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Position Driver Points
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02 Antron Brown 92
03 Spencer Massey 78
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06 Doug Kalitta 56
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02 Ron Capps 94
03 Del Worsham 74
04 Robert Hight 73
05 Courtney Force 61
06 Tommy Johnson Jr 60
07 John Hale 51
08 Bob Bode Jr 46
09 John Force 40
10 Cruz Pedregon 38
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17 Terry Haddock 10
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02 Drew Skillman 97
03 Erica Enders-Stevens 81
04 Rodger Brogdon 80
05 Chris McGaha 55
06 Larry Morgan 54
07 Shane Gray 52
07 Allen Johnson 52
09 Greg Anderson 34
09 Vincent Nobile 34
11 Jimmy Alund 32
11 Jonathan Gray 32
13 V Gaines 31
13 Joey Grose 31
13 Matthew Hartford 31
13 Deric Kramer 31
17 Jeffrey Isbell 10
Lucas, Hight, Line Top Winternationals Qualifying

by Pete McCole
Sunday, February 12, 2012


Morgan Lucas put his Toyota on pole
Morgan Lucas, Robert Hight and Jason line raced to the no. 1 qualifier positions in their respective divisions on Saturday in the rain-shortened final qualifying round for Sunday’s season-opening NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. 

Lucas nailed down his fifth career Top Fuel no. 1 qualifier position as the last driver to take to the track in the afternoon session before it was cut short by persistent rain showers.

Clocking in with a 3.783 at 325.06 mph, Lucas knocked Spencer Massey off the top spot to re-claim the pole standing atop the leaderboard for the first two qualifying sessions.

“We’ve made some good runs in the past, but I’ve never driven a car like this one,” Lucas said. “The way it drives and the way it steers is so nice it’s crazy. To start the year like this is tremendous. We found two really good guys with our crew chiefs Aaron (Brooks) and Rod (Centorbi) that have shown what our core group is capable of.”

Massey held on for the second position with a pass of 3.820, 325.14. Bob Vandergriff was third at 3.832, 322.65. Antron Brown (3.833, 322.81) and Brandon Bernstein (3.836, 314.90) rounded out the top five.

Troy Buff and Steve Chrisman missed the cut, while Rod Fuller held on for the bump spot and will face Lucas in the first round.

Robert Hight
Robert Hight went from missing the Funny Car field to the pole on Saturday, taking advantage of cool track temperatures to time in at 4.060 at 316.52 mph for his 40th career no. 1 qualifier.

After breaking on the burnout on Thursday and going up in smoke on Friday, Hight was 18th coming into Saturday’s round, and in danger of missing the show along with teammate Mike Neff, but both answered the bell with Neff putting his Ford Mustang into the top five as well.

“It’s amazing how things can change so fast,” Hight said. “We went in this morning not qualified and ended up going to the No. 1 spot. We lost a run the first run here; it broke a blower drive shaft. We put that behind us, but we went out the next run, and it shook. So there were big, big decisions today. The temperature dropped, and the track got even better. I would have liked to have gotten another run. Jimmy (Prock, crew chief) looked at the run, and he thought we would have run better.”

Hight will face Jack Beckman got the second seed, running 4.068, 315.71 to take the spot away from Johnny Gray, who held onto third with a time of 4.098, 313.15. Neff was fourth with a 4.103, 309.77, followed by Bob Tasca III at 4.109, 309.34.

Among those missing the show were Cruz Pedregon and Jim Head. Rookie Todd Lesenko grabbed the bump spot to face Hight in the opening round on Sunday.

Defending Pro Stock champion Jason Line raced to his 25th career no. 1 qualifier position, posting the quickest pass of the weekend to unseat Mike Edwards from the top spot.

After struggling in the opening session on Thursday, Line improved to fourth after Friday’s sessions and was the only driver in the top five to advance his position on Saturday, turning in the quickest pass of the event with a 6.535 at 212.23 mph.

Line will face Grace Howell in the opening round of eliminations on Sunday.

“We finally made a better run today,” Line said. “There’s more left, and we’re struggling a little bit with Greg’s (Anderson, teammate) car right now, but it’s good that we made a solid run with at least one of our cars. We didn’t test much this winter because we’ll be taking delivery on our new Camaros at about the time of the Atlanta race. It’s tough at the first of the year without much testing, but we were able to pick up where we left off from last year.”

Edwards (6.545, 211.86), Ronnie Humphrey (6.548, 211.96), Allen Johnson (6.548, 211.39) and Greg Anderson (6.556, 211.49) made up the rest of the top five. Warren Johnson and Steve Kent failed to qualify.

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