The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series is in Norwalk, Ohio at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk. Friday leaders remained atop the standings on Saturday as qualifying was cut short in the nitro classes late in the day.
Larry Dixon remains No. 1 and will be the No. 1 qualifier for Sunday's Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals after four consecutive weeks of racing before a weekend off.
The NHRA has been on a roll running events in Chicago, Englishtown, Bristol, and this weekend in Norwalk before a weekend off and the Western Swing that has been reversed this year.
Larry Dixon, in the Al-Anabi Racing Dragster, has the top spot in qualifying 3.78 at 320.43 mph ahead of Antron Brown and Brandon Bernstein. Both of these drivers have been getting closer to a win—when it will come, well, only time will tell. Steve Torrence was fourth and Bob Vandergriff in fifth.
Ashley Force Hood is the No. 1 qualifier in Funny Car and her dad John Force barley made it in the field after taking the points lead last week at Bristol and scoring the victory over Tim Wilkerson in the final.
It's literally amazing how the sport can change from race to race. Ashley Force Hood at 4.032 at 311.99 mph in his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang is quickest followed by Matt Hagan in the Diehard Charger and "Fast Jack" Jack Beckman in third.
Jeg Coughlin is No. 1 qualifier in Pro Stock. Yes, someone else beside Mike Edwards, and Edwards was only 14th Friday and qualified in 12th for Sunday, which is very unusual considering the season he is having.
Coughlin's time of 6.592 at 208.97 in the Jegs Cobalt took the top spot, followed by Allen Johnson in the Mopar, Ron Krisher, and Warren Johnson rounding out the top four spots with Jason Line slotted in fifth.
Rickie Jones, who was in the final at Bristol against Mike Edwards and went red, losing the final, didn't qualify on Saturday. Also, Greg Anderson defeated Mike Edwards in the final of the K&N Filters Pro Stock Challenge at Norwalk Saturday.
Steve Johnson is No. 1 qualifier in his Lincoln Tech Suzuki running a time of 6.929 at 193.60 mph. Hector Arana, defending champion, has Lucas Oil Buell in second, with Andrew Hines, Matt Smith, and Michael Phillips in the top five from Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying.
Only four races to go after Norwalk, they go to the West Coast for the Western Swing with Seattle, Sonoma, and Denver, then to Brainerd and then the US Nationals will be the cutoff to make the Countdown. Larry Dixon and Mike Edwards are the only two drivers to successfully be locked in—everyone else who is on the bubble, it's time to go or be left at the starting line.
The Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals can be seen on ESPN2 with the final rounds at 7 pm ET.