June 20, 2015 12:37 AM | Written by Anthony Caruso III, Publisher
The National Hot Rod Association has made its way to Thunder Valley this weekend for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals from Bristol, Tenn. After the first day of qualifying, Tony Schumacher leads the Top Fuel category.
“The Sarge” ran a track record 3.768 at 322.58 mph pass in his U.S. Army dragster. If it holds up tomorrow, it would be his fourth No. 1 qualifier at this track and third of the season.
“We talk about what needs to happen each run,” he said in the media center after his second run. “[Crew Chiefs] Mike [Green] and Neal [Strausbaugh] gave me a really good car. I just go out there and use it properly.”
Wilk, as he’s known, had a nice 4.027 run at 318.32 mph in his Levi, Ray, & Shoup Ford Mustang. The NHRA Southern Nationals winner could get his first No. 1 qualifier since the Fall Charlotte face in 2012.
In addition, he hasn’t had the No. 1 qualifier at the track since 2007.
“The thing is running way too easy,” Wilk added. “That’s a little concerning but as long as I keep that in my head and no try to be ‘Guerilla Tim,’ I’ll be OK.”
McGaha went 6.647 at 206.67 in his Harlow Sammons Chevy Camaro for the provisional spot. He’ll have to see what the other Pro Stock drivers have in their two runs tomorrow.
If it holds, it would be his sixth career No. 1 qualifier. It would also be his fourth this season.
However, when he’s qualified as the No. 1 driver, like he did last weekend at the NHRA New England Nationals, things haven’t went his way on Sunday.
“I was expecting everyone to turn the wick up,” McGaha mentioned. “But they didn’t so here we are. We are trying not to jinx ourselves by being No. 1 but here we are.”
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