By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Three-time champion Jason Line is the No. 1 qualifier on Saturday at the Virginia NHRA Nationals. He went 6.563 at 210.11 mph on Friday at Virginia Motorsports Park in North Dinwiddie, Virginia.
This is Line’s first No. 1 qualifier of the season. It is also his first since Las Vegas 1 in April 2017.
Plus, Line picked up his 54th No. 1 qualifier of his career.
“I’ve got a really good race car right now,” Line stated. “I feel good about it. It’s really nice to get a green hat and I didn’t even know they still gave them out. We did test during the break so we’re not any worse off but it really was good for us. We didn’t make any mistakes, learned a lot and I feel like [Sunday] we will have a great race day.”
Line will face Val Smeland in the first-round of eliminations. The Shirley, New York native went 6.957 at 200.65 mph.
American Ethanol sponsored driver Deric Kramer is the No. 2 qualifier. The Sterling, Colorado native went 6.569 at 210.37 mph.
Kramer will face Fernando Caudra Jr. in the first-round of eliminations. The Méxican driver went 6.841 at 201.55 mph.
Jim Butner Auto Group sponsored driver Bo Butner III is the No. 3 qualifier. The Floyds Knobs, Indiana native went 6.573 at 210.54 mph.
Butner III will face Baron “Wally” Stroupe in the first-round of eliminations. The Grover, North Carolina native went 6.763 at 204.08 mph.
Melling Performance/Elite Performance sponsored driver Erica Enders-Stevens is the No. 4 qualifier. The Houston, Texas native went 6.573 at 208.59 mph.
Enders-Stevens will face Kenny Delco in the first-round of eliminations. The Setauket, New York native went 6.680 at 208.75 mph.
Summit Racing Equipment sponsored driver Greg Anderson is the No. 5 qualifier. The Charlotte, North Carolina native went 6.578 at 209.56 mph.
Anderson will face Australian Shane Tucker in the first-round of eliminations. The Gold Coast, Australian native went 6.649 at 207.34 mph.
The rest of the field panned out like this:
6. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.578, 209.30 mph vs. 11. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.603, 208.97 mph
7. Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, 6.578, 208.30 mph vs. 10. Fernando Cuadra, Camaro, 6.598, 210.83 mph
8. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.583, 209.20 mph vs. 9. Rodger Brogdon, Camaro, 6.587, 208.14 mph
Did Not Qualify: 17. Alan Prusiensky, 7.978, 128.63 mph