Legend Force claims No. 1 qualifier at 2019 Virginia Nationals

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Living legend John Force is the No. 1 qualifier on Saturday. He claimed the top spot on Friday with his 3.899 at 321.88 mph pass at the Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park in North Dinwiddie, Virginia. 

Force set the track E.T. record with the pass on Friday. He picked up his first No. 1 qualifier of the season and the 157th of his career. 

Living legend Funny Car pilot John Force racing on Saturday at the Virginia NHRA Nationals
John Force racing on Saturday at the Virginia NHRA Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

“I’ve got to give credit to Daniel Hood (crew chief), Brian Corradi (crew chief) and the entire team that make it happen,” Force said. “They gave me a good car. It was a little warm but that gives us our race day tune up and we’re ready. I still say to the (Franklin) family that bought this track that this is the best surface and that .89 broke the track record. I want to thank them and that is very important.”

The Yorba Linda, California native will face “The Surfer” Jeff Diehl in the first-round of eliminations. The Salinas, California native went 5.619 at 125.54 mph. 

Make-A-Wish Foundation Funny Car pilot Tommy Johnson Jr. is the No. 2 qualifier. The Avon, Indiana native went 3.922 at 323.58 mph. 

Johnson Jr. will face Terry Haddock in the first round of eliminations. The Temple, Texas native went 4.170 at 296.96 mph. 

NAPA Auto Parts pilot Ron Capps is the No. 3 qualifier. The Carlsbad, California native went 3.927 at 321.50 mph. 

Capps will face Jim Campbell in the first-round of eliminations. The Huntington Beach, California native went 4.085 at 309.34 mph. 

Reigning Funny Car champion J.R. Todd is the No. 4 qualifier. The Lawrenceburg, Indiana native went 3.961 at 318.47 mph. 

Todd will face Bob Tasca III in the first-round of eliminations. The Hope, Rhode Island native went 4.045 at 316.23 mph. 

Global Electronic Technology pilot Shawn Langdon is the No. 5 qualifier. The Indianapolis, Indiana native — who won his first career Funny Car win in April — went 3.964 at 316.45 mph.

Langdon will face Tim Wilkerson in the first-round of eliminations. The Springfield, Illinois native went 4.029 at 310.05 mph. 

The rest of the field panned out like this:

6. Robert Hight, Camaro, 3.967, 326.32 mph vs. 11. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 4.017, 309.77 mph

7. Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.991, 321.27 mph vs. 10. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.005, 320.28 mph

8. Jonnie Lindberg, Mustang, 4.001,322.04 mph vs. 9. Blake Alexander, Mustang, 4.003, 315.27 mph

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