By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Make-A-Wish Foundation Funny Car pilot Tommy Johnson Jr. is the No. 1 qualifier on Saturday at the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is Johnson Jr.’s third straight No. 1 qualifier.
The Avon, Indiana native went 3.879 at 327.82 mph during the final pass on Saturday’s qualifying. This is Johnson Jr.’s 18th career No. 1 qualifier.
“Our car has been running so well as of late,” Johnson said. “You want to come into the Countdown and you have to bring everything you got for all the races. You have to perform your best you have all season. We have done that except for Sunday. I’m excited about [Sunday], I don’t know if I will be able to sleep tonight. I’m ready to go.”
He’ll face Jeff Arend in the first-round of eliminations. The La Verne, California native went 4.119 at 302.35 mph.
DHL Funny Car pilot J.R. Todd is the No. 2 qualifier. The Lawrenceburg, Indiana native went 3.911 at 327.19 mph.
Todd will face Richard Townsend in the first-round of eliminations. The Nitroholic Racing team driver went 4.060 at 308.50 mph.
Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car pilot Jack Beckman is the No. 3 qualifier. The Norco, California native went 3.922 at 327.19 mph.
Beckman will face his best friend Jim Campbell in the first-round of eliminations. The Huntington Beach, California went 4.054 at 312.06 mph.
Ford Motorcraft/Quick Lane Funny Car pilot Bob Tasca III is the No. 4 qualifier. The Hope, Rhode Island native went 3.924 at 321.65 mph.
Tasca III will face Head Racing Inc.’s Jonnie Lindberg in the first-round of eliminations. The Brownsburg, Indiana native went 4.050 at 314.24 mph.
Peak Antifreeze Funny Car pilot John Force is the No. 5 qualifier. The Yorba Linda, California native went 3.926 at 330.55 mph.
The living legend will face Ron Capps in the first-round of eliminations. The Carlsbad, California native went 3.971 at 315.71 mph.
Sunday’s eliminations pairings:
- Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger, 3.879, 327.82 mph vs. 16. Jeff Arend, Chevy Monte Carlo, 4.119, 302.35 mph
- J.R. Todd, Toyota Camry, 3.911, 327.19 mph vs. 15. Richard Townsend, Camry, 4.060, 308.50 mph
- Jack Beckman, Charger, 3.922, 327.19 mph vs. 14. Jim Campbell, Charger, 4.054, 312.06 mph
- Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 3.924, 321.65 mph vs. 13. Jonnie Lindberg, Mustang, 4.050, 314.24 mph
- John Force, Chevy Camaro, 3.926, 330.55 mph vs. 12. Ron Capps, Charger, 3.971, 315.71 mph
- Courtney Force, Camaro, 3.926, 328.46 mph vs. 11. Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 3.968, 323.04 mph
- Robert Hight, Camaro, 3.927, 328.38 mph vs. 10. Shawn Langdon, Camry, 3.965, 319.67 mph
- Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 3.932, 319.90 mph vs. 9. Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.949, 322.65 mph
There were three Funny Cars, who did not make the show. That group was led by Gary Densham, who was the No. 17 qualifier. The Bellflower, California native went 4.192 at 273.33 mph.
Bob Bode was the No. 18 qualifier, as the Barrington, Illinois native went 4.253 at 265.74 mph. “The Surfer” Jeff Diehl was the No. 19 qualifier, as the Monterey, California went 4.911 at 165.11 mph.
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