Mac Tools U.S. Nationals
O'Reilly Raceway Park, Clermont, Ind.
This is the final regular-season event. The six-race Countdown to 1 playoff begins in two weeks with the Carolinas Nationals.
Funny Car: Robert Hight powered his Auto Club Ford Mustang to the provisional No. 1 qualifying position Friday, finishing a 4.114-second pass at 297.48 mph. Hight's run put him in position to earn his fourth No. 1 qualifier this season and the 27th of his career. “I don't think (the 4.114) will hold up (Saturday) night, we're running a little later so the track will be a little better so we'll have to run better than a 4.114 and I honestly think we can improve,” said, Hight, whose John Force Racing teammates provisionally qualified 12th (Mike Neff (4.349), 13th (Ashley Force, 4.357), and 14th (John Force, 4.416). Meanwhile, the DHL Funny Car made its first pass down the track since Scott Kalitta's fatal accident at Englishtown. Jeff Arend opened the Funny Car session, after an emotional acknowledgment, by powering the Toyota Solara to a 4.193 at 297.75. “One of the coolest things at this U.S. Nationals was getting to see that Scott Kalitta car back on the track,” Hight said.
Top Fuel: Cory McClenathan glided down the track in 3.85 seconds at 316.45 mph to earn the provisional top spot.
Pro Stock: Allen Johnson's 6.713 at 201.85 run gave him the provisional No. 1.
Pro Stock Motorcycle: Eddie Krawiec's 7.106 at 184.02 was enough to put him on top.
Qualifying continues with two more rounds on both Saturday and Sunday before the 16-car fields are set for Monday's final.
-- The Associated Press