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22nd annual NHRA Nevada Nationals

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Friday

FUNNY CAR Qualifying - Session #2

Earlier in the day, the Funny Cars put on an entertaining first round of qualifying, with ten cars in the 3-second zone, and 11 cars over 300 mph. A total of 18 cars made the call and when the smoke cleared, it was - almost as expected - Robert Hight in the top spot at 3.857 - 331.77. Clocking top speed was Matt Hagan at 333.25, one of four cars over the 330 mark. To make the top half of the field took a 3.941 (Paul Lee), while the #9 car was just a tick behind with Cruz Pedregon holding down that position with a 3.945 e.t.


Jason Rupert --- Jeff Diehl

(LEFT) Leading the pack out of the staging lanes was Jason Rupert in the "Black Plague" car, hoping to get down the track this time. On his first attempt, a pair of mixed-up air lines forced the crew to shut off the car before staging. His luck wasn't much better here as he was shaking and smoking the tires just past the 60' mark before shutting off a to 7-second elapsed time.

(RIGHT) After skipping the first session, Jeff "The Surfer" Diehl made a decent run for a few hundred feet, then finished with a fiery front end as he crossed the finish line. His 4.553 - 194.83 put him in the field, at least temporarily, in the #12 position.

Jeff Arend --- Bobby Bode III

(LEFT) Canadian Jeff Arend was making his third appearance of the season in the Peter & Helen Russo entry from Australia. His first shot ended in early tire smoke and a 9-second reading, but this time he kept the loud pedal down long enough to register a 6.459 at only 101.68 mph to grab a (very) tentative hold on the bump spot.

(RIGHT) After shutting off early to a 4.75 in the earlier round, Bobby Bode III had even worse luck this time around, as the car stopped at the end of the burnout, wouldn't go into reverse, then had the chutes pop out before he climbed out and clambered to safety over the guardwall.

Chad Green --- Jim Campbell

(LEFT) Running in the lane opposite Bode was full-time Nitro Funny Car racer Chad Green. He stepped up dramatically from his earlier 7.930 pass to the tune of a 3.941 - 321.19 that equalled Paul Lee's #8 first session e.t., but he was a little slower on speed and took the #9 spot.

(RIGHT) Following his 3.972 - 320.97 in the first round, Jim Campbell didn't have any luck on this pass. The Jim Dunn car smoked the tires very early and coasted to a 7-second pass.

Blake Alexander --- Cruz Pedregon

(LEFT) The Jim Head owned and tuned Blake Alexander Mustang blasted his way into the field with a solid 3.944 - 288.89 to grab the #10 spot. Note the slow speed so it appears that he just missed climbing into the upper half of the field. Also of note is the wrap on the car, bannering a new sponsor, "Schaeffler".

(RIGHT) Going in the opposite direction to Alexander, Cruz Pedregon gave up his #10 spot and dropped back one notch as the car got loose and started smoking the tires before the 330' mark.

Terry Haddock --- Paul Lee

(LEFT) Running late in the session for the first time in a while, Terry Haddock came up to the line on the bump spot at 4.595, but wasn't able to improve on that number, slowing to a 4.958 - 157.06 clocking.

(RIGHT) In the opposite lane, Paul Lee not only backed up his first session 3.941, but improved just enough, with a 3.933 - 321.35 to move up the ladder one rung into the #7 position.

Alexis DeJoria --- J.R. Todd

(LEFT) With scheduled running mate Steven Densham in the pits trying to fix the damage from a first session fire, Alexis DeJoria had the track to herself but didn't take advantage of the situation, shutting off before 300 feet and coasting to a 6.863 clocking. Her earlier 3.922 still kept her in the #5 spot.

(RIGHT) Already in the fast half of the field, J.R. Todd stepped up with a really good 3.870 - 333.33 (top speed of the meet so far), to jump up five spots to #3 on the ladder. The run was barely a hundredth of a second slower than Robert Hight's #1 3.857 and showed that the "DHL" team could run with the top dogs.

Matt Hagan --- Bob Tasca III

(LEFT) Dropping one spot on the list was Matt Hagan as he was unable to get past half track before the tires broke loose, forcing him to shut off to a 4.353 - 199.67. His very strong first session effort of 3.898 - 333.25 now had him sitting in the #4 spot.

(RIGHT) Sitting in the second spot with a great 3.865 - 330.80 before this run, Bob Tasca III was looking to match or exceed the earlier pass. It didn't happen as he smoked the tires early and slowed to a shutoff 5-second run.

