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Matt Hartford picks up first No. 1 qualifier at the U.S. Nationals

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Total Seal driver Matt Hartford is the No. 1 qualifier at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in Brownsburg, Indiana. Hartford went 6.569 at 209.23 mph to claim the top spot at the Dodge Power Brokers U.S. Nationals.

The Arizona native picked up his first career No. 1 qualifier at The Big Go. He claimed the top spot on Friday.

Total Seal Pro Stock driver Matt Hartford celebrates his No. 1 qualifier at the Dodge Power Brokers U.S. Nationals
Matt Hartford celebrates his No. 1 qualifier at the Dodge Power Brokers U.S. Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

With the No. 1 qualifier, it is his fourth career No. 1 qualifier.

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“To come to Indy and qualify No. 1 is a dream come true, plain and simple,” Hartford said. “That 6.601 in those conditions, that’s more impressive to me than the 6.56 we ran on Friday night. I need to get focused tonight, I’m going to have to do something to clear my head before I go to bed because getting up tomorrow is a brand new day. It doesn’t matter what you did on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, what matters is what you do on Monday. It’s going to be four grueling rounds tomorrow.

“We’re going to be in conditions similar to this, and we have a great race day tune-up. We’re going to go up there with some strategy tomorrow and if I just do my job in the car, my crew is going to do theirs. All I have to do is my job and this car is going to go four rounds.”

Hartford will face Mason McGaha in the first round of eliminations.

Elite Motorsports driver Troy Coughlin Jr. is the No. 2 qualifier. He went 6.570 at 208.30 mph.

The Ohio native will face Jerry Tucker in the first round of eliminations.

Janac Brothers Racing driver Aaron Stanfield is the No. 3 qualifier. He went 6.586 at 208.39.
The Louisiana native will face Eric Latino in the first round.

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Elite Motorsports driver Erica Enders is the No. 4 qualifier. She went 6.588 at 208.68.

She will face Chris McGaha in eliminations on Monday.

KB Titan Racing driver Dallas Glenn is the No. 5 qualifier. He went 6.590 at 209.01 mph.

He will face Colorado native Deric Kramer in eliminations.

The other pairings include teammates Kyle Koretsky and Greg Anderson. Fernando Cuadra Jr. will face former champion Bo Butner.

The final pairing will feature Cristian Cuadra and Camrie Caruso.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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