NHRA Saturday Race Report | Gainesville

Saturday Report

Mike Edwards accomplished a rare feat Saturday at the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals when he raced to a Pro Stock victory and a No. 1 qualifying position in the same day at historic Gainesville Raceway.

The defending NHRA world champ powered his Penhall/Interstate Batteries Pontiac GXP to a win in the completion of the weather-delayed NHRA Arizona Nationals and scored his third No. 1 qualifying effort of the season and 25th of his career.

Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car) and Karen Stoffer (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also will lead their respective categories into Sunday’s 11 a.m. eliminations as No. 1 qualifiers at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.

Edwards scored his second win of the season and 22nd of his career by outrunning rookie driver Bob Yonke in the final. It was Yonke’s first final round appearance in his first NHRA start. Edwards posted a winning performance of 6.552 at 211.16, while Yonke trailed with a 6.601 at 209.36 in his Adrenaline Motorsports GXP.

Edwards took the top qualifying spot for the Gatornationals with a 6.537-second run at a speed of 211.56 mph.

"A win’s a win," Edwards said. "I am real thankful. We’ve come here to Gainesville and ran good. We had some changes to the rules and my guys made the changes and we’ve done well. I am real proud of them."

In Top Fuel, Brown powered his Matco Tools dragster to a track-record time of 3.803 at 321.04 to earn his first No. 1 of the season and 22nd of his career (11th in Top Fuel).

"To come out here and do this is definitely a blessing," Brown said. "I just want to take it one step at a time, and being No. 1 qualifier is definitely putting a foot in the right direction, and I’m stoked about that. It feels good to get two solid laps back to back. It’s not just being No. 1; it’s just getting two solid laps back to back because that gives you confidence going into race day where you can go round to round."

Hagan claimed his third Funny Car top qualifying effort with a 4.060 at a track-record speed of 313.58 in his DieHard Dodge Charger.

"First of all, it’s great to snag the No. 1 spot," Hagan said. "I have a little history here [in Gainesville] with the Pro Mod car, and this is big. I knew Tommy [DeLago, crew chief] was going for it because we were already qualified. When the clutch went one-to-one, I knew it was gonna run."

Earlier in the day, Hagan’s Don Schumacher Racing-owned team announced that former John Force Racing crew chief John Medlen had joined his team and would be working alongside DeLago as co-crew chief.

"As for John Medlen, I’m not sure what his impact is yet," Hagan said. "He’s feeling his way through everything. I’m sure he had some input, and I’m sure we’ll see a lot of stuff from him and Tommy. I’m really excited and can’t wait to see what happens tomorrow. We need to put four runs together on race day. We always qualify well, but we need to get that Wally on Sunday."

Stoffer earned her second career No. 1 position in Pro Stock Motorcycle, speeding to a track-record time of 6.855 at 194.77 on her GEICO Powersports Suzuki.

Karen Stoffer Speaks…

"We knew we had a fast bike, and I just had to do my job," Stoffer said. "I was excited that they gave me the performance, and I was able to do my job and put the package together and get that No. 1 back. I’ve had the No. 1 before, but I’ve never had to fight for it like that, so it was pretty cool to be able to do that."

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — First-round pairings for professional eliminations Sunday for the 41st annual NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, the third of 23 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday. DNQs listed below pairings.

Top Fuel — 1. Antron Brown, 3.803 seconds, 321.04 mph vs. 16. Todd Paton, 7.542, 89.46; 2. Tony Schumacher, 3.805, 321.12 vs. 15. Terry McMillen, 7.363, 94.82; 3. Larry Dixon, 3.820, 317.87 vs. 14. Pat Dakin, 4.458, 192.60; 4. Shawn Langdon, 3.829, 317.12 vs. 13. Chris Karamesines, 4.052, 288.39; 5. Cory McClenathan, 3.830, 317.79 vs. 12. Bobby Lagana Jr., 4.011, 298.54; 6. David Grubnic, 3.832, 321.58 vs. 11. Brandon Bernstein, 3.906, 314.46; 7. Doug Kalitta, 3.846, 315.49 vs. 10. Doug Foley, 3.891, 312.35; 8. Steve Torrence, 3.856, 311.99 vs. 9. Morgan Lucas, 3.880, 303.43.

Funny Car — 1. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 4.060, 313.58 vs. 16. John Smith, Chevy Monte Carlo, 4.231, 299.80; 2. Robert Hight, Ford Mustang, 4.060, 310.13 vs. 15. Jim Head, Toyota Solara, 4.202, 303.64; 3. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.070, 306.81 vs. 14. Del Worsham, Solara, 4.156, 305.42; 4. Tony Pedregon, Chevy Impala, 4.078, 311.49 vs. 13. Cruz Pedregon, Solara, 4.152, 288.09; 5. Ashley Force Hood, Mustang, 4.081, 312.42 vs. 12. Melanie Troxel, Charger, 4.144, 305.84; 6. John Force, Mustang, 4.093, 308.85 vs. 11. Bob Bode, Chevy Impala SS, 4.140, 304.12; 7. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 4.107, 306.81 vs. 10. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.135, 306.05; 8. Jeff Arend, Solara, 4.107, 305.01 vs. 9. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.114, 305.84. Did Not Qualify: 17. Jeff Diehl, 4.284, 293.79; 18. Paul Lee, 4.324, 260.76.

