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The latest update as of October 30, 2021


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We've got a huge batch of photos from yesterday's first qualifying session at Las Vegas. Here's the first few pics, featuring the top qualifiers in the PRO and PRO Sportsman categories. We've got much more to post but it's going to be tomorrow before we can get caught up. In the meantime, enjoy these "appetizers".

Greg Anderson - 'Hendricks Cars' -PRO --- Kyle Koretsky - 'Lucas Oil' - PRO

(LEFT) The Pro Stock points leader, Greg Anderson laid down a hard burnout before his qualifying pass, but his 6.670 - 205.32 wasn't quite good enough to take the #1 position - as he has done so often this season.

(RIGHT) Holding down the top spot on the ladder with an earlier pass was one of the "young guns" in the class, Kyle 'Kid Kaos' Koretsky as he carded the quickest e.t. of the session, with a 6.667 - 205.10 coming up on the scoreboards.

Alexis DeJoria - 'Bandero Tequila' - FC --- John Force - 'Peak' - FC

(LEFT) After a slow start to the season and some indifferent results in the first four races of the countdown (three 1st round losses and one semifinal), the "Bandero Tequila" team of Alexis DeJoria and Del Worsham picked up the pace with a win at the last race on the tour (Dallas) and set the early pace here with a 3.889 - 327.03 to hold the #1 spot going into Saturday's final two qualifying sessions.

(RIGHT) Still hanging in there in the championship hunt, only 101 points behind leader Ron Capps, is the 'ol' truck driver' John Force, wearing a throwback logo to his early days in Funny Car with a "Brute Force" decal on the car. He joined the 3-second gang with a second best of the session 3.902 - 328.54, showing he was ready to rumble.

Brittany Force - 'Monster Energy' - TF --- Brittany Force - 'Monster Energy' - TF

Any guesses as to who's the low qualifier in Top Fuel? Of course it's Brittany Force as crew chief David Grubnic tuned her to another "Monster" run, as she cranked out another #1 at 3.693, coupled with a huge speed of 330.41 mph to take the provisional pole for the umpteenth time in 2021.

Chris Marshall - 'Disturbed Racing' - TA/FC --- Doug Gordon - 'Beta Cycles' TA/FC

(LEFT) Seldom seen on the NHRA scene this year is Oregon's Chris Marshall, but he made his presence known at The Strip in a real hurry - like in 5.504 seconds at 265.01 mph. This was only his fourth NHRA race of 2021, following two regional races - both wins - and a semifinal finish at the U.S. Nationals. Like he has for the past few seasons, he's a real threat to the full-time competitors.

(RIGHT) Speaking of competitors, here's the Top Alcohol Funny Car points leader, Doug Gordon who staked his claim for a final round finish this weekend by opening his race with a very solid 5.541 - 265.17 to slot into the #3 position. However, lurking just one spot behind him on the ladder is the only racer with a chance to overtake him for the national championship is Greg Bellemeur of the 'Killer B's' team.

Kim Parker - 'Carstar' - A/FD --- Mike Coughlin - 'McPhillips Racing' - A/FD

(LEFT) No, it's not Matt Cummings or Rich McPhillips (Jr. or Sr.) in the seat, but in the latest driver swap for the McPhillips team, Mike Coughlin made his national event debut in A/Fuel Dragster. He made quite an impression too, clocking 5.240 - 271.95 to take the top rung on the ladder going into Saturday's final qualifying session.

(RIGHT) Finally getting the bugs out of the car after nearly two years of running in the 5.30's and slower, Kim Parker pushed the "CarStar" entry to a #4 qualifying 5.305 - 266.126. It wasn't everything they wanted, but definitely a step in the right direction for a team that ran as quick as 5.153 three years ago.


Here's all the pictures from Friday's qualifying, starting with a couple of miscellaneous pics then going straight into Top Alcohol qualifying.


1400 HP Mustang --- 200 MPH Electric Dragster


TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR - Qualifying Session #1


Steve Gasparelli - TA/FC --- Don Hudson - 'DHM' - TA/FC

Ray Martin - 'IVAT' - TA/FC --- Mike Doushgounian - 'Pro-Cal' - TA/FC

Terry Ruckman - 'Ruckman Bros.' - TA/FC --- Annie Whiteley - 'J&A Services' - TA/FC

Nick Januik - 'Plan B' - TA/FC --- Bob McCosh - TA/FC

Doug Gordon - 'Beta Cycles' - TA/FC --- Doug Gordon - 'Beta Cycles' - TA/FC

Chris Marshall & BUG - TA/FC


TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER - Qualifying Session #1


Ron Anderson - 'Dr. Lip Bang' - A/FD --- Mike Austin - 'LAD Automotive' - B/AD

Kim Parker - 'Carstar' - A/FD --- Casey Grisel - 'Darien & Grisel' - A/FD

Joey Severance - 'J&A Services' - B/AD --- Shawn Cowie - 'Mundie's Towing' - B/AD


