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Auto-Plus® NHRA Nationals

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Final eliminations


Jason Line collected his sixth win of the season and second in the Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s playoffs, during a rain delayed final round Monday at the Auto Plus® NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.
Spencer Massey (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also collected victories at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event. Coverage of the rain-delayed eliminations will air tonight, Monday Oct. 3, on ESPN2HD at 9 p.m. ET.

Not only did the Pro Stock point leader collect his second career win at Maple Grove, he also set the national E.T. record with the quickest run in Pro Stock history Monday morning as his Summit Racing Pontiac GXP went 6.477 seconds at 212.49 mph. Line slowed to a 6.484 at 212.79 in the final round, but it was still enough to outrun Ronnie Humphrey, who posted a 6.530 at 212.16 in his Genuine Hot Rod Hardware GXP.

"That's the second time we qualified No. 1, set the record, and won the race,” Line said. “It feels really good to do that, because there is a very small club of guys who've done it. I like going into the last three races with the amount of points we have because it's not as much pressure. It's not over by any means but I wouldn't trade my position for anyone else's."


Line extended his series lead over Summit Racing teammate Greg Anderson to 181 points.

"My guys have done a phenomenal job," said Line. "I don't know what's going on, but this car can make a bad run and still go fast. The car is bad to the bone. I didn't mess it up too much, and it feels awful good right now.”

The Top Fuel final round was the quickest side-by-side race in NHRA history as Del Worsham’s Al-Anabi Racing dragster recorded the quickest run in NHRA history, with a time of 3.735 at 323.81. However race winner Massey used a quicker reaction time on the starting line to combine with a performance of 3.770 at 323.12 in his FRAM dragster to take the victory.

"I just try to be consistent on the Tree no matter who I'm racing," said Massey of his fourth win of the season. "(Crew chiefs) Phil (Shuler) and Todd (Okuhara) do an awesome job tuning the FRAM dragster, and we get a lot of confidence from each other. We started off going for the record in qualifying, but at one point we said, 'You know, let's just try to win rounds.' The car was on a string. You could have put '3.77' on the wing.


Worsham earned a 20-point bonus for his final round run, which was quick enough to become the national record in Top Fuel. Worsham, who moved to third in the points order, posted a time earlier in the weekend that certified the run as the record per NHRA rules.

This et proved to be the back up for Del's even quicker but oosing 3.735 in the final

"Alan Johnson and Del Worsham did an amazing job in the other lane to make their car run as fast as it did,” Massey said. “It makes it that much sweeter of a win, in a way, for the win light to come on in our lane with a 3.77. I saw his nose out there at about 200 feet and never saw him again until I looked over after the finish line."

Massey leads the Top Fuel point standings while Don Schumacher Racing teammate Antron Brown sits 65 points back in second and Al-Anabi Racing driver Larry Dixon is fourth.

In Funny Car, Auto Club driver Hight took his Ford Mustang to the winner’s circle for the first time in the Countdown since 2009. The 2009 champ’s 4.065 at 302.62 was just too much for Johnny Gray’s Service Central Dodge Charger as it lost traction and recorded a 9.836 at 73.91.

"We know that this was our last-chance race," said Hight. "If we lose early again here, it's over. You put yourself in such a hole when you lose first round in the first few races in the Countdown. It was also in our mind that we didn't win a single round in the Countdown last year. You've got to get that off your back.”

Hight knows what it’s like to come from behind and win the championship. He did it in 2009 when he started from the 10th and final position in the Countdown and went on to win the championship, so this victory has him feeling confident even though his team is in fourth place.


"Jimmy Prock, Mike Neff, and all the teams have been working so hard and so well together to turn this car around,” Hight said. “We'd been struggling. But once Jimmy Prock's got it, he's got it. We're back in this thing. We have five wins this year. That's the most I've ever had in my career out here. It wasn't the greatest run of my career (in the final). I got a little outside the groove and started spinning, but we got the win light. It's a great feeling to hear Eric Lane (co-crew chief) get on the radio and tell you we won."

