Baytown: Saturday qualifying rain-out report

RAIN WASHES AWAY QUALIFYING ROUNDS THREE AND FOUR; FINAL ELIMINATIONS SUNDAY BAYTOWN, Texas -- The final two rounds of qualifying at the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals were washed away by persistent rains in the Houston area Saturday. Still,...

RAIN WASHES AWAY QUALIFYING ROUNDS THREE AND FOUR; FINAL ELIMINATIONS SUNDAY

BAYTOWN, Texas -- The final two rounds of qualifying at the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals were washed away by persistent rains in the Houston area Saturday.

Still, two rounds of qualifying were completed Friday and that was sufficient to set the ladder for final eliminations, which will be run as scheduled Sunday, beginning at 11 a.m.

The No. 1 qualifiers are Whit Bazemore (Top Fuel), Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car), Jeg Coughlin (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle).

"We're disappointed not to have ran on Saturday," said Bazemore, who pilots the Matco Tools dragster. "We'd much rather have lost the top spot and gotten the track time. We're excited though. It was the perfect run for those conditions. We'll be ready for Sunday. We have the option to run further back in the order. Hopefully, we can continue winning rounds and improve on our results."

Bazemore became the 15th driver to earn No. 1 qualifiers in both Top Fuel and Funny Car and it came in Bazemore's fourth career race in Top Fuel. Bazemore will face No. 16 qualifier Cory McClenathan in the first round of final eliminations. Some other intriguing first-round matchups in Top Fuel include Tony Schumacher vs. Brandon Bernstein and Larry Dixon vs. Doug Kalitta.

In Funny Car, Kenny Bernstein qualified for his second consecutive race in his Monster Energy Dodge Charger at No. 11 and he will face Gary Scelzi in the first round.

-credit: nhra

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Larry Dixon , Kenny Bernstein , Whit Bazemore , Tony Schumacher , Doug Kalitta , Cruz Pedregon , Cory McClenathan , Brandon Bernstein , Matthew Smith