Qualifying For The E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway – Mello Yello Drag Racing Returns!


Qualifying For The E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway – Mello Yello Drag Racing Returns!

(Photos by Mike Burghardt) — The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series returned to action for the first time since February, and Funny Car’s Tommy Johnson Jr. picked up where he left off, powering to the No. 1 spot on Saturday at the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

 

Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) led qualifiers in their respective categories at the delayed third race of the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. Kyle Wurtzel failed to qualify with his huge qualifying, starting line explosion!

 

Johnson, who won the last race more than four months ago before NHRA suspended competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic, earned his 19th No. 1 qualifier on Saturday, going 3.983-seconds at 317.72 mph in his 11,000-horsepower MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. He will meet Don Schumacher Racing teammate Ron Capps in the first round of eliminations. Jonnie Lindberg, who is filling in for Bob Tasca after Tasca was diagnosed with COVID-19, qualified second with a 3.987 at 318.24 and was the only other driver in the class to make a 3-second run. Points leader Jack Beckman, who has advanced to the final round at the first two races in 2020, qualified third with a run of 4.050 at 298.47.

“It’s just a great start after such a long layoff and all the uncertainty,” said Johnson, who is second in points. “It’s great to be able to carry the momentum from Phoenix right into this race and not miss a beat. The guys worked hard those four months so to be able to give them a No.1 qualifier right out of the box and just carry that momentum is really good.”

Torrence, the defending and back-to-back Mello Yello Top Fuel world champ, also won at the last race in Phoenix and looked just as impressive months later in Saturday qualifying, picking up his 25th career No. 1 qualifier with a run of 3.779 at 321.19 in his 11,000-horsepower Capco Contractors dragster. He’ll start eliminations against Luigi Novelli and will be seeking his 38th career win. Torrence was also the only driver to reach the 3.70s on Saturday, as Doug Kalitta (above), who won the opening race of the year in Pomona, qualified second with a 3.804 at 316.30. Terry McMillen will start from third after going 3.812 at 316.75 during the final qualifying session.

In Pro Stock, Jason Line’s retirement tour resumed in strong fashion, as he drove his Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro to the top spot with a 6.626 at 206.10. Line, who is currently third in points, grabbed his 56th career No. 1 qualifier and will taken on Alan Prusiesnky to open eliminations, looking for his first win of 2020. Jeg Coughlin Jr., who is also retiring from full-time competition in the class after the season, is second with a 6.635 at 206.89. Coughlin won the opening race of the year, and his Elite Motorsports teammate and defending world champ Erica Enders, who won in Phoenix, is third after going 6.637 at 206.86.

Veteran Steve Johnson on his Pro Stock Motorcycle Suzuki qualified seventh with a 6.959 at 189.58 mph.

Serving as the season opener in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class, Krawiec jumped to the top spot on his Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson FXDR with an impressive run of 6.897 at 196.24. In earning his 47th career No. 1 qualifier, Krawiec was the first rider to reach the 6.80s on Saturday, going to the top during the first qualifying session.

 

 

BROWNSBURG, Ind. — Sunday’s first-round pairings for eliminations for the Inaugural E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, the third of 18 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.  Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday. DNQs listed below pairings.

 

Top Fuel — 1. Steve Torrence, 3.779 seconds, 321.19 mph  vs. 16. Luigi Novelli, 8.836, 91.78; 2. Doug Kalitta, 3.804, 316.30  vs. 15. Lex Joon, 5.221, 135.63; 3. Terry McMillen, 3.812, 316.75  vs. 14. Antron Brown, 4.397, 185.82; 4. Billy Torrence, 3.859, 316.08  vs. 13. Terry Totten, 4.286, 203.12; 5. T.J. Zizzo, 3.862, 310.41  vs. 12. (above) Cory McClenathan, 4.120, 228.58; 6. Clay Millican, 3.866, 314.02  vs. 11. Doug Foley, 3.999, 268.28; 7. Tony Schumacher, 3.877, 292.90  vs. 10. Leah Pruett, 3.934, 306.33; 8. Shawn Langdon, 3.919, 314.02  vs. 9. Justin Ashley, 3.922, 270.64.

Did Not Qualify: 17. Kyle Wurtzel, broke.

 

Funny Car — 1. Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger, 3.983, 317.72  vs. 16. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.555, 184.70; 2. Jonnie Lindberg, Ford Mustang, 3.987, 318.24  vs. 15. Bob Bode, Mustang, 4.436, 221.74; 3. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.050, 298.47  vs. 14. Mike McIntire, Toyota Camry, 4.425, 199.11; 4. J.R. Todd, Camry, 4.056, 282.95  vs. 13. (above) Alex Miladinovich, Camry, 4.382, 246.53; 5. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 4.083, 310.48  vs. 12. Dale Creasy Jr., Charger, 4.317, 235.43; 6. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.090, 289.07  vs. 11. Daniel Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.194, 256.80; 7. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 4.097, 304.53  vs. 10. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.168, 254.47; 8. Paul Lee, Charger, 4.110, 267.80  vs. 9. Blake Alexander, Mustang, 4.146, 259.36.

 

Pro Stock — 1. Jason Line, Chevy Camaro, 6.626, 206.10  vs. 16. Alan Prusiensky, Dodge Dart, 6.700, 205.10; 2. Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, 6.635, 206.89  vs. 15. Bruno Massel, Camaro, 6.692, 206.64; 3. (above) Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.637, 206.86  vs. 14. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.684, 205.72; 4. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.638, 206.70  vs. 13. Troy Coughlin Jr., Ford Mustang, 6.678, 206.16; 5. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.642, 206.29  vs. 12. Val Smeland, Camaro, 6.677, 206.51; 6. Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 6.653, 206.61  vs. 11. Kyle Koretsky, Camaro, 6.662, 205.60; 7. Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.654, 206.95 vs. 10. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.661, 206.92; 8. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.658, 205.94  vs. 9. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.660, 207.05.

 

Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.897, 196.24  vs. 16. David Barron, EBR, 7.482, 175.00; 2. Matt Smith, EBR, 6.899, 196.04  vs. 15. Chris Bostick, Suzuki, 7.304, 183.10; 3. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.904, 194.24  vs. 14. Ron Tornow, Victory, 7.171, 186.59; 4. Scotty Pollacheck, EBR, 6.913, 195.73  vs. 13. Kelly Clontz, Suzuki, 7.084, 188.67; 5. Ryan Oehler, EBR, 6.931, 195.59  vs. 12. Marc Ingwersen, EBR, 7.074, 190.70; 6. Angie Smith, EBR, 6.948, 194.35  vs. 11. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 7.054, 189.98; 7. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.959, 189.58 vs. 10. Angelle Sampey, Harley-Davidson, 6.966, 192.58; 8. Hector Arana Jr, EBR, 6.964, 193.40  vs. 9. John Hall, Suzuki, 6.964, 192.47.

 

 

Qualifying gallery of E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis!


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