COWIE, GORDON LEAD FIRST-DAY NHRA WINTERNATIONALS QUALIFYING
The first day of qualifying for the 2019 season is in the book, with a familiar face as the quickest sportsman drag racer on the property.
Shawn Cowie, the 2018 NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster series runner-up, started off the new season the same way he did last year with a first-day, provisional No. 1. Cowie laid down an impressive 5.166, 280.25 mile per hour run.
Matt Sackman was second quickest with a 5.181, 276.52 lap, just ahead of Julie Nataas, who finished the day with a 5.223, 281.13 best.
Doug Gordon jumped out to the early Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying lead with a 5.444, 270.45 pass, just ahead of Ulf Leanders' 5.476, 266.74. Shane Westerfield was third with a 5.479, 271.02.
Cody Lane, behind the wheel of his Super Stock/B Stock Cavalier, took the top honors (-1.183, .8.467) in Super Stock, edging out Bo Butner behind the wheel of his GT/AA Sunfire (-1.137, 8.563).
Classic cars took the top three spots in Stock as Leroy Duran's U/Stock Automatic '76 Mustang was -1.227 under the index with a 13.623. Mike Cotten's F/Stock Automatic Duster was second and Jim Meador's first-gen Camaro was third.
After two sessions of Comp Eliminator, Tom Mettler's Dodge Dakota Pro Stock Truck was atop the field with a 7.293, -0.677 under.
Other provisional low qualifiers included Zach Sackman (Top Dragster) and Phil Dion (Top Sportsman)