2023 NHRA THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS - EVENT RESULTS
SUNDAY FINAL - ASHLEY, CAPPS, ENDERS AND JOHNSON PICK UP WINS AT NHRA THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS
Justin Ashley completed a doubleheader sweep at Bristol Dragway, powering to the Top Fuel win at the 22nd annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals on Sunday with a track speed record run in the final round, a day after winning the NHRA New England Nationals at Bristol.
Ron Capps (Funny Car), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Steve Johnson (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won at the eighth of 21 races during the 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season.
Ashley defended his Bristol event win on Sunday with a thrilling performance in the final round, going 3.718-seconds at a track record speed of 336.49 mph in his 11,000-horsepower Phillips Connect/Toyota dragster to defeat Antron Brown. It handed Ashley his second event win in two days – as well as the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge victory – his fourth victory of the year and the ninth in his career, as well the points lead.
Ashley reached the final round with wins against Doug Foley, Josh Hart and Austin Prock before delivering another standout performance against Brown in the final round, capping off an unbelievable weekend.
“It's been a fantastic weekend, certainly, the best weekend of my racing career,” Ashley said. “The key word for this weekend is team. It was a team effort to be able to throw out eight win lights in a row like that, and to leave one weekend with three victories is amazing, it's something I didn't know was possible.
“Just Mike Green, Tommy DeLago and the guys – all weekend they worked hard to make something happen. We came in with that objective, to leave with all the wins, and it’s not an easy thing to accomplish. But we got it done today.”
Brown reached the final round for the second time this season and the 132nd time in his career with round wins against defending world champion Brittany Force, Tony Schumacher and Doug Kalitta.
It was a monumental day for Capps in the Funny Car ranks as well, as the defending back-to-back world champion became the all-time wins leader at Bristol, picking up his seventh win at the track after going 3.998 at 325.45 in his 11,000-horsepower NAPA Auto Parts Toyota GR Supra in the final round against Alexis DeJoria. After three visits to the final round this season, it’s the first victory of the season for Capps, who also moved into the points lead with the win.
To reach the final round, Capps knocked off Dave Richards, John Force and Chad Green before coming up with his 74th career victory in impressive fashion.
“We kept at, we've been close – three final rounds – should have been a win already but this is probably the most demanding racetrack there is to drive a Funny Car and I think anybody will tell you that that drives one,” Capps said. “I probably cost us a couple qualifying runs, I just couldn't hold onto it and keep it in the middle and thankfully I got my act together on Sunday. It's such a relief to see that Wally again. I honestly can tell people, you never know if you're going to see it again. That's how tough it is.
“I think any driver who has success somewhere will tell you, you just feel the mojo. It's hard to explain it, but I've won here with different crew chiefs, different sponsors, different owners. I can't really pinpoint it, I just know the very first year we ever came here, from the get-go it's been a love affair with this area. This feels like a second home.”
It’s the second final round this year for DeJoria and the 14th in her career after she knocked off Cruz Pedregon, Bobby Bode and No. 1 qualifier Robert Hight.
Enders put to rest her early-season struggles in Pro Stock in a major way this weekend in Bristol, capping off a stellar weekend with her first win of the season, which was clinched with a run of 6.680 at 204.08 in her Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage/Melling Performance Chevrolet Camaro. Poised for a big turnaround, Enders and her team made a massive move in Thunder Valley, qualifying No. 1 and then earning her 44th career win and third at Bristol Dragway.
She advanced to the final round with victories against Mason McGaha, Kyle Koretsky and Greg Anderson. With the win, Enders moved up six places to eighth in points, signaling she may be back to her winning ways of 2022, when she picked up 10 victories and cruised to her fifth championship.
“This is super gratifying, and I don't know if people truly understand what it means,” Enders said. “Yes, we've won a lot of races, but to finish the year we had last year in the fashion that we did and then to start the year as horribly as we did is a real gut-check. It's one of those things you have to battle through. Even though we go through these valleys, you just have to put your head down and go to work.
