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Kalitta, Worsham, Anderson, Krawiec race to qualifying leads at NHRA Nationals

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Kalitta, Worsham, Anderson, Krawiec race to qualifying leads at NHRA Nationals
Jun 26, 2016, 2:06 PM

Sunday's first-round pairings for eliminations for the Tenth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.

Antron Brown
Antron Brown
Greg Anderson
Doug Kalitta
Luigi Novelli, Del Worsham
Jason Line
Luigi Novelli
Andrew Hines
Chip Ellis
Chip Ellis
Del Worsham
Antron Brown
Doug Kalitta
Greg Anderson
Doug Kalitta
Chip Ellis
Jason Line
Greg Anderson
Doug Kalitta
Jason Line
Jason Line

Norwalk, Ohio – Kalitta Motorsports drivers Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel) and Del Worsham (Funny Car) swept the No. 1 qualifying positions in the nitro categories at their home track of Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. This is the third time the team based in nearby Ypsilanti, Mich., has swept both categories.

Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) will also lead their respective categories into eliminations at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, the 12th race of the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

Funny Car

For Worsham, this is the first No. 1 qualifying position of the season and the 46th of his 540 race career. His elapsed time track record run of 3.875 seconds at 328.70 mph in his DHL Toyota Camry from Friday earned him the top position. Worsham’s Camry suffered minor damage when the parachutes failed to deploy in the final qualifying session and he went through the sand trap at the end of the track.

“The car made a great run but we came in with a new Toyota DHL Camry body on our car,” Worsham said. “We had a malfunction in the routing of the wiring of the cables from the levers to the parachutes and they failed. I swatted for them twice and when they didn’t deploy it was all I could do to get it stopped. Luckily the damage was minimal for what it could have been.”

Funny Car points leader Ron Capps qualified second and will face Jeff Diehl and Robert Hight, who qualified third, will race Brandon Welch when eliminations begin.

Funny Car results from Saturday at Norwalk

1. Doug Kalitta, 3.719 seconds, 327.51 mph vs. Bye; 2. Antron Brown, 3.733, 320.51 vs. 15. Luigi Novelli, 13.639, 190.54; 3. Brittany Force, 3.735, 324.28 vs. 14. Chris Karamesines, 4.341, 210.77; 4. Richie Crampton, 3.735, 317.79 vs. 13. Leah Pritchett, 4.309, 200.17; 5. J.R. Todd, 3.759, 324.44 vs. 12. Terry McMillen, 3.968, 249.86; 6. Tony Schumacher, 3.766, 321.12 vs. 11. Tripp Tatum, 3.948, 303.03; 7. Shawn Langdon, 3.795, 322.73 vs. 10. Troy Buff, 3.832, 310.48; 8. Pat Dakin, 3.820, 308.14 vs. 9. Clay Millican, 3.821, 319.60.

Top Fuel

In Top Fuel, Kalitta, racing his Mac Tools dragster, retained the No. 1 qualifying position with the 3.719 at 327.51. This is the third No. 1 qualifying position of the season for Kalitta, he has four wins and is the category points leader.

“It will be interesting for tomorrow as it will get a little warmer so we will work that into our program,” Kalitta said. “Getting into the top half is real important and that is our goal every time, to get lane choice. Just real proud of my guys on this thing.”

Also in Top Fuel Antron Brown retained his No. 2 qualifying position and will face Luigi Novelli in the first round. Brittany Force will face Chris Karamesines as she aims for her third win of the season and Richie Crampton looks to improve on his season when he will battle Leah Pritchett.

Top Fuel results from Saturday at Norwalk

1. Doug Kalitta, 3.719 seconds, 327.51 mph vs. Bye; 2. Antron Brown, 3.733, 320.51 vs. 15. Luigi Novelli, 13.639, 190.54; 3. Brittany Force, 3.735, 324.28 vs. 14. Chris Karamesines, 4.341, 210.77; 4. Richie Crampton, 3.735, 317.79 vs. 13. Leah Pritchett, 4.309, 200.17; 5. J.R. Todd, 3.759, 324.44 vs. 12. Terry McMillen, 3.968, 249.86; 6. Tony Schumacher, 3.766, 321.12 vs. 11. Tripp Tatum, 3.948, 303.03; 7. Shawn Langdon, 3.795, 322.73 vs. 10. Troy Buff, 3.832, 310.48; 8. Pat Dakin, 3.820, 308.14 vs. 9. Clay Millican, 3.821, 319.60.

