By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Living legend John Force is the provisional No. 1 qualifier in Funny Car on Friday at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tennessee. Force claimed the top spot during his second qualifying session.
Force went 3.911 at 326.95 mph in his PEAK sponsored Chevy Camaro. He will hope that his time holds up on Saturday as he attempts to pick up his third No. 1 qualifier of the season.
“We’re learning and I really thought that there would be a number of cars that would step up,” Force stated. “Especially Jimmy Prock (Robert Hight’s crew chief) and I thought he would run an .88 or something. Our car went though, and it was really hunting down there. Tomorrow is a new day but I’m excited for my guys. It’s a good race car and I’m proud to drive it. I’m learning about it and at my age I thought I knew everything about it.”
Global Electronic Technology Funny Car pilot Shawn Langdon is the provisional No. 2 qualifier. The Indianapolis, Indiana native went 3.944 at 324.51 mph.
Ford Motorcraft/Quick Lane Funny Car pilot Bob Tasca III is the provisional No. 3 qualifier. The Hope, Rhode Island native went 3.959 at 318.54 mph.
Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car pilot Jack Beckman is the provisional No. 4 qualifier. The Norco, California native went 3.976 at 319.90 mph.
Reigning Funny Car champion J.R. Todd is the provisional No. 5 qualifier. The Lawrenceburg, Indiana native went 3.984 at 318.99 mph.
The rest of the provisional field looks like this:
6. Robert Hight, Camaro, 3.998, 318.99 mph
7. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.012, 317.27 mph
8. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.025, 313.51 mph \
9. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 4.054, 310.70 mph
10. Terry Haddock, Mustang, 4.156, 300.33 mph
11. Blake Alexander, Mustang, 4.198, 236.42 mph
12. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.497, 191.02 mph
13. Jim Campbell, Charger, 4.573, 190.48 mph
14.Ron Capps, Charger, 5.217, 142.10 mph
15. Jeff Diehl, Camry, 10.986, 76.66 mph