Pritchett, Hight, Gray, Arana Jr. are No. 1′s for Sunday’s finals

Leah Pritchett’s quickest run in NHRA history withstood today’s qualifying, earning her the Top Fuel No. 1 qualifier going into Sunday’s final rounds of the 36th Annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.

Leah Pritchett's Top Fuel dragster

Leah Pritchett’s Top Fuel dragster

Robert Hight (Funny Car), Tanner Gray (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also secured the No. 1 qualifying position in their respective categories.

Pritchett’s 3.640-second pass at 330.63 mph in her Papa John’s Pizza dragster Friday night secured her sixth No. 1 of the season and seventh of her career. In the first round of eliminations Sunday, Pritchett will face off against Rob Passey.

“Brainerd is the epitome of throw-down central so that’s what we did last night,” Pritchett said. “Today was about getting ready for Sunday. Obviously, our national record gave us, delivered us, blessed us with a green hat but (the fourth qualifying session) today was looking pretty good for us. We threw down last night and today was just about race day.”

Brittany Force qualified second with a run of 3.64 seconds at 333.16 mph in her Monster Energy dragster and will face Steve Chrisman in the first round while Doug Kalitta is in the third spot and will race Terry Haddock.

Hight sits at the top of the Funny Car field after running the elapsed-time national record of 3.793 seconds at 338.00 mph in his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro during Friday’s qualifying. It is his third consecutive No. 1, fifth of the season, 54th of his career and first at BIR. He’ll face Dale Creasy Jr. in eliminations.

Robert Hight, Funny Car

Robert Hight, Funny Car

“We smoked the tires in (the third qualifying session) for the first time in 11 runs, that’s impressive,” Hight said. “I think sometimes it’s a good thing to push a little on Saturday so you know your limitations for Sunday. We need to make four good runs here tomorrow and get back to the winners circle. First round is going to be killer, the track will still be cool and you’ll see 3.80s in Funny Car.”

Matt Hagan holds the No. 2 position in his Pennzoi /Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T with 3.807 seconds at 336.57 mph that will have him face Cruz Pedregon in eliminations. Sixteen-time world champion John Force is third and will be matched up with Jim Campbell.

Rookie Gray leads the Pro Stock category with his pass of 6.607 seconds at 208.17 mph in his Gray Motorsports/Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro from Friday. It was his third No. 1 qualifier.

“All my guys have given me great equipment,” Gray said. “In racing it’s not so much about the driver anymore, it’s about the equipment you have behind you. I’ve been blessed to be put in some awesome equipment. I’ve done a small part: just let go when you see the light and push or pull. The guys have given me a fast race car. Hats off to them, they’re the reason behind all the success.”

Tanner Gray, Pro Stock

Tanner Gray, Pro Stock

Points leader Bo Butner is in the No. 2 spot with his pass of 6.617 seconds at 207.69 mph in his Jim Butner’s Auto Chevy Camaro and will face David River in the first round. Veteran Allen Johnson is third and will compete against Mark Hogan.

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Arana Jr. raced to his first No. 1 qualifier of the season with a 6.879-second pass at 194.24 mph on his Lucas Oil Buell Friday. It is the 19th No. 1 of his career. He will line up against James Underdahl in the first round of eliminations.

“This means a lot to me, not only me but everybody back at the shop, everybody on the crew,” Arana said. “Everybody worked so hard for this and it’s nice to finally get the results that we’re getting. It’s really awesome. It’s so awesome to get the number one. It really does mean a lot.”

Reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Jerry Savoie qualified second with 6.882 seconds at 193.57 mph from Saturday qualifying and will have to get past Mike Berry in the first round. Matt Smith is third and will see Fred Camarena in the first round.

Eliminations at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals begin Sunday at 11 a.m. Catch the action live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) at 1 p.m.

RESULTS

Sunday’s first-round pairings are based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday.

Top Fuel — 1. Leah Pritchett, 3.640 seconds, 331.53 mph vs. 16. Rob Passey, 8.808, 60.51; 2. Brittany Force, 3.685, 333.16 vs. 15. Steven Chrisman, 4.845, 156.88; 3. Doug Kalitta, 3.694, 330.31 vs. 14. Terry Haddock, 4.581, 182.87; 4. Tony Schumacher, 3.695, 329.42 vs. 13. Troy Coughlin Jr., 4.359, 179.44; 5. Clay Millican, 3.706, 326.48 vs. 12. Chris Karamesines, 4.261, 264.80; 6. Steve Torrence, 3.709, 330.15 vs. 11. Luigi Novelli, 3.987, 261.37; 7. Antron Brown, 3.723, 325.06 vs. 10. Shawn Langdon, 3.859, 265.43; 8. Scott Palmer, 3.768, 328.22 vs. 9. Terry McMillen, 3.814, 312.64.

Funny Car — 1. Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.793, 338.00 vs. 16. Dale Creasy Jr., Dodge Charger, 4.188, 297.29; 2. Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.807, 336.57 vs. 15. Cruz Pedregon, Toyota Camry, 4.118, 306.19; 3. John Force, Camaro, 3.852, 334.15 vs. 14. Jim Campbell, Charger, 4.079, 306.88; 4. Courtney Force, Camaro, 3.863, 335.98 vs. 13. Del Worsham, Camry, 3.979, 323.27; 5. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 3.880, 330.96 vs. 12. Jonnie Lindberg, Camry, 3.962, 326.63; 6. Jack Beckman, Charger, 3.886, 333.25 vs. 11. Brian Stewart, Ford Mustang, 3.961, 303.37; 7. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 3.898, 329.58 vs. 10. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 3.941, 330.31; 8. Ron Capps, Charger, 3.928, 325.61 vs. 9. J.R. Todd, Camry, 3.937, 327.98.
Did Not Qualify: 17. Bob Bode, 4.731, 216.51.

Pro Stock — 1. Tanner Gray, Chevy Camaro, 6.607, 208.17 vs. Bye; 2. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.617, 207.69 vs. 15. Dave River, Chevy Cobalt, 6.969, 197.28; 3. Allen Johnson, Dodge Dart, 6.622, 207.18 vs. 14. Mark Hogan, Pontiac GXP, 6.838, 201.49; 4. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.627, 207.59 vs. 13. John Gaydosh Jr, Chevrolet Camaro, 6.745, 205.47; 5. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.628, 208.65 vs. 12. Alan Prusiensky, Dart, 6.716, 205.60; 6. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.631, 207.59 vs. 11. Deric Kramer, Dart, 6.705, 205.51; 7. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.637, 207.50 vs. 10. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.670, 207.02; 8. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.665, 208.10 vs. 9. Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, 6.669, 208.30.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.879, 194.38 vs. 16. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 7.091, 189.02; 2. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.882, 193.57 vs. 15. Mike Berry, Buell, 7.058, 188.96; 3. Matt Smith, Victory, 6.884, 195.22 vs. 14. Freddie Camarena, Suzuki, 7.056, 191.81; 4. Scotty Pollacheck, Suzuki, 6.908, 193.54 vs. 13. Cory Reed, Victory, 6.978, 187.18; 5. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.912, 194.10 vs. 12. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.975, 191.32; 6. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.920, 195.56 vs. 11. Joey Gladstone, Suzuki, 6.965, 192.85; 7. Angie Smith, Buell, 6.944, 192.25 vs. 10. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.959, 192.08; 8. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.946, 195.25 vs. 9. Angelle Sampey, Victory, 6.959, 191.78.
Did Not Qualify: 17. David Hope, 7.107, 186.64; 18. Andie Rawlings, 8.217, 160.37.

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