By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
North Dinwiddie, Va. – Advance Auto Parts Funny Car pilot Courtney Force is the No. 1 qualifier of the inaugural Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park on Saturday. The Yorba Linda, California native went 3.983 at 323.35 mph in her 2018 Chevy Camaro.
Force picked up the No. 1 qualifier on her second qualifying pass of the weekend. This is her sixth No. 1 qualifier for the points leader.
In addition, she now has four No. 1 qualifiers in the past five races.
“My team has been incredible, and having a consistent racecar like this has us feeling good going into race day,” Force said. “It feels awesome to have a No. 1 qualifier hat but it is important for us to continue to go rounds and hopefully end up in the winner’s circle.”
Her teammate – and reigning Funny Car Champion – Auto Club-sponsored Robert Hight is the No. 2 qualifier. Hight, who also resides in Yorba Linda, California, went 4.039 at 318.39 mph in his 2018 Chevy Camaro.
NAPA Auto Parts sponsored Ron Capps is the No. 3 qualifier. The Carlsbad, California native went 4.039 at 318.02 mph in his 2018 Dodge Charger.
DHL sponsored J.R. Todd is the No. 4 qualifier. The Indianapolis, Indiana native went 4.042 at 310.55 mph in his 2018 Toyota Camry.
Capps’ Don Schumacher Racing teammate – and Infinite Hero Foundation sponsored – Jack Beckman is the No. 5 qualifier. The Norco, California native went 4.053 at 312.06 mph in his 2018 Dodge Charger.
Two Funny Cars did not qualify for the event. John Smith, the Anderson, South Carolina native, was the No. 17 qualifier, as he went 4.356 at 255.19 mph.
Phil Burkhart Jr., the Yorkville, New York native, went 5.009 at 159.89 mph in the No. 18th qualifier spot.
Funny Car Elimination Ladder:
1. Courtney Force vs. Jeff Diehl
2. Robert Hight vs. Cruz Pedregon
3. Ron Capps vs. Tim Wilkerson
4. J.R. Todd vs. Bob Tasca III
5. Jack Beckman vs. Del Worsham
6. Jonnie Lindberg vs. Matt Hagan
7. John Force vs. Tommy Johnson Jr.
8. Jim Campbell vs. Shawn Langdon
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