By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
DHL Funny Car pilot J.R. Todd was able to retain his No. 1 qualifier position on Saturday. Todd had his time from Friday hold up at the NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway and Motorsports Park in Epping, New Hampshire.
Todd picked up his second No. 1 qualifier of the season with his 4.022 at 317.34 mph pass on Friday. It is also his 12th No. 1 qualifier of the season.
“It just gives everybody a little pep in their step, but at the end of the day we want wins,” Todd said. “The No. 1 qualifier is good and all, but you don’t get points and trophies for that. It would be big to get a win here, and any win you can get on the tour is special. We want to start the second half of the season off on the right foot.”
Todd will receive a bye in the first-round of eliminations.
PPG sponsored Funny Car pilot Bob Tasca III is the No. 2 qualifier. The Hope, Rhode Island native went 4.035 at 318.17 mph.
Tasca III will face “The Surfer” Jeff Diehl in the first-round of eliminations. The Salinas, California native went 17.392 at 52.30 mph.
NAPA Auto Parts Funny Car pilot Ron Capps is the No. 3 qualifier. The Carlsbad, Calfornia native went 4.039 at 313.07 mph.
Capps will face Mike Smith in the first-round of eliminations. The Lake Worth, Florida native went 9.893 at 80.03 mph.
AAA of Southern California sponsored Funny Car pilot Robert Hight is the No. 4 qualifier. The Yorba Linda, California native went 4.046 at 322.65 mph.
Hight will face Terry Haddock in the first-round of eliminations. The Temple, Texas native went 4.332 at 288.52 mph.
Global Electronic Technology sponsored Funny Car pilot Shawn Langdon is the No. 5 qualifier. The Indianapolis, Indiana native went 4.046 at 314.39 mph.
Langdon will face Jim Campbell in the first-round of eliminations. The Huntington Beach, California native went 4.162 at 297.42 mph.
The rest of the field looked like this:
6. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.051, 318.47 mph vs. 11. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.117, 310.55 mph
7. John Force, Camaro, 4.054, 313.88 mph vs. 10. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 4.089, 305.91 mph
8. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.069, 311.34 mph vs. 9. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.073, 303.64 mph