Jack Beckman posted a 3.879-second at 329.26 mph sprint in his Dodge Charger R/T to reset the elapsed time national record and become the No. 1 qualifier. His time was a Gainesville Raceway track record. He has 17 No. 1 qualifiers in his career and two so far in 2016. This is his first No. 1 at Gainesville Raceway and he will hope to secure his first win at the facility tomorrow. Beckman will open eliminations against Jeff Diehl.
Richie Crampton (Top Fuel), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were No. 1 qualifiers at the third of 24 events in the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
Crampton powered his Top Fuel dragster to the fifth-quickest pass in NHRA history with a 3.698 at 317.42. This is his first No. 1 of 2016, fourth of his career and first ever at Gainesville Raceway. Crampton, a South Australia native, will open Sunday’s eliminations against Chris Karamesines.
In Pro Stock, Line raced his Chevy Camaro to his first No. 1 qualifier of the season with a 6.584 at 208.84. Line, riding momentum from his recent victory in Phoenix, has 42 No. 1 qualifiers in his career. After a first round bye, Line will meet the winner of Shane Gray versus Vincent Nobile in the second round. He will be gunning for his fifth win at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
Krawiec posted a 6.801 at 196.42 on his Harley-Davidson to become the No. 1 qualifier at the first of 16 Pro Stock Motorcycle events of the year. Krawiec has 28 No. 1 qualifiers in his career and two at Gainesville Raceway. He has won this event three times and was the runner-up one year ago. Krawiec will face Michael Phillips in the first round of eliminations.
|Drivers||Jack Beckman, Jason Line, Eddie Krawiec, Richie Crampton|