NHRA 4-Wide Nationals: Final Qualifying Results, Vegas Elimination Pairs: Prock remains perfect

By | April 14, 2024

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NHRA 4-Wide Nationals: Final Qualifier from VegasNHRA

Austin Prock remained nearly perfect in qualifying and took his third Funny Car No. on Saturday. 1 qualifier in four races at the 24th annual NHRA 4-Wide Nationals on The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel) and Jerry Tucker (Pro Stock) also qualified No. 1 in the fourth of 20 races during the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season.

Funny car

Prock, who also won his first Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge on Saturday, rolled to first place in Funny Car on Saturday, running a 3.904 seconds at 321.42 mph in his 11,000-hp Cornwell Tools Chevrolet Camaro SS, driving his claimed his second consecutive top position and third in four races. The team continues to roll as Prock made three straight standout runs, sliding past John Force, JR Todd and Bob Tasca III to reach the top. A week after earning his first Funny Car victory, he will race a quad in the opening round with Jeff Diehl, Blake Alexander and Alexis DeJoria.

“That Tasca team is doing a great job. We’ve been battling it out all year and he put in a nice run for me today, right before the last qualifying session,” Prock said. “I’m like, ‘Okay, the track is pretty good,’ and with my boss, John Force, he runs [3.]90, it showed there was potential to make a really good run.

“My team did a great job in these warm conditions. We’re really getting a handle on these warm weather conditions, and that was kind of our goal this year, to really implement that, because it’s usually very quick when it’s cold. Tomorrow it’s going to cool down, so it will definitely be the fastest runs you’ll see all weekend.”

Force took second with a 3.908 at 326.79, while points leader JR Todd moved to third in the final session with a 3.930 at 322.19.

Top fuel

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Kalitta improved his performance on Friday, staying at No. 1 with a stellar pass of 3.738 to 336.82 in his 11,000-horsepower Mac Tools dragster.MARC GEWERTZ

In Top Fuel, Kalitta improved his performance on Friday, staying at No. 1 with a stellar pass of 3.738 to 336.82 in his 11,000-horsepower Mac Tools dragster. It’s the defending champion’s first No. 1 spot this year and the 54th of his career. He opens the race day in a quad with teammate and points leader Shawn Langdon and four-time world champion Steve Torrence, among others. It makes for a tough start to Sunday, but Kalitta also knows the importance of an early season win.

“The team ran 3.73 in that first session, so that was strong enough for the conditions. I’m really confident in what we have going on,” Kalitta said. “I think maybe on that last run we were just pushing it a little bit, just to see what we could do. But the track looks good enough in all lanes and it should be a good day tomorrow. It will be a bit cooler, which should benefit us in terms of performance.”

Tony Schumacher qualified second with a 3.768 at 325.53 and Clay Millican’s 3.773 at 332.34 puts him in third.

Pro stock

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In his second season in the Pro Stock ranks, Jerry Tucker took his first career qualifier No. 1.MARC GEWERTZ

In his second season in the Pro Stock ranks, Jerry Tucker took his first career qualifier No. 1 with a score of 6.612 to 206.61 in his Outlaw Mile Hi Light Beer/SCAG Power Equipment car. It was a big moment for Tucker, who came off the trailer in Las Vegas strong. He was fastest of the opening session on Friday and then stepped up again to start the day on Saturday, earning his first top qualifier in the loaded Pro Stock rankings. He opens the eliminations in a quad with Chris McGaha, defending event winner Dallas Glenn and Elite Motorsports teammate Troy Coughlin Jr.

“I’m just trying to get my driving style right and I think I’m finally doing it. This is Erica’s car [Enders] Last year I raced and managed three solid runs,” Tucker said. “It takes about a year to learn to drive [a Pro Stock car] the right way. You just participate in the first five to six races. Then you start to get a feel for it, but it takes a while before you really get it.

From 1 to 16 they are all tough. I don’t really see any difference between anyone in the field. It won’t be easy tomorrow.”

