Brainerd Saturday Wrap Up

Scelzi, Force, Johnson Hines Qualify Number One BRAINERD, Minn. - SUMMIT FastNews -- Eight-time NHRA Winston champion John Force sits atop the Funny Car field at the Colonel's Truck Accessories NHRA Nationals with his seventh number one ...

Scelzi, Force, Johnson Hines Qualify Number One

BRAINERD, Minn. - SUMMIT FastNews -- Eight-time NHRA Winston champion John Force sits atop the Funny Car field at the Colonel's Truck Accessories NHRA Nationals with his seventh number one qualifying position this season. Force reset Friday's track record elapsed time with a pass of 4.869 seconds and 305.98 mph at Brainerd International Raceway. Force made his record run in the day's final qualifying session. Ron Capps, who has struggled this season in his Copenhagen-sponsored Camaro, qualified second with a 4.924 at 295.79. Whit Bazemore, Tommy Johnson, Jr., and Scotty Cannon round out the top five. Gary Scelzi, Warren Johnson and Matt Hines set the mark in their respective categories at the 15th of 22 events in the $40 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. Scelzi claimed the number one qualifying position in Top Fuel with a pass of 4.564 and 311.99. Scelzi is in search of his third straight NHRA Winston championship and is also the defending event champion. Veteran Eddie Hill led the pack for most of the final qualifying session until Scelzi made his run in the last pair of dragsters; the Pennzoil-backed driver ended up second. Warren Johnson maintained the top qualifying position and both the time and speed track records which he established during Friday's qualifying sessions at 6.955 at 197.59. Son Kurt was second in the final order, while Jeg Coughlin, Mark Pawuk, and Bruce Allen round out the top five. Matt Hines captured his fifth consecutive top qualifying spot in the Pro Stock Motorcycle division this season. Hines broke the track time record with a run of 7.327 and 183.84. John Smith was second with a 7.355-second pass, while Angelle Seeling was just one thousandth slower.

Final eliminations are scheduled to begin Sunday at 11:00am local time. Results provided by the FastNews Network, courtesy of Summit Racing Equipment ** http://www.summitracing.com/ **

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Series NHRA
Drivers Matt Hines , Mark Pawuk , Warren Johnson , Whit Bazemore , Ron Capps , John Force , Gary Scelzi , Tommy Johnson , Bruce Allen