Commerce: Saturday qualifying report

WILKERSON, McCLENATHAN, KRISHER, HINES STAY IN NO. 1 QUALIFYING SPOTS COMMERCE, Ga. -- The No. 1 provisional qualifiers from Friday in all four categories held on to those top spots as qualifying wrapped up Saturday for the Summit Racing...

WILKERSON, McCLENATHAN, KRISHER, HINES STAY IN NO. 1 QUALIFYING SPOTS

COMMERCE, Ga. -- The No. 1 provisional qualifiers from Friday in all four categories held on to those top spots as qualifying wrapped up Saturday for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals in Commerce, Ga.

Tim Wilkerson's run of 4.774-second pass at 325.92 mph in his Levy Ray & Shoup Chevy Impala SS from the previous day was enough to keep him in the top spot in Funny Car. It is Wilkerson's third No. 1 qualifier of the season and 13th of his career.

"It's a good feeling to be first, no doubt about that," said Wilkerson. "Hopefully we can win some rounds tomorrow. It would sure be special going in to St. Louis leading the points, especially for the people at Levy Ray & Shoup."

Cory McClenathan and his FRAM dragster entered Saturday qualifying in the No. 1 spot, and by the end of the day, his run of 4.562 at 327.03 was strong enough for the top spot in Top Fuel. This is McClenathan's first No. 1 qualifier of the season, 31st of his career and third at Atlanta Dragway.

"When things are going good, you just roll with it," said McClenathan, who comes off a win in Las Vegas. "My guys are on a natural high right now. It's been incredible. When we went to Las Vegas, we beat the odds and put the FRAM dragster in the winner's circle and entering this event we've done the same."

Ron Krisher held on to the No. 1 spot, driving his Valvoline Chevy Cobalt to a 6.644 at 207.69 for the top spot in Pro Stock. It is his first No. 1 qualifier of the season, 14th of his career and first in over five years.

"There's a lot of emotion involved in this," said Krisher, referring to his five-years since his last No. 1. "At this race track we had qualified at 77 straight races and on the 78th race we didn't qualify by a thousandth. This track owed me."

Andrew Hines kept his Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley Davidson Motorcycle in the No. 1 spot, driving to a 6.950 a 191.40 for the Pro Stock Motorcycle top qualifying position as well as the track record for time. It's his first No.1 qualifier of the season, 22nd of his career and second at the track.

"It can be a good thing and it can be a bad thing," said Hines, referring to entering Sunday in the No. 1 spot. "At the same time it makes you feel good entering into Sunday. Especially with the motorcycle I have right now. It's really a tribute to my team."

-credit: nhra

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Series NHRA
Drivers Ron Krisher , Cory McClenathan , Tim Wilkerson , Andrew Hines