Robert Hight

Being the quickest car in the previous round, Robert Hight had the honour of running in the final pair. Matched up against Ron Capps (not shown), Hight exactly matched his earlier 3.857 e.t. and nearly his speed too with a 331.45 mph clocking. Taking the bonus points for low e.t. of the first two qualifying sessions widened Hight's lead in the points chase as it was down to a two-car battle for the championship at this point.


TOP FUEL - Qualifying Session #2

The first session for the long skinny LOUD cars saw quite a few 3.70 passes, with Brittany Force eventually snagging the top rung on the ladder, just a thousandth of a second ahead of #2 Mike Salinas, with both racers clocking 3.71 e.t.'s. Just a few thousandths further back was title contender Justin Ashley, and in all, seven of the 14 cars that appeared ran 3.74 or quicker. The only racer to skip the session was the (relatively) low-buck operation of Cameron Ferre, driving the Terry Haddock car. He was originally slated to be in the Paton Family fueler, but the sudden passing of team owner Barry Paton put the plan on the backburner, while the Paton's dealt with their family issues.


Leah Pruett --- Steve Torrence

(LEFT) Based on first session performances, two of the "hitters" lead off the second round of qualifying. Leah Pruett improved dramatically and jumped into the top half of the field with a great 3.746 - 329.18 pass.

(RIGHT) Moving all the way to the top of the ladder was outgoing World Champion Steve Torrence, with a new low e.t. and top speed of 3.705 - 332.51. Scheduled to run opposite to him was Rob Passey, who elected to skip this round after a solid first session 4.032 - 297.48 effort.

Antron Brown --- Krista Baldwin

(LEFT) After a solid first session 3.74 pass, Antron Brown, sporting the Breast Cancer Awareness colours, lost traction immediately and shut off to a 17-second clocking.

(RIGHT) Sitting in the #12 spot after running 4.042 at only 215 mph, Krista Baldwin ran hard for a few hundred feet before losing grip and slowing to a 6-second pass.

Shawn Langdon --- Tony Schumacher

(LEFT) Another pink hued car was driven by Shawn Langdon, and while he didn't improve from his earlier 3.739, he showed great consistency with a very strong 3.751 - 328.14 timeslip that left him in the #6 position.

(RIGHT) Making it to the 300' mark before trouble set in, Tony Schumacher slowed to a 4.95 - 143.08 that left him in the #10 spot going into Saturday's final two qualifying sessions.

Austin Prock --- Justin Ashley

(LEFT) Another swing and a miss, as Austin Prock lost traction early and slowed to a 5.94, leaving him in the #5 spot courtesy of his earlier 3.731 - 328.30 shot.

(RIGHT) Failing to maintain grip right from the hit, Justin Ashley coasted to a 6.636 - 90.00, that paled in comparison to his first session 3.716 - 331.85 pass.

Mike Salinas --- Brittany Force

(LEFT) Following a hard burnout, Mike Salinas broke the string of busted runs, breaking into the 60's with a great 3.697 - 334.73 to move up one notch to #2 on the chart. Preventing him from capturing the top spot on the board was....

(RIGHT) The odds-on favourite for the 2022 Camping World Series Top Fuel World Championship, Brittany Force, as she nearly broke both her track records, lighting up the scoreboards with the best numbers of the day at 3.665 - 337.24 to cement her position at the top of the ladder.


NOSTALGIA FUNNY CAR - Qualifying Session #2

A very welcome addition to the show were some of the NHRA Heritage Series Nitro Nostalgia Funny Cars in the invitational field. Following hot on the heels of last week's California Hot Rod Reunion, the select group included the 2022 series champion, Bobby Cotrell driving the Bucky Austin car, and the next four cars in the points standings. Former NHRA Top Fuel racer Cory McClenathan in the "Mac Attack" car and a tribute car to Canada's "240" Gordie Bonin, driven by the son of one of Bonin's sponsors, Ryan Hodgson. In all, ten cars appeared and raced over the 1000' distance, unlike their usual quarter-mile competition. The schedule had them making two qualifying runs on Friday, two rounds of eliminations on Saturday, and the final round on Sunday afternoon.