Pro Stock

Anderson powered to the Pro Stock No. 1 qualifying position on Friday in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro with a run of 6.565 at 211.26 and retained the top spot through the last two sessions. This is the fifth No. 1 qualifying position of the season for him and the 85th of his career. He will face Charlie Wescott, Jr. in the first round of eliminations.

“We are having a ball right now, having fun racing,” Anderson said. “I love every individual race we come to, I love to have a chance to win each race we come to. It means more to me than anything to hoist that Wally on a Sunday at any racetrack we go to.”

During qualifying at the 12th race of the season Anderson, who is second in the points, and teammate Jason Line, who is first, became the first racers to secure their berths into the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.

“I didn’t think it could be done this early, job number-one is done, we are in the big show,” said Anderson, a four-time Pro Stock world champion. “The good news is we can try a few things and experiment, we can test a few thigs some of the other teams can’t.”

Pro Stock results from Saturday at Norwalk

1. Greg Anderson, Chevy Camaro, 6.565, 211.26 vs. 16. Charlie Westcott Jr., Ford Mustang, 6.818, 204.11; 2. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.569, 211.00 vs. 15. Curt Steinbach, Camaro, 6.762, 204.94; 3. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.593, 209.30 vs. 14. V. Gaines, Dodge Dart, 6.750, 205.72; 4. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.597, 210.08 vs. 13. Allen Johnson, Dart, 6.743, 207.34; 5. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.603, 209.43 vs. 12. John Gaydosh Jr, Chevrolet Camaro, 6.686, 206.13; 6. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.606, 209.65 vs. 11. Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.672, 206.29; 7. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.624, 209.04 vs. 10. Erica Enders, Dart, 6.656, 207.37; 8. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.640, 209.36 vs. 9. Jeg Coughlin, Dart, 6.653, 206.99.
Did Not Qualify: 17. Mark Hogan, 6.830, 201.01; 18. Dave River, 11.931, 73.50.

Pro Stock Motorcycle

Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader Krawiec, on his Vance & Hines Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson, secured his fourth No. 1 qualifying position in the first five races of the season with his run of 6.822 at 195.31 that he posted during the second round of qualifying on Friday evening. This is his 31st No. 1 qualifying position of his career, third at the event that he won in 2011. He will face Chip Ellis on Sunday.

“I think I have a very good bike going into tomorrow,” said Krawiec. “The biggest thing I have been struggling with here is, myself and my teammate, is just keeping up on the wind direction. It has been changing and for our motorcycles we really need to be on top of that, to make the proper chassis adjustments to go straight down the track. The knowledge and the data we have from today is going to help us tomorrow.”

His teammate Andrew Hines qualified second and will face Michael Phillips and Matt Smith who qualified third will face Michael Ray.

Pro Stock Motorcycle results from Saturday at Norwalk

Pro Stock Motorcycle -- 1. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.822, 195.31 vs. 16. Chip Ellis, Buell, 6.977, 191.92; 2. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.853, 194.69 vs. 15. Michael Phillips, Suzuki, 6.972, 194.77; 3. Matt Smith, Victory, 6.854, 194.58 vs. 14. Michael Ray, Buell, 6.969, 194.16; 4. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.861, 195.48 vs. 13. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 6.965, 192.49; 5. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.875, 195.22 vs. 12. Angie Smith, Victory, 6.955, 189.31; 6. Angelle Sampey, Buell, 6.876, 195.08 vs. 11. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.932, 191.97; 7. Cory Reed, Buell, 6.884, 192.99 vs. 10. Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, 6.918, 193.27; 8. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.890, 193.65 vs. 9. Hector Arana, Buell, 6.897, 194.97.

Did Not Qualify: 17. Karen Stoffer, 6.978, 194.35; 18. Brian Pretzel, 7.003, 190.75; 19. Melissa Surber, 7.005, 190.78; 20. Joe DeSantis, 7.077, 188.78.

Eliminations begin for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals on Sunday at 11 a.m.

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