Indianapolis Friday Recap

CLERMONT IN - SUMMIT FastNews - The Friday night qualifying session for the 45th annual U.S. Nationals just about wiped out all the existing track records for the Professional categories, with Superman going three-for-four in rewriting the track...

CLERMONT IN - SUMMIT FastNews - The Friday night qualifying session for the 45th annual U.S. Nationals just about wiped out all the existing track records for the Professional categories, with Superman going three-for-four in rewriting the track records. Joe Amato posted an elapsed time of 4.529 seconds at 324.20 mph in his Superman-themed dragster to head the competitive Top Fuel contingent after just one qualifying session, resetting both ends of the track record. Five other drivers qualified quicker than 4.70 seconds during the round, with four more sessions to tighten things up even more before eliminations begin on Labor Day. With the top five in Top Fuel points within 1-1/2 rounds of each other and the top ten within seven rounds, this year features the closest championship competition ever. In Funny Car, Tommy Johnson Jr. rewrote both ends of the track record with his 4.885 second, 315.71 mph effort, leading four others who broke into the fours in their first try. Points leader John Force, also in a Superman-themed car, was not among them - in fact, Force suffered a rare mechanical failure and is not even qualified in the sixteen-car field. In Pro Stock, Warren Johnson is once again the early leader, also running a Superman motif. Johnson's 6.920-second elapsed time reset the track record, though his speed of 196.27 mph did not. Johnson broke an engine part near the finish line, preventing him from reaching the 200 mph mark. In all, eleven Pro Stock drivers broke into the sixes in the first session. In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Matt Hines, also sporting Superman colors, also reset the elapsed time record, but not the speed record. Timed at 7.260 seconds and 181.08 mph, Hines appears to have a clear shot at winning both the Holley Dominator Duel Saturday and the event Monday since his closest competitor, Angelle Seelingf, was more than a tenth of a second back at 7.359 seconds on her first run. Pro Stock Truck competitors have three qualifying sessions on the books, but the Friday evening session proved to be the one that will probably set the field, all competitors stepping up significantly from their earlier runs. Mark Osborne was the final driver to take over the number-one position in that session, posting a 7.623 second elapsed time and 176.58 mph speed to erase both marks in the track record book. All the Professional categories will have four more shots at qualifying before Monday's final eliminations except the trucks, which will have two more before beginning eliminations 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 , Warren Johnson , John Force , Joe Amato , Tommy Johnson Jr.