Tim Boychuk - 'Happy Hour' (near lane) 
vs Ryan Hodgson - 'Bubble-Up-Pacemaker' (far lane) --- Bobby Cottrell - 'Northwest Hitter'

(LEFT)The two Canadian cars in the field, Tim Boychuk in his Camaro-bodied "Happy Hour" in the near lane faced Ryan Hodgson in the Firebird- bodied "Bubble-Up-Pacemaker" in the far lane. Both were solidly qualified in the #5 (Boychuk) and #6 (Hodgson) positions in the field. Following a close leave, the two cars matched strides until Hodgson drifted to the centerline at half track, then took out the 660' timing block. Boychuk stopped the timers with a 4.857 - 220.40 to move up to the #4 spot on the ladder. Hodgson stayed in the sixth position.

(RIGHT) Five-time Heritage Series Funny Car champion Bobby Cottrell, driving the "Northwest Hitter", ran hard for a few hundred feet but had to lift before he crossed the center stripe. His 6.026 - 121.20 was no help, but he remained in the top spot in the field with his earlier 4.758 - 237.09 effort.

Geoff Monise - 'Quarter Pounder' --- Billy Morris - 'Problem Child'

(LEFT) Running alongside Cottrell was the "Quarter Pounder" Firebird of long-time flopper racers (Keith) Clark and (Dale) Van Gundy, driven by Geoff Monise. Monise outran Cottrell to half track and kept the pedal down all the way to the finish line and a new low e.t. and top speed of 4.728 - 239.95. That had to be one of their best runs ever and served notice to the field that they were going to contend for the event win.

(RIGHT) Next out of the lanes was Billy Morris in Eddie Knox's "Problem Child" Camaro. He ran a strong 4.828 - 236.55 in the first session, and improved on that with a 4.809 - 234.37 to stay in the #4 spot.

Bill Windham - 'Shakedown' --- Jeff Gregory - 'Madness'

(LEFT) Sitting outside the field in the #10 spot was Bill Windham in his "Shakedown" Camaro. Needing to improve by half a tenth to move into field with it's current 5.06 bump spot, he failed to hook up on the launch and shut off to a 12-second clocking and an early ticket home.

(RIGHT) The only racer left with a chance to get into the field was Jeff Gregory in the all-black "Madness" Camaro, but he was able to do the deed and squeak in by a hundredth of a second with a 5.050 - 202.55 pass. It didn't come without a cost though, as lots of sparks and smoke came out of the right side pipes just before the finish line.

Cory McClenathan - 'Mac Attack' Cory McClenathan - 'Mac Attack' ---

After three unsuccessful Heritage Series races and one Funny Car Chaos appearance, Cory McClenathan had things going in the right direction with the "Mac Attack" entry. A solid 4.930 - 229.04 in the first session was followed by a slightly better 4.909 - 231.52 in the final pair of qualifying. Despite the good numbers on both runs, McClenathan sat near the bottom of the ladder in the #7 spot.


TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR - Qualifying Session #2

With a full (and overflowing) field for the first time in a while, the alky floppers had to outrun at least two cars to gain entrance to eliminations. Earlier in the day, the first session showed some serious performances with nine cars in the 5.50's and better, but the e.t.'s trailed off quickly below that point to the initial 8.623 bump spot. Holding that somewhat dubious honour was Sweden's Ulf Leanders, and at the other end of the spectrum, Chris Marshall sat on the top run with a season best 5.448 - 267.53 timeslip. Hot on his heels were three of the championship contenders, Sean Bellemeur, D.J. Cox Jr., and Doug Gordon, bunched in a tight group between 5.48 and 5.50. The season-long points leader, Shane Westerfield, sat well back in the #9 spot with a 5.585 e.t. on his first pass.


Doug Schneider --- Robert Turner

(LEFT) With the sun long gone and air and track temperatures dropping, the session started with Doug Schneider trying to improve on his solid first session 5.650 - 255.82 career best numbers. He lost traction almost immediately, and pedalled, but the 6.680 - 249.49 on the scoreboard showed that it was a wasted run.

(RIGHT) Running in the opposite lane was England's Robert Turner, making one of his infrequent appearances in the U.S.A. His first run saw the car breaking soon after leaving the starting line, and on this pass he crossed the centerline at half track, taking out two timing blocks, and ended up with "no time recorded". With only one qualifier left, he was in deep trouble, qualifying-wise.

Mike Doushgounian --- Ulf Leanders

(LEFT) Looking to put down a representative run, Mike Doushgounian got up on the tire quickly and pushed the "Pro-Cal Trucking" Camaro to a good 5.632 - 257.83 that moved him up the ladder from #15 to #11.

