Englishtown Saturday Recap

ENGLISHTOWN NJ - SUMMIT FastNews - Qualifying for the 30th annual Mopar Parts Nationals concluded Saturday afternoon at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park with the same set of top qualifiers as at the end of the first day, Friday. Gary Scelzi,...

ENGLISHTOWN NJ - SUMMIT FastNews - Qualifying for the 30th annual Mopar Parts Nationals concluded Saturday afternoon at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park with the same set of top qualifiers as at the end of the first day, Friday. Gary Scelzi, Tony Pedregon, Warren Johnson, and Angelle Seeling retained their grip on the top rungs of their respective Professional eliminations ladders.

In addition to qualifying for Sunday's eliminations, Saturday's racing included the $50,000-to-win Holley Pro Stock Dominator Duel and the first two rounds of eliminations for Pro Stock Truck. In the Duel, Warren Johnson, who has appeared in all fifteen of the Pro Stock special events, met Jeg Coughlin Jr., in his first. Johnson's car moved forward too soon, triggering the red light and giving Coughlin the victory. Even if it had been a fair start, it probably would have been a close race, Coughlin running low ET of the Duel with a 6.925-second elapsed time at 200.26 mph. In two rounds of Pro Stock Truck eliminations, the number one and two qualifiers, Brad Jeter and Bob Panella Jr., advanced to the semifinals, where Jeter will face the number thirteen qualifier, Mike Coughlin, and Panella will face the number six qualifier, Tim Freeman. Scelzi's first-session 4.550-second elapsed time was good enough to retain the Top Fuel pole position through Saturday's two sessions, and Kenny Bernstein's 4.570 was good enough to stay in the second position. Both drivers made strong runs Saturday, but could not better their early efforts. Scelzi will meet Steve Smith in the first round Sunday, while Bernstein will race Australian Andrew Cowin, Graeme Cowin's 19-year-old son. Tony Pedregon proved to be both the quickest of 21 Funny Cars and the quickest of the three Pedregon brothers, also riding his first-day elapsed time to a pole position. Clocked at 4.904 seconds Friday, pedregon watched many challengers come up short, including team owner John Force. Force, mired at the bottom of the field through three tries, came up just short of Tony's elapsed time with a last-ditch 4.918. That puts Force on the other side of the ladder and sets up a scenario where Force and Tony could once again meet in the final round. Tony's brother Cruz ended up fifth, with a 4.976, and older brother Frank thirteenth with a 5.101. In Pro Stock, Warren Johnson upped the ante with a 6.875-second, 201.58 mph effort. Richie Stevens responded by posting a 6.893 at 199.32, good enough to hold the number two spot, and Summit Racing driver Mark Pawuk leaped into the number three spot with a final-run 6.908 at 199.76. Seeling and Matt Hines also upped the Pro Stock Bike ante in Saturday qualifying, Seeling again the quicker with a track-record 7.220 over Hines' 7.232. Hines snagged the track speed record, however, with a 190.19 mph speed on his final qualifying run. Final eliminations are scheduled to kick off at 11:00 AM Sunday. Results provided by the FastNews Network, courtesy of Summit Racing Equipment ** http://www.summitracing.com/ **

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Series NHRA
Drivers Matt Hines , Jeg Coughlin , Bob Panella , Brad Jeter , Mark Pawuk , Warren Johnson , Tony Pedregon , John Force , Gary Scelzi , Andrew Cowin , Mike Coughlin , Steve Smith , Tim Freeman