U.S. NATIONALS SATURDAY QUALIFYING COMPLETED Hot & Sunny Weather Slows Performances By Ed Dykes, FastNews Network CLERMONT, Ind. -- The bright sun made for great tans, but it gave the crews fits at the...
U.S. NATIONALS SATURDAY QUALIFYING COMPLETED
Hot & Sunny Weather Slows Performances
By Ed Dykes, FastNews Network
CLERMONT, Ind. -- The bright sun made for great tans, but it gave the crews fits at the second day of professional category qualifying for this weekend's 44th annual U.S. Nationals. In a day when there were few changes to the qualifying order, Cory McClenathan, Tim Wilkerson, Warren Johnson, Matt Hines, and Larry Kopp lead their respective categories.
With temps hovering close to ninety degrees, only Wilkerson was able to move ahead of his peers in Funny Car qualifying. He covered the quarter-mile in 4.961 seconds at 296.93 miles per hour to move ahead of yesterday's number one qualifier, series points leader Ron Capps. With only two more qualifying attempts available tomorrow, Al Hofmann is currently on the bubble at 5.824 seconds.
In Top Fuel, Mike Dunn captured the attention of the fans here when he vaulted into fifth place with a stellar 4.653 second pass at 319.14 miles per hour, a career best speed for the Darrell Gwynn-owned Mopar dragster. McClenathan's 4.614 second pass from yesterday was the class of the field, and Steve Smith's 4.927 was good enough for the sixteenth and final spot.
Only Richie Stevens and Mike Edwards were able to move into the Pro Stock field today, the hot and slick too much for most of the normally-aspirated cars. Johnson remains atop the pack, his 6.977 from yesterday still the class of the field.
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Matt Hines continues his domination, qualifying atop the field and winning today's NHRA Pro Bike Dash. Hines defeated Angelle Seeling in the Dash final.
Kopp took his fifth #1 qualifier of the year in Pro Stock Truck, putting his Chevy S-10 on the pole with a 7.711 second elapsed time at 174.18 miles per hour. Final eliminations for the trucks will run tomorrow, along with the Big Bud Shootout for Funny Cars, as the remaining professional categories take their final qualifying runs.
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