“We’ve struggled with our racecar, but I've struggled mentally as a driver as well. It definitely takes a toll on you, and you question a lot of things, and you lose your confidence and maybe a little of your swagger. But my dad told me to just put my head down and remember who I am, a five-time champion. It's refreshing to know that so many people believe in me, I just have to remember to believe in myself.”
Kramer, who won in Charlotte, reached the final round for the fourth straight race and 11th time overall, beating Troy Coughlin Jr., No. 1 qualifier Aaron Stanfield, who won the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge on Saturday, and Cristian Cuadra. Dallas Glenn maintained the points lead in the class, with Kramer moving up to second.
In a major upset in the Pro Stock Motorcycle ranks, Johnson won in the final when points leader Gaige Herrera went red and suffered his first loss of the season. Johnson went 7.174 at 158.63 on his to earn his 12th career win, denying Herrera his fourth straight victory to open the season. Herrera entered the championship round 14-0 in 2023, but he left too soon by .011, handing Johnson his first victory of the season and his first win at Bristol Dragway.
Johnson reached his first final round this season with victories against Joey Gladstone, Eddie Krawiec and Hector Arana Jr., setting up the win against a rider who had dominated in the class up until that point.
“The Suzuki Hayabusa Gen 3 body is the newest coolest thing in Pro Stock Motorcycle racing,” Johnson said. “We got it, it's the 25th anniversary of Suzuki next year and we're really into trying to promote it. It's totally different. It looks the same, but the feel and how the motorcycle rides down the track it's totally different.
“In the finals racing Gaige, he's got a really, really fast Suzuki and I was like, okay, what do you want to do? We talked about timing, jetting, all these things, but it was like, we just have to throw the kitchen sink at it. But we didn't have one. So, we said we'll just do what we can. We did some stuff that probably wasn't right, but I looked up and saw our win light, and I let off to save the parts. I was pretty happy with it, but it's pretty shocking.”
Herrera, who was the No. 1 qualifier, easily maintained the points lead, advancing to his fourth straight final round with wins against Ron Tornow, rookie Chase Van Sant and Angie Smith.
The NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series returns to action June 22-25 with the 17th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
Final finish order (1-16) at the 22nd annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. The race is the eighth of 21 events in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series.
1. Justin Ashley; 2. Antron Brown; 3. Doug Kalitta; 4. Austin Prock; 5. Steve Torrence; 6. Josh Hart; 7. Spencer Massey; 8. Tony Schumacher; 9. Brittany Force; 10. Shawn Langdon; 11. Leah Pruett; 12. Mike Salinas; 13. Doug Foley; 14. Dan Mercier; 15. Cameron Ferre; 16. Clay Millican.
1. Ron Capps; 2. Alexis DeJoria; 3. Chad Green; 4. Robert Hight; 5. Matt Hagan; 6. Tim Wilkerson; 7. John Force; 8. Bobby Bode; 9. Terry Haddock; 10. J.R. Todd; 11. Mike McIntire; 12. Dave Richards; 13. Alex Laughlin; 14. Bob Tasca III; 15. Dale Creasy Jr.; 16. Cruz Pedregon.
1. Erica Enders; 2. Deric Kramer; 3. Cristian Cuadra; 4. Greg Anderson; 5. Kyle Koretsky; 6. Dallas Glenn; 7. Camrie Caruso; 8. Aaron Stanfield; 9. Shane Tucker; 10. Troy Coughlin Jr.; 11. Jerry Tucker; 12. Matt Hartford; 13. Fernando Cuadra Jr.; 14. Mason McGaha; 15. David Cuadra; 16. Bo Butner.
PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:
1. Steve Johnson; 2. Gaige Herrera; 3. Angie Smith; 4. Hector Arana Jr; 5. Eddie Krawiec; 6. Chip Ellis; 7. Chase Van Sant; 8. Ryan Oehler; 9. Marc Ingwersen; 10. Joey Gladstone; 11. Jianna Evaristo; 12. Kelly Clontz; 13. John Hall; 14. Marcus Hylton; 15. Matt Smith; 16. Ron Tornow.
