By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Scrappers Racing Top Fuel Dragster pilot Mike Salinas is the provisional No. 1 qualifier on Friday night. The San Jose, California native went 3.705 at 328.46 mph at the 20th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Actually, Brian [Huson, crew chief] and the guys were watching the weather before this,” Salinas said about the weather impacting qualifying. “Since we fell on our face in Arizona and Gainesville, we don’t want that to happen again, so they stripped the car four times and we found our problem. We’re happy that we found our problem and now we can go race.”
Salinas will attempt to get his second No. 1 qualifier of his career on Saturday. This would be his first No. 1 qualifier since he was the No. 1 qualifier at Indianapolis last September.
Reigning Top Fuel Champion Steve Torrence is the provisional No. 2 qualifier. The Kilgore, Texas native went 3.721 at 326.95 mph.
Former Top Fuel Champion Brittany Force is the provisional No. 3 qualifier. The Yorba Linda, California native went 3.733 at 322.88 mph.
Leah Pritchett is presently the provisional No. 4 qualifier. The Avon, Indiana native — who wasn’t supposed to race this weekend, before John Schnatter stepped up to help her out with sponsorship — went 3.743 at 328.06 mph.
Straighline Strategy Group’s pilot Clay Millican is the provisional No. 5 qualifier. The Drummonds, Tennessee native, who is sponsored by strutmasters.com and Parts Plus, went 3.750 at 325.06 mph.
Here is out the rest of the field panned out on Friday night:
6. Billy Torrence, 3.769, 324.75
7. Doug Kalitta, 3.771, 323.74
8. Terry McMillen, 3.785, 321.27
9. Scott Palmer, 3.807, 312.57
10. Antron Brown, 3.813, 323.66
11. Austin Prock, 3.840, 316.97
12. Cameron Ferré, 4.099, 265.27
13. Richie Crampton, 4.675, 166.39