By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
DHL Funny Car pilot J.R. Todd is the provisional Funny Car leader at the NHRA New England Nationals on Friday. He went 4.022 at 317.34 mph at New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire.
Todd claimed the provisional lead during his second qualifying session. He is looking for his first No. 1 qualifier of the season.
If his time is able to hold up on Saturday, it’ll be his 12th No. 1 qualifier of the season. It’ll also be his first No. 1 qualifier of the season.
“We’re starting the second half of the season and it’s really go time, to start making moves,” Todd said. “I said last year I wanted to be in the top five coming out of Indy and we’re hanging right around there right now. But that was a good run for the DHL Toyota there in Q2. I didn’t think it was going to hold, though.
“I’m kind of surprised (Ron) Capps didn’t run better than he did. But, hats off to (crew chiefs) Jon (Oberhofer) and Todd Smith for adapting to these hot conditions and making this thing rip like it is.”
NAPA Auto Parts Funny Car pilot Ron Capps is the provisional No. 2 qualifier. The Carlsbad, California native went 4.039 at 313.07 mph.
Global Electronic Technology Funny Car pilot Shawn Langdon is the provisional No. 3 qualifier. The Indianapolis, Indiana native went 4.046 at 314.39 mph.
PPG Funny Car pilot Bob Tasca III is the provisional No. 4 qualifier. The Hope, Rhode Island native went 4.048 at 316.45 mph.
Mopar/Pennzoil Funny Car pilot Matt Hagan is the provisional No. 5 qualifier. The Christiansburg, Virginia native went 4.051 at 318.47 mph.
The rest of the provisional field looked like this:
6. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.069, 311.34 mph
7. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 4.091, 312.78 mph
8. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.095, 305.15 mph
9. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.117, 310.55 mph
10. John Force, Chevy Camaro, 4.348, 208.39 mph
11. Robert Hight, Camaro, 6.368, 107.91 mph
12. Jim Campbell, Charger, 8.976, 70.82 mph
13. Mike Smith, Dodge Stratus, 9.893, 80.08 mph
14. Jeff Diehl, Camry, 17.392, 52.30 mph