Jeg Coughlin Jr., who won the Mission #2Fast2Tasty Challenge in Pro Stock, qualified second with a score of 6.625 at 206.64 and Greg Anderson is third thanks to his 6.625 at 206.32.

Eliminations for the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals begin Sunday at noon PT on The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

2024 NHRA 4-Wide Nationals on The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Saturday qualifying, Sunday elimination couples

LAS VEGAS – First round pairs for professional eliminations Sunday for the 24th annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals on The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the fourth of 20 events in the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series. Links based on results in qualifying, which concluded on Saturday. DNQs listed below.

Top fuel — 1. Doug Kalitta, 3.738 seconds, 336.82 mph vs. Bye vs. 8. Shawn Langdon, 3.798, 319.29 vs. 9. Steve Torrence, 3.800, 332.75; 2. Tony Schumacher, 3,768, 325.53 vs. 15. Terry Totten, 4,092, 287.78 vs. 7. Shawn Reed, 3,793, 323.12 vs. 10. Justin Ashley, 3,800, 331.53; 3. Clay Millican, 3,773, 332.34 vs. 14. Krista Baldwin, 3,903, 316.38 vs. 6. Antron Brown, 3,792, 330.72 vs. 11. Tony Stewart, 3,807, 325.30; 4. Billy Torrence, 3,784, 332.26 vs. 13. Jasmine Salinas, 3.848, 326.32 vs. 5. Brittany Force, 3,787, 333.66 vs. 12. Josh Hart, 3,828, 324.59.

Funny car — 1. Austin Prock, Chevy Camaro, 3.904, 326.95 vs. 16. Jeff Diehl, Toyota Camry, 4.117, 275.73 vs. 8. Blake Alexander, Ford Mustang, 3.963, 321.50 vs. 9. Alexis DeJoria, Toyota GR Supra, 3.967, 319 .98; 2. John Force, Camaro, 3.908, 327.74 vs. 15. Jason Rupert, Mustang, 4.056, 316.01 vs. 7. Cruz Pedregon, Dodge Charger, 3.957, 319.14 vs. 10. Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.972, 324.20; 3. JR Todd, GR Supra, 3.930, 322.19 vs. 14. Dave Richards, Mustang, 4.051, 312.64 vs. 6. Daniel Wilkerson, Mustang, 3.943, 328.06 vs. 11. Ron Capps, GR Supra, 3.980, 324.67; 4. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 3.931, 332.02 vs. 13. Steven Densham, Mustang, 4.020, 308.78 vs. 5. Paul Lee, Charger, 3.939, 328.22 vs. 12. Chad Green, Mustang, 4.018, 323.50.

Did not qualify: 17. Terry Haddock, 4.150, 299.60; 18. Jim Campbell, 4,215, 284.27; 19. Buddy Hull, 4,236, 294.31; 20. Alex Miladinovich, 4.268, 285.17.

Pro stock — 1. Jerry Tucker, Chevy Camaro, 6.612, 206.61 vs. 16. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.683, 206.04 vs. 8. Dallas Glenn, Camaro, 6.636, 205.57 vs. 9. Troy Coughlin Jr., Camaro, 6.640, 207.46 ; 2. Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, 6.625, 207.62 vs. 15. Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.676, 206.76 vs. 7. David Cuadra, Ford Mustang, 6.636, 205.91 vs. 10. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.645, 205.16; 3. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.625, 206.32 vs. 14. Sienna Wildgust, Camaro, 6.675, 204.88 vs. 6. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.635, 206.39 vs. 11. Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 6.648, 207.37; 4. Fernando Cuadra Jr., Camaro, 6.627, 206.16 vs. 13. Cristian Cuadra, Mustang, 6.660, 206.13 vs. 5. Eric Latino, Camaro, 6.634, 205.19 vs. 12. Brandon Foster, Camaro, 6.657, 205.85.

Did not qualify: 17. Mason McGaha, 6.704, 207.08; 18. Matt Hartford, 6,719, 204.98; 19. Steve Graham, 6,727, 204.63; 20. Joey Grose, 6,791, 203.89.

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