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Gainesville Gatornationals

2004 NASCAR CHAMP KURT BUSCH QUALIFIES 12TH IN NHRA FULL THROTTLE SERIES DEBUT; WILL FACE ENDERS IN PS R1 SUNDAY
Schumacher, Hagan, Brogdon and Arana are the No. 1s

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – After a shaky NHRA Full Throttle Series debut on Friday, 2004 NASCAR champion Kurt Busch qualified solidly into the 16-car Pro Stock field on Saturday with 6.532-second pass at 211.46 mph.

NASCAR driver, Kurt Busch qualifies 12th
NASCAR driver, Kurt Busch qualifies 12th

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Busch ended the day qualified No. 12 and he will have as interesting a matchup as he could draw in Erica Enders, the 27-year old from Houston who was the subject of the Disney original movie, Right on Track.

“You have to have those tough days to go through to appreciate what a good day can be and today was that day,” said Busch, who drives the Shell Dodge Avenger. “We’re in the show, that was goal number one; goal number two is to get into race mode (Sunday) morning.”

Enders, driver of the ZaZa Energy Chevy Cobalt, added: “It doesn’t matter, Kurt Busch or George Bush, we’re going to do the same thing, put our helmet on the same way.”

The No. 1 qualifiers at the second of 22 races in the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season were unchanged from Friday’s provisionals: Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Rodger Brogdon (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana (Pro Stock Motorcycle).

Hagan, who will match up with Bob Bode in R1 as he seeks to make is fifth final round in the last six races, secured his second straight No. 1 at Gainesville Raceway with a track-record 4.030-second pass at 309.84 mph in his DieHard Dodge Charger.

“Florida’s been kind to us,” Hagan said. “It’s nice to come out here and reset our own track record.”

In Top Fuel, seven-time champion Tony Schumacher earned the top spot with a 3.814-second pass at a track-record 325.45 mph in the U.S. Army dragster.

“We wanted to see if we could go faster and you know what, we couldn’t,” said Schumacher, who spun the wheels twice on Saturday.

The No. 1 was the 62nd overall for Schumacher, who has been to five final rounds at the Gatornationals with event titles in 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2010.

In Pro Stock, Brogdon earned the No. 1 with a 6.495-second pass at 213.47 mph in his Attitude Apparel Pontiac GXP. This was the first No. 1 qualifier in Brogdon’s career that spans 62 races.

“It is a little bit special, this is the first national event I ever went to when I started drag racing (Super Stock in 1994). There’s only one race bigger, Indy, so it feels good, it feels real good,” Brogdon said.

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Arana remained No. 1 with the national-record time of 6.777 at 195.36 mph that he set on Friday aboard the Lucas Oil Buell.

“Qualifying No. 1 is great, it means you did the best, you were the best in qualifying, but when it comes to Sunday, that doesn’t mean anything … on raceday, of course, anything can happen,” said Arana, who will open with Joe DeSantis Sunday.

Also of note in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class, the field will include three women and one of those three, Angie Smith, will square off against her husband, Matt.

The 42nd annual Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals begin Sunday at 11 a.m. ET and will be televised on ESPN2 beginning at 6 p.m. ET.

* GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- First-round pairings for professional eliminations Sunday for the 42nd annual Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, the second of 22 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday. DNQs listed below pairings.

Top Fuel -- 1. Tony Schumacher, 3.814 seconds, 325.45 mph vs. 16. David Grubnic, 3.926, 306.19; 2. Antron Brown, 3.822, 318.39 vs. 15. Dom Lagana, 3.925, 303.43; 3. Spencer Massey, 3.828, 319.37 vs. 14. Chris Karamesines, 3.898, 309.98; 4. Larry Dixon, 3.838, 318.47 vs. 13. Terry McMillen, 3.891, 316.15; 5. Steve Torrence, 3.860, 313.80 vs. 12. Morgan Lucas, 3.879, 317.57; 6. Shawn Langdon, 3.861, 316.60 vs. 11. Clay Millican, 3.877, 316.15; 7. Brandon Bernstein, 3.867, 313.88 vs. 10. Del Worsham, 3.874, 298.73; 8. Doug Foley, 3.869, 310.55 vs. 9. Doug Kalitta, 3.871, 320.13. Did Not Qualify: 17. Bob Vandergriff, 3.928, 310.55; 18. Stig Neergaard, 3.973, 307.02; 19. Fred Farndon, 4.231, 244.60; 20. Pat Dakin, 8.546, 228.69; 21. Ike Maier, 11.942, 284.75.

