By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Atco, N.J. — Advance Auto Parts-sponsored Josh Hart is looking to become the first three-time winner of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Atco Dragway. Hart is presently the No. 1 qualifier following the first qualifying pass.
In the second-to-last pair, Hart went 5.293 at 271.90 mph to claim the top spot. Troy Coughlin Jr. — who was racing the Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel Dragster last year until stepping away right before the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals — is the No. 2 qualifier presently, as he went 5.318 at 279.85 mph.
Duane Shields — the Nevada native, who prefers to race in the NHRA Northeast Division for more competition — is the No. 3 qualifier following his 5.320 at 277.49 mph pass. Jackie Fricke, who went down the track in the same pair with Shields, is the No. 4 qualifier following her 5.320 at 274.05 mph pass.
Dan Page — who lost to Hart the past two years in the final round — is the No. 5 qualifier after his 5.364 at 268.33 mph. Wayne Morris, who was part of the first pair, is the No. 6 qualifier after he went 5.424 at 269.83 mph.
Doug Foley is the No. 7 qualifier after he went 5.449 at 261.12 mph. Frank Shuster is presently in the cut-off position, as he is presently No. 8 after going 5.513 at 261.78 mph.
New Jersey native Karen Stalba would be on the outside looking in if this was the final qualifying session, as she went 5.588 at 256.60 mph. Las Vegas native Tiffany Januik, who is making her first appearance at Atco Dragway for this event, is the No. 10 qualifier with a 5.646 at 208.52 mph.
Tom Fox Jr., who lives a short distance away from the track in Shamong, N.J., is the No. 11 qualifier after his 6.369 at 163.10 mph. Rich Bourke is presently qualified last as he went 13.147 at 100.04 mph.
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