SATURDAY QUALIFYING - QUALIFYING LEADERS UNCHANGED, ASHLEY, TASCA, STANFIELD, HERRERA WIN #2FAST2TASTY
Gaige Herrera continued his perfect run in Pro Stock Motorcycle on Saturday at Bristol Dragway, winning the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge and securing his fourth straight No. 1 qualifier at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
In the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge, Aaron Stanfield (Pro Stock) also won the bonus event in Bristol. Leah Pruett (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Erica Enders (Pro Stock) all qualified No. 1 at the eighth of 21 races during the 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season.
In the final round of the bonus event, Herrera was quicker on the starting line against Hector Arana Jr., posting a .009 reaction time and a run of 6.849-seconds at 194.83 mph on his Mission Foods/Vance & Hines Suzuki. It’s Herrera’s second Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge victory this season, with his run of 6.808 at 198.61 earlier on Saturday giving him the No. 1 qualifier. Herrera hasn’t lost a round in 2023 and will aim for his fourth straight win on Sunday as he opens eliminations against Ron Tornow in what also is Herrera’s Thunder Valley debut.
“It makes me feel better that I went out there and did my job,” Herrera said. “I had to fight the bike a little bit from going towards the wall, and I think that's why we slowed up a little bit. But that was a good run with Hector. I was glad to get the holeshot and come out on top. Just to be a part of the whole Mission Challenge is very cool.
“It’s been a wonderful journey so far. This whole season has been a dream come true, like I've been saying, and to do it like we've been doing it is just incredible. I'm just glad to be part of it.”
Arana Jr. qualified second with a 6.839 at 199.02 and Eddie Krawiec’s 6.855 at 198.03 put him third.
Stanfield claimed the win in the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge on Saturday in his Janac Brothers Chevrolet Camaro, going 6.637 at 206.32 in his Camaro to defeat points leader Dallas Glenn. Stanfield, the defending event winner in Bristol, claimed his first victory in the specialty race on the strength of two outstanding runs, knocking off Deric Kramer in the opening round with a 6.631 at 206.80. The young standout will look to defend his Bristol crown on Sunday and make it a double-win weekend in the process.
“This is really cool. Qualifying is normally about just making a nice clean run, so to add a little competition in there and to turn on the win light and get a little redemption is great,” Ashley said.
“Drag racing has a lot of highs and lows, and we've been struggling a little bit the beginning of the season, but they've been working very hard. We've turned it around, and I've just got a really good hot rod. I had a really good racecar pretty much all year last year, and I think we're getting back to that place.”
Enders officially earned her first No. 1 of the season, as her run of 6.627 at 205.88 from Friday in her Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage/Melling Performance Chevrolet held up. It also gives the defending and five-time world champ her 30th career No. 1 qualifier and plenty of momentum as she heads into eliminations. She’ll open eliminations against Mason McGaha, searching for her first win of the season.
“I definitely feel a lot more confident than we have heading into the other Sundays so far this season,” Enders said. “We seem to have a racecar back underneath us and that's truly exciting, we just have to go to work tomorrow, execute the best that we can and try to park the JHG/Melling Performance car in the winner's circle.
We'll see what happens tomorrow, but hopefully it's a long, successful Sunday here in Bristol. I'm just so, so thrilled that we're back. It's just really exciting. No matter what happens, we've just worked so incredibly hard, these guys haven't had a day off in months, and you're seeing it come to fruition.”
Stanfield qualified in the second spot and Cristian Cuadra’s 6.632 at 206.04 put him third heading into Sunday.
In Top Fuel, Pruett enjoyed her first No. 1 qualifier of the season for Tony Stewart Racing, as her run of 3.745 at 322.42 in her 11,000-horsepower Rush Truck Centers dragster from Friday easily stood up on Sunday. It’s also the 14th career No. 1 spot for Pruett, who will open eliminations against Spencer Massey. Pruett has been solid for the bulk of the 2023 season, but she will be looking for her first win of the season and first victory at Bristol Dragway on Sunday.
