Kalitta, Wilkerson, Coughlin, Jr. Hold Top Qualifying Spots at Bristol

Doug Kalitta

Doug Kalitta is the current Top Fuel No. 1 qualifier Friday evening at the 17th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car) and Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) are also provisional qualifying leaders at the 11th of 24 events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

Kalitta piloted his Mac Tools dragster to a 3.781-second pass at 326.71 mph during the second round of qualifying to claim the no. spot with Steve Torrence sitting in the second position followed by Leah Pritchett.

Wilkerson powered his Mustang to a 3.895 pass at 328.22 to take the lead in the Funny Car class over Robert Hight and Courtney Force, Coughlin Jr. currently holds the Pro Stock top spot after running a 6.694 at 204.85 in his Chevrolet Camaro followed by Bo Butner and Erica Enders.

Qualifying for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals continues at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Bristol Dragway.

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