PRO MOD - Qualifying Session #1


Dimitry Samorukov - PM --- Jim Whiteley - 'J&A Services' - PM

Mike Salinas - 'Scrappers Racing' - PM --- Lyle Barnett - 'Elite Performance' - PM

Khalid alBalooshi - 'Bahrain 1' - PM --- Mike Castellana - 'AAP' - PM

Doug Winters - 'Stinar' - PM --- J.R. Gray - 'Gray Contracting' - PM

Justin Bond - 'Bahrain 1' - PM --- Brandon Snider - 'J&A Services' - PM


PRO STOCK QUALIFYING - Session #1


Martin Robertson - 'Elite HP' - PS --- Alan Prusiensky - 'eCarMover' - PS

Richie Stevens Jr. - 'Vita-C Shot' - PS --- Cristian Cuadra - 'Corral' - PS

Deric Kramer - 'Get BioFuel' - PS --- Troy Coughlin Jr. - 'Jegs' - PS

Mason McGaha - 'Harlow Sammons Racing' - PS --- Chris McGaha - 'Harlow Sammons Racing' - PS

Kyle Koretsky - 'Lucas Oil' - PS --- Erica Enders - 'Elite Performance' - PS

Greg Anderson - 'Hendrick Cars' - PS


FUNNY CAR QUALIFYING - Session One


Steven Densham - 'MidWest' - FC --- Chris Morel - 'Litle City Charger' - FC

Tony Jurado - 'Pure Crop 1' - FC --- Tony Jurado - 'Pure Crop 1' - FC

Jeff Diehl - 'RATT' - FC --- Bobby Bode - 'Ar-Bee' - FC

Terry Haddock - 'Circle Racing Wheels - FC --- Terry Haddock - 'Circle Racing Wheels - FC

Chad Green - 'Bond-Coat' - FC --- Tim Wilkerson - 'Levi, Ray & Shoup' - FC

Jim Campbell - 'KGC Construction' - FC --- Robert Hight - 'Auto Club' - FC

Alexis DeJoria - 'Bandero Tequila' - FC --- Alexis DeJoria - 'Bandero Tequila' - FC

Bob Tasca III - 'Motorcraft' - FC --- Cruz Pedregon - 'Snap-On' - FC

John Force - 'Peak' - FC --- John Force - 'Peak' - FC

Matt Hagan - 'Direct Connection' - FC --- Matt Hagan - 'Direct Connection' - FC

Ron Capps - 'Pennzoil' - FC


TOP FUEL QUALIFYING - Session One


Brandon Welch - 'Max Mileage' - TF --- Rob Passey - 'Seven23 Entrprises' - TF

Troy Buff - 'BME' - TF --- Cameron Ferre - 'EMPI' - TF

Alex Laughlin - 'Havoline' - TF --- Tripp Tatum - 'TT Racing' - TF

Josh Hart - 'R+L Carriers' - TF --- Shawn Langdon - 'CMR Roofing' - TF

Doug Kalitta - 'MAC Tools' - TF --- Antron Brown - 'Matco Tools' - TF

Leah Pruett - 'Direct Connection' - TF --- Billy Torrence - 'Capco Contractors' - TF

Justin Ashley - 'Vita-C Shot' - TF --- Mike Salinas - 'Scarppers Racing' - TF

Steve Torrence - 'Capco Contractors' - TF --- Brittany Force - 'Monster Energy' - TF

Brittany Force - 'Monster Energy' - TF --- Brittany Force - 'Monster Energy' - TF


TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR - Qualifying Session Two


Ray Martin - 'Ivat Coatings' - TA/FC --- Jake Guadagnolo - 'M7 Performance' - TA/FC

Mike Doushgounian - TA/FC --- Terry Ruckman - 'Ruckman Brothers' - TA/FC

Steve Macklyn - 'B&J Transmissions' - TA/FC --- Kris Hool - 'C-Tech Manufacturing' - TA/FC

Greg Bellemeur - 'Hussey Performance' - TA/FC --- Shane Westerfield - 'Rick Jackson Motorsports' - 
TA/FC

--- Chris Marshall BUG --- Chris Marshall - 'Disturbed Racing' - TA/FC


TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER - Qualifying Session Two


Gord Gingles - 'Doucette Racing' - A/FD --- Chris Demke - 'Penn-Rite' - B/AD

Mike Quayle - A/FD --- Mike Burns - 'Let's Roll Racing' - A/FD

Jackie Fricke - 'Finke Equipment' - A/FD --- Casey Grisel - 'Darien & Grisel' - A/FD

Duane Shields - 'Muscle Milk' - A/FD --- Kim Parker - 'Carstar' - A/FD

Julie Nataas - 'OTG' - A/FD --- Shawn Cowie - 'Mundie's Towing' - B/AD

Mike Coughlin - 'McPhillips Racing' - A/FD


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