“This No. 1 is just a testament to the consistency that this team has had all season long. It's the culmination of our performance that has led up to this,” Pruett said. “There is nothing like racing on Sunday and racing in Thunder Valley. We got the highs and the lows and the emotions of racing in qualifying. You get the echo of the cars here, and hopefully, we echo our performance of qualifying No. 1 and bring that into raceday all day. I'm eager. It's going to be an early morning for all, but the fans will have a good long day of watching cars.”
Brittany Force qualified second with a 3.747 at 334.48, and Torrence’s 3.753 at 329.10 gave him the third slot.
Funny Car’s Robert Hight earned his second No. 1 spot this season and 79th in his career on the strength of his 3.938 at 321.35 from Friday in his 11,000-horsepower Cornwell Tools Chevrolet Camaro SS. Hight will take on Alex Laughlin to open eliminations aiming for his second career win at Bristol Dragway.
“My team has a pretty good handle on all the conditions – we've raced a lot of different conditions, and we have a lot of data to look at,” Hight said. “We do have a new combination, and we're trying to get through that, but if we get the cylinder dropping fixed, this thing will have three-second runs all day tomorrow. That's probably what it's going to take to win, especially first round.
“Tomorrow is a new day, we're starting from a good spot, we're back with Cornwell for tomorrow, and we need to get them their first win.
Capps took the second spot with his 3.962 at 318.92 from Friday and Chad Green’s 3.969 at 322.50 gave him third.
Eliminations for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals begin at 10 a.m. ET on Sunday at Bristol Dragway.
Sunday's first-round pairings for eliminations for the 22nd annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, the eighth of 21 events in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday. DNQs listed below pairings.
Top Fuel -- 1. Leah Pruett, 3.745 seconds, 322.42 mph vs. 16. Spencer Massey, 3.928, 308.50; 2. Brittany Force, 3.747, 334.48 vs. 15. Antron Brown, 3.907, 292.90; 3. Steve Torrence, 3.753, 329.10 vs. 14. Shawn Langdon, 3.842, 323.97; 4. Justin Ashley, 3.755, 327.74 vs. 13. Doug Foley, 3.841, 287.66; 5. Mike Salinas, 3.762, 327.35 vs. 12. Josh Hart, 3.819, 321.12; 6. Doug Kalitta, 3.764, 319.22 vs. 11. Clay Millican, 3.808, 327.11; 7. Dan Mercier, 3.768, 317.72 vs. 10. Tony Schumacher, 3.797, 323.58; 8. Austin Prock, 3.787, 326.08 vs. 9. Cameron Ferre, 3.795, 322.11.
Did Not Qualify: 17. Lex Joon, 4.095, 248.16.
Funny Car -- 1. Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.938, 321.35 vs. 16. Alex Laughlin, Dodge Charger, 4.182, 302.08; 2. Ron Capps, Toyota Supra, 3.962, 318.92 vs. 15. Dave Richards, Ford Mustang, 4.160, 294.24; 3. Chad Green, Mustang, 3.969, 322.50 vs. 14. Terry Haddock, Mustang, 4.125, 297.55; 4. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 3.972, 329.26 vs. 13. Bobby Bode, Mustang, 4.094, 268.28; 5. Alexis DeJoria, Supra, 3.999, 322.88 vs. 12. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 4.072, 318.39; 6. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.004, 318.99 vs. 11. Dale Creasy Jr., Charger, 4.067, 281.60; 7. J.R. Todd, Supra, 4.025, 325.53 vs. 10. John Force, Camaro, 4.063, 324.36; 8. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.038, 314.61 vs. 9. Mike McIntire, Toyota Camry, 4.044, 300.80.
Did Not Qualify: 17. John Smith, 4.250, 305.15; 18. Paul Lee, 4.295, 212.59.
