BROWNSBURG ‚Äď None of the top-four NHRA classes saw changes atop the leaderboard on day two of qualifying for the US Nationals Saturday as drivers were hit with a warm and sticky track compared to Friday night‚Äôs cool conditions.
In Funny Car, defending US Nationals winner and Indiana native JR Todd held the top spot through the day with a 3.910 seconds, 325.45mph pass from Friday night. Bob Tasca III‚Äôs 3.928 second, 322.65mph pass from the night before also held up.
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Almost every Funny Car driver struggled in the opening qualifying session of the day. Only two drivers, Robert Hight and Tim Wilkerson, made complete passes due to what Todd said was a ‚Äúhot, slick and nasty‚ÄĚ track.
Drivers made up for it in the second session of the day as the temperatures cooled down. Todd saw the fast numbers¬†drivers were putting up, and it made him worried about his time.
‚ÄúFor me, I thought we could go to work on our race day setup, but then the conditions got really good there in Q3, and I started worrying that the No. 1 wasn‚Äôt going to hold up after [Clay]¬†Millican went 3.76s [in¬†Top Fuel],‚ÄĚ Todd said. ‚ÄúTommy Johnson Jr. goes out there and runs a 3.97s, and I‚Äôm like, ‚ÄėIf Courtney [Force], Robert [Hight] and a few others go out there and throw down, that 3.91s might be in jeopardy.‚Äô ‚Äú
Force did have the top speed of Q3 with a 3.959 second, 325.69mph pass, good enough for No. 6 overall. On Friday night she clinched the No. 1 spot in the Coundtown, NHRA‚Äôs version of the playoffs.
In Pro Stock, 18-year-old phenom Tanner Gray held onto his No. 1 qualifying spot from Friday night, which was a 6.603 seconds, 208.97mph pass. Points leader Greg Anderson, 57, remained second fastest Saturday with his time of 6.621 seconds, 208.75mph pass from Friday night.
Gray, who is second in the points to Anderson, said he is confident his time will hold up through the rest of the weekend.
‚ÄúI think if anybody was going to go faster than 6.60 it would be tomorrow morning, but I feel pretty good that we‚Äôre going to come out of here with the No. 1 qualifier,‚ÄĚ Gray, who qualified second for this event a year ago, said. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm happy to be able to hang on to it right now even though it‚Äôs not over yet. It‚Äôs pretty special to be able to do it at Indy.‚ÄĚ
Underdog Mike Salinas held on to the No. 1 Top Fuel spot. His 3.756 seconds, 321.04mph pass held up through the event‚Äôs third qualifying session. Only Clay Millican was close to knocking off Salinas with a Q3 pass of 3.762 seconds, 323.81mph pass.
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, defending winner of the US Nationals Eddie Krawiec, from Brownsburg, also held onto his No. 1 spot. His time of 6.825 seconds, 197.97mph from last night barely held off Vance and Hines teammate Chip Ellis, who drove to a 6.831 seconds, 197.48mph pass in Q3.
The series has two more rounds of qualifying tomorrow with the Pro Stock drivers kicking off Q4 at noon ET, followed by the Nitro cars at 12:45 p.m.