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Top Fuel
Position Driver Points
01 Shawn Langdon 124
02 Antron Brown 92
03 Spencer Massey 78
04 Larry Dixon Jr 73
05 Richie Crampton 59
06 Doug Kalitta 56
07 Steve Torrence 54
08 Leah Pritchett 52
09 Tony Schumacher 36
10 Brittany Force 33
11 Troy Buff 32
11 Dave Connolly 32
13 Steven Chrisman 31
13 Terry Mc Millen 31
13 Clay Millican 31
13 J.R. Todd 31
17 Steve Faria 10

Funny Car
Position Driver Points

01 Matt Hagan 107
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
11 Tony Pedregon 34
12 Alexis De Joria 33
13 Tim Wilkerson 32
14 Gary Densham 31
15 Chad Head 30
16 Jeff Arend 16
17 Terry Haddock 10
18 Jack Beckman 5

Pro Stock
Position Driver Points

01 Jason Line 123
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
Langdon, Gray, Edwards Top Qualifiers at Phoenix

NHRA
Saturday, February 18, 2012

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Johnny Gray
Johnny Gray held on to the No. 1 spot in Funny Car Saturday as qualifying came to an end at the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway.

Shawn Langdon and Mike Edwards also were qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the second of 23 races in the 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing season.

Gray powered his Service Central Dodge Charger to a 4.074-second pass, the quickest lap of the weekend, at 298.93 mph Friday night and kept the top spot through Saturday qualifying to secure his second career No. 1 qualifying position.

“Rob (Wendland, crew chief) backed the thing down and got it ready for tomorrow,” said Gray. “He said we ought to run about a 4.12, and that’s what we ran, so we’re real confident going into tomorrow that we’ve got the Service Central/Big O car ready to compete. The car really ran good at the end of last year, and we runner-upped here last year. We just missed it by a hair in the final, so hopefully we can end up back there and learn from the mistake we made here last year and go ahead and win this thing.”

Gray will face Funny Car driver Grant Downing in the first round of eliminations on Sunday. Recent race winner John Force qualified fifth in the field, while defending event winner Jack Beckman qualified sixth. Rookie driver Courtney Force raced to the 12th qualifying spot in the category, while Kalitta Motorsports driver Alexis DeJoria’s pass of 4.296 was not strong enough to secure her a spot in Sunday’s eliminations.

After setting the track record Friday night, Langdon kept his Al-Anabi Racing dragster in the top spot in Top Fuel through Saturday qualifying. Langdon’s Friday night pass of 3.754 at 323.12 stayed strong enough to secure him his second career No. 1 qualifying position.

“It feels great to qualify No. 1 in just the second race of the year,” said Langdon. “I’m still trying to process all this stuff and catch up with these (Al-Anabi team) guys. They are so good. Giving me such a good race car helps my confidence as a driver. Race day will be different than qualifying. There’s a lot more pressure. But it’s nothing that this team can’t handle. As a driver I will try to do the best job I can. I hope to move forward and get my first win.”

Shawn Langdon
Langdon will pair up against Top Fuel pilot Troy Buff in the first round of eliminations Sunday. Three-time Firebird International Raceway winner Tony Schumacher secured the second spot in the field while Schumacher’s teammate Antron Brown locked in the fifth spot in the category.

In Pro Stock, Edwards took the top spot away from Friday qualifying leader Jason Line when he powered his Penhall/Interstate Batteries Pontiac GXP to a 6.536 at 210.80. The pass not only set the track record for time, but also secured Edwards his 40th career No. 1 qualifier, fourth consecutive at Firebird International Raceway and fifth overall at the track.

“There’s something about the desert,” said Edwards. “Our car seems to run really good here. I can’t put my finger on why this happens, but we even ran good in the heat here last year. Anytime that you can qualify No. 1, it’s really good for us. But we’ll have to work hard to stay up there, because Jason (Line) and Greg (Anderson) really came on strong in the final qualifying session.”

Edwards will face NHRA legend Warren Johnson in the first round of eliminations on Sunday. Line qualified second for the event and recent race winner Anderson qualified fifth. Eliminations for the NHRA Arizona Nationals begin Sunday at 11 a.m.

Top Fuel -- 1. Shawn Langdon, 3.754 seconds, 323.12 mph  vs. 16. Troy Buff, 7.720, 299.66; 2. Tony Schumacher, 3.783, 324.44  vs. 15. Mike Strasburg, 4.069, 245.32; 3. Steve Torrence, 3.788, 321.19  vs. 14. Brandon Bernstein, 3.871, 314.46; 4. Spencer Massey, 3.795, 323.81  vs. 13. Cory McClenathan, 3.864, 314.61; 5. Antron Brown, 3.796, 320.36  vs. 12. Terry McMillen, 3.857, 313.73; 6. David Grubnic, 3.803, 321.96  vs. 11. Clay Millican, 3.846, 316.60; 7. Doug Kalitta, 3.804, 317.19  vs. 10. Bob Vandergriff, 3.824, 320.20; 8. Morgan Lucas, 3.813, 315.64  vs. 9. Khalid alBalooshi, 3.823, 316.15.

Funny Car -- 1. Johnny Gray, Dodge Charger, 4.074, 301.07  vs. 16. Grant Downing, Charger, 4.250, 289.63; 2. Mike Neff, Ford Mustang, 4.096, 307.51  vs. 15. Bob Bode, Chevy Impala, 4.224, 296.24; 3. Jim Head, Toyota Solara, 4.107, 297.29  vs. 14. Jeff Arend, Solara, 4.201, 298.54; 4. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.110, 305.56  vs. 13. Todd Lesenko, Impala, 4.195, 289.51; 5. John Force, Mustang, 4.115, 307.51  vs. 12. Courtney Force, Mustang, 4.180, 297.75; 6. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.124, 303.43  vs. 11. Tony Pedregon, Impala, 4.142, 293.86; 7. Cruz Pedregon, Solara, 4.129, 297.75  vs. 10. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.134, 296.05; 8. Robert Hight, Mustang, 4.132, 304.32  vs. 9.
Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 4.134, 307.72.

Did Not Qualify: 17. Alexis DeJoria, 4.296, 291.82; 18. Gary Densham, 4.348, 275.73; 19. Tim Wilkerson, 4.435, 242.36; 20. Jeff Diehl, 4.610, 201.04.

Pro Stock -- 1. Mike Edwards, Pontiac GXP, 6.536, 211.76  vs. 16. Warren Johnson, GXP, 6.626, 207.50; 2. Jason Line, GXP, 6.539, 211.10  vs. 15. Jeg Coughlin, Dodge Avenger, 6.624, 209.04; 3. Ronnie Humphrey, GXP, 6.543, 211.16  vs. 14. Greg Stanfield, GXP, 6.604, 209.75; 4. Vincent Nobile, Avenger, 6.549, 210.70  vs. 13. Shane Gray, GXP, 6.603, 208.46; 5. Greg Anderson, GXP, 6.556, 210.64  vs. 12. Kurt Johnson, GXP, 6.602, 209.49; 6. Allen Johnson, Avenger, 6.564, 210.44  vs. 11. Larry Morgan, Ford Mustang, 6.597, 210.01; 7. Erica Enders, Chevy Cobalt, 6.567, 210.41  vs. 10. Steve Kent, GXP, 6.596, 209.07; 8. Ron Krisher, GXP, 6.573, 210.21  vs. 9. Rodger Brogdon, GXP, 6.593, 209.39.

Did Not Qualify: 17. Grace Howell, 6.645, 206.54; 18. V. Gaines, 6.666, 207.66.

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