Lee claims first No. 1 qualifier at NHRA Midwest Nationals

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

FTI Performance/McLeod Clutches sponsored Paul Lee is the No. 1 qualifier in Funny Car at the ninth annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals presented by Pennzoil at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois. This is Lee’s first career No. 1qualifier. 

Lee went 3.913 at 326.95 mph in his lone qualifying pass. The NHRA had to deal with persistent rain throughout the day. 

Paul Lee claims his first No. 1 qualifier at the NHRA Midwest Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

Lee did not provide a comment after his No. 1 qualifier. However, the team did make a comment on Facebook.

“It took a while to finally happen, but tonight’s qualifying session was 1000% worth the wait!,” Paul Lee Racing posted on Facebook. “Our FTI Performance McLeod Clutches Global Electronic Technology Funny Car went TO THE TOP with a stout 3.913 @ 326.95 to earn Paul his first EVER professional number one qualifier!

“We will have lane choice against Jim Campbell in first round of eliminations (Sunday) morning. CONGRATS to our amazing team on this accomplishment, we can’t wait to see what tomorrow holds!”

Justin Schriefer was on the entry list. However, he did not make a pass on Saturday.

Without Schriefer, all 16 Funny Cars qualified for the event.

ROKiT Phones/ABK Beers sponsored driver Alexis DeJoria is the No. 2 qualifier. The Austin, Texas native went 3.929 at 288.21 mph. 

This was her best qualifying session since she returned to the sport in 2020. 

Snap-on sponsored driver Cruz Pedregon was the No. 3 qualifier. The Brownsburg, Indiana native went 3.949 at 329.58 mph. 

Funny Car Elimination Ladder: 

  • Paul Lee vs Jim Campbell
  • Alexis DeJoria vs. Dale Creasy Jr.
  • Cruz Pedregon vs. Ron Capps
  • Dan Wilkerson vs. Bob Tasca III
  • Jack Beckman vs. Blake Alexander
  • Matt Hagan vs. Bob Bode
  • J.R. Todd vs. Tim Wilkerson
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. vs. Terry Haddock

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