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READING PA - SUMMIT FastNews - The final day of qualifying for the 15th annual True Value Keystone Nationals concluded with record-shattering performance, including the quickest run and the quickest field ever in Pro Stock Motorcycle, new track...

READING PA - SUMMIT FastNews - The final day of qualifying for the 15th annual True Value Keystone Nationals concluded with record-shattering performance, including the quickest run and the quickest field ever in Pro Stock Motorcycle, new track records in Pro Stock, an employee outdoing the boss in Funny Car, and a very quick field for the tightest Top Fuel championship race in history. Matt Hines reset the national Pro Stock Motorcycle elapsed time record on his final qualifying attempt, with a 7.188 second, 187.57 mph pass after tying Angelle Seeling's existing record at 7.212 seconds on his first pass of the day. Hines also captured the track speed record with an earlier 189.35 mph clocking. Angelle ended up second on the ladder, tying her previous national record with a 7.212 at 182.59 on her first effort Saturday. The Pro Stock Motorcycle field for the Keystones is the quickest ever, Blaine Hale qualifying in the sixteenth spot with a 7.433 at 179.56 mph on the qualified field's only Kawasaki - the other fifteen riders aboard Suzuki motorcycles. Warren Johnson sorted out the problems that plagued his qualifying efforts Friday and snared the number one spot on the Pro Stock ladder with a 6.853 second, 201.43 mph run during the first qualifying session Saturday, retaking both ends of the track record and displacing his son, Kurt, who was also in the 6.8-second bracket with his 6.872 at 199.02. Jeg Coughlin rounds out the top three with the field's third 6.8, a 6.899 at 199.29. Bruce Allen, qualified fourth at 6.905 and 200.17, became the 12th member of the Holley 200 MPH Club during the first session Saturday. Tony Pedregon relegated team owner John Force to the second rung of the Funny Car ladder with a 4.912 second, 298.50 mph run during the first Saturday session. Force and Pedregon were the only two drivers in the fours, though Ron Capps came up just short with a 5.001 at 291.26 on his final qualifying run. Newcomer Scotty Cannon rounds out the top four with a 5.038 at 284.53. Saturday's qualifying sessions saw two more Top Fuel drivers break into the 4.50s, moving the top two from Friday down two rungs on the ladder. Gary Scelzi, who ran two runs in the 4.58 range Friday heads the list at 4.580 at 300.70, paced by Eddie Hill, whose 4.587 at 296.15 moved him ahead of Scott Kalitta on the ladder. Kalitta, with a Saturday-night 4.589 at 307.37, and Tony Schumacher, also with a Saturday night best at 4.591 and 314.46 mph, round out the top four. There were no major upsets in the first round of Federal-Mogul Funny Car eliminations. Only the number seven qualifier, Fran Monaghan, lost to a lower-qualified driver. Three upsets in Federal-Mogul Dragster sent the number two qualifier, Shawn Bowen, number six qualifier, Gary Parks, and number eight qualifier, Cliff Bozzelli, home in the first round. Final eliminations Sunday will pare the fields down to one survivor in each category by the end of the day. Only then will "the Wrath of Floyd" be truly over. 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 , Warren Johnson , Tony Pedregon , Ron Capps , John Force , Tony Schumacher , Gary Scelzi , Blaine Hale , Scotty Cannon , Scott Kalitta , Bruce Allen , Fran Monaghan