DieHard Dodge Charger driver Matt Hagan leads the Funny Car point battle by two points over Castrol GTX Mustang driver Mike Neff and they are followed by Snap-on Tools Toyota pilot Cruz Pedregon, who sits third.

Rookie rider Arana, Jr. collected his second Pro Stock Motorcycle victory of the season in a rematch of the semifinals in Dallas with Matt Smith. The rookie of the year contender ran a 6.781 at 195.82 on his Lucas Oil Buell to beat veteran Smith’s 6.795 at 194.24, also on a Buell.

“Right now, we have a lot of momentum,” Arana Jr. said. “My runs have been improving and we plan to keep this streak going. This should help me for the rookie of the year and give me a good chance for the championship. I finally got to qualify No. 1 and win the race. That’s something I’ve been trying to do all year long.”

With the win, Arana, Jr. moved up to second in points, 35 behind leader Eddie Krawiec. With the runner-up finish, Smith moved up to third.

The NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship continues Oct. 14-16 with the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway near Phoenix.

Monday's final results from the 27th annual Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. The race is the 19th of 22 in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series-

Top Fuel -- Spencer Massey, 3.770 seconds, 323.12 mph def. Del Worsham, 3.735 seconds, 323.81 mph.

Funny Car -- Robert Hight, Ford Mustang, 4.065, 302.62 def. Johnny Gray, Dodge Charger, 9.836, 73.91.

Pro Stock -- Jason Line, Pontiac GXP, 6.484, 212.79 def. Ronnie Humphrey, GXP, 6.530, 212.16.

Pro Stock Motorcycle -- Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.781, 195.82 def. Matt Smith, Buell, 6.795, 194.24.

Top Alcohol Dragster -- Mike Kosky, 5.285, 265.59 def. Joey Severance, 5.324, 269.24.

Top Alcohol Funny Car -- Frank Manzo, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.419, 264.60 def. Andy Bohl, Ford Mustang, 5.520, 259.51.

Competition Eliminator -- Bo Butner, Cobalt, 8.932, 111.57 def. Sal Biondo, Cavalier, broke.

Final qualifying

Top Fuel


Matco Tools pilot Antron Brown raced to the No. 1 qualifying spot in Top Fuel with style Saturday when he recorded the second quickest pass in NHRA history during the team’s final qualifying efforts at the Auto-Plus® NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.
"It's an awesome feeling. I grew up in this part of the country, so it feels great to do this in front of so many friends, family, and peers,” Brown said. “The Funny Car have been doing this (setting records) for a while, and it was the dragsters' turn.

Johnny Gray (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also took advantage of the fast conditions Saturday and took over the No. 1 qualifying spots in their respective categories at the third race of the six-race Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s playoffs.

Brown’s national record-setting pass of 3.766 at 325.30 came just one pair after reigning Top Fuel champ Larry Dixon set the national record right in front of him with a 3.769 at 323.43.

"I was sitting there watching 'Hot Rod' [Fuller], [Del] Worsham, and Morgan [Lucas] making great runs, and I knew it was out there," said Brown. "It felt awesome. It made a funky wiggle, and then it took off. The car put me back in the seat, and it was like, 'Let's go!' It was sashaying a little bit at the big end, and I'm like, 'Come on, baby. Don't scrub off speed.'

Brown, who will face fellow Indianapolis resident Bruce Litton in the opening round of eliminations Sunday, is currently fighting for the Top Fuel championship with teammates, Spencer Massey and Tony Schumacher, and on-track rivals Al-Anabi Racing teammates, Dixon and Del Worsham. It’s anyone’s game with four races to go in the Countdown, so the 20-point bonus that comes with setting a national record, as long as no one betters the run during eliminations, is huge for the Matco Tools driver.


“The 20 points for the record aren't for sure yet and won't win you a championship without the round-wins to go with it,” Brown said, “but it'll sure help us sleep easier knowing we have it in our back pocket."

Dixon is qualified behind Brown in second, while Massey is third with a 3.771 at 316.82 and Worsham is fourth with his best qualifying lap of 3.780 at 327.90.