Pro Stock -- 1. Erica Enders, Chevy Camaro, 6.627, 205.88 vs. 16. Mason McGaha, Camaro, 6.692, 204.20; 2. Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 6.631, 206.80 vs. 15. Fernando Cuadra Jr., Ford Mustang, 6.679, 205.47; 3. Cristian Cuadra, Mustang, 6.632, 206.04 vs. 14. David Cuadra, Mustang, 6.671, 205.01; 4. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.638, 205.79 vs. 13. Jerry Tucker, Camaro, 6.670, 205.38; 5. Dallas Glenn, Camaro, 6.642, 205.94 vs. 12. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.661, 204.98; 6. Camrie Caruso, Camaro, 6.643, 205.91 vs. 11. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.656, 206.23; 7. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.643, 204.54 vs. 10. Troy Coughlin Jr., Camaro, 6.655, 205.66; 8. Kyle Koretsky, Camaro, 6.651, 206.20 vs. 9. Shane Tucker, Camaro, 6.653, 206.07.
Did Not Qualify: 17. Chris McGaha, 6.708, 204.79; 18. Fernando Cuadra, 6.709, 204.63; 19. Larry Morgan, 6.741, 204.20.
Pro Stock Motorcycle -- 1. Gaige Herrera, Suzuki, 6.808, 198.61 vs. 16. Ron Tornow, Victory, 7.062, 189.71; 2. Hector Arana Jr, EBR, 6.839, 199.02 vs. 15. Marcus Hylton, 7.057, 189.58; 3. Eddie Krawiec, Suzuki, 6.855, 198.03 vs. 14. Kelly Clontz, Suzuki, 7.014, 193.79; 4. Angie Smith, EBR, 6.856, 197.36 vs. 13. Jianna Evaristo, Suzuki, 6.984, 193.65; 5. Chip Ellis, EBR, 6.857, 196.73 vs. 12. John Hall, Buell, 6.943, 193.57; 6. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.875, 195.36 vs. 11. Joey Gladstone, Suzuki, 6.942, 193.52; 7. Marc Ingwersen, EBR, 6.891, 194.16 vs. 10. Ryan Oehler, EBR, 6.928, 195.28; 8. Matt Smith, Suzuki, 6.904, 196.39 vs. 9. Chase Van Sant, Suzuki, 6.911, 193.85.
Did Not Qualify: 17. Lance Bonham, 7.260, 181.89; 18. Chris Bostick, 7.346, 186.30.
FRIDAY QUALIFYING - PRUETT, HIGHT, ENDERS & HERRERA EARN PROVISIONAL NO. 1 SPOTS AT NHRA THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS
Leah Pruett raced to the Top Fuel qualifying lead on Friday at Bristol Dragway, taking the provisional No. 1 spot at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
Robert Hight (Funny Car), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Gaige Herrera (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also the provisional No. 1 qualifiers at the eighth of 21 races during the 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season. The first round of eliminations in Top Fuel and Funny Car from the postponed NHRA New England Nationals also took place on Friday in Bristol.
Pruett put together a run of 3.745-seconds at 322.42 mph in her 11,000-horsepower Rush Truck Centers dragster, as the standout for Tony Stewart Racing looks to pick up her first No. 1 qualifier this season and 14th in her career. Pruett’s run also gave her a first-round win in the postponed NHRA New England Nationals, which are being completed this weekend in Bristol. With a chance for a big weekend during the doubleheader event, Pruett was thrilled with her start on Friday.
“We had a lot of chaos, but staying calm in those moments was huge,” Pruett said. “I love running at night and that was an incredible feeling. The fans are so loud here in Bristol and I just love it. This is absolutely going to be a race to remember this weekend. We got to enjoy that moment and now we’ll go back into raceday mode for tomorrow. I like how we’re racing right now and I want to just continue to build on that.”
Other first round winners of the NHRA New England Nationals in Top Fuel included No. 1 qualifier Antron Brown, Steve Torrence, Brittany Force, Justin Ashley, Tony Schumacher and Mike Salinas. Force’s run of 3.747 at 334.48, which tied the track speed record, puts her in the No. 2 qualifying spot for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, with Torrence right behind after he went 3.753 at 329.10.
