Hagan, Torrence, Anderson and Savoie earn no. 1 qualifying positions at Midwest Nationals

Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship results Saturday from St. Louis

Madison, Ill. – Matt Hagan continued his quest for a third Funny Car world championship as he powered to the No. 1 qualifying position with a track-record performance Saturday during the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis.

Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock), and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also will lead their categories into Sunday’s 11 a.m. eliminations as No. 1 qualifiers at the second of six playoff races in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.

Funny Car

Hagan earned his fourth No. 1 qualifying position of the season with a performance of 3.883 seconds at 330.47 mph in his Mopar Express Lane / Rocky Boots Dodge Charger R/T. His E.T. is the second quickest in the history of Funny Car and his speed is the fastest run in category history.

Top Fuel

Top Fuel Countdown to the Championship points leader Antron Brown qualified second with a run of 3.736 at 322.96 in his Matco Tools dragster and will face Terry McMillen. U.S. Army dragster pilot, Tony Schumacher, who is second in Top Fuel points will start the day in the bottom half of the field in 11th and will face sixth place qualifier Clay Millican in his Great Clips dragster in the opening round.

Pro Stock

In Pro Stock, Anderson, claimed his 79th No. 1 qualifying position in his career with his run of 6.492 at 213.27 in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro. This is his third consecutive No. 1 qualifying position and the fourth of the season. Anderson entered the event second in Pro Stock points will face Mark Hogan in the opener

Pro Stock Motorcycle

Defending Pro Stock Motorcycle event winner Savoie raced to his first No. 1 qualifying position of the season and second of his career with his Friday run of 6.832 at 196.50 on his Savoie Alligator Farms Suzuki. He will face Scotty Pollacheck in the first round of eliminations.

Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday

Sunday's first-round pairings for eliminations for the Fourth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park, the 20th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

Top Fuel — 1. Steve Torrence, 3.718 seconds, 328.22 mph vs. 16. Kyle Wurtzel, 3.918, 309.13; 2. Antron Brown, 3.736, 322.96 vs. 15. Terry McMillen, 3.887, 319.67; 3. Larry Dixon, 3.739, 329.10 vs. 14. Billy Torrence, 3.878, 315.56; 4. Brittany Force, 3.753, 325.30 vs. 13. Troy Buff, 3.854, 312.64; 5. Doug Kalitta, 3.759, 323.43 vs. 12. Wayne Newby, 3.832, 308.85; 6. Clay Millican, 3.765, 321.12 vs. 11. Tony Schumacher, 3.825, 320.13; 7. Shawn Langdon, 3.776, 328.38 vs. 10. Richie Crampton, 3.805, 325.06; 8. J.R. Todd, 3.776, 326.87 vs. 9. Dave Connolly, 3.777, 326.00.

Did Not Qualify: 17. Luigi Novelli, 3.987, 291.89; 18. Jenna Haddock, 4.939, 174.73.

Funny Car — 1. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 3.883, 330.47 vs. 16. Brian Stewart, Ford Mustang, 4.397, 293.03; 2. Del Worsham, Toyota Camry, 3.899, 327.82 vs. 15. Tony Pedregon, Camry, 4.149, 293.98; 3. Jack Beckman, Charger, 3.907, 327.27 vs. 14. John Bojec, Toyota Solara, 4.132, 302.82; 4. Ron Capps, Charger, 3.937, 327.19 vs. 13. John Hale, Charger, 4.095, 305.63; 5. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 3.941, 319.22 vs. 12. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 4.073, 305.91; 6. Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 3.942, 321.12 vs. 11. Chad Head, Camry, 4.046, 313.15; 7. Courtney Force, Chevy Camaro, 3.953, 325.30 vs. 10. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 3.998, 318.02; 8. John Force, Camaro, 3.985, 324.12 vs. 9. Robert Hight, Camaro, 3.994, 313.22.

Did Not Qualify: 17. Dale Creasy Jr., 5.196, 295.92; 18. Shane Westerfield, broke.

Pro Stock — 1. Greg Anderson, Chevy Camaro, 6.492, 213.27 vs. 16. Mark Hogan, Pontiac GXP, 6.680, 207.02; 2. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.502, 212.83 vs. 15. Aaron Strong, Camaro, 6.605, 209.10; 3. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.508, 212.90 vs. 14. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.561, 211.63; 4. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.509, 212.56 vs. 13. V. Gaines, Dodge Dart, 6.556, 211.30; 5. Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 6.514, 212.49 vs. 12. Deric Kramer, Dart, 6.545, 210.77; 6. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.514, 211.86 vs. 11. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.543, 211.79; 7. Larry Morgan, Camaro, 6.518, 212.79 vs. 10. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.528, 212.29; 8. Allen Johnson, Dart, 6.524, 212.16 vs. 9. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.527, 212.86. Did Not Qualify: 17. Steve Schmidt, 6.700, 205.94; 18. Dave River, 6.751, 204.05.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.832, 196.50 vs. 16. Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, 7.028, 191.32; 2. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.839, 196.47 vs. 15. Brian Pretzel, Buell, 7.016, 191.67; 3. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.852, 195.73 vs. 14. Matt Smith, Victory, 6.984, 192.55; 4. Chip Ellis, Buell, 6.856, 194.69 vs. 13. Angie Smith, Victory, 6.953, 189.20; 5. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.861, 195.65 vs. 12. Chaz Kennedy, Buell, 6.950, 192.41; 6. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.868, 196.44 vs. 11. Adam Arana, Buell, 6.929, 193.40; 7. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.886, 196.16 vs. 10. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 6.926, 195.48; 8. Hector Arana, Buell, 6.889, 195.22 vs. 9. Mike Berry, Buell, 6.916, 192.71.

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Series NHRA
Event Madison
Sub-event Saturday
Track Gateway Motorsports Park
Drivers Antron Brown , Del Worsham , Greg Anderson , Bo Butner , Matt Hagan , Steve Torrence , Scotty Pollacheck , Jerry Savoie
Article type Qualifying report