1. Antron Brown Matco Tools Dragster 3.766$ 325.30
2. Larry Dixon Al-Anabi Racing Dragster 3.769 323.43
3. Spencer Massey FRAM/Prestone Dragster 3.771 323.89
4. Del Worsham Al-Anabi Racing Dragster 3.780 327.90&
5. Rod Fuller Yas Marinia Circuit Dragster 3.785 325.53
6. Tony Schumacher U.S. Army Dragster 3.807 320.36
7. Doug Kalitta Technicoat Dragster 3.812 319.29
8. Morgan Lucas GEICO/Lucas Oil Dragster 3.814 319.67
9. David Grubnic Kalitta Air Dragster 3.818 316.97
10. Bob Vandergriff C&J Energy Services Dragster 3.819 321.42
11. Brandon Bernstein Copart Dragster 3.822 320.74
12. Clay Millican Parts Plus Dragster 3.851 317.79
13. Shawn Langdon Lucas Oil/Speedco Dragster 3.854 318.99
14. Dom Lagana Service Central Racing Dragste 3.862 316.82
15. Pat Dakin Commercial Metal Fabrications 3.876 307.37
16. Bruce Litton Lucas Oil/Stoops Dragster 3.888 310.70
--------- Not Qualified ---------
17. Fred Farndon Fabricating Technics Inc Drags 4.107 276.58
18. Rit Pustari surf rodz Dragster 4.390 260.41
19. Terry McMillen Amalie Oil/UNOH Dragster 7.957 301.27

Funny Car

Service Central Dodge Charger driver Johnny Gray, who is not a playoff driver in the Countdown, leads the 16-car Funny Car field with the third-quickest Funny Car pass in NHRA history. After competing in 177 national events in both Pro Stock and Funny Car, this is Gray’s first No. 1 qualifying position of his professional career.

"My car's not in the Countdown, but, the way I look at it, we just helped DSR by taking qualifying points away from Force's team,” Gray said. "The track was awesome, and the air was really good. The car has run 4.02, 4.03 before. It made a little quiver at the (concrete-to-asphalt) transition last night, so the guys thought it would run good if we could just get rid of that. They gave me a great hot rod.”


Gray is flying a special paint scheme this weekend to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a foundation with the goal to find a cure for children’s cancer, will face Funny Car newbie Leah Pruett in round one Sunday.

“I'm also glad to do well in our second race with the Alex's Lemonade Stand car,” Gray said. “It's a great organization, and I felt awful when our car wouldn't run in Denver. After meeting some of those kids and seeing what they and their families were going through, it was a game-changer in my perspective at the races. Smoking the tires is really not a big deal."

Gray is followed by 2010 Funny Car champ John Force who’s best run of qualifying was a 4.011 at 319.22, which set the track speed record, and Don Schumacher Racing teammate Matt Hagan sits third with a 4.012 at 316.67.

1. Johnny Gray Service Central Charger 4.010@ 318.62
2. John Force Castrol GTX Mustang 4.011 319.22&
3. Matt Hagan DieHard Charger 4.012 316.67
4. Tim Wilkerson Levi Ray & Shoup Mustang 4.027 307.86
5. Jack Beckman Aaron's/Valvoline Charger 4.039 317.94
6. Ron Capps NAPA Charger 4.059 315.27
7. Cruz Pedregon Snap-On Solara 4.060 305.42
8. Mike Neff Ford Drive One Mustang 4.066 316.45
9. Jim Head Head Racing Solara 4.077 305.01
10. Jeff Arend DHL Solara 4.084 311.63
11. Robert Hight Auto Club Mustang 4.090 312.21
12. Bob Tasca III Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang 4.106 308.85
13. Tony Pedregon Nitro Fish Impala SS 4.169 297.22
14. Blake Alexander Monte Carlo 4.193 298.21
15. Dale Creasy Jr. Tek Pak Inc. Impala SS 4.481 289.20
16. Leah Pruett ProCare RX Toyota 4.644 212.43
--------- Not Qualified ---------
17. Mike Smith Ultimate Warrior Motorsports S 4.696 229.08
18. Paul Lee Jim Dunn/Rislone/Bars Leaks Im 4.999 163.26
19. Terry Haddock Acme Refining Solara 7.936 96.76


Pro Stock

In Pro Stock, championship point leader Jason Line secured his 24th career No. 1, and seventh of the season, when he set the track record with a 6.513 at 211.36 during Saturday’s qualifying efforts.

