TODD, B. FORCE AND HINES LEAD QUALIFYING FRIDAY AT ARBY’S NHRA SOUTHERN NATIONALS

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TODD, B. FORCE AND HINES LEAD QUALIFYING FRIDAY AT ARBY’S NHRA SOUTHERN NATIONALS


 

Defending Funny Car world champion J.R. Todd raced to the provisional qualifying lead on Friday at the 39th annual Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.

Brittany Force (Top Fuel) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also provisional qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the seventh of 24 events during the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

Todd raced his DHL Toyota Camry to the top spot in Funny Car with his pass of 3.944-seconds at 323.50 mph on Friday. After picking up his first win of the 2019 season in Houston, Todd is now going for his first No. 1 qualifier of the season and 11th in his career. If it holds up, Todd would also give Kalitta Motorsports its 100th career No. 1 qualifier.

“This gives me a lot of confidence, but I know going into a race that I have a great team behind me and they can adapt to any condition,” Todd said. “It was tricky and I had my hands full down track. We were lucky to hang on and I think we just hit it right.”

Force, who already has two No. 1 qualifiers this season in her Advance Auto Parts dragster, currently sits atop the Top Fuel field after going 3.720 at 319.52. She is seeking her 13th career No. 1 qualifier this weekend, as well as her first career win at Atlanta Dragway.

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, points leader Hines went 6.856 at 195.82 to go to the No. 1 spot on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson. Hines, who picked up his 50th career win last weekend, is after his second No. 1 qualifier of the year and 44th in his career.

Qualifying action continues on Saturday at the Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals at 12 and 3 p.m. ET.

Friday’s results after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the 39th annual Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway, seventh of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday’s final eliminations.

Top Fuel — 1. Brittany Force, 3.720 seconds, 319.52 mph; 2. Steve Torrence, 3.727, 328.46; 3. Doug Kalitta, 3.737, 320.36; 4. Leah Pritchett, 3.764, 325.14; 5. Jordan Vandergriff, 3.788, 316.97; 6. Dom Lagana, 3.806, 321.88; 7. Richie Crampton, 3.814, 312.64; 8. Clay Millican, 3.817, 321.04; 9.Scott Palmer, 3.827, 314.24; 10. Antron Brown, 3.832, 306.74; 11. Austin Prock, 3.843, 319.37; 12.Pat Dakin, 3.850, 302.55; 13. Audrey Worm, 4.005, 297.61; 14. Shawn Reed, 4.036, 237.59; 15. Cameron Ferre, 4.310, 218.87; 16. Terry McMillen, 6.681, 101.84.

Funny Car — 1. J.R. Todd, Toyota Camry, 3.944, 323.50; 2. John Force, Chevy Camaro, 3.958, 322.04; 3. Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 3.959, 324.83; 4. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 3.981, 314.61; 5. Shawn Langdon, Camry, 3.987, 322.11; 6. Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger, 4.040, 316.30; 7. Blake Alexander, Mustang, 4.101, 295.40; 8. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.129, 263.98; 9. Dave Richards, Mustang, 4.442, 211.46; 10. Robert Hight, Camaro, 4.816, 162.90; 11. Jack Beckman, Charger, 5.126, 149.12; 12. Ron Capps, Charger, 5.730, 120.31; 13. Paul Lee, Camry, 5.792, 118.70; 14. Terry Haddock, Mustang, 6.258, 138.46; 15. Jeff Diehl, Camry, 7.802, 85.02; 16. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 11.154, 75.54.

Not Qualified: 17. Jim Campbell, 32.340, 20.91.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.856, 195.82; 2. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.859, 197.02; 3. Hector Arana Jr, EBR, 6.861, 196.27; 4. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.892, 192.36; 5. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.901, 193.18; 6. Ryan Oehler, Buell, 6.909, 197.45; 7. Matt Smith, EBR, 6.909, 196.33; 8. Angelle Sampey, Harley-Davidson, 6.919, 194.38; 9. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.929, 195.25; 10. Joey Gladstone, EBR, 6.946, 193.99; 11. Hector Arana, EBR, 6.957, 194.55; 12. Cory Reed, EBR, 6.983, 192.25; 13. Angie Smith, EBR, 7.016, 194.97; 14. Melissa Surber, Buell, 7.026, 191.48; 15. Scotty Pollacheck, EBR, 7.051, 190.32; 16. Kelly Clontz, Suzuki, 7.081, 191.27.

Not Qualified: 17. Andie Rawlings, 7.326, 180.89.

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