By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Richie Freeman has been a Pro Stock owner for the past several seasons. He has also dabbled in Pro Stock driving himself.
On Saturday night, he picked up his first No. 1 qualifier of his career. He is now the 65th driver to qualify No. 1 in Pro Stock.
“This is really neat,” said Freeman. “Normally I get to stand behind our cars and enjoy the view but it was neat to be able to drive and make a great run. Now, I just hope I don’t lose from the No. 1 spot because I’ve struggled with the Christmas Tree. I just can’t say enough about the job my team has done.”
Freeman added that he wasn’t going to compete at the historic Western Swing until Rodger Brogdon informed him that he had to attend to business back home in Texas.
“I didn’t plan on racing until last week,” Freeman said. “Obviously, this is a good car. Rodger ran really well early this year. We know this is a good car. I can’t say that I expected to be No. 1, but I’m not that surprised. All of my cars have been good.”
Freeman will face Joey Grose in the first-round of eliminations. The Lodi, California native went 7.103 at 194.35 mph.
JEGS.com/Elite Performance Pro Stock driver Jeg Coughlin Jr. is the No. 2 qualifier. The Delaware, Ohio native went 6.953 at 197.51 mph.
He will face Fernando Cuadra Jr. in the first-round of eliminations. The León, México native went 7.064 at 194.72 mph.
Total Seal sponsored Pro Stock driver Matt Hartford is the No. 3 qualifier. The Scottsdale, Arizona native went 6.954 at 196.93 mph.
He will face Alex Laughlin in the first-round of eliminations. The Bluff Dale, Texas native went 7.047 at 195.11 mph.
American Ethanol Pro Stock driver Deric Kramer is the No. 4 qualifier. The Sterling, Colorado native went 6.954 at 196.79 mph.
He will face Bo Butner III in the first-round of eliminations. The Floyds Knobs, Indiana native went 7.015 at 196.59 mph.
Rookie Pro Stock driver Steve Matusek is the No. 5 qualifier. The Olathe, Kansas native went 6.956 at 197.65 mph.
Matusek will face Jason Line in the first-round of eliminations. The Troutman, North Carolina native went 7.004 at 195.70 mph.
The rest of the ladder looked like this:
6. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.971, 195.93 mph vs. 11. Val Smeland, Camaro, 6.992, 194.52 mph
7. Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.972, 196.27 mph vs. 10. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.982, 195.79 mph
8. Fernando Cuadra, Camaro, 6.979, 195.73 mph vs. 9. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.980, 196.30 mph.
Did Not Qualify:
17. Cristian Cuadra, 7.255, 188.75 mph
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