Tommy Johnson, Jr. Takes Third Consecutive No. 1 Qualifying Spot:

Beckman Qualifies No. 3 With His Charger SRT HELLCAT...

Tommy Johnson Jr. and his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car team have captured their third consecutive No. 1 qualifying spot, at the Toyota Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Johnson made a pass  of 3.879 @ 327.82mph during the final pass of the last qualifying session. This is Johnson’s 18 career No. 1 qualifiers. He races Jeff Arend in the first round of elimination later today.

“Our car has been running so well as of late,” said Johnson. “You want to come into the Countdown and you have to bring everything you got for all the races. You have to perform your best you have all season. We have done that except for Sunday. I’m excited about tomorrow, I don’t know if I will be able to sleep tonight. I’m ready to go.”

While Johnson had success in qualifying with his Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car, Ron Capps and his Pennzoil/NAPA Auto Parts struggled during qualifying. Capps ran a 3.971 @ 315.71mph, in the final round of qualifying which was enough to give him the No. 12 spot. He will go up against the No. 5 qualifier John Force in the first round.

Matt Hagan and his Pennzoil/Mopar Dodge Charger SRT HELLCAT Funny Car team have struggled with getting the new car dialed in. Hagan made his best pass during the final qualifying session with a 3.949 @ 322.65mph run. The run was good enough for the No. 9 spot. He will go head to head with No. 8 qualifier Tim Wilkerson.

While Hagan’s team has struggled with the SRT HELLCAT Funny Car, “Fast Jack” Beckman and his Infinite Hero Foundation team look to be make a lot better head way getting their dialed in. Beckman qualified in the No. 3 spot with a 3.922 @ 327.19mph pass. He will face the No. 14 qualifier Jim Campbell, in the first round of eliminations.

In Top Fuel qualifying, Leah Pritchett took her chrome Pennzoil/Mopar Top Fuel dragster to a 3.731 pass @ 322.88mph to push her into the No. 4 qualifying spot for Sunday’s race. She will be facing No. 13 qualifier Troy Buff in the first rounds of elimination.

Tony Schumacher qualified in the No. 9 spot with his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster. “The Sarge” ran a 3.772 @ 330.15mph in the second round of qualifying. Tony will face No 8. qualifier Scott Palmer.

Current NHRA Funny Car Point Standings:

01 Robert Hight 2445 0 Auto Club Chevy Camaro SS
02 J.R. Todd 2434 -11 DHL Toyota Camry
03 Ron Capps 2336 -109 NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T
04 Tim Wilkerson 2334 -111 Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Shelby Mustang
05 Tommy Johnson Jr 2296 -149 Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T
06 Courtney Force 2264 -181 Advance Auto Parts Chevy Camaro SS
07 John Force 2241 -204 PEAK Chevrolet Camaro SS
08 Matt Hagan 2229 -216 Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT HELLCAT
09 Jack Beckman 2204 -241 Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT HELLCAT
10 Shawn Langdon 2152 -293 Global Electronic Technology Toyota


Current NHRA Top Fuel Point Standings:

01 Steve Torrence 2592 0 Capco Racing/Torrence Motorsports
02 Clay Millican 2423 -169 Parts Plus/ Great Clips/ UNOH dragster
03 Tony Schumacher 2382 -210 U.S. Army Dragster
04 Leah Pritchett 2297 -295 Papa John’s Dragster
05 Antron Brown 2253 -339 Matco Tools Dragster
06 Brittany Force 2243 -349 Monster Energy Top Fuel Dragster
07 Mike Salinas 2228 -364 Scrappers Racing
08 Doug Kalitta 2225 -367 Mac Tools Dragster
09 Terry McMillen 2221 -371 Amalie Motor Oil Dragster
10 Scott Palmer 2149 -443 CatSpot/Tommy Thompson Motorsports

You can watch eliminations LIVE today, at 3:30pm to 4:30pm EST time on FS1. The finals will be broadcasted on FS1 at 7:00pm to 10:00pm EST.

Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only the Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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