“I didn’t realize that we had 7 No. 1s this year. I’m proud of that,” Line said. “That’s why we go to the shop and work hard so we can come back out and do it again the next week. “

With his second No. 1 at Maple Grove Raceway and fifth consecutive No. 1 this season, Line knows that his Summit Racing Pontiac GXP is ready for the first round match-up Sunday with Bob Benza.

“It’s exciting to have five low qualifiers in a row,” Line said. “It would appear that we have it figured out but if you listen to us in pit area you wouldn’t think so. Our crew still debates every run. Hopefully we can turn this into another win tomorrow."


Ronnie Humphrey’s took his Genuine Hotrod Hardware Pontiac GXP to the second spot right behind Line with his 6.525 at 211.36. Friday’s leader Mike Edwards fell to third with his Penhall/Interstate Batteries Pontiac GXP’s 6.528 at 211.76. Line’s Summit Racing teammate, Greg Anderson sits fourth with a 6.533 at 212.03.

1. Jason Line Summit Racing Equipment GXP 6.513@ 211.83
2. Ronnie Humphrey Genuine Hot Rod Hardware GXP 6.525 211.20
3. Mike Edwards Penhall/K&N/Interstate GXP 6.528 211.76
4. Greg Anderson Summit Racing Equipment GXP 6.533 212.03&
5. Ron Krisher Valvoline GXP 6.558 210.87
6. Rodger Brogdon The Edge GXP 6.560 210.70
7. Larry Morgan Lucas Oil/Summit Mustang 6.560 210.67
8. Erica Enders ZaZa Energy Cobalt 6.565 210.93
9. Shane Gray Service Central GXP 6.567 210.28
10. Warren Johnson K&N Filters GXP 6.567 209.88
11. V. Gaines Kendall Oil Avenger 6.570 210.41
12. Greg Stanfield Nitro Fish GXP 6.570 210.11
13. Allen Johnson Mopar/J & J Racing Avenger 6.571 210.97
14. Kurt Johnson Total Seal GXP 6.576 210.21
15. Vincent Nobile Mountain View Tire Avenger 6.578 210.93
16. Bob Benza BNB Racing GXP 6.598 208.68
--------- Not Qualified ---------
17. Buddy Perkinson Wealth Mgt Strategies/AXA Must 6.602 209.92
18. Grace Howell Cunningham Sand & Gravel Musta 6.609 209.07
19. Mark Martino Desantis Crane Service GXP 6.646 208.14
20. Frank Gugliotta F5 Motorsports Mustang 6.681 205.76

 

Pro Stock Motorcycle

Lucas Oil rookie rider Arana Jr. set the track E.T. record in Pro Stock Motorcycle on his way to the qualifying lead, with his 6.824 at 195.48 run during the third qualifying session, after struggling to get down the track during Friday’s efforts.

“After Dallas, we got back home and went through our old motor and we found out why we slowed down, “ Arana Jr. said. “We had a bad crank sensor. It went bad again this weekend and when the bike shut off, I almost went over handle bars. Now we have it welded so it won’t be a problem again.”

The second generation racer and Auto Club Road to the Future Award candidate, NHRA’s rookie of the year award, recognizes his father, Hector Arana, Sr. who sits third with a 6.831 at 195.03, is the one to thank for his Lucas Oil Buell’s power and confidence he has as he heads into eliminations where Arana Jr. will face Bailey Whitaker in the opening round Sunday.

“I have to thank my dad for everything. I would not be in this position without him,” Arana Jr. said. “I feel like I’m in a position to win races because of him. We’re looking to get the Wally this weekend.”