Funny Car’s Robert Hight took care of business in qualifying, vaulting to the No. 1 spot with his run of 3.938 at 321.35 in his 11,000-horsepower Cornwell Tools/AAA Chevrolet Camaro SS. If the run holds, it would give Hight his second No. 1 qualifier this season and the 79th in his career, and it also sent the veteran to the second round of the NHRA New England Nationals. The rest of that race from Epping will be completed on Saturday in Thunder Valley and Hight knew it would be a different challenge coming into the weekend. Thus far, he’s handled it well with big plans for the next two days in Bristol.
“This is all new for all of us. We've never really done anything like this, and it's a different mindset going up there than if you're just qualifying,” Hight said. “You have to cut a light, be ready, and put up the best E.T. you can. It's a little different but it's exciting for the fans. It's also exciting to race at night. I love it. There's not a better setting in all of motorsports than Thunder Valley here in the evening as the sun is going down. It's beautiful, and I think fans got their money's worth today.
“It's exciting and getting this win tonight is a big deal. We'll get a good night's sleep, get up in the morning, and be ready and focused to go again. You have to be more focused this weekend than you've ever had to be before.”
Other first round winners of the NHRA New England Nationals in Funny Car included No. 1 qualifier Chad Green, Bob Tasca III, Matt Hagan, J.R. Todd, Alex Laughlin and John Force. Ron Capps, who lost to Tasca on a holeshot, is qualified second in Bristol with a 3.962 at 318.92 and Green’s 3.969 at 322.50 has him third for Sunday’s race.
After struggling for the bulk of the Pro Stock season, Enders bounced back in a big way on Friday and made a strong statement in the process, going to the No. 1 spot in her Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage/Melling Performance Chevrolet with a run of 6.627 at 205.88. It puts Enders, the reigning and five-time world champion, on track to earn her first No. 1 spot of the season and the 30th in her incredible career. Enders and her team have worked hard to get things back on track and the car showed signs in Chicago, and then made another huge jump with Friday’s strong run.
“We feel like we figured out what our problem was Chicago E1, we made the run and were low for the session, tested, and it translated here. It's super exciting,” Enders said. “I'm just super excited to be back on the pole. That's not something that really means a whole lot to me because I don't love it, but it's just, it's exciting.
“I know it's only race seven, but it feels like seven years. It's been excruciating. Today we made big strides in the right direction for our whole organization, and what we found is going to translate to all of our cars. I think you can look for really great things from our Elite Motorsports camp.”
Elite Motorsports dominated the top of qualifying on Friday, with Cristian Cuadra taking the second spot with a run of 6.632 at 206.04 and Aaron Stanfield right behind in third with a 6.636 at 206.89.
In his first appearance at Bristol Dragway, Herrera continued to put on an impressive show, going 6.820 at 196.63 in the second session on his Mission Foods/Vance & Hines Suzuki to grab the provisional No. 1 position. It’s the fourth straight track where Herrera is making his NHRA debut this year and he’s won at the first three thus far. He’s also on track to earn his fourth straight No. 1 qualifier as Herrera bounced back with a stellar a subpar run to open the day.
“It’s very cool to be racing here at Bristol,” Herrera said. “Based on what Andrew (Hines) and Eddie (Krawiec) and a few riders told me, it definitely played out how they said it would. This track is different and you have to be more aware.
“After the first round, I was just mad at myself for what I did. It just made me more determined to ride better and do better. I went out there like it was raceday, I pushed the tree, and I rode as best I could. It lit a fire under me, and I went out there and rode the bike how I know I can.”
Eddie Krawiec, who made the best run in the opening session, is currently qualified second with a 6.855 at 198.03, and Angie Smith is in the third spot after she went 6.856 at 197.36.
Qualifying continues at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. The second round of eliminations from the NHRA New England Nationals in Top Fuel and Funny Car takes place at 2 p.m., followed by semifinals between rounds and the championship round during final qualifying in Bristol.
Friday's results after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the 22nd annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, eighth of 21 events in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday's final eliminations.
