Johnson Tops Route 66 Funny Car Field

Doug Kalitta had the fastest qualifying time in the NHRA Top Fuel class Saturday at Route 66 Raceway. (NHRA Photo)
Doug Kalitta had the fastest qualifying time in the NHRA Top Fuel class Saturday at Route 66 Raceway. (NHRA Photo)

Seven-time Top Fuel world champion and recent Epping winner Tony Schumacher qualified second with a 3.775 at 325.61 at his home track in the U.S. Army dragster. Schumacher, the defending winner of the event, will battle Epping semifinalist Clay Millican in round one. 2012 world champ Antron Brown qualified third and will race Billy Torrence. Brittany Force and Steve Torrence round out the top five qualifiers and face Terry McMillen and Shawn Langdon respectively.

In Pro Stock, Johnson recorded his third No. 1 qualifier of the season and 34th of his career following his Friday time of 6.485 at 212.79 in his Magneti Marelli Dodge Dart. He will open eliminations against Mark Hogan.

“Conditions today weren’t as favorable as they were last night; it was a bit warmer and more humid but the track stayed awesome,” said Johnson, who has three wins on the season. “Our Mopar crew did a heck of a job and we were No. 1 in three of four runs. We really like racing in these conditions.”

Category leader Erica Enders-Stevens is the No. 2 qualifier for the second weekend in a row following her 6.594 at 209.65 in her Elite Motorsports Chevy Camaro. The run booked Enders-Stevens a first round appearance with Dave River. Reigning series champion Jeg Couglin ran a 6.604 at 209.30 to claim the third seed and a first round matchup with Larry Morgan. Pomona winner Jason Line and recent Bristol and Epping No. 1 qualifier Shane Gray qualified fourth and fifth.

Krawiec ran a track-record time of 6.872 at 194.86 on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson during Friday qualifying to grab the top spot.

“Today it was a little hotter and more humid, but the track was great,” said Krawiec. “My hat’s off to NHRA and the Route 66 Raceway crew. They did a great job with the racing surface.”

It is Krawiec’s fourth No. 1 in a row and 18th of his career. He will face L.E. Tonglet in the first round.

Hector Arana Jr. earned the second spot with his 6.941 run at 192.91 on his Lucas Oil Buell. His reward is a first round pairing with Gainesville winner Steve Johnson. Scotty Pollacheck, reigning world champion Matt Smith and Hector Arana round out the top five.

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