Friday’s qualifying leader Eddie Krawiec fell to second with his 6.826 at 197.97 and his Vance and Hines/Screamin’ Eagle Harley Davidson teammate, Andrew Hines, will start from fourth with a 6.845 at 193.54.

Eliminations for the Auto-Plus® NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway are scheduled for Sunday at 11 a.m.

1. Hector Arana Jr Lucas Oil Buell 6.824 195.48
2. Eddie Krawiec Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines 6.826 197.97
3. Hector Arana Lucas Oil Buell 6.831 195.28
4. Andrew Hines Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines 6.845 195.48
5. Steve Johnson Steve Johnson Racing Suzuki 6.858 194.21
6. Matt Smith Matt Smith Racing Buell 6.862 194.52
7. Angie Smith Matt Smith Racing Buell 6.866 193.88
8. Karen Stoffer Geico Suzuki 6.867 194.58
9. Chip Ellis Kuryakyn Buell 6.893 192.77
10. Jerry Savoie SAF & Motorcycles Specalties S 6.900 193.13
11. Jim Underdahl Suzuki Extended Protection Suz 6.913 194.63
12. Michael Phillips The Edge Suzuki 6.932 193.35
13. LE Tonglet Nitro Fish Suzuki 6.933 192.58
14. Matt Guidera Rocklin Motorsports Buell 6.944 189.34
15. Shawn Gann Dirt World Nation Buell 6.946 191.51
16. Bailey Whitaker Rum Bum Buell 6.946 191.24
--------- Not Qualified ---------
17. Justin Finley Nextlevel Suzuki 6.955 193.10
18. Wesley Wells Kendall Suzuki 7.072 186.61
19. Joe DeSantis Gruene Harley-Davidson Suzuki 7.093 186.41
20. Stephen Terkowski Gann Custom Speed/R & P Racing 7.143 183.24
21. Neil Jacobs Mohawk Automotive Racing Kawas 8.863 172.59

 

TAD

1. Bill Reichert Bars Leak/Rislone A/FD 5.232 269.24
2. Duane Shields Shortline Express A/FD 5.285 273.27
3. Mike Kosky American Flyer B/AD 5.301 266.37
4. Joey Severance Severance Racing B/AD 5.334 267.06
5. Rich McPhillips Audubon Service Center A/FD 5.359 263.20
6. Al Moeser Cote A/FD 5.362 270.16
7. Dan Page A/FD 5.389 272.12
8. Karen Stalba A.A. Auto Salvage A/FD 5.393 260.76
9. Richard Bourke Bourke Bros. A/FD 5.413 263.51
10. Brandon Booher AB Construction/Goodson B/AD 5.438 237.13
11. Robin Samsel Samsel/Goodson A/FD 5.475 250.78
12. John Finke Bobcat Express 5.492 267.69
13. Jared Dreher SmallEngineFuel A/FD 5.496 254.62
14. Tom Pickett Pickett Service Ctrs 5.510 254.14
15. Dave DeAngelis Chicken Choker B/AD 5.523 258.86
16. Douglas Foley Foley/Lewis Racing B/AD 5.525 265.17

--------- Not Qualified ---------
17. Ken Winward Insinger Race Fuels B/AD 5.529 260.86
18. Bruce Horner Horner Bros. B/AD 5.755 210.31

TAFC

1. Frank Manzo Al Anabi Racing Monte Carlo 5.491 263.46
2. Tony Bartone Centre Pointe Collision Mustan 5.540 264.86
3. Paul Gill Moduline Mustang 5.544 260.51
4. Fred Tigges Tigges Racing Avenger 5.553 258.81
5. Todd Veney Permatex/Follow A Dream Impala 5.560 260.51
6. Andy Bohl Competition Products Mustang 5.573 259.51
7. Mickey Ferro Ryco Hydraulics Monte Carlo 5.579 259.46
8. Clint Thompson Cascade Chevrolet Monte Carlo 5.606 256.80
9. Lou Sgro Monte Carlo 5.623 256.11
10. John Anderika East Coast Auto Electric Monte 5.666 254.09
11. Dan Roman Firebird 5.684 255.39
12. Eric Lourie Lourie Racing Camaro 5.726 251.86
13. Dan Pomponio Monte Carlo 5.732 255.24
14. John Bojec PAC Valve Springs Monte Carlo 5.732 224.17
15. Wayne Butler Midwest generation Firebird 5.743 252.57
16. Wayne Morris Morris Racing Mustang 5.753 248.25

