WEST SALEM, OH – Two-time world champion Tommy Franklin topped the Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous field by just two ten-thousandths of a second Friday night at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Northern Nationals presented by Callies Performance at Dragway 42 in West Salem, Ohio. Franklin tripped the eighth-mile clocks with a 3.702-second pass at 205.10 mph in his “Jungle Rat” ’69 Camaro.
Kris Thorne (Moroso Pro Boost) and John Montecalvo (Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock) also qualified No. 1 in the other professional classes. Walter Lanningan qualified No. 1 for the Pro Outlaw 632 Shootout presented by $hameless Racing, a special non-points race.
In the PDRA’s sportsman categories, Aaron Glaser leads MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman and Jody Stroud tops Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster going into their third and final qualifying session Saturday morning.
MORRISON, CO — Racing legend John Force and the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS team are sitting in the No. 4 spot after Friday’s qualifying at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Bandimere Speedway. Teammate Robert Hight and the Automobile Club of Southern California team are currently No. 6 and, in Top Fuel, rookie Austin Prock is No. 9 with his Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist dragster and Brittany Force is No. 10 with her Carquest Brakes team.
Looking for a repeat win at Bandimere Speedway, Force started Friday’s qualifying with the third quickest pass of the category when he powered his PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevy Camaro SS to a 4.440-second pass at 231.24 mph after losing traction and shutting off early. Like much of the Funny Car class, in the night session, Force improved running a 4.051-second pass at 305.70 mph to end the day in the No. 4 spot.
“It feels really good to come up here in this altitude, in the heat and watch the people pack these stands. The second session was one of the best I’ve seen all year. Bandimere knows what he’s doing and we gave the fans a pretty good show,” said Force. “We ended up going fourth but we have a long way to go tomorrow and it’ll be cooler tomorrow.”
Pedregon Powers Dodge//SRT Mopar to Provisional No. 1 Spot in Funny Car at Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil
Morrison, CO – Cruz Pedregon raced his Mopar-powered Snap-On Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car to the provisional No. 1 qualifying position Friday evening at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil at Bandimere Speedway near Denver.
Pedregon and Ron Capps posted the fastest two runs of the second session to lead six Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car drivers in the preliminary ladder for Sunday’s elimination rounds. Pedregon’s pass of 4.002 seconds at 317.42 mph narrowly edged out Capps’ lap of 4.005/316.97.
“It feels great to go out and be No. 1 in our Snap-On Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat,” said Pedregon, the 1993 and 2013 Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Funny Car winner. “I’m really happy for Dodge and Mopar. What they do for the sport is tremendous. I was part of the Mopar Block party last night for the first time and it was an incredible event. I really want to pay them back for their investment in me throughout the year. We’ve had some ups and downs, but I think that the needle is pointing up for us. The Snap-On Dodge is coming around. Bandimere Speedway has been really good to me through the years. It’s good to be No. 1 after Friday night.”
Morrisson, CO – Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals
DSR Denver Friday Highlights:
Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel) and Ron Capps (Funny Car) lead DSR after day one of qualifying at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil. The MOPAR-powered drivers captured the No. 2 spot in their respective categories after running the second-quickest E.T.s of Q2
Antron Brown ran low E.T. of Q1 and third quickest of Q2 to finish Friday sitting in the No. 3 spot on the Top Fuel ladder
Behind the wheel of the new MOPAR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody, Matt Hagan powered to the quickest pass of the opening Funny Car session
Driver of the Matco Tools Top Fuel Dragster
Racing action continues tomorrow night at NYIRP with the second stock car event of the season. The Race of Champions will present Autograph Night at Lancaster Speedway on Saturday night starting at 6:30 p.m. The RoC Sportsman Modifieds and Late Model Series will co-headline the program, and be joined by the NYPA TQ Midgets, Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders.
Next Friday, July 26, the popular Buffalo Street Outlaws join the IHRA Drag Racing program. Time trials start at 5 p.m.
What will make that even better is if the two-time world champion can start reeling off wins in that span.
She’ll get her first crack this weekend at Bandimere Speedway in Denver, as the NHRA kicks off the famed three-race Western Swing with the Mile-High NHRA Nationals. Racing at an altitude of nearly 6,000 feet poses one of the biggest challenges on the circuit, but Enders is eager to get back behind the wheel of her Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Camaro, especially as the team tries to get back to its winning ways.
“There’s definitely a sense of urgency,” Enders said. “We have to make sure we have our ducks in a row and for us, we don’t want to be timid. We can’t change the way we race and we have to get our consistency back to where we’ve been before. We’ve worked hard and done a lot of testing in the time off, so we’re excited to head out West and see what we can do in Denver.”
Sonoma, CA – There is a reason Sonoma Raceway is one of Johnny Ahten’s favorite tracks. Way back in 2004 it was the scene of Ahten’s first national event. This weekend, Ahten returns to wine country to race, reflect and feel the rush of his AFuel dragster known as the Stump Puller.
“After a few months off I can’t wait to get back on track and make some noise and experience the speed of this nitro-injected beast,” said Ahten. “I love it here in Sonoma and I would like to thank Kyle Seipel for bringing us back. This race is going to be a blast. We went through the car stem to stern, and we are confident in our focused clutch program and race package.”
Joining Johnny Ahten in Sonoma will be his son Eli, his crew chief dad Al, his brother Bob, Kevin “Shark” Colvell and Team Partner Howard Katano. This “Six-Pack” is bound together with a love of racing and teamwork.