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2001 Gatornationals Friday Qualifying

By NHRA.com

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- John Force led Funny Car qualifying Friday at the 32nd annual Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Gary Scelzi, Darrell Alderman, Antron Brown and Randy Daniels were also leaders in their respective categories at the $2 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series event, the third of 24 races in the $50 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series.

Force, a six-time Gatornationals winner, clocked a 4.815-second run at 317.19 mph in the Castrol GTX Ford Mustang to lead the 16-car field. 

"That was a fast ride," said Force, who leads Frank Pedregon, Del Worsham, and Ron Capps, who also posted runs in the 4.80s. "It jerked the front end up at the start but finally settled down and motored on down the track. We've definitely got the air and the racetrack to put up some good numbers this weekend."

Scelzi powered his Team Winston dragster to a 4.576 at 322.58 to lead the Top Fuel lineup.

"This is a great way to start," said three-time Top Fuel champ Scelzi, who is looking for his first Gatornationals victory this weekend. "This one has eluded us for whatever reason. I think we should've won this race the last two years but mechanical problems got us. We tested at Phoenix after the last race and I think we're seeing the results. We had two good runs today. I think by tomorrow we'll see some of the other guys come around and they'll be right there too." 

Alderman topped the Pro Stock order, covering the distance in 6.874 at 200.29 in his Team Mopar Dodge R/T.

Brown was quickest in Pro Stock Motorcycle on a Suzuki, running 7.249 at 187.91.

Daniels led Pro Stock Truck qualifying, recording a track record time of 7.488 at 179.28 in a Chevy S-10.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Friday's qualifying results for the 32nd annual MAC Tools NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, third of 24 events in the $50 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. Qualifying continues Saturday for Sunday's final eliminations.

Top Fuel -- 1. Gary Scelzi, 4.576 seconds, 322.58 mph; 2. Larry Dixon, 4.588, 316.38; 3. Kenny Bernstein, 4.631, 316.60; 4. Andrew Cowin, 4.655, 309.27; 5. Clay Millican, 4.680, 313.00; 6. Mike Dunn, 4.704, 313.44; 7. Darrell Russell, 4.719, 307.16; 8. Rhonda Hartman-Smith, 4.748, 301.33; 9. David Grubnic, 4.757, 294.69; 10. Bruce Litton, 4.873, 261.17; 11. Bobby Baldwin, 4.925, 279.32; 12. Steve Smith, 4.953, 253.42; 13. Luigi Novelli, 5.083, 281.13; 14. Doug Kalitta, 5.089, 201.61; 15. Paul Romine, 5.105, 239.61; 16. Chris Karamesines, 5.252, 277.77. 

Funny Car -- 1. John Force, Ford Mustang, 4.815, 317.19; 2. Frank Pedregon, Pontiac Firebird, 4.860, 302.01; 3. Del Worsham, Firebird, 4.887, 316.08; 4. Ron Capps, Chevy Camaro, 4.889, 311.41; 5. Tommy Johnson Jr., Chevy Camaro, 4.909, 309.42; 6. Al Hofmann, Firebird, 4.920, 305.63; 7. Johnny Gray, Firebird, 4.941, 308.00; 8. Tony Pedregon, Mustang, 4.948, 313.66; 9. Tony Bartone, Firebird, 4.961, 298.21; 10. Tim Wilkerson, Firebird, 4.964, 309.42; 11. Bob Gilbertson, Camaro, 4.979, 307.65; 12. Whit Bazemore, Firebird, 4.984, 304.67; 13. Gary Densham, Mustang, 5.138, 267.32; 14. Jerry Toliver, Firebird, 5.346, 210.21; 15. Dale Creasy Jr., Firebird, 5.686, 191.32; 16. Scotty Cannon, Firebird, 5.830, 167.38. 

Pro Stock -- 1. Darrell Alderman, Dodge R/T, 6.874, 200.29; 2. Kurt Johnson, Chevy Cavalier, 6.889, 200.56; 3. Mark Pawuk, Pontiac Grand Am, 6.897, 199.26; 4. Warren Johnson, Grand Am, 6.904, 200.00; 5. Ron Krisher, Cavalier, 6.916, 199.82; 6. Bruce Allen, Grand Am, 6.919, 199.17; 7. Mike Edwards, Cavalier, 6.925, 199.17; 8. Brad Jeter, Grand Am, 6.928, 198.82; 9. Jim Yates, Grand Am, 6.930, 199.43; 10. Larry Morgan, R/T, 6.933, 199.02; 11. Tom Martino, Grand Am, 6.939, 199.08; 12. Jeg Coughlin, Cavalier, 6.944, 199.14; 13. Rickie Smith, R/T, 6.950, 198.35; 14. John Nobile, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 6.953, 198.76; 15. Richie Stevens, Grand Am, 6.959, 198.61; 16. Allen Johnson, Dodge Avenger, 6.965, 197.39. 

Pro Stock Bike -- 1. Antron Brown, Suzuki, 7.249, 187.91; 2. Angelle Savoie, Suzuki, 7.252, 184.57; 3. Geno Scali, Suzuki, 7.276, 185.05; 4. Craig Treble, Suzuki, 7.289, 184.40; 5. Reggie Showers, Suzuki, 7.340, 183.72; 6. Chris Bostick, Suzuki, 7.362, 179.88; 7. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 7.374, 188.02; 8. Paul Gast, Suzuki, 7.383, 183.17; 9. Mike Berry, Suzuki, 7.388, 180.26; 10. Shawn Gann, Suzuki, 7.398, 182.21; 11. Gary Tonglet, Kawasaki, 7.430, 180.36; 12. Michael Phillips, Suzuki, 7.465, 177.77; 13. Rob Short, Kawasaki, 7.473, 184.67; 14. Sam Hurwitz, Suzuki, 7.476, 179.85; 15. Matt Hines, Suzuki, 7.497, 183.59; 16. Brian DeLong, Suzuki, 7.508, 183.19. 

Pro Stock Truck -- 1. Randy Daniels, Chevy S-10, 7.488, 179.28; 2. Don Smith, S-10, 7.497, 178.47; 3. Jeff Gracia, GMC Sonoma, 7.510, 179.21; 4. Larry Seay, S-10, 7.511, 178.85; 5. Victor Cagnazzi, S-10, 7.517, 177.91; 6. Greg Stanfield, S-10, 7.519, 180.36; 7. Scott Perin, S-10, 7.519, 178.59; 8. Vinny Barone, S-10, 7.519, 178.52; 9. Bob Panella Jr, S-10, 7.532, 180.00; 10. Jeff Naiser, S-10, 7.550, 178.85; 11. Craig Eaton, Dodge Dakota, 7.550, 177.30; 12. Todd Patterson, Dakota, 7.553, 177.74; 13. Mark Whisnant, S-10, 7.558, 177.72; 14. Mike Corvo Jr, Sonoma, 7.561, 178.12; 15. Matt Rhoades, S-10, 7.564, 178.42; 16. Dale Eaton, Dakota, 7.567, 177.63. 

Alan Pittman was the low qualifier in the Pro Mod exhibition at 6.263-seconds, 223.80-mph.

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