Funny Car -- 1. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 4.030, 309.84 vs. 16. Bob Bode, Chevy Impala, 4.184, 299.66; 2. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.051, 310.77 vs. 15. Brian Thiel, Charger, 4.184, 295.59; 3. Mike Neff, Ford Mustang, 4.074, 311.05 vs. 14. Jim Head, Toyota Solara, 4.181, 298.07; 4. Johnny Gray, Charger, 4.079, 309.34 vs. 13. Paul Lee, Chevy Impala SS, 4.161, 305.29; 5. Cruz Pedregon, Solara, 4.090, 309.06 vs. 12. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.158, 301.07; 6. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 4.114, 310.48 vs. 11. Tony Pedregon, Impala SS, 4.149, 302.69; 7. John Force, Mustang, 4.119, 310.48 vs. 10. Robert Hight, Mustang, 4.133, 309.20; 8. Jeff Arend, Solara, 4.127, 303.78 vs. 9. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.131, 304.05. Did Not Qualify: 17. Melanie Troxel, 4.256, 299.80; 18. John Smith, 4.568, 195.48.

Pro Stock -- 1. Rodger Brogdon, Pontiac GXP, 6.495, 213.57 vs. 16. Buddy Perkinson, Ford Mustang, 6.587, 210.54; 2. Mike Edwards, GXP, 6.495, 213.47 vs. 15. Bob Benza, GXP, 6.564, 210.73; 3. Greg Anderson, GXP, 6.495, 213.23 vs. 14. Larry Morgan, Mustang, 6.544, 212.09; 4. Jason Line, GXP, 6.496, 213.20 vs. 13. Vincent Nobile, Dodge Avenger, 6.539, 212.66; 5. Erica Enders, Chevy Cobalt, 6.502, 213.57 vs. 12. Kurt Busch, Avenger, 6.532, 211.46; 6. Warren Johnson, GXP, 6.505, 212.46 vs. 11. Shane Gray, GXP, 6.527, 211.76; 7. Ron Krisher, GXP, 6.510, 213.27 vs. 10. Kurt Johnson, GXP, 6.526, 211.83; 8. Greg Stanfield, GXP, 6.512, 212.36 vs. 9. Allen Johnson, Avenger, 6.521, 212.16. Did Not Qualify: 17. Richard Freeman, 6.612, 209.98; 18. Frank Gugliotta, 6.628, 208.71; 19. Bob Yonke, 6.987, 207.75; 20. Ronnie Humphrey, 7.430, 212.26; 21. V. Gaines, 8.668, 210.70.

Pro Stock Motorcycle -- 1. Hector Arana, Buell, 6.777, 196.10 vs. 16. Joe DeSantis, Suzuki, 7.014, 190.97; 2. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.788, 199.26 vs. 15. Katie Sullivan, Suzuki, 6.990, 191.97; 3. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.826, 198.73 vs. 14. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.940, 194.66; 4. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.833, 198.00 vs. 13. Michael Ray, Buell, 6.933, 187.52; 5. Matt Smith, Buell, 6.872, 194.32 vs. 12. Angie Smith, Buell, 6.926, 190.59; 6. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.880, 196.27 vs. 11. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 6.918, 196.87; 7. Gerald Savoie, Suzuki, 6.886, 193.68 vs. 10. Mike Berry, Buell, 6.910, 192.33; 8. Shawn Gann, Buell, 6.895, 189.95 vs. 9. David Hope, Buell, 6.900, 194.07. Did Not Qualify: 17. James Surber, 7.019, 191.87; 18. Justin Finley, 7.031, 193.16; 19. Michael Phillips, 7.033, 197.33; 20. Bailey Whitaker, 7.040, 190.92; 21. Junior Pippin, 7.095, 191.16; 22. Chip Ellis, 7.125, 187.11; 23. Redell Harris, 7.126, 193.90; 24. Dawn Minturn, 7.152, 188.12; 25. Fredrik Fredlund, 7.255, 183.29; 26. Wesley Wells, 7.281, 189.20; 27. Hector Arana Jr, 7.397, 179.02.

-source: nhra

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