By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Living legend John Force claimed the No. 1 qualifying spot on Saturday at the 2019 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tennessee. Force claimed the top spot at the 19th Thunder Valley Nationals with a 3.911 at 326.95 mph pass on Friday night.
This is Force’s third No. 1 qualifier of the season. In addition, it is the 158th No. 1 qualifier of his career.
The 70-year-old will be looking for his 150th career win on Father’s Day in the Tennessee mountains. He has four prior wins at the Thunder Valley Nationals.
“I’m in the game, feeling good and we’ll go out there tomorrow and see if we can win some rounds,” said Force, who has two career No. 1 qualifiers in Thunder Valley. “You can win from anywhere in this class. I go out and do the best I can, that’s all I can do. You’ve got to be good to win and my car is coming around. It’s fast and I’m starting to come around, too.”
Force will receive a bye in the first round with just 15 Funny Cars on the property.
Global Electronic Technology Funny Car pilot Shawn Langdon is the No. 2 qualifier. The Indianapolis, Indiana native went 3.944 at 324.51 mph.
He’ll face “The Surfer” Jeff Diehl in the first-round of eliminations. The Salinas, California native went 10.986 at 76.66 mph.
Ford Motor Craft/Quick Lane sponsored Bob Tasca III is the No. 3 qualifier. The Hope, Rhode Island native went 3.959 at 318.54 mph.
He’ll face Jim Campbell in the first-round of eliminations. The Huntington Beach, California native went 4.573 at 190.48 mph.
Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car pilot Jack Beckman is the No. 4 qualifier. The Norco, California native went 3.976 at 319.90 mph.
Beckman will face Tim Wilkerson in the first-round of eliminations. The Springfield, Illinois native went 4.468 at 195.03 mph.
Reigning Funny Car champion J.R. Todd is the No. 5 qualifier. The Indianapolis, Indiana native went 3.984 at 318.99 mph.
He’ll face Terry Haddock in the first-round of eliminations. The Temple, Texas native went 4.156 at 300.33 mph.
The rest of the field panned out like this:
6. Robert Hight, Camaro, 3.998, 318.99 mph vs. 11. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 4.054, 310.70 mph
7. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.002, 317.79 mph vs. 10. Blake Alexander, Mustang, 4.053, 298.07 mph
8. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.003, 318.24 mph vs. 9. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.012, 317.27 mph.