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Beckman, Kalitta, Anderson And Sampey sprint to No. 1 qualifiers at NHRA Southern Nationals

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Beckman, Kalitta, Anderson And Sampey sprint to No. 1 qualifiers at NHRA Southern Nationals
May 15, 2016, 4:11 PM

Mello Yello Series results Saturday from Atlanta

Angelle Sampey
Greg Anderson
Doug Kalitta
Angelle Sampey
Greg Anderson
Jack Beckman
Doug Kalitta
Greg Anderson
Doug Kalitta
Greg Anderson
Courtney Force
Greg Anderson
Matt Hagan
Tim Wilkerson
Steve Torrence
Brittany Force
Cruz Pedregon, Tim Wilkerson
Tim Wilkerson
Andrew Hines

COMMERCE, Ga. – Jack Beckman secured the No. 1 qualifier in Funny Car on Saturday in front of a sold out crowd at Atlanta Dragway during the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals.

Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Angelle Sampey (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the seventh event of 24 on the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

Funny Car

Beckman, a two-time Atlanta winner, used his track record 3.939-second run at 326.32 mph from Friday night in his Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger R/T to secure his fourth No. 1 of the season and 19th of his career. This is his first top qualifier at Atlanta Dragway. Beckman will face Jim Campbell to open Sunday’s 11 a.m. eliminations.

Matt Hagan, Beckman’s Don Schumacher Racing teammate, qualified second with a 3.943 at 326.08 in his Rocky Boots/Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T. Hagan will meet Chad Head in the opening round.

Courtney Force powered her Traxxas Chevy Camaro SS to the No. 3 spot with a 3.946 at 326.08 and will race Jeff Diehl in the first round. Force is riding momentum from her win at the most recent event in Houston. She is also the Funny Car points leader.

Funny Car — 1. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 3.939, 326.32 vs. 16. Jim Campbell, Toyota Camry, broke; 2. Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.943, 326.08 vs. 15. Chad Head, Camry, 5.985, 136.88; 3. Courtney Force, Chevy Camaro, 3.946, 324.67 vs. 14. Jeff Diehl, Toyota Solara, 5.509, 285.95; 4. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 3.949, 318.69 vs. 13. Dave Richards, Ford Mustang, 4.192, 288.27; 5. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 3.973, 317.94 vs. 12. John Hale, Charger, 4.093, 290.26; 6. Robert Hight, Camaro, 3.980, 323.58 vs. 11. Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 4.042, 310.27; 7. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.001, 320.66 vs. 10. Del Worsham, Camry, 4.019, 316.82; 8. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.003, 322.04 vs. 9. John Force, Camaro, 4.010, 321.96. 

Top Fuel

Kalitta, who won two weeks ago in Houston, powered his Mac Tools dragster to a 3.731 at 328.70 on Friday night to take the No. 1 qualifier in Top Fuel. Kalitta, who reset Atlanta Dragway’s elapsed time track record, earned his second No. 1 qualifier of the season and 45th in his career. This is his second No. 1 at Atlanta. Kalitta will face Terry Haddock in round one.

Richie Crampton qualified second in his Lucas Oil dragster with 3.761 at 321.50, which came on Friday night. Crampton will face Chris Karamesines in round one. J.R. Todd is third and is paired against Kyle Wurtzel. Steve Torrence, who won at the season-opening Winternationals, qualified fourth and will meet Scott Palmer in the opening round.

