By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Capco Contractors Top Fuel Dragster pilot Steve Torrence is the No. 1 qualifier at the 40th annual Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil. The reigning Top Fuel Champion went 3.738 at 328.78 mph on Saturday to claim the top spot on Thunder Mountain.
This is the third-time he has claimed the top qualifying position during the 2019 season. In addition, it is his 22nd career No. 1 qualifier.
He also made the second-quickest pass at Bandimere Speedway with his pass. He also set a track speed record on Friday.
“We ran well the last three sessions, so the confidence in the car was there for sure,” Torrence said. “I knew the numbers were out there and I’ve got a lot of faith in my team. We just need to go out here and do the best we can on the first race of the three-race Western Swing. To make full pulls consistently, it’s been huge and it’s a big part of our success.”
Torrence will receive a bye in the first-round of eliminations.
Mopar/Pennzoil sponsored Leah Pritchett is the No. 2 qualifier. The Avon, Indiana native went 3.761 at 315.19 mph.
Pritchett will face Terry Totten in the first-round of eliminations. The Gretna, Nebraska native went 10.525 at 69.65 mph.
Rookie Jordan Vandergriff is the No. 3 qualifier. The Brea, California native went 3.796 at 321.27 mph.
Vandergriff will face Terry McMillen in the first-round of eliminations. The Elkhart, Indiana native went 6.685 at 100.61 mph.
Carquest/Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel Dragster pilot Brittany Force is the No. 4 qualifier. The 2017 World Champion went 3.831 at 284.81 mph.
The Yorba Linda, California native will face Mike Salinas in the first-round of eliminations. The San Jose, California native went 5.736 at 117.90 mph.
Magic Dry/Marck Recycling Top Fuel Dragster pilot Scott Palmer is the No. 5 qualifier. The Cassville, Missouri native went 3.851 at 314.68 mph.
Palmer will face Cameron Ferré in the first-round of eliminations. The Huntington Beach, California native went 4.785 at 172.36 mph.
The rest of the ladder looked like this:
6. Antron Brown, 3.854 at 315.71 mph vs. 11. Greg Carrillo, 4.125 at 214.86 mph
7. Clay Millican, 3.867 at 267.96 mph vs. 10 Doug Kalitta, 3.968 at 313.58 mph
8. Richie Crampton, 3.871 at 305.49 mph vs. 9. Austin Prock, 3.884 at 318.32 mph.