Steve Torrence, Matt Hagan and Dallas Glenn will look to defend top qualifier spots as NHRA New England Nationals qualifiers continue.
Friday’s rain let up long enough to complete the only scheduled professional qualifying session for the Camping World NHRA Drag Racing Series event at the New England Dragway, and Torrence, Hagan and Glenn took advantage to finish their respective fields in Top Fuel , Funny Car Leader and Pro Stock.
Torrence, winner of back-to-back Epping titles in 2018-19, not only took provisional pole in Top Fuel, he also broke the existing course record with a 3.664 and surpassed Leah Pruett’s five-year mark of 3.678. Torrence, looking for his first win of the season, edged out championship leaders Brittany Force (3.687) and Mike Salinas (3.704).
Full runs were precious as drivers and crew chiefs searched for the right combination. As a result, only seven riders were in the three-second zone, including Josh Hart (3.745), Tony Schumacher (3.745), Austin Prock (3.749) and Antron Brown (3.809).
Hagan, who has had a fantastic start to the season with his Dodge Power Brokers Charger, is again the leader of the Funny Car class with a 3.878. 332.51 explosion. Hagan is followed by Blake Alexander, who turned Jim Head’s Mustang to a 3.911 while Jim Campbell (3.965) and Tim Wilkerson (3.966) also had competitive runs.
Championship contenders Robert Hight, John Force, Ron Capps and Bob Tasca III are among the riders who will look to improve in the final two qualifying heats on Saturday.
The Pro Stock class made its first appearance in more than a month, but there were few signs of rust as most of the leading contenders were solid in 6.5 seconds, including reigning Rookie of the Year Dallas Glenn, who In his RAD Torque 6.543 achieved Systems Camaro takes the provisional pole.
Glenn is just a thousandth of a second ahead of Kyle Koretsky, who clocked a 6.544 in his Lucas Oil Products Camaro, while Aaron Stanfield is also solid in the field with a 6.545. Houston runner-up Camrie Caruso also continued to impress with a 6.547 that currently places the first-year phenom at No. 4.
After just one run, it takes a very strong 6,571 to make it into the top half of the Pro Stock peloton, with Fernando Cuadra Jr. currently sitting in 8th place.
In addition to the two professional qualifying rounds, Saturday’s busy schedule also includes the continuation of qualifying and eliminations for Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competitors.
EVENT WINNER 2021
Billy Torrence, Peak Fuel; John Force, Funny Car; Aaron Stanfield, Pro Stock.
3.664 seconds by Steve Torrence, June 2021; 331.69 mph by Doug Kalitta, June 2018.
3.822 seconds by Robert Hight, June 2017; 336.74mph by Robert Hight, June 2017.
6.485 seconds by Shane Gray, June 2014; 214.72 mph by Greg Anderson, June 2015.
NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series qualifying will consist of two qualifying rounds on Saturday, June 4 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The final eliminations are scheduled for Sunday, June 5 at 11 a.m.
Fox Sports 1 (FS1) will televise an hour and a half of qualifying coverage on Saturday, June 4th at 7:00pm ET
Sunday, June 5, FOX Sports 1 (FS1) will televise three hours of finals coverage at 7:00 p.m. ET.