Top Fuel -- 1. Leah Pruett, 3.745 seconds, 322.42 mph; 2. Brittany Force, 3.747, 334.48; 3. Steve Torrence, 3.753, 329.10; 4. Justin Ashley, 3.755, 327.74; 5. Mike Salinas, 3.762, 327.35; 6. Doug Kalitta, 3.764, 319.22; 7. Dan Mercier, 3.768, 317.72; 8. Austin Prock, 3.787, 326.08; 9. Cameron Ferre, 3.795, 322.11; 10. Tony Schumacher, 3.797, 323.58; 11. Josh Hart, 3.819, 321.12; 12. Doug Foley, 3.841, 287.66; 13. Shawn Langdon, 3.846, 316.82; 14. Clay Millican, 3.888, 271.79; 15. Antron Brown, 3.907, 292.90; 16. Spencer Massey, 4.602, 169.17.
Not Qualified: 17. Lex Joon, 8.101, 123.15.
Funny Car -- 1. Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.938, 321.35; 2. Ron Capps, Toyota Supra, 3.962, 318.92; 3. Chad Green, Ford Mustang, 3.969, 322.50; 4. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 3.972, 329.26; 5. Alexis DeJoria, Supra, 3.999, 322.88; 6. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.004, 318.99; 7. J.R. Todd, Supra, 4.025, 325.53; 8. Mike McIntire, Toyota Camry, 4.044, 300.80; 9. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 4.051, 308.50; 10. John Force, Camaro, 4.063, 324.36; 11. Dale Creasy Jr., Charger, 4.067, 281.60; 12. Bobby Bode, Mustang, 4.094, 268.28; 13. Terry Haddock, Mustang, 4.125, 297.55; 14. Alex Laughlin, Charger, 4.182, 302.08; 15. Paul Lee, Charger, 4.295, 212.59; 16. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 5.182, 146.24.
Not Qualified: 17. Dave Richards, 6.836, 94.60; 18. John Smith, 7.596, 93.28.
Pro Stock -- 1. Erica Enders, Chevy Camaro, 6.627, 205.88; 2. Cristian Cuadra, Ford Mustang, 6.632, 206.04; 3. Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 6.636, 206.89; 4. Dallas Glenn, Camaro, 6.643, 206.01; 5. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.643, 204.54; 6. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.645, 206.64; 7. Troy Coughlin Jr., Camaro, 6.655, 205.66; 8. Kyle Koretsky, Camaro, 6.655, 205.63; 9. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.656, 206.23; 10. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.661, 204.98; 11. Camrie Caruso, Camaro, 6.685, 205.98; 12. Mason McGaha, Camaro,
6.692, 204.20; 13. Fernando Cuadra Jr., Mustang, 6.693, 204.88; 14. Fernando Cuadra, Mustang, 6.709, 204.63; 15. Shane Tucker, Camaro, 6.715, 203.58; 16. Larry Morgan, Camaro, 6.741, 204.20.
Not Qualified: 17. David Cuadra, 6.749, 196.99; 18. Chris McGaha, 7.158, 153.49; 19. Jerry Tucker, 16.522, 48.66.
Pro Stock Motorcycle -- 1. Gaige Herrera, Suzuki, 6.820, 196.93; 2. Eddie Krawiec, Suzuki, 6.855, 198.03; 3. Angie Smith, EBR, 6.856, 197.36; 4. Marc Ingwersen, EBR, 6.891, 194.16; 5. Chip Ellis, EBR, 6.908, 194.80; 6. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.923, 192.91; 7. Matt Smith, Suzuki, 6.934, 195.17; 8. Hector Arana Jr, EBR, 6.935, 192.55; 9. Joey Gladstone, Suzuki, 6.942, 193.52; 10. John Hall, Buell, 6.943, 193.57; 11. Chase Van Sant, Suzuki, 6.988, 193.21; 12. Ron Tornow, Victory, 7.062, 189.71; 13. Kelly Clontz,
Suzuki, 7.107, 193.07; 14. Marcus Hylton, 7.154, 187.21; 15. Lance Bonham, Buell, 7.260, 178.33; 16. Ryan Oehler, EBR, 7.466, 149.00.
Not Qualified: 17. Jianna Evaristo, 7.578, 137.60; 18. Chris Bostick, 15.944, 47.40.