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2 Antron Brown 269
3 Doug Kalitta 267
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2 John Force 294
3 Ron Capps 289
4 Del Worsham 283
5 Jack Beckman 271
6 Courtney Force 265
7 Chad Head 236
8 Alexis De Joria 233
9 Tim Wilkerson 221
10 Matt Hagan 150
11 Tommy Johnson 149
12 Cruz Pedregon 146
13 John Hale 126
14 James Campbell 109
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2 Greg Anderson 415
3 Bo Butner 331
4 Drew Skillman 264
5 Chris McGaha 214
6 Allen Johnson 212
7 Jeg Coughlin 191
8 Vincent Nobile 175
9 Erica Enders 171
10 Alex Laughlin 154
11 Deric Kramer 135
12 V Gaines 124
12 Matthew Hartford 124
14 Shane Gray 117
15 Joey Grose 94

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2 Hector Arana 99
3 Andrew Hines 79
4 LE Tonglet IV 74
5 Chip Ellis 62
6 Michael Ray Jr 52
6 Gerald Savoie 52
6 James Underdahl 52
9 Angelle Sampey 35
10 Scott Pollacheck 33
10 Melissa Surber 33
12 Steve Johnson 32
13 Hector Arana Jr 31
13 Mike Berry 31
13 Michael Phillips 31
13 Angie Smith 31
Kalitta, Force, McGaha Top Phoenix Qualifying

Sunday, February 23, 2014


John Force
NHRA Funny Car icon John Force will be seeking his seventh consecutive final round appearance from the No. 1 qualifying position Sunday at the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel) and Chris McGaha (Pro Stock) also will lead their classes into tomorrow’s 11 a.m. eliminations as the No. 1 qualifiers at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event.

Force, the 16-time world champ and current series leader, claimed his second consecutive No. 1 position of the season and fifth in a row dating to last year on Saturday with his Friday track record performance of 3.990 seconds at 317.79 mph. It is the 148th No. 1 of Force’s career and his eighth at the multi-purpose motorsports facility near Phoenix.

"It doesn’t matter who you’re racing,” said Force, who won the season-opening race two weeks ago in Pomona. “The baddest kid or the worst can win if your car gets down the racetrack.”

Force will face Jeff Diehl in the first round of eliminations tomorrow as he goes for his 140th career victory and his ninth Phoenix win.

Tommy Johnson Jr. fell to Force at the season opener in Pomona and returned to Phoenix in style, securing the No. 2 spot with a 4.029 at 316.08. He will face two-time Funny Car champ Tony Pedregon in the first round of eliminations.

Robert Hight, Alexis DeJoria and Del Worsham round out the top five in Funny Car qualifying.

Doug Kalitta
In Top Fuel, Kalitta’s Friday performance of 3.735 at 327.74 was good enough to secure his second consecutive No. 1 qualifying position of the season and at this event. It is the 38th career top qualifier for Kalitta, who was runner-up to winner Khalid alBalooshi two weeks ago at Pomona, Calif.

“It’s been going good,” Kalitta said. “We’ve just been trying to keep our heads down and do the best we can. We will just see if the win light can come on in our lane.”

Kalitta will try to go one round further when he opens the race Sunday against Scott Palmer. He is searching for his first win since Dallas last season.

Tony Schumacher struggled in Pomona, qualifying 10th and falling in the first round. Determined to have a better start, the seven-time world champ was able to pilot his U.S. Army dragster to second with a performance of 3.757 at 325.74. He opens against Terry McMillen in round one of eliminations.

Nine drivers recorded passes in the 3.7-second range, which will make Top Fuel extremely competitive. Steve Torrence, Shawn Langdon and Antron Brown will also race from top five starting positions on Sunday.

McGaha earned his first career Pro Stock No. 1 qualifying position with a performance of 6.530 at 210.64 in his Chevy Camaro. Utilizing equipment purchased from 2009 Pro Stock Champion, McGaha was thrilled to lead the field in Phoenix.

“Being number one is really hard to explain,” an ecstatic McGaha said. “This really hasn’t sunk in yet.”

The Texan will open against Australian Shane Tucker and will be gunning for his first win. Despite this being only his second time he has qualified in the top half of a Pro Stock field, McGaha has a feeling this could be his weekend.

“You feel that way, but until it happens you don’t know,” McGaha said. “But if we can continue to make good runs, I am feeling very confident.”

McGaha’s run from day one was challenged by defending event winner Erica Enders-Stevens. The driver of the Elite Motorsports Chevy Camaro posted a 6.531 to pull right behind McGaha in the 16-car lineup. Enders-Stevens will race local favorite Matt Hartford in the first round.

Pomona winner Jason Line, Vincent Nobile and Shane Gray had strong qualifying efforts and rounded out the top five in qualifying.

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