Kalitta, Wilkerson and Jeg Coughlin lead qualifying at the Thunder Valley Nationals

Friday's results after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the 17th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

Kalitta, Wilkerson and Jeg Coughlin lead qualifying at the Thunder Valley Nationals
Steve Torrence
Bo Butner
Bo Butner
Robert Hight
Bo Butner
Steve Torrence
Jack Beckman
Courtney Force
Greg Anderson
Antron Brown
Antron Brown
Jeg Coughlin Jr.
Steve Torrence
Erica Enders-Stevens
Matt Hagan

Bristol, Tenn. – Doug Kalitta is the current Top Fuel No. 1 qualifier Friday evening at the 17th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car) and Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) are also provisional qualifying leaders at the 11th of 24 events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

Top Fuel

Kalitta piloted his Mac Tools dragster to a 3.781-second pass at 326.71 mph during the second round of qualifying. This is the only track on the current NHRA Mello Yello Series schedule where Kalitta does not have a No. 1 qualifier.

“That was definitely the run to put one down,” Kalitta said. “It was a good solid run and felt good the whole way. I was really hoping that would contend for low qualifier. This is the one place I haven’t had the low qualifier so I hope to check that off the list.”

Steve Torrence currently is second in his Capco Contractors dragster with a run of 3.802 at 317.42. Leah Pritchett is third in her Papa John's dragster after a pass of 3.817 at 274.33. Current world champion and Top Fuel points leader Antron Brown is 15th in his Matco Tools dragster with a 4.910 pass at 151.34.

Funny Car

Wilkerson powered his Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Shelby Mustang to a 3.895 pass at 328.22 to take the lead in the Funny Car class. It's been over a year since Wilkerson secured a No. 1 qualifier, his last came at the NHRA SpringNationals in 2016.

“It’s hard to make a fast car slow and we’ve got a pretty fast car,” said Wilkerson, who has had first round exits at the past three consecutive races. “One run doesn’t make a hero though so we’re going to go out and try to do some good tomorrow.”

John Force Racing currently holds the second, third and fourth spots. Robert High sits in second after a pass of 3.918 at 324.28 in his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS. Courtney Force is third in her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS with a run of 3.952 at 324.90 and her father, team owner and 16-time world champion John Force is fourth in his PEAK Chevy Camaro with a 3.983 at 322.96.

Pro Stock

Coughlin Jr. currently holds the Pro Stock top spot after running a 6.694 at 204.85 in his JEGS.com / Elite Performance Chevrolet Camaro.

“We had a great start here in the mountain today,” said Coughlin Jr., a five-time Pro Stock world champion. “It feels great to get a jump on the weekend. Our team is strong, prepared and communicate really well.”

Bo Butner, in his Jim Butner's Auto Chevrolet Camaro, is sitting second with a 6.697 pass at 205.72 and two-time world champion Erica Enders is in third with a pass of 6.704 at 205.66.

Friday's results

Top Fuel — 1. Doug Kalitta, 3.781 seconds, 326.71 mph; 2. Steve Torrence, 3.802, 317.42; 3. Leah Pritchett, 3.817, 309.34; 4. Clay Millican, 3.833, 315.56; 5. Tony Schumacher, 3.869, 310.98; 6.Pat Dakin, 3.869, 301.60; 7. Scott Palmer, 3.883, 321.88; 8. Kyle Wurtzel, 3.955, 265.48; 9. Troy Coughlin Jr., 4.021, 236.75; 10. Mike Salinas, 4.162, 221.13; 11. Kebin Kinsley, 4.276, 198.79; 12.Shawn Langdon, 4.451, 180.60; 13. Terry Haddock, 4.586, 183.02; 14. Brittany Force, 4.628, 167.97; 15. Antron Brown, 4.910, 151.34; 16. Terry McMillen, 4.995, 146.29.

Funny Car — 1. Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 3.895, 328.22; 2. Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.918, 324.28; 3. Courtney Force, Camaro, 3.952, 324.90; 4. John Force, Camaro, 3.983, 322.96; 5. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 3.984, 323.81; 6. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.000, 322.96; 7. Jonnie Lindberg, Toyota Camry, 4.024, 303.98; 8. Del Worsham, Camry, 4.043, 295.79; 9. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.050, 309.49; 10. J.R. Todd, Camry, 4.067, 307.72; 11. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 4.074, 290.19; 12.Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 4.080, 310.77; 13. Jim Campbell, Charger, 4.996, 162.49; 14. Ron Capps, Charger, 5.300, 138.41; 15. Jeff Diehl, Toyota Solara, 7.634, 89.65.

Pro Stock — 1. Jeg Coughlin, Chevy Camaro, 6.694, 205.79; 2. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.697, 206.51; 3.Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.704, 205.82; 4. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.711, 205.29; 5. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.721, 205.22; 6. Allen Johnson, Dodge Dart, 6.730, 205.13; 7. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.732, 205.66; 8. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.740, 204.54; 9. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.757, 204.79; 10. Alan Prusiensky, Dart, 6.908, 199.17; 11. Shane Gray, Camaro, 7.190, 192.38; 12. Wally Stroupe, Camaro, 7.300, 187.78; 13. Tanner Gray, Camaro, 19.819, 39.30.

Qualifying for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals continues at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Bristol Dragway.



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