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The latest update as of September 15, 2023

Pep Boys NHRA Nationals

A few quick hits from the first round of Top Alcohol qualifying

The first pair of Top Alcohol Funny Cars down the track set some high marks with the slower car, running 5.520 - 267.54 to put driver Phil Burkart Jr. into the #2 position. Taking the top spot, after the first pair was the A/Funny Car (injected NITRO) of Mick Steele, who set what must be a best ever run for the injected option at 5.519 - 254.71. The speed indicates that the car wasn't running strong all the way to the stripe, so there must be more in that combination as the sorting-out process continues.

Matt Gill dipped into the 5.40's with a very strong 5.464 - 269.56 to grab the top spot, before the final pair of the round, Greg Bellemeur and Bob McCosh Jr. came to the line. Expecting side-by-side 5.40's - or possibly even quicker than that - it was over quickly for Bellemeur as tire shake and a wheelstand ended their pass, while McCosh motored on to a solid 5.495 - 264.80 to grab the #2 rung on the ladder.

The dragsters are on track now but we won't be able to report on the entire session, as this is a work day for the webmaster. However, we can report that the first car out of the lanes, Earl Nichols Jr. in the Samsel Racing "rent-a-ride" ran a career best at 5.192 - 273.22 to show just how fast the conditions were.