hale, Charger, 4.304, 234.04; 11. Blake Alexander, Charger, 4.456, 194.97; 12. Dave Richards, Toyota Solara, 4.464, 219.15. Not Qualified: 13. Chad Head, 4.564, 193.07; 14. Tommy Johnson Jr., 4.995, 152.16; 15. Ron Capps, 5.618, 224.40; 16. Jeff Diehl, 7.612, 85.32; 17. Alexis DeJoria, 10.877, 75.53.
Pro Stock -- 1. Chris McGaha, Chevy Camaro, 6.507, 212.76; 2. Rodger Brogdon, Camaro, 6.526, 213.06; 3. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.526, 212.93; 4. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.529, 212.90; 5. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.532, 213.13; 6. Allen Johnson, Dodge Dart, 6.534, 212.90; 7. Erica Enders-Stevens, Camaro, 6.551, 211.79; 8. Jimmy Alund, Pontiac GXP, 6.567, 211.93; 9. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.587, 212.19; 10. John Gaydosh Jr, GXP, 6.636, 209.52; 11. V. Gaines, Dart, 6.648, 211.33; 12. Alan Prusiensky, Dodge Avenger, 6.662, 208.94. Not Qualified: 13. Larry Morgan, 12.137, 86.57; 14. Vincent Nobile, 14.409, 73.59; 15. Jonathan Gray, 21.817, 36.18.