Kramer gets first No. 1 qualifier of 2020 at Gatornationals

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

American Ethanol Pro Stock driver Deric Kramer is the No. 1 qualifier in his class at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Florida. This is his first No. 1 qualifier of the season.

Kramer went 6.602 at 208.78 mph in the last qualifying session. With this No. 1 qualifier, he now has five in his career.

American Ethanol driver Deric Kramer racing on Saturday at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
Deric Kramer racing on Saturday at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals (Photo by the NHRA)

“It’s no secret that our 2020 hasn’t been great so this is a really big boost for our American Ethanol team,” Kramer said. “I feel like we turned a corner at the U.S. Nationals a few weeks ago and it’s all coming together this weekend, but we need to keep our eyes on the prize. We’ve got one mission for raceday and that’s to come home with the win.”

Reigning U.S. Nationals winner Erica Enders is the No. 2 qualifier. The Houston, Texans native went 6.608 at 208.65 mph.

Total Pistons sponsored Matt Hartford is the No. 3 qualifier. The Scottsdale, Arizona native – who lost to Enders at the 2020 U.S. Nationals – went 6.608 at 207.08 mph.

The top 3 in the points standing is very close. Then, the rest are a wide margin behind.

Enders is the points leader and only leads Coughlin Jr. by seven points. Line is 11 points behind Enders.

Pro Stock Eliminations Ladder:

  • Deric Kramer vs. Bob Benza
  • Erica Enders vs. Troy Coughlin Jr.
  • Matt Hartford vs. Cristian Cuadra
  • Alex Laughlin vs. Kenny Delco
  • Jeg Coughlin Jr. vs. Kyle Koretsky
  • Aaron Stanfield vs. Bo Butner III
  • Jason Line vs. Mason McGaha
  • Greg Anderson vs. Chris McGaha

Several drivers did not qualify for the event. This list includes Val Smeland, Wally Stroupe, Richie Stevens, Fernando Cuadra, and Alan Prusiensky.

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