Sonoma Friday recap

SONOMA - Friday Recap by Larry Sullivan SONOMA, Calif. - SUMMIT FastNews - After one day of qualifying for the 11th annual NHRA Autolite Nationals at Sears Point Raceway, Doug Kalitta, Ron Capps, Warren Johnson, and John Lingenfelter...

SONOMA - Friday Recap by Larry Sullivan SONOMA, Calif. - SUMMIT FastNews - After one day of qualifying for the 11th annual NHRA Autolite Nationals at Sears Point Raceway, Doug Kalitta, Ron Capps, Warren Johnson, and John Lingenfelter headed their respective Professional categories. Of the four, only Lingenfelter's position is secure, the other three facing two more qualifying sessions Saturday. Kalitta is atop the overnight Top Fuel ladder, posting an elapsed time of 4.727 seconds at 312.39 mph. Ironically, he did so in the first session, when most others could find nothing but tire smoke, then lost traction in his second attempt. Top Fuel driver Shelly Anderson was slightly burned when her Parts America dragster broke at the completion of a 4.967 second run at 263.15 mph. Both rear tires exploded in the incident, sending the flaming car across the track and into the opposite lane wall. The car spun around and slid backward, directing the flames toward the driver's compartment. Anderson was flown to the John Muir Medical Center for overnight observation she is expected to be released Saturday. Capps heads the Funny Car field, posting an event-quick 5.130 second, 263.54 mph on his second qualifying attempt in his Camaro Z-28. Johnson heads the Pro Stock field, his Pontiac Firebird making 6.949 second, 199.64 mph run resetting the track speed record. Lingenfelter leaped to the top of the Pro Stock Truck ladder on his third attempt, coming from well outside the field to take the top spot away from Larry Kopp with a 7.684 second, 175.64 mph clocking. That third session locked in the sixteen-truck field for Saturday's eliminations, where Lingenfelter in his Chevy S-1 will face Mike Mahon's Ford Ranger in the first round. Two more qualifying sessions Saturday will set the other three fields for Sunday eliminations.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Warren Johnson , Doug Kalitta , Larry Kopp , John Lingenfelter , Shelly Anderson