Pro Stock — 1. Mike Edwards, Pontiac GXP, 6.537, 211.56 vs. 16. Rickie Jones, GXP, 6.601, 209.10; 2. Ron Krisher, Chevy Cobalt, 6.540, 211.13 vs. 15. Johnny Gray, GXP, 6.590, 209.75; 3. Jeg Coughlin, Cobalt, 6.551, 210.90 vs. 14. Bob Yonke, GXP, 6.590, 209.98; 4. Allen Johnson, Dodge Avenger, 6.559, 211.16 vs. 13. Shane Gray, GXP, 6.584, 208.84; 5. Rodger Brogdon, GXP, 6.561, 210.77 vs. 12. V. Gaines, Avenger, 6.583, 209.56; 6. Greg Anderson, GXP, 6.569, 211.86 vs. 11. Steve Spiess, Cobalt, 6.582, 209.23; 7. Jason Line, GXP, 6.570, 211.20 vs. 10. Greg Stanfield, GXP, 6.573, 210.50; 8. Vinnie Deceglie, Avenger, 6.571, 209.75 vs. 9. Ronnie Humphrey, GXP, 6.572, 211.26. Did Not Qualify: 17. Justin Humphreys, 6.604, 209.26; 18. Larry Morgan, 6.604, 209.07; 19. Warren Johnson, 6.608, 210.14; 20. John Nobile, 6.611, 208.36; 21. Erica Enders, 6.614, 208.81; 22. Bob Benza, 6.627, 207.88; 23. Kurt Johnson, 6.643, 209.56; 24. John Gaydosh Jr, 6.755, 202.55.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.855, 194.77 vs. 16. Redell Harris, Buell, 7.032, 186.48; 2. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.868, 195.51 vs. 15. Angie Smith, Buell, 7.025, 185.38; 3. David Hope, Buell, 6.874, 193.29 vs. 14. Mike Berry, Buell, 7.006, 188.20; 4. Hector Arana, Buell, 6.881, 195.39 vs. 13. LE Tonglet, Buell, 6.962, 192.33; 5. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.883, 195.08 vs. 12. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 6.956, 194.46; 6. Craig Treble, Suzuki, 6.888, 194.41 vs. 11. Michael Phillips, Suzuki, 6.943, 194.27; 7. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.894, 193.38 vs. 10. Matt Smith, Buell, 6.924, 191.32; 8. Junior Pippin, Buell, 6.894, 192.19 vs. 9. Shawn Gann, Buell, 6.907, 193.21. Did Not Qualify: 17. Darin McCurdy, 7.034, 193.16; 18. Douglas Horne, 7.067, 190.97; 19. James Surber, 7.089, 188.17; 20. Katie Sullivan, 7.105, 188.52; 21. Wesley Wells, 7.110, 190.38; 22. Joe DeSantis, 7.111, 188.41; 23. Bailey Whitaker, 7.267, 160.77.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Final finish order (1-16) for professional categories from the weather-delayed 26th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals. The race is the second of 23 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

PRO STOCK:
1. Mike Edwards, Pontiac GXP; 2. Bob Yonke; 3. Greg Stanfield; 4. Allen Johnson; 5. Ron Krisher; 6. Rodger Brogdon; 7. Greg Anderson; 8. Jason Line; 9. Jeg Coughlin; 10. Shane Gray; 11. Warren Johnson; 12. Kurt Johnson; 13. Ronnie Humphrey; 14. Rickie Jones; 15. Larry Morgan; 16. Vinnie Deceglie.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Final round-by-round results from the weather-delayed 26th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals, the second of 23 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series:

PRO STOCK:

ROUND ONE — Greg Anderson, Pontiac GXP, 6.646, 207.66 def. Ronnie Humphrey, GXP, 12.898, 67.04; Greg Stanfield, GXP, 6.656, 206.29 def. Jeg Coughlin, Chevy Cobalt, 6.649, 201.31; Bob Yonke, GXP, 6.675, 205.16 def. Rickie Jones, GXP, 14.598, 58.41; Jason Line, GXP, 6.777, 207.34 def. Kurt Johnson, Cobalt, 6.909, 183.92; Allen Johnson, Dodge Avenger, 14.342, 58.30 def. Larry Morgan, Ford Mustang, broke; Rodger Brogdon, GXP, 6.652, 208.59 def. Vinnie Deceglie, Avenger, broke; Ron Krisher, Cobalt, 6.619, 208.84 def. Shane Gray, GXP, 6.697, 205.69; Mike Edwards, GXP, 6.617, 209.82 def. Warren Johnson, GXP, 6.706, 206.83;

QUARTERFINALS – Edwards 6.537, 211.53 def. Anderson, 6.569, 211.86; A. Johnson, 6.559, 211.16 def. Line, 9.900, 92.48; Stanfield, 6.590, 209.75 def. Krisher, 6.555, 210.44; Yonke, 6.623, 209.79 def. Brogdon, 6.561, 210.77.

SEMIFINALS – Edwards, 6.544, 211.56 def. A. Johnson, 17.110, 47.69; Yonke, 6.590, 209.98 def. Stanfield, 6.573, 210.50.

FINAL — Edwards, 6.552, 211.16 def. Yonke, 6.604, 209.36.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Point standings (top 10) for NHRA professional categories following the weather-delayed 26th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals, the second of 23 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series -

Pro Stock

1. Mike Edwards, 257; 2. Allen Johnson, 156; 3. Greg Anderson, 147; 4. Greg Stanfield, 125; 5. Rodger Brogdon, 112; 6. Bob Yonke, 104; 7. Larry Morgan, 102; 8. Ron Krisher, 99; 9. Jason Line, 87; 10. Ronnie Humphrey, 85.