NEAL, DYER PACE FIRST DAY U.S. NATIONALS QUALIFYING
Five Lucas Oil divisions hit the track on Wednesday, the official first day of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, with two sessions apiece for Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp and Super Gas. The Factory Stock Showdown also made two time trial runs.
Veteran Super Stock racer Ernie Neal, of Columbus, Ind., was the class of Super Stock division with his GT/N Cavalier, running -1.505 under the 11.05 index. He edged out Larry Zavala, who ran a 9.705, -1.295 with his SS/JA 1989 Camaro.
On the other end of the spectrum, Sean Dornan sits on the bubble with his SS/BA Belvedere with a -.469, 9.431.
The top 14 qualifiers in Super Stock were all one-second under the index.
Bill Dyer's Factory Stock/K Mustang went to the top of Stock in Q-1 with a 10.312 elapsed time, -1.588 under the 11.90 index. Usual top qualifier Gary Summers' and his index-bashing U/Stock Automatic was second quickest with a 13.269, -1.581 under the index.
Pro Stock ace Drew Skillman sits on the bubble with an 8.882, -.818 under the Factory Stock/A index.
A whopping 44 Stock qualifiers all went one second under their respective indexes.
David Barton jumped out early in Factory Stock Showdown qualifying, as he pushed his COPO Camaro to an 8.158 elapsed time at 164.91 miles per hour.
In Mopar Hemi Challenge competition, Gary Wolkwitz was quickest with an 8.443 elapsed time at 156.75 miles per hour.
Qualifying resumes on Thursday morning at 8 AM, with Stock class eliminations scheduled for later in the day.