Pomona: Thursday qualifying report

POMONA, Calif. - Jerry Toliver led Funny Car qualifying Thursday at the 41st annual AutoZone Winternationals at Pomona Raceway, NHRA's 50th Anniversary season-opener. Doug Kalitta, Bruce Allen and Randy Daniels also were the leaders ...

POMONA, Calif. - Jerry Toliver led Funny Car qualifying Thursday at the 41st annual AutoZone Winternationals at Pomona Raceway, NHRA's 50th Anniversary season-opener. Doug Kalitta, Bruce Allen and Randy Daniels also were the leaders of their respective categories at the $1.9 million race, the first of 24 events in the $50 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. Toliver sped down the quarter-mile in 4.878 seconds at 314.09 mph in his 'XFL'-theme WWF Racing Pontiac Firebird to lead the 16-car field. "To come out of the box and run that well says a lot about our crew and (crew chief) Dale Armstrong," said Toliver. "I'm pumped. We didn't make it past half track in testing, but Dale kept telling me that we would be fine. As always, he was right. This shaping up to be a great weekend." Kalitta covered the distance in 4.578 at 315.71 in his Mac Tools dragster to lead all Top Fuel competitors. "The conditions were real nice out there today, almost ideal," said Kalitta. "Still, we were pretty surprised to run that quick on the first lap of the event. There's a long weekend ahead and there are a some great cars here." Allen's pass of 6.828 at 201.16 in his Reher-Morrison Pontiac Grand Am was enough to set the pace in Pro Stock. Daniels' drove his Bailey Trucking Chevy S-10 to a run of 7.461 at 180.16 to lead the Pro Stock Truck order. Qualifying continues Friday at 2 p.m.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Kalitta , Randy Daniels , Bruce Allen , Jerry Toliver