By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Living legend John Force is the provisional No. 1 qualifier on Friday at the second annual Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park. Force — who is sponsored by Herculiner and Peak Antifreeze this weekend — went 3.899 at 321.88 mph during his second qualifying pass.
If his numbers hold up on Saturday, it’ll be his second No. 1 qualifier of the season for the Yorba Linda, California native. If he does capture the Virginia No. 1 qualifier, it’ll be his 157th of his career.
“I just want to thank my crew chiefs because they’re saying that this is the smoothest track surface on the circuit and this is what we live for,” Force stated. “I do appreciate all that the (Franklin) family has invested here. I’ve got low E.T. so far but that won’t last tomorrow. The kids now know what’s out there. I’m learning every day how to race against these guys. I’m having to reinvent myself is what I’m having to do.”
Make-A-Wish Foundation pilot Tommy Johnson Jr. is the provisional No. 2 qualifier. The Avon, Indiana native went 3.922 at 323.58 mph in his Dodge Charger.
NAPA Auto Parts pilot Ron Capps — and TJ’s Don Schumacher Racing teammate — is the provisional No. 3 qualifier. The Carlsbad, California native went went 3.927 at 321.50 mph.
Global Electronic Technology pilot Shawn Langdon — who won his first career race in Funny Car in April at the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Concord, North Carolina — is provisionally the No. 4 qualifier. The Indianapolis, Indiana native went 3.964 at 316.54 mph.
AAA of Southern California pilot Shawn Langdon is the provisional No. 5 qualifier. The Yorba Linda, California native went 3.967 at 326.32 mph.
The rest of the field panned out like this:
6. J.R. Todd, Camry, 3.978, 316.38
7. Jonnie Lindberg, Ford Mustang, 4.001, 322.04
8. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.001, 320.51
9. Blake Alexander, Mustang, 4.003, 315.27
10. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.005, 320.28
11. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 4.017, 309.77
12. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.029, 310.05
13. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 4.045, 316.23
14. Jim Campbell, Charger, 4.085, 309.34
15. Jeff Diehl, Camry, 5.619, 125.54