Opening Night of Route 66 NHRA Nationals Sees Capps, Salinas, Line and Krawiec atop the Leader Board in Their Respective Classes
Mike Salinas
06.1.19

JOLIET, