BRADSHAW, GORDON LEAD FIRST DAY NHRA WINTERNATIONALS QUALIFYING
Past NHRA Lucas Oil champion and former Top Fuel racer Alan Bradshaw made the most of his one ran Thursday at the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Ca.
Bradshaw, subbing for Justin Ashley behind the wheel of Randy Meyer's Top Alcohol Dragster, threw down the gauntlet with a 5.283, 277.37 to edge defend world champion Joey Severance, who turned in a 5.285, 272.72. Shawn Cowie was third with a 5.300, 268.28.
Top Alcohol Funny Car racer Doug Gordon, from Paso Robles, Ca., raced to the top of the list with a 5.513, 268.71 to grab a sizeable lead over second-quickest Brian Hough's 5.552, 264.39. Shane Westerfield was third with a 5.603.
Dan Fletcher, on the cusp of 100 national event victories, was the top qualifier in Comp Eliminator with a -0.670, 8.030 performance against the C/Econo Altered standard.
Larry Zavala's GT/IA Camaro overtook SS/A Ron Roddel's SS/A Grand-Am in the third and final Super Stock session with a 9.614, -1.036 performance.
Lindy Lindholm's Newport Beach, Ca.-based 1974 Firebird topped Stock qualifying with an 11.274, -1.026 performance against the I/SA standard.
Gary Ross (6.572) and Bob Button (6.073) led Top Sportsman and Top Dragster qualifying respectively.