NHRA: Hight, Ashley and Enders lead the way on day one of Winternationals qualifying

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NHRA press release

POMONA, Calif. (February 18, 2022) — After a disappointing 2021, Funny Car star Robert Hight got off to a strong start to open the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season, earning the provisional top spot on Friday. at the 62nd Annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona.

Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Erica Enders (Pro Stock) are also the No. 1 provisional qualifiers in the first of 22 races in the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season.

Hight, a three-time world champion, clocked an impressive 3.882 seconds at 330.89 mph in his 11,000 horsepower Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS to take first place in Funny Car. If that holds, it would give Hight, who battled for an eighth-place finish last year, his 72nd career No. 1 qualifier and a perfect fit for what he hopes will be a rebound season.

“My team really worked through the winter to see what we did in 2021 and how it went so wrong,” Hight said. “We had no consistency. We were able to throw a few times and win a few races, but there was no consistency. Basically we went back to all of our clutch setup that we had in 2019 when we kind of got away with the (title) and so far so good. It’s a good job from the team and things are going well at JFR at the moment with all four cars, and we’re looking forward to the whole season.

Racing now for the new Tony Stewart Racing team, Matt Hagan took second with a run of 3.886 to 329.34. Hagan is a three-time Winternationals winner and will look to add to that this weekend, while reigning world champion Ron Capps is third after his 3.903-328.30 run. Capps, who is the defending winner of the event, is also in new territory after forming his own team in the offseason.

Ashley paced the pack in Top Fuel with an impressive 3.676-331.45 run in her 11,000 horsepower Phillips Connect dragster. Ashley, who qualified for the final round of the Winternationals a year ago, is seeking her first career No. 1 qualifier and the standout youngster came one step closer to that feat with a stellar run on Friday. After a strong close to his 2021 season, this was precisely the start that 2020 NHRA Rookie of the Year Ashley was looking for to start 2022.

“The race went well and it’s exciting to get back in the race car,” Ashley said. for. It’s a great way to start the weekend. I think this is the best Top Fuel course in a decade. So to be able to qualify as No. 1 would be amazing. We still have tomorrow and we have a lot of very good cars behind us that will try to improve, but our Phillips Connect team will try to do the exact same thing and even improve today.

Mike Salinas is currently second after running 3.677 at 329.02, while Brittany Force, who had 12 No. 1 qualifiers a year ago, is third with a 3.722 at 332.10. Four-time reigning world champion Steve Torrence is in fourth place.

Enders, a four-time Pro Stock World Champion, started her 2022 season in impressive style, jumping to first place at Pomona with a stellar 6.521-210.44 run in her Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro. Hoping to compete for a fifth World Championship, Enders will look to open the year with his 24th career No. 1 qualifier in what is Pro Stock’s 900th career run.

“We were really excited, considering how the year ended last year,” said Enders, who is aiming for his first win at the Winternationals. “We knew we had to go to work and we had to find some power in the engine department and get our Rick Jones race cars tuned. My guys went to work really hard. things.

“The KB Racing guys had great, great power last year. Greg (Anderson) was on pole the majority of the races, then it was still on the wire to win the championship. Our goal was to go out with a bang. I feel like we have something to prove and we’re not backing down.

Aaron Stanfield, who is the defending winner of the event, is currently second after going 6.527 at 210.37 and Kyle Koretsky is one spot behind with his run of 6.528 at 209.20. Defending world champion Greg Anderson, who is also aiming for his 100th career victory, is fourth.

Qualifying continues at 12 p.m. PT Saturday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona.

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POMONA, Calif. — Friday’s results after the first of three qualifying rounds for the 62nd Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, the first of 22 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing events Series. Qualifying will continue on Saturday for Sunday’s final eliminations.

Superior fuel — 1. Justin Ashley, 3.676 seconds, 331.45 mph; 2. Mike Salinas, 3.677, 329.02; 3. Force of Brittany, 3.722, 332.10; 4. Steve Torrence, 3.725, 315.34; 5. Doug Kalitta, 3.733, 326.87; 6. Anthony Brown, 3.756, 324.83; 7. Millican clay, 3.789, 317.12; 8. Austin Prock, 3.794, 289.94; 9. Doug Foley, 3.820, 312.35; 10.Jim Maroney, 3.960, 294.24; 11. Ron August, 4.375, 194.74; 12. Scott Farley, 5.754, 103.31; 13. Shawn Langdon, 6.144, 107.61; 14. Tony Schumacher, 6.780, 87.51; 15.Josh Hart, 6.874, 96.20; 16. Lea Pruett, 8.425, 77.00.

funny car — 1.Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.882, 330.39; 2. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 3.886, 329.34; 3. Ron Capps, loader, 3.903, 328.30; 4. Alexis DeJoria, Toyota Supra, 3.945, 326.95; 5. JR Todd, Supra, 3.985, 324.59; 6.Bobby Bode, Ford Mustang, 3.993, 291.07; 7. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.021, 295.21; 8. Jeff Arend, Chevy Monte Carlo, 4.092, 287.23; 9. Jim Campbell, loader, 4.127, 305.22; 10. Tony Jurado, Mustang, 4.249, 215.82; 11. Terry Haddock, Mustang, 4.256, 230.96; 12. Chad Green, Mustang, 4.570, 190.16; 13.Jeff Diehl, Toyota Camry, 6.004, 113.59; 14. Alex Miladinovich, Camry, 6.859, 92.51; 15. Paul Lee, Charger, 7.818, 84.68; 16. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, busted. Unqualified: 17. John Force, broke; 18. Bob Tasca III, broke.

Professional inventory — 1. Erica Enders, Chevy Camaro, 6.521, 210.44; 2. Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 6.527, 210.37; 3. Kyle Koretsky, Camaro, 6.528, 209.20; 4. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.536, 209.59; 5. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.547, 209.01; 6.Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.551, 210.11; 7. Dallas Glenn, Camaro, 6.555, 208.23; 8. Camrie Caruso, Camaro, 6.563, 209.69; 9. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.563, 209.14; 10.Rodger Brogdon, Camaro, 6.574, 209.46; 11.Mason McGaha, Camaro, 6.577, 209.65; 12. Fernando Cuadra Jr., Ford Mustang, 6.581, 208.68; 13. Cristian Cuadra, Mustang, 6.599, 209.20; 14. Alan Prusiensky, Dodge Dart, 6.622, 207.56; 15. John Cerbone, Camaro, 6.647, 205.19; 16.Steve Graham, Camaro, 7.083, 197.19. Unskilled: 17. Alex Laughlin, 8.964, 106.87; 18. Fernando Cuadra, 20.366, 41.53; 19. Troy Coughlin Jr., 20.860, 55.38; 20. Matt Hartford, broke.

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