LONG DAY TO OPEN FRAM AUTOLITE NHRA NATIONALS SONOMA, CA -- The first day of the 23rd annual FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals for John Force Racing ended with a whimper as opposed to a bang at Infineon Raceway. The schedule throughout the day was ...
LONG DAY TO OPEN FRAM AUTOLITE NHRA NATIONALS
SONOMA, CA -- The first day of the 23rd annual FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals for John Force Racing ended with a whimper as opposed to a bang at Infineon Raceway. The schedule throughout the day was running behind and as a 10 p.m. noise curfew loomed the NHRA was forced to cancel the second qualifying session of Top Fuel. In addition to a number of delays in the sportsman categories a spectacular explosion by veteran Funny Car driver Gary Densham in the final Funny Car qualifying session spelled doom for the Top Fuel dragsters.
Team leader John Force and his Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang made the most of their second qualifying run moving from the No. 15 spot all the way up to the provisional No. 3 spot with a solid 4.104 second run at 307.30 mph. He picked up one qualifying bonus point for making the third quickest run of the second session. In the first session Force was the lone JFR Mustang to smoke the tires and was relegated to run early in the second session.
2009 Full Throttle Funny Car champion Robert Hight made the second quickest run of the first session laying down a 4.172 second pass in his Auto Club Ford Mustang and grabbing two additional qualifying points for his effort. In the second session after a lengthy delay the track appeared to lose some of its advantage and both Hight and Matt Hagan, another strong qualifier from the first session, smoked the tires.
Ashley Force Hood will enter Saturday's second day of qualifying in the provisional No. 7 spot. Her Castrol GTX Ford Mustang covered the 1000 ft. racing surface in 4.187 seconds at 292.77 mph in the first session which was good enough for the 4th spot. That time slipped to 7th as she did not improve in the second session.
This was the first event of the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series that a Ford Mustang was not one of the two quickest qualifying runs of the day.