--------- Not Qualified ---------
17. Brian Harvanek All Time Trucking Camaro 5.763 250.69
18. Melinda Green-King KGB Motorsports Mustang 5.835 245.32
19. DJ Cox Jr. Dixie Construction Monte Carlo 5.877 253.80
20. Paul Noakes Sportz Truck Tents Trans Am 6.085 191.10
21. John Headley HB Racing Mustang 6.202 212.09
22. Marie Ferriolo Camaro 6.246 176.26

Comp

1. David Yediny L/A 9.39 8.649 -0.741
2. Joe Carnasciale I/SM 9.64 8.970 -0.670
3. Charlie Greco L/AA 9.39 8.725 -0.665
4. Arnie Martel D/AA 8.17 7.531 -0.639
5. Bo Butner E/SMA 9.03 8.400 -0.630
6. Kevin Robb D/DA 7.92 7.308 -0.612
7. Frank Aragona Jr. F/ED 8.71 8.101 -0.609
8. Terry A. Smith D/DA 7.92 7.313 -0.607
9. Kyle Cultrera H/EA 9.62 9.018 -0.602
10. Dave Hughes A/A 7.07 6.478 -0.592
11. Al Ackerman F/D 8.60 8.015 -0.585
12. Chip Ippolito PSTA 8.22 7.635 -0.585
13. Ken Voight G/SM 9.28 8.697 -0.583
14. Steve Szupka G/EA 8.78 8.210 -0.570
15. Fred Allen C/SR 9.04 8.487 -0.553
16. Pam Miskovsky C/DA 7.56 7.009 -0.551
17. Gerry Russo B/SMA 8.62 8.073 -0.547
18. Calvin Hill I/AA 8.70 8.158 -0.542
19. Brian Darcy A/ND 7.42 6.878 -0.542
20. Sal Biondo I/AA 8.70 8.161 -0.539
21. Pat Ross F/A 8.58 8.045 -0.535
22. Greg Mannix B/ED 7.48 6.963 -0.517
23. John Frech F/D 8.60 8.097 -0.503
24. Allen Stanfield F/SM 9.25 8.766 -0.484
25. Richard Schonberger I/A 8.70 8.217 -0.483
26. Keith Roberts C/ED 7.86 7.384 -0.476
27. Don Eckel III C/DA 7.56 7.090 -0.470
28. Jonathan Gray C/SMA 8.69 8.227 -0.463
29. Mark Hopkins D/A 8.23 7.811 -0.419
30. Scott Benham B/T 8.70 8.286 -0.414
31. Fred Gallo A/AA 7.11 6.725 -0.385
32. Ronnie Boyd A/ED 7.16 6.792 -0.368


--------- Not Qualified ---------
33. Carl Miller F/A 8.58 8.215 -0.365
34. Danny Holt C/EA 8.60 8.242 -0.358
35. Tom Ekroth C/A 7.93 7.627 -0.303
36. Paul Talarowski A/DA 7.10 7.207 0.107

Friday qualifying


Matt Hagan powered his DieHard Dodge Charger to the qualifying lead in Funny Car Friday at the Auto-Plus ® NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.
Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also qualifying leaders at the third of six races in the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship, NHRA's playoffs.

Flying a special DieHard Gold Batteries paint scheme this weekend, Hagan ran a 4.012 second pass at 316.67 mph, the fourth quickest Funny Car run in NHRA history, during the team's second qualifying efforts on Friday to secure the provisional No. 1 spot.

