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Scelzi, Pedregon, Johnson and Seeling with Provisional Pole Positions Jeter's Time From Thursday Holds On for Number One Spot By Rick Green ENGLISHTOWN NJ - SUMMIT FastNews - After day one at the 30th annual Mopar Parts Nationals Gary Scelzi,...

Scelzi, Pedregon, Johnson and Seeling with Provisional Pole Positions Jeter's Time From Thursday Holds On for Number One Spot By Rick Green

ENGLISHTOWN NJ - SUMMIT FastNews - After day one at the 30th annual Mopar Parts Nationals Gary Scelzi, Tony Pedregon, Warren Johnson, and Angelle Seeling took the provisional pole positions in their respective categories. Brad Jeter in his Karl Chevrolet S-10 held on to the number one spot in the Pro Stock Truck category. Jeter captured his second pole position of the year with his track record elapsed time (7.571 at 177.95) from Thursday. He will face Craig Eaton in round one tomorrow as Eaton qualified on the bubble with a 7.637-second pass in the last round of qualifying. The Pro Stock Trucks will run two rounds of eliminations Saturday and will conclude on Sunday. The 16-truck field has three Mopars, two GMC-Sonomas, and 11 Chevy S-10s to round out the sixteen-truck eliminator. Jeter, by qualifying number one, is also qualified number one for the Holley Pro Stock Dominator Duel for the trucks, to be held in Chicago in two weeks. Angelle Seeling ran a track record 7.270 second time in the first session today, which was good enough to hold off Matt Hines. Ron Ayers is on the bubble with a 7.520-second pass. Defending event champion Angelle continues her domination of the Pro Stock Bike category, having qualified her Winston bike number-one at all the events so far this season, with a round win-loss record of 11-1. Her only loss was a red-light loss to Antron Brown in Dallas. Warren Johnson reset both ends of the track records tonight to capture the provisional pole position in Pro Stock. The professor drove his Pontiac Firebird to a 6.875 second time at 201.58 mile per hour. In a close second is the hottest driver on the Pro Stock circuit now, Richie Stevens, clocked at 6.893 seconds at 19.32 mile per hour. Larry Morgan rounds out the top 16 in his Dodge Avenger with a 6.981-second pass. Tony Pedregon took the number one spot while many of the Funny Cars struggled to get a handle on this track. The Castrol Syntec driver ran 4.904 seconds at 316.08 in his Mustang in the first session. Teammate and boss John Force is currently qualified number 11 with a 5.224. Tim Wilkerson in a JCIT sponsored Pontiac Firebird is currently in the number two spot with a a time of 4.938 seconds at 306.40 mile per hour. The only other Funny Car in the fours is the WWF-sponsored Firebird of Jerry Toliver. The car sports the "Stone Cold" Steve Austin body and Austin (aka "the Rattlesnake") was here today to get his first taste of bigtime drag racing. Tony's brother Cruz is currently on the bubble with a tire-smoking 6.414 second, 140.48 mile-per-hour pass. Whit Bazemore, the runner-up last weekend, is currently not qualified. Last week's Top Fuel winner picks up where he left off in Atlanta, on top of the list. Scelzi drove the Winston-sponsored, Alan Johnson-tuned dragster to an out-of-the-box track record 4.550 second time at 321.73 mile per hour. Kenny Bernstein is currently qualified number two with a 4.570 seconds at 312.71 mile per hour. After wrecking in round one last week in Atlanta, Kenny Bernstein is driving a McKinney chassis purchased at the same time and identical to the one he wrecked. The top seven qualifiers ran quicker than 4.60. Randy Parks is on the bump with an 11.497-second pass. The only driver not qualified is Luigi Noveli. Due to scheduling conflicts, the final rounds of qualifying for Federal-Mogul Funny Car, Dragster, and Competion Eliminator got pushed back to Saturday. Frank Manzo held on to the number one spot in Federal-Mogul Funny Car while 16 cars made qualifying attempts today. Rick Santos maintained his number one position in Federal-Mogul Dragster. Frank Aragona in his E/Econo dragster held on to the number one spot with his .0603 under-the-index run. In Super Stock Charlie Westcott took over top honors in his GT/E 1998 Grand Am with a 1.173 under the index shot. Bud Rowe was able to hold on to the number one spot in Stock but did not improve on his 1.357 under the index pass from yesterday. Frank Richichi won his first round Super Comp match up and qualified number one in doing so with an 8.902 second time, while Bill Hejnar made a 9.900 second run in his Dodge Daytona for the number one spot in Super Gas. Qualifying for the 30th annual Mopar Parts Nationals will conclude Saturday, but the highlight of the day tomorrow will be The Holley Dominator Duel for Pro Stock, matching the eight best qualifiers from the past year. Results provided by the FastNews Network, courtesy of Summit Racing Equipment ** http://www.summitracing.com/ **

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Matt Hines , Kenny Bernstein , Brad Jeter , Warren Johnson , Frank Aragona , Tony Pedregon , Whit Bazemore , John Force , Gary Scelzi , Larry Morgan , Ron Ayers , Rick Santos , Frank Manzo