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Force, Dixon, Krisher Top Qualifiers
for NHRA SummitRacing.Com Nationals

By NHRA Communications

LAS VEGAS -- John Force will go for his 100th career Funny Car victory Sunday at the NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway from the No. 1 qualifying position.

Larry Dixon and Ron Krisher also will lead their respective categories from the No. 1 position during tomorrow's 11 a.m. eliminations for the $1.9 million race, the fourth of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

Force claimed the 109th top qualifying effort of his career and third of the season with a run of 4.831 seconds at 315.86 mph in his special Elvis Presley-themed Castrol GTX Ford Mustang, and will face Dean Skuza in the opening round.

With a win, Force will become the third driver in a major motorsports series to earn more than 100 victories, joining NASCAR legends Richard Petty (200) and David Pearson (105).

Force, who hasn't won since the season-opener in Pomona, Calif. in February, would like to get the win behind him and can't think of a better place to do it than Las Vegas, a place where he hasn't won since the facility opened its doors in 2000.

"I really want to get the win, get it done, and get on with the season," Force said.

Dixon claimed his third No. 1 qualifying effort of the season and 15th of his career as no one improved on his 4.575 at 325.37 effort from Friday in the Miller Lite dragster, which also features a special Elvis tribute design.

Dixon will be going for his third victory of the season and first-ever at Las Vegas, where he has never advanced past the second round.

"We haven't gone past second round at this track before," Dixon said. "It's not like we don't bring a good race car here. For one reason or another, we haven't done well here. We've got Elvis on the car this weekend; maybe he'll put us over the top."

Krisher earned his fourth straight top qualifying effort of the season in Pro Stock, clocking a 6.954 at 198.23 in a Chevy Cavalier.

LAS VEGAS -- First-round pairings for professional eliminations Sunday for the Third annual NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the fourth of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday.

Top Fuel -- 1. Larry Dixon, 4.575 seconds, 325.37 mph vs. 16. Scott Weis, 4.951, 291.38; 2. Cory McClenathan, 4.608, 320.89 vs. 15. Doug Kalitta, 4.875, 307.72; 3. Kenny Bernstein, 4.692, 319.98 vs. 14. Gary Clapshaw, 4.862, 297.42; 4. Tony Schumacher, 4.714, 302.96 vs. 13. Ken Zeal, 4.846, 301.27; 5. Yuichi Oyama, 4.722, 314.75 vs. 12. Darrell Russell, 4.812, 302.35; 6. Rhonda Hartman-Smith, 4.737, 286.19 vs. 11. Chris Karamesines, 4.811, 312.13; 7. Melanie Troxel, 4.766, 302.69 vs. 10. Doug Herbert, 4.798, 307.51; 8. Andrew Cowin, 4.776, 286.56 vs. 9. David Grubnic, 4.785, 307.02.

Funny Car -- 1. John Force, Ford Mustang, 4.831, 315.86 vs. 16. Dean Skuza, Dodge Stratus R/T, 5.024, 303.23; 2. Tim Wilkerson, Pontiac Firebird, 4.848, 314.90 vs. 15. Bob Gilbertson, Firebird, 5.018, 305.91; 3. Whit Bazemore, Firebird, 4.857, 316.67 vs. 14. Tommy Johnson Jr., Chevy Camaro, 5.010, 305.01; 4. Gary Densham, Mustang, 4.871, 319.29 vs. 13. Frank Pedregon, Firebird, 5.006, 310.13; 5. Scotty Cannon, Firebird, 4.875, 317.79 vs. 12. John Lawson, Firebird, 4.962, 301.87; 6. Gary Scelzi, Toyota Celica, 4.925, 314.53 vs. 11. Todd Paton, Chevrolet Camaro, 4.960, 296.11; 7. Ron Capps, Camaro, 4.932, 304.80 vs. 10. Jerry Toliver, Firebird, 4.950, 308.92; 8. Tony Pedregon, Mustang, 4.937, 315.64 vs. 9. Del Worsham, Firebird, 4.937, 304.60.

Pro Stock -- 1. Ron Krisher, Chevy Cavalier, 6.954, 198.23 vs. 16. JR Carr, Pontiac Firebird, 7.012, 196.53; 2. George Marnell, Pontiac Grand Am, 6.957, 197.02 vs. 15. John Geyer, Dodge Neon R/T, 7.009, 197.42; 3. Tom Martino, Grand Am, 6.964, 197.77 vs. 14. Darrell Alderman, Neon R/T, 7.002, 197.22; 4. Jim Yates, Grand Am, 6.974, 197.62 vs. 13. Greg Anderson, Cavalier, 6.995, 198.50; 5. Tom Hammonds, Cavalier, 6.974, 197.42 vs. 12. Mark Pawuk, Grand Am, 6.994, 197.33; 6. Warren Johnson, Grand Am, 6.975, 198.12 vs. 11. Bruce Allen, Grand Am, 6.993, 197.51; 7. V. Gaines, Cavalier, 6.976, 198.23 vs. 10. Mike Edwards, Cavalier, 6.987, 197.13; 8. Troy Coughlin, Cavalier, 6.981, 197.05 vs. 9. Jeg Coughlin, Cavalier, 6.984, 197.48.

NHRA Communications

 

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