Robert #2, John #3, Courtney DNQ
The driver of the Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster led both qualifying sessions Saturday with two solid passes, and will stand on Friday’s qualifying effort of 3.714 seconds – a career-best elapsed time at the track – at 327.66 mph. That put her No. 2, which she held throughout Saturday’s two sessions.
But most importantly, she achieved consistent passes in weather conditions expected to be similar on Sunday. Her third-round pass of 3.770 seconds at 325.14 mph was the second-quickest Top Fuel pass of any driver of the day, topped only by her slightly quicker pass in the final round, 3.767 seconds at 325.85.
CHANDLER, AZ – John Force Racing driver Robert Hight turned the quickest overall elapsed time in the NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car class to lead all drivers in Thursday’s opening day of the Nitro Spring Training test at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
Hight set the time of 3.886 seconds at 302.75 mph during his opening pass, in the Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS. He was followed by Funny Car teammate Courtney Force in the Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS. Force’s best ET was 3.894 seconds at 318.47 mph.
Hight said the goal of his initial run was just to get accustomed to the car.
NORWALK, OH – The first victory of Lucas Oil Racing TV racer Hector Arana Jr.’s riding career came at the U.S. Nationals in 2011, but the first professional win of his career came in 2008 at Summit Motorsports Park, site of this weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
Arana served as crew chief for his father, Hector Sr., before he started racing Lucas Oil Pro Stock Motorcycles, and after years of trying, his dad finally broke through with a victory in Norwalk.
“It’s where Arana Racing, my dad, got its first win in 2008,” Arana said. “That track will always be a place I’ll remember. It’ll always be the favorite one, and now I’d like to get a win there.”
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Tedesco Racing’s “Miss Mia” Tedesco and “Racin” Jason Lynch are pleased to announce the addition of VP Racing Fuels as a primary marketing partner for the 2016 NHRA Lucas Oil season. The partnership will be featured across the Tedesco team’s entries of super gas and super comp race vehicles, beginning at this weekend’s divisional event in Gainesville, FL.
“Jason and I are thrilled to welcome VP Racing Fuels to our team,” said Mia. “We are excited to begin our season using VP’s performance products in our race cars. As a team, we remain focused on winning. The addition of VP Racing Fuels, matched with our combination of great equipment and people should allow us the ability to strongly compete for another world championship.
DeJoria’s Camry placed seventh in Friday’s first session and climbed into sixth in the second before eventually placing seventh on Saturday. She has now qualified in the top half of the field in eight of 14 races this season.
Cruz Pedregon qualified ninth this weekend, but in a good sign for Sunday, placed second in Saturday’s first session, which was the only afternoon session run in qualifying over the two days. Del Worsham placed 11th overall and third in Saturday’s opening session.
ENGLISHTOWN, NJ – FireAde Pro Stock driver Larry Morgan has 11 victories in his NHRA Pro Stock career, which dates to 1987, but a win in 1989 capped a sensational two-week period and remains one his career highlights.
Morgan, who will break the 600-race barrier at the Toyota NHRA Summernationals this weekend at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, was still in the early days of his career in 1989. On Aug. 17 of that year, wife Diane gave birth to their first child, a son named Nick. A week later, Morgan won his first Pro Stock race, an IHRA event in Norwalk, Ohio.
Then Morgan went to Indianapolis with his Bob Panella-owned car to race in the Pro Stock Challenge and the U.S. Nationals.
PRO MOD’S KEVIN FISCUS AIMS HIGH AT SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT NHRA NATIONALS AT SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT MOTORSPORTS PARK
NORWALK, Ohio — Two years ago Kevin Fiscus sat in the stands at Auto Plus Raceway at Gainesville and dreamed of racing in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. With that dream now a reality for the veteran racer, Fiscus suddenly has bigger aspirations.
After making his NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series debut late last year, Fiscus has turned into a championship contender in his first full season. Currently sixth in points, Fiscus is now after his first career win in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series at this weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.
“To race and compete with the names in this class, it’s just a dream come true and I can’t ask for a better start,” Fiscus said. “At the beginning of the season our goal was to qualify for every race, win a round at every event and finish in the top 10. Now our goal is to continue to qualify well, get in the top five and see what happens. But we’re having a blast and we couldn’t ask for anything more.”