"This is phenomenal," Hagan said. "We have a long ways to go to catch up to 'Superman' [Mike Neff] with Cruz [Pedregon] and all the other guys knocking on the door, so we're going to keep our fingers and toes crossed and stay at it."


The DieHard pilot has had a lot of success at Maple Grove Raceway throughout his Funny Car career. Hagan made his professional debut at this race in 2008, earned a runner-up finish and set the national E.T. record at this event last season.

"This is a great race track," Hagan said. "When I'm sitting in the race car in cool, dark conditions, it runs good most of the time. Tommy [DeLago] has a good handle on the tune-up. We're having fun. You probably can't tell while the car's running, but I have a big ol' smile underneath my helmet."

With Hagan's performance on Friday, he moved up one spot in the championship point standings tying Mike Neff for the lead. Neff has led the 7,000 horsepower class for most of the season and sits fifth in the qualifying standings with a 4.085 at 312.25 heading in Saturday.

Hagan's teammates Johnny Gray and Ron Capps are currently qualified behind him in second and third, while 2010 world champion John Force is currently fourth.

Matco Tools pilot Brown led the way in Top Fuel qualifying action Friday with his pass of 3.797 at 324.44 under the lights at Maple Grove Raceway.

"The conditions were really good tonight," said Brown. "We saw our Funny Car teammates go 4.02 and 4.01, and I thought, 'We'll be all right.' Our car actually didn't run that strong early."

The always animated Brown, who grew up just two hours outside of Reading, truly enjoyed setting the track speed record at what he considers to e one of his home tracks and he knows that if the conditions are right for the rest of the weekend, there is potential for national record setting runs.


"If you combine our best front-half where we went 3.00 to 660 feet with the back-half we're running right now, we're talking about a 3.74," Brown said. "If conditions are going to be like we think they are tomorrow, we're going for it. Why not?"

Reigning Top Fuel champ Larry Dixon missed his chance to take the provisional No. 1 from Brown by just one one-thousandth of a second in his Al-Anabi dragster with his pass of 3.798 at 320.43. Current point leader Spencer Massey and his Fram dragster sit third with 3.817 at 322.27.

In Pro Stock, 2009 world champion Edwards led the way in his Penhall/K&N Filters/Interstate Batteries Pontiac GXP with a 6.541 at 211.66, setting both ends of the track record on his way to the provisional top spot.

"Actually hats off to my guys, the first run was really good. We went the wrong way on second one but the first was good," Edwards said. "We had a good first day, we'll see what happens tomorrow. I'm not racing the Summit guys, I'm racing whole field. The fact that we all ran the same just means there's a lot of hard work going on. Teams are doing all they can do to go fast. "


The Summit Racing duo of Greg Anderson and Jason Line follow Edwards in the qualifying standings after Friday's action at Maple Grove. Anderson sits second with his pass of 6.541 at 211.43 and Line is right behind him in third with his 6.541 at 211.06.

Pro Stock Motorcycle point leader Krawiec also set the track speed and E.T. record en route to the provisional lead in the two-wheel class with a 6.826 at 197.97 on his Vance & Hines/Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson V-Rod.

"I'm excited, all I have to do here is make good clean laps down the track and we'll be good," Krawiec said. "We left a little on the plate tonight, but it's about making clean, good, consistent runs and showing the competitors what we're all about."

Krawiec is followed by 2009 Full Throttle champion Hector Arana who ran a 6.863 at 194.74 on his Lucas Oil Buell, while teammate Andrew Hines is third on his Harley Davidson with a 6.871 at 193.88.

 

MOHNTON, Pa. -- Due to extremely wet ground conditions in the sportsman pit area, Super Comp, Super Stock, Stock and Super Gas will not compete at Maple Grove Raceway during the Auto-Plus® NHRA Nationals this weekend. Those four categories will be contested next week, Oct. 7-8, at the facility with parking starting on Thursday, time runs on Friday and eliminations on Saturday.
Competition Eliminator, Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car and all four of the categories in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Pro Stock, Funny Car and Top Fuel will compete at Maple Grove Raceway this weekend.

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