Series Friday qualifying report

Charlotte

HIGHT CONTINUES HOT START WITH PROVISIONAL NO. 1 QUALIFIER
Kalitta, Anderson round out provisional No. 1s at VisitMyrtleBeach.com NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

CONCORD, N.C. – Funny Car points leader Robert Hight continued his torrid start to the 2011 season by earning the provisional No. 1 qualifying position at the VisitMyrtleBeach.com NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.

When you race aggressive like Jimmy Prock does, why back off.

Robert Hight

The other provisional No. 1 qualifiers at the fourth of 22 races in the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season were Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock).

Hight, the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Series champion, has won two of the first three races this season and he sits atop the Funny Car qualifying order with his 4.062-second pass at 313.07 mph in his Auto Club Ford Mustang.

“When you race aggressive like Jimmy Prock does, why back off,” Hight said. “That’s why we have a lot of No. 1 qualifiers. That’s why we’re No. 1 in points.”

If it holds, it would be Hight’s 39th No. 1 qualifer in just his 143rd career race, placing only six shy of Top 10 status on NHRA’s all-time list of No. 1 qualifiers (No. 10 on the list right now is Angelle Sampey with 45).

In Top Fuel, Kalitta earned the provisional top spot with a 3.814-second pass at a track-record 325.45 mph.

“Real relieved there after that run,” said Kalitta, who made a marked improvement from his 3.910 Q1 pass in the Kalitta Air dragster. “Dixon (3.824) and some of the other cars on that first run really put down a good number. I went back and talked to my crew chief, Jim O(berhofer) and was wondering if he could step this thing up so we could run with those guys and he did a great job.”

Real relieved there after that run.

Doug Kallita

In Pro Stock, four-time and defending champion Anderson, from nearby Mooresville, N.C., earned the provisional No. 1 with a 6.566-second pass at 210.37 mph in his Summit Racing Pontiac GXP.

“You can’t be too conservative with one of these cars as close as this class is. You’ve got to go for it pretty much every time out there,” Anderson said.

Qualifying at the VisitMyrtleBeach.com NHRA Four-Wide Nationals concludes with the third and fourth sessions on Saturday when the fields will be set for Sunday’s final eliminations.

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CONCORD, N.C. -- Results Friday after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the Second annual VisitMyrtleBeach.com NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway @ Concord, fourth of 22 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday's final eliminations.

Top Fuel -- 1. Doug Kalitta, 3.822 seconds, 322.04 mph; 2. Larry Dixon, 3.824, 319.90; 3. Del Worsham, 3.833, 320.20; 4. Brandon Bernstein, 3.835, 316.90; 5. Tony Schumacher, 3.853, 320.89; 6. Steve Torrence, 3.856, 318.69; 7. Antron Brown, 3.864, 316.15; 8. Spencer Massey, 3.881, 319.98; 9. Doug Foley, 3.892, 307.79; 10. Bob Vandergriff, 3.896, 311.63; 11. Terry McMillen, 3.904, 305.56; 12. David Grubnic, 3.922, 306.12; 13. Shawn Langdon, 3.931, 304.94; 14. Dom Lagana, 3.957, 303.03; 15. Doug Herbert, 4.005, 239.40; 16. Morgan Lucas, 4.012, 255.73. Not Qualified: 17. Pat Dakin, 4.031, 306.40; 18. Chris Karamesines, 4.118, 258.86; 19. Terry Sainty, 6.187, 108.57.

You’ve got to go for it pretty much every time out there.

Greg Anderson

Funny Car -- 1. Robert Hight, Ford Mustang, 4.062, 313.07; 2. Cruz Pedregon, Toyota Solara, 4.064, 307.44; 3. Mike Neff, Mustang, 4.094, 303.84; 4. John Force, Mustang, 4.108, 301.54; 5. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.110, 307.93; 6. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.111, 307.44; 7. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.119, 301.13; 8. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 4.142, 305.63; 9. John Smith, Chevy Monte Carlo, 4.143, 298.40; 10. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.170, 296.89; 11. Paul Lee, Chevy Impala SS, 4.192, 288.33; 12. Tony Pedregon, Impala SS, 4.211, 300.20; 13. Johnny Gray, Charger, 4.233, 294.88; 14. Jim Head, Solara, 4.259, 254.23; 15. Dale Creasy Jr., Impala SS, 4.279, 282.60; 16. Jeff Arend, Solara, 4.316, 285.83. Not Qualified: 17. Melanie Troxel, 4.604, 249.44; 18. Brian Thiel, 4.776, 199.14.

Pro Stock -- 1. Greg Anderson, Pontiac GXP, 6.566, 210.37; 2. Jason Line, GXP, 6.576, 210.77; 3. Rodger Brogdon, GXP, 6.577, 210.01; 4. Mike Edwards, GXP, 6.579, 210.44; 5. Greg Stanfield, GXP, 6.582, 210.37; 6. Allen Johnson, Dodge Avenger, 6.586, 210.21; 7. Vincent Nobile, Avenger, 6.590, 210.28; 8. Ronnie Humphrey, GXP, 6.591, 210.11; 9. Dave Connolly, Chevy Cobalt, 6.598, 209.49; 10. Ron Krisher, GXP, 6.608, 210.41; 11. Erica Enders, Cobalt, 6.611, 209.04; 12. V. Gaines, Avenger, 6.621, 209.62; 13. Warren Johnson, Cobalt, 6.631, 209.20; 14. Shane Gray, GXP, 6.640, 208.20; 15. Bob Benza, GXP, 6.652, 207.78; 16. Kurt Johnson, GXP, 6.663, 208.14. Not Qualified: 17. Mark Martino, 6.681, 206.95; 18. Robert Patrick, 6.682, 206.83; 19. Larry Morgan, 6.694, 209.14; 20. Buddy Perkinson, 6.698, 207.02; 21. Frank Gugliotta, 6.778, 204.60; 22. Steve Spiess, 8.955, 105.88.

-source: nhra

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jim Head , Doug Herbert , Antron Brown , Bob Benza , Robert Patrick , Larry Dixon , Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson , Tony Pedregon , Del Worsham , Ron Capps , John Force , Tony Schumacher , Doug Kalitta , Greg Anderson , Chris Karamesines , Ron Krisher , Larry Morgan , Dale Creasy Jr. , David Grubnic , Cruz Pedregon , Greg Stanfield , Tim Wilkerson , Jack Beckman , Melanie Troxel , Brandon Bernstein , Paul Lee , Allen Johnson , Johnny Gray , Morgan Lucas , Jason Line , Rodger Brogdon , Doug Foley , Jeff Arend , Ronnie Humphrey , Bob Vandergriff , Robert Hight , Matt Hagan , Angelle Sampey , Steve Torrence , Dave Connolly , Bob Tasca III , Mike Edwards , Steve Spiess , Shane Gray , Shawn Langdon , Vincent Nobile , Pat Dakin , Mark Martin , Mike Neff , Spencer Massey , Terry Sainty , Buddy Perkinson , Frank Gugliotta , Brian Thiel , Dom Lagana , Terry McMillen
Tags charlotte, full throttle, funny car, pro stock, top fuel