Prichett Prime Gas Observe Report, Johnson Jr, Coughlin Jr, & Smith Are Friday Qualifying Leaders At Pomona NHRA World Finals!
(Mike Burghardt pictures) – Friday at Pomona Raceway had close to good climate with an superior observe and the Prime Gas class took benefit of it with observe information and epic qualifying the the season-ending 54th annual Auto Membership NHRA Finals at Auto Membership Raceway.
Leah Pritchett lit the candles on her Don Schumacher Racing Prime Gas dragster Friday night and piloted to the highest of the class for each qualifying periods. Southern California native Pritchett raced to the highest of the Prime Gas class along with her observe file elapsed time three.649-second move at 329.34 mph in her Mopar Dodge dragster in the course of the second session. She is looking for to safe her fourth No. 1 qualifying place of the season and 11th of her profession.
“When you might have this horsepower climate and this time of day you may simply really feel the power,” Pritchett said. “The rationale why there’s a smile on our faces is that we had been in a position to execute what we wished to do. Tomorrow we’re not going to have these identical situations in order that’s why we’re excited we had been in a position to capitalize on it tonight.”
Clay Millican is certified second along with his move of three.702 at 327.19 in his Nice Clips / Components Plus dragster and three-time world champion Antron Brown is third along with his run of three.704 at 329.50. 2018 Prime Gas world champion Steve Torrence is certified fourth as he seeks to make historical past by sweeping the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Collection Countdown to the Championship occasions.
Tommy Johnson Jr. (Humorous Automobile), Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Professional Inventory) and Matt Smith (Professional Inventory Motorbike) had been additionally preliminary qualifiers of their respective classes on the remaining occasion of the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Collection season.
Two-time defending occasion champion Johnson Jr.’s second qualifying run of three.881 at 328.54 in his Make-A-Want Dodge Charger R/T locked-in the highest spot. He's looking for to safe his fourth consecutive No. 1 qualifying place this season.
“It’s unbelievable they've had such a deal with on the automobile,” mentioned Johnson. “I want we may get that deal with on Sunday however we're fairly shut. I’m disillusioned we didn’t get it executed fast sufficient within the Countdown however on the identical time I’m excited as a result of it's such an excellent automobile now. If we will carry that on to subsequent 12 months I might find it irresistible.”
Teammate Jack Beckman is within the second spot along with his move of three.901 at 323.35 whereas reigning Humorous Automobile world champion Robert Hight sits within the third place. Present factors chief J.R. Todd is within the No. 11 spot.
Coughlin Jr., who's at present No. 2 within the Professional Inventory factors standings, raced his JEGS.com Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro to a 6.527 move at 211.39 within the second spherical of qualifying.
“We made two very nice runs as we speak,” Coughlin Jr. said. “After Q1 we had been on the ballot and seeing a few of our opponents bettering that mark forward of us over the past three pair of Professional Inventory had been decrease within the increase. I used to be involved with the fitting lane as a result of a number of vehicles had been getting unfastened on the market and thought it was going to be robust to enhance. After I let the clutch out the automobile simply went singing down the observe and it felt nice.”
Teammate Erica Enders is at present within the second spot after racing a 6.530 at 211.39 in her Melling Efficiency/Elite Efficiency Chevrolet Camaro. Championship factors chief Tanner Grey is at present certified fourth.
With rumors of a schedule change for the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello season, Professional Inventory competitors could also be lowered to a 16 or 18 race schedule with the potential of including Mountain Motored Professional Inventory at restricted occasions, primarily within the Southern U.S., the place the category had originated. A rumor that was confirmed by Jeg Coughlin Jr.
In Professional Inventory Motorbike, Smith rode to a observe file velocity at 200.65 at 6.774 to guide the sphere on his Elite Motorsports DENSO Auto Components EBR. Smith was the quickest in each qualifying periods. Smith is the present class factors chief and looking for to increase his lead.
“All in all, it was an excellent day for us,” Smith mentioned. “We made two passes and had been No. 1 for each runs. I acquired eight bonus factors. We simply need to go and win the race now and win the championship; it doesn't matter what anyone else inform us.”
Hector Arana Jr. certified second along with his move of 6.824 at 198.96 on his Lucas Oil TV EBR and LE Tonglet is third along with his run of 6.828 at 196.39.
Qualifying on the 54th annual Auto Membership NHRA Finals continues Saturday at 12:00 p.m.
Extra of the Friday qualifying leaders from Auto Membership Pomona Raceway.
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