Baytown: Friday qualifying report

FORCE HOOD, McCLENATHAN, JOHNSON, KRAWIEC TAKE PROVISIONAL TOP SPOTS IN RAIN-SHORTENED FRIDAY QUALIFYING IN HOUSTON BAYTOWN, Texas -- Ashley Force Hood grabbed the provisional No. 1 qualifying position in Funny Car at a rain shortened Friday ...

FORCE HOOD, McCLENATHAN, JOHNSON, KRAWIEC TAKE PROVISIONAL TOP SPOTS IN RAIN-SHORTENED FRIDAY QUALIFYING IN HOUSTON

BAYTOWN, Texas -- Ashley Force Hood grabbed the provisional No. 1 qualifying position in Funny Car at a rain shortened Friday qualifying at the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals in Houston.

Cory McClenathan, Kurt Johnson and Eddie Krawiec also took the provisional No. 1 positions in their respective categories. Rain shortened Friday qualifying to just one round.

Force drove her Castrol GTX Ford Mustang to a 4.139-second run at 304.46 mph to take the top spot in Funny Car. It would be Force's fourth No. 1 qualifier of her career and first of the season.

"You know with the temperature and the track and being off for a couple weeks you never really know how it's going to do," said Force. "To have any kind of A to B run, we were happy with, but to have that good of a run definitely gave us some confidence and got us excited."

In Top Fuel, McClenathan drove his FRAM dragster to a 3.905-second pass at 313.00 mph to take the provisional top spot. It would be McClenathan's 33rd No. 1 qualifier and second in Houston (2006).

"Everybody made all the right calls and I really thought we were going to have another shot at this," said McClenathan. "The weather gods just decided not to give us that second shot and really it was probably the smartest thing because what happens is the dew point sets in and it gets wet out there and it'll get dangerous and I think everybody made the right call."

Johnson ran the quickest time in the Pro Stock category, driving his ACDelco Chevy Cobalt to a 6.678 at 206.64. It would be Johnson's 30th No. 1 qualifier of the his career and fourth in Houston and second consecutive at the event.

"Today's run, you might as well through that out the window because it's probably going to be a tenth better tomorrow," said Johnson. "We're not worried about anyone tomorrow but us. We're the one's that are going to make it or break it so we just have to do our job and see if we can light up that board."

Krawiec had the fastest run on a motorcycle, riding his Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to a 7.004 at 190.57. It would be Krawiec's fourth No. 1 qualifier of his career.

"Going into tomorrow we're suppose to have some pretty good weather," said Krawiec. "We're just going to go out there and make the best run we can and whatever number pops up pops up but our main focus is race day."

Qualifying continues Saturday with sessions at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday's eliminations begin at 11 a.m.

-credit: nhra

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kurt Johnson , Cory McClenathan , Ashley Force , Eddie Krawiec