By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
North Dinwiddie, Va. — Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel Dragster pilot Brittany Force is the provisional No. 1 qualifier after her first pass at the NHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park on Friday afternoon. She went 3.849 at 320.28 mph.
Force will be looking for her second No. 1 qualifier of the season following Saturday’s two passes if she is able to hold on during Friday’s final qualifying session.
She was the No. 1 qualifier when she went 3.689 at 318.39 mph at the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, N.C.
Matco Tools Top Fuel Dragster pilot Antron Brown is the provisional No. 2 qualifier. He went 3.879 at 304.67 mph.
Scott Palmer, who added crew chief Jason McCulloch to his team, is the provisional No. 3 qualifier. The Missouri native went 3.891 at 309.06 mph.
FireAde/Papa John’s Top Fuel Dragster pilot Leah Pritchett is the provisional No. 4 qualifier. She went 3.917 at 316.15 mph.
Part-timer Dom Lagana, who was also helping work on Capco Contractors Top Fuel Dragster Steve Torrence’s car before the pass in the pits, is the provisional No. 5 qualifier. The Lagana and Torrence’s have a good relationship, as Bobby Lagana is the co-crew chief of the team.
Lagana went 4.000 at 287.05 mph.
Bill Litton, the driver of the Worsham Top Fuel Dragster, was the only driver, who did not make a pass during the first opportunity to go down the new track. However, Del Worsham, who helps his father with the team, was able to make it down the track in Funny Car.
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