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Skillman gets first No. 1 qualifier of the season

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Drew Skillman is the No. 1 qualifier for the 38th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado. Skillman battled the Mountain and came out on top following his second and final pass of the day on Friday.

He went 6.924 at 198.29 mph in his Ray Skillman Chevrolet Camaro to get his first No. 1 qualifier of the season. Two weeks ago at the Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by K&N Filters, Skillman picked up his first win of the season.

Drew Skillman (Photo by the NHRA)

Drew Skillman (Photo by the NHRA)

“Denver is always very consistent, and our testing proved to be good so we know we have a great race car for Sunday,” he said. “We are definitely confident after three strong runs, we all feel good and ready to get going [on Sunday].”

Skillman will face Richie Stevens, the No. 14 qualifier, in the first-round of eliminations. Stevens went 7.070 at 194.49 mph in his Dodge Dart.

Stevens’ wife, Erica Enders-Stevens, is the No. 2 qualifier in her Elite Performance Chevy Camaro. She went 6.930 at 198.85 mph and will face New Jersey native Alan Prusiensky in the first-round after he went 7.024 at 196.53 in his ARCraceengines.com Dodge Dart.

Mountain View Tire Chevy Camaro driver Vincent Nobile qualified third following his 6.939 at 199.05 mph pass. He’ll face Colorado native Deric Kramer in his American Ethanol Dodge Dart after going 7.013 at 196.90 mph.

KB Racing and Summit Racing Equipment-backed Greg Anderson is the No. 4 qualifier. He went 6.945 at 197.07 mph in his Chevy Camaro. He’ll go against Elite Performance/Jegs.com Mail Order-sponsored Jeg Coughlin Jr., who went 6.988 at 198.09 mph.

Anderson’s KB Racing teammate Jason Line rounded out the Top 5. Line went 6.951 at 198.88 mph in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro. Line will face rookie sensation Tanner Gray in the first-round in his Valvoline/Nova Services Chevy Camaro after going 6.977 at 198.26 mph.

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