By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
DHL Funny Car pilot J.R. Todd secured the No. 1 qualifier in Funny Car on Saturday at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kansas. Todd went 3.924 at 318.99 mph for the top spot at the 31st annual Menard’s NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties.
This is Todd’s first No. 1 qualifier of the season. In addition, it is Kalitta Motorsports 100th No. 1 qualifier.
“That’s pretty awesome because I don’t have too many No. 1 qualifiers under my belt,” Todd stated, regarding clinching the 100th No. 1 for his team. “I’d say most of those came from Dougie (Kalitta, Mac Tools driver) who is the leader over there. That was a good run Friday night which we knew that Q2 was going to be your best round of the weekend. We have a really good car heading into race day tomorrow and no reason that we can’t turn on four win lights. That’s the plan for [Sunday].”
Todd will receive a bye in the first-round of eliminations.
Levi, Ray, and Shoup Inc.’s Funny Car pilot Tim Wilkerson is the No. 2 qualifier. The Springfield, Illinois native went 3.931 at 318.54 mph.
Wilkerson will face Jack Wyatt in the first-round of eliminations. The Seymour, Iowa native went 7.466 at 94.15 mph.
Living legend John Force is the No. 3 qualifier. The Yorba Linda, California native went 3.938 at 323.27 mph.
Force will face Dale Creasy Jr. in the first-round of eliminations. The Beecher, Illinois native went 4.490 at 194.60 mph.
Make-A-Wish Foundation pilot Tommy Johnson Jr. is the No. 4 qualifier. The Avon, Indiana native went 3.948 at 316.60 mph.
Johnson Jr. will face Terry Haddock in the first-round of eliminations. The Temple, Texas native went 4.169 at 291.26 mph.
NAPA Auto Parts pilot Ron Capps is the No. 5 qualifier. The Carlsbad, California native went 3.952 at 317.19 mph.
Capps will face Jim Campbell in the first-round of eliminations. The Huntington Beach, California native went 4.163 at 298.67 mph.
The rest of the ladder went like this:
6. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 3.953, 310.27 mph vs. 11. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 4.028, 312.50 mph
7. Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.987, 319.60 mph vs. 10. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.018, 319.14 mph
8. Shawn Langdon, Camry, 3.994, 318.02 mph vs. 9. Robert Hight, Camaro, 4.015, 318.32 mph