Top Fuel — 1. Doug Kalitta, 3.731 seconds, 328.70 mph vs. 16. Terry Haddock, 4.177, 284.51; 2. Richie Crampton, 3.761, 321.50 vs. 15. Chris Karamesines, 4.149, 278.75; 3. J.R. Todd, 3.762, 323.81 vs. 14. Kyle Wurtzel, 4.015, 278.92; 4. Steve Torrence, 3.771, 324.12 vs. 13. Scott Palmer, 4.008, 295.08; 5. Antron Brown, 3.775, 321.27 vs. 12. Pat Dakin, 3.878, 295.34; 6. Brittany Force, 3.777, 320.51 vs. 11. Clay Millican, 3.868, 315.42; 7. Shawn Langdon, 3.783, 319.52 vs. 10. Terry McMillen, 3.843, 319.37; 8. Tony Schumacher, 3.811, 319.82 vs. 9. Leah Pritchett, 3.822, 308.07. Did Not Qualify: 17. Smax Smith, 4.466, 270.97. 

Pro Stock

In Pro Stock, Anderson used his Friday night qualifying performance of 6.610 at 210.14 in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro to carry him to the No. 1 spot. The four-time Atlanta winner has four No. 1 qualifiers this season and has raced to three victories in the first six races of the year. This is his seventh top qualifier at Atlanta Dragway and the 84th of his career. Anderson will race fellow veteran V. Gaines in the first round of eliminations Sunday morning.

Jason Line, Anderson’s Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro teammate, posted a 6.615 at 209.36 on Friday night to enter eliminations as the No. 2 qualifier. Line has three victories so far this year and has raced to the final round of every race in 2016. The two-time Atlanta winner and current points leader will meet John Gaydosh in the opener.

Butner qualified third and will race against Alex Laughlin to open eliminations. Shane Gray is fourth and will go head-to-head with Kenny Delco.

Pro Stock — 1. Greg Anderson, Chevy Camaro, 6.610, 210.14 vs. 14. V. Gaines, Dodge Dart, 7.424, 140.90; 2. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.615, 209.36 vs. 13. John Gaydosh Jr, Chevrolet Camaro, 6.748, 204.70; 3. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.618, 209.26 vs. 12. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.734, 206.54; 4. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.620, 208.04 vs. 11. Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.714, 206.10; 5. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.648, 208.39 vs. 10. Erica Enders, Dart, 6.701, 207.05; 6. Allen Johnson, Dart, 6.649, 208.46 vs. 9. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.688, 207.34; 7. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.666, 207.37 vs. 8. Jeg Coughlin, Dart, 6.686, 206.86.

Pro Stock Motorcycle

Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader Eddie Krawiec powered his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to a 6.880 at 193.71 to qualify second. Krawiec, who won the season-opening Gatornationals and is a two-time Atlanta winner, will meet Matt Smith in the first round.

Chip Ellis qualified third and will race rookie Cory Reed Sunday morning, while Louisiana alligator farmer Jerry Savoie is fourth and will race Michael Phillips.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Angelle Sampey, Buell, 6.865, 193.32 vs. 16. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.973, 191.00; 2. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.880, 194.80 vs. 15. Matt Smith, Victory, 6.962, 191.05; 3. Chip Ellis, Buell, 6.895, 194.04 vs. 14. Cory Reed, Buell, 6.952, 190.38; 4. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.895, 193.85 vs. 13. Michael Phillips, Suzuki, 6.944, 194.74; 5. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.898, 192.22 vs. 12. Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, 6.936, 191.73; 6. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.907, 194.04 vs. 11. Shawn Gann, Buell, 6.933, 192.69; 7. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.910, 193.63 vs. 10. Melissa Surber, Buell, 6.932, 192.17; 8. Hector Arana, Buell, 6.926, 193.18 vs. 9. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.929, 192.88. Did Not Qualify: 17. Angie Smith, 6.973, 189.84; 18. Michael Ray, 6.979, 192.96; 19. Mike Berry, 6.993, 190.70; 20. Joe DeSantis, 7.004, 190.00; 21. David Hope, 7.038, 189.58; 22. Brian Pretzel, 7.049, 191.57; 23. Chaz Kennedy, 7.093, 188.67; 24. Lance Bonham, 7.256, 184.65; 25. Jim Underdahl, 14.659, 161.87.

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