(RIGHT) Taking his second shot at the track, Ulf Leanders got off the bump spot, but didn't improve as much as the team expected. While a 5.750 - 256.02 was a decent run, it only moved Leanders up two spots to #14 on the list.

Randy Parker --- Jim Whiteley

(LEFT) Driving a new car that will be in the hands of returning veteran Clint Thompson next week, Randy Parker put down another consistent run at 5.775 - 253.80, but ended up on the bump spot with his earlier, and slightly quicker 5.755 being the new target for the non-qualified cars.

(RIGHT) The next pair featured former two-time Top Alcohol Dragster World Champion Jim Whiteley, and he ran into nothing but trouble, shutting off to an 8-second pass. However, his earlier 5.569 - 261.07 was good enough to hold onto the #8 spot and in the top half of the field.

Brian Hough --- Doug Gordon

(LEFT) Running in the lane opposite to Whiteley, Oregon's Brian Hough nearly matched his first session times, being just a few thousandths slower on e.t. and less than one mph on speed. This run stopped the clocks at 5.509 - 265.06 at solidified his grip on the #6 spot. And the numbers were the best of the round by nearly a tenth of a second.

(RIGHT) That quick run by Hough was quickly forgotten when the scoreboards lit up for former World Champion Doug Gordon. The "BETA" team pounded out a very quick 5.455 - 268.81 to move up two spots to #2 on the charts.

D. J. Cox Jr. --- Greg Bellemeur

(LEFT) Making the long trek from the East Coast, championship contender D. J. Cox Jr. made his Las Vegas debut as he fought to remain in the points chase. His first session 5.501 - 264.80 had him in the #5 spot, but this time he had to fight the car all the way down the track, and amazingly, nearly his earlier run with a very good 5.513 - 262.64 timeslip.

(RIGHT) Hoping to take advantage of the stellar conditions, Sean Bellemeur and the "Killer B's" team tried to leapfrog over Doug Gordon and Chris Marshall to take the top spot. They improved from their earlier 5.484 to a 5.455 - 268.17 that still left them in the third spot behind Gordon and Marshall, but showed they were right in the mix for the battle on Saturday and Sunday.

Not shown is the other car in that final pair of the session: Chris Marshall in his "Disturbed" entry. He blasted out what could be a track record with a brilliant 5.419 - 269.13 to serve notice to the troops that he's running on "mean" this weekend.


Saturday

PRO STOCK - Qualifying Session #3


Shane Tucker --- Dallas Glenn

(LEFT) Shane Tucker

(RIGHT) Dallas Glenn

Troy Coughlin Jr. --- Alan Prusiensky

(LEFT) Troy Coughlin Jr.

(RIGHT) Alan Prusiensky

Kenny Delco --- Kenny Delco

Kenny Delco

Fernando Caudra Sr. --- Mason McGaha

(LEFT) Fernando Caudra Sr.

(RIGHT) Mason McGaha

Fernando Caudra Jr. --- Camrie Caruso

(LEFT) Fernando Caudra Jr.

