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NTK NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS WEATHER UPDATE

CONCORD, NC – With continuing precipitation in the forecast, Sunday’s activities at the 12th annual NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway have been postponed until Monday.

Gates will open at 9:00 a.m. ET with competition beginning at 10:00 a.m. with Top Fuel eliminations.

Today’s tickets will be honored on Monday. Walk up adult tickets will be $20 Monday and kids 13 and under will get in free.

For Sunday ticket holders who cannot attend tomorrow, the NHRA credit policy will be in effect.

TORRENCE, BECKMAN, ENDERS AND JOHNSON LAND TOP SPOTS IN QUALIFYING AT THE NTK NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS

CONCORD, NC – Current Top Fuel world champion and defending event winner Steve Torrence will start raceday from the top position for the fourth time this year after an impressive show in qualifying during the 12th annual NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.

Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Steve Johnson (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the third of six races in the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs.

Torrence powered his way to the top spot with an impressive pass of 3.711-seconds at 325.53 mph in his Capco Contractors dragster to earn the 23rd No. 1 qualifier of his career. Leah Pritchett raced into second place after her run of 3.714 at 331.20. She is followed by Brittany Force who ran 3.730 at 321.04 to secure the third spot.

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BRITTANY FORCE AND ADVANCE AUTO PARTS JUMP SIX SPOTS IN FINAL DAY OF QUALIFYING AT NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS

CONCORD, NC — Brittany Force and the Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel dragster team propelled themselves up six spots to secure the No. 3 qualifying position Saturday at the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway. In Funny Car, Robert Hight locked in the No. 2 qualifier with his Automobile Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS and John Force with the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil / BlueDEF Chevy team will enter eliminations in fifth. Rookie teammate Austin Prock and the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist team improved their performance and will start race day from the No. 13 spot.

Beginning day two of qualifying in the No. 9 spot, Brittany Force and the Advance Auto Parts team made drastic improvement in the third qualifying round running a stellar 3.738-second pass at 328.14 mph. In addition to temporarily putting Force in the No. 2 spot, the pass was also quickest of the session and earned her three bonus points.

Force, who is looking for her first win at the Carolina Nationals and second at zMAX Dragway, continued the momentum in her final qualifying pass with a 3.730-second pass at 321.04 mph to be third quickest of the group for an additional bonus point and to earn the No. 3 spot heading into race day where she’ll compete against Smax Smith in the first round of eliminations.

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DSR Charlotte II Final Qualifying Report

Jack Beckman topped the Funny Car field and will start race day from the No. 1 spot

CONCORD, NC – Jack Beckman drove the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car to the top spot of the elimination ladder at the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals.

Beckman’s Friday night qualifying pass of 3.873 seconds at 334.07 mph, a zMAX Dragway speed record, stood strong throughout Saturday to allow Beckman to claim top honors heading into race day. It was the 2012 NHRA Funny Car world champion’s 26th career No. 1 qualifier position and first at zMAX Dragway, marking the second time in the last four races Beckman has set the pace in qualifying.

“I’m damn proud of this green No. 1 qualifier hat because of the points that come with it,” said Beckman, who entered the race weekend a mere 24 points behind No. 1 ranked Robert Hight.

“Hight got bonus points first session, we got them second session, Hight got them third session, and we got them fourth, so we’re trading back and forth,” added Beckman, referring to his Q4 run of 3.888 seconds which was second-quickest of the session and good for two more bonus points.

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Jack Beckman Earns No. 1 Qualifier in NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals Aboard Mopar-powered Dodge//SRT Charger Hellcat Funny Car

Concord, NC – Dodge//SRT Mopar driver Jack Beckman drove the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car of Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) to the top spot in Sunday’s elimination ladder for the 12th annual NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals with his qualifying run Friday night at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina.

Beckman earned his 26th career No. 1 qualifier position and first at zMAX Dragway with his run of 3.873 seconds at a track-record speed of 334.07 mph, marking the second time in the last four races the 2012 Funny Car champion has set the pace in qualifying. Beckman looks to become the first two-time 2019 Countdown winner after scoring the victory at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals to open the six-race championship playoffs last month. He begins his chase for career win number 30 facing off against No. 16 Dale Creasy.

In the third of six NHRA Countdown to the Championship races, five other Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car drivers qualified for Sunday’s 16-car field: Ron Capps, Matt Hagan, Tommy Johnson, Jr., Cruz Pedregon and Jim Campbell.

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For second straight race, Jeg Coughlin Jr. starts race day in second position

CHARLOTTE – Jeg Coughlin Jr. has earned the No. 2 qualifying position for the second playoff race in a row and once again he finds himself just behind his Elite Motorsports teammate Erica Enders. The multi-time world champions are racing at the 12th annual NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.

Coughlin posted a 6.524 at 210.37 mph under the lights Friday night when conditions were the best. He also was second quickest in the heat of Saturday’s final round. Enders also posted her best pass Friday night.

“It’s pretty neat for Erica and I to be 1-2 at two consecutive races,” Coughlin said. “It speaks to the intentions of the Elite team and the work they’ve put in to give all of us the best possible chance to win. This time of the year is when you hold nothing back and certainly we don’t plan to give an inch when racing starts tomorrow.

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Crampton Leads Toyota in NHRA Charlotte Qualifying

CHARLOTTE, NC – Richie Crampton qualified fourth in Top Fuel to lead Toyota into Sunday’s NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.

Crampton, who won from the fourth starting position earlier in the Countdown at Maple Grove, ran a 3.732-second pass at 328.06 mph in Saturday’s final session to earn the fourth spot. He was second quickest in Friday night’s session, earning two bonus points in the process. He will kick off Sunday’s eliminations against Austin Prock.

“It was a great run when the DHL Toyota dragster needed it on Friday night which earned us a couple of bonus points,” said Crampton. “Then we were able to follow that up with another strong run in Q4 to qualify fourth. Qualifying well is a big part of putting yourself in a position to have a good run on Sunday. There’s never an easy first-round match-up in Top Fuel anymore, but it will give us lane choice and that’s a positive.”

Brown was third after Friday’s qualifying after running a 3.758-second run at 328.94 mph. He earned one bonus point in each of the day’s sessions, but slipped back to seventh after Saturday’s final qualifying run.

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