(RIGHT) Camrie Caruso

Chris McGaha --- Chris McGaha

Chris McGaha

Matt Hartford --- Matt Hartford

Matt Hartford

Kyle Koretsky --- Cristian Cuadra

(LEFT) Kyle Koretsky

(RIGHT) Cristian Cuadra

Deric Kramer --- Greg Anderson

(LEFT) Deric Kramer

(RIGHT) Greg Anderson

Bo Butner III --- Bo Butner III

Bo Butner III

Erica Enders --- Erica Enders

Erica Enders

Aaron Stanfield --- Aaron Stanfield

Aaron Stanfield



TOP FUEL DRAGSTER- FINAL Qualifying Session


Clay Millican --- Krista Baldwin

(LEFT) Clay Millican

(RIGHT) Krista Baldwin

Leah Pruett --- Tony Schumacher

(LEFT) Leah Pruett

(RIGHT) Tony Schumacher

Josh Hart --- Doug Kalitta

(LEFT) Josh Hart

(RIGHT) Doug Kalitta

Steve Torrence --- Brittany Force

(LEFT) Steve Torrence

(RIGHT) Brittany Force


FUEL FUNNY CAR - FINAL qualifying session


Terry Haddock --- Bobby Bode III

(LEFT) Terry Haddock

(RIGHT) Bobby Bode III

Steven Densham --- Blake Alexander

(LEFT) Steven Densham

(RIGHT) Blake Alexander

Cruz Pedregon --- Chad Green

(LEFT) Cruz Pedregon

(RIGHT) Chad Green

Alexis DeJoria --- John Force

(LEFT) Alexis DeJoria

(RIGHT) John Force

Ron Capps --- J.R. Todd

(LEFT) Ron Capps

(RIGHT) J.R. Todd

Robert Hight

Robert Hight

Ed 'The Outlaw' Jones --- Curt White - 'Iceman

(LEFT) Ed 'The Outlaw' Jones

(RIGHT) Curt White - 'Iceman" Jet Dragster


NOSTALGIA FUNNY CAR - Eliminations Round Two


Geoff Monise - 'Quarter Pounder'

Geoff Monise - 'Quarter Pounder'

Bobby Cottrell - Northwest Hitter' --- Kris Krabill - Bartone & Lebor'

(LEFT) Bobby Cottrell - Northwest Hitter'

(RIGHT) Kris Krabill - Bartone & Lebor'


TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER - Eliminations Round Two


Madison Payne --- Hunter Green

(LEFT) Madison Payne

(RIGHT) Hunter Green

Jackie Fricke --- Kim Parker

(LEFT) Jackie Fricke

(RIGHT) Kim Parker

Tony Stewart --- Chris Demke

(LEFT) Tony Stewart

(RIGHT) Chris Demke

Shawn Cowie

Shawn Cowie


TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR - Eliminations Round Two


Brian & Mindy Hough --- Brian Hough

(LEFT) Brian & Mindy Hough

(RIGHT) Brian Hough

Annie Whiteley --- Doug Gordon

(LEFT) Annie Whiteley

(RIGHT) Doug Gordon

Matt Gill --- Chris Marshall

(LEFT) Matt Gill

(RIGHT) Chris Marshall


Sunday

NHRA Nevada Nationals - Sunday FINAL Rounds

Ken Mostowich (near lane) vs 
Gabriel Torres (far lane) --- Chris Lewis (near lane) vs 
Dave Holmes (far lane)

(LEFT) SUPER COMP - Ken Mostowich (near lane) vs Gabriel Torres (far lane)

(RIGHT) SUPER GAS - Chris Lewis (near lane) vs Dave Holmes (far lane)

Greg Stanfield - GT/JA (near lane) 
vs Tyler Wudarczyk - GT/MA (far lane) --- Leo Glasbrenner (near lane) vs 
Steve Wann (far lane)

(LEFT) SUPER STOCK - Greg Stanfield - GT/JA (near lane) vs Tyler Wudarczyk - GT/MA (far lane)

(RIGHT) STOCK - Leo Glasbrenner (near lane) vs Steve Wann (far lane)

Jarrod Granier - D/SM 
(near lane) vs Jeff Taylor - B/AA (far lane) --- Jeff Korn - T/D (near lane) vs 
Aaron Steinkey - T/D (far lane)

(LEFT) COMP - Jarrod Granier - D/SM (near lane) vs Jeff Taylor - B/AA (far lane)

(RIGHT) TOP DRAGSTER - Jeff Korn - T/D (near lane) vs Aaron Steinkey - T/D (far lane)

NOSTALGIA FUNNY CAR

Billy Morris (near lane) vs 
Bobby Cottrell (far lane)

Billy Morris (near lane) vs Bobby Cottrell (far lane)

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR

Annie Whiteley (near lane) vs 
Doug Gordon (far lane)

Annie Whiteley (near lane) vs Doug Gordon (far lane)

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER

Madison Payne (near lane) vs 
Tony Stewart (far lane)

Madison Payne (near lane) vs Tony Stewart (far lane)

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE

Matt Smith (near lane) vs 
Hector Arana Jr. (far lane)

Matt Smith (near lane) vs Hector Arana Jr. (far lane)

PRO STOCK

Erica Enders (near lane) vs 
Troy Coughlin Jr. (far lane)

Erica Enders (near lane) vs Troy Coughlin Jr. (far lane)

FUNNY CAR

Matt Hagan (near lane) vs 
Robert Hight (far lane)

Matt Hagan (near lane) vs Robert Hight (far lane)

TOP FUEL

Mike Salinas (near lane) vs 
Brittany Force (far lane)

Mike Salinas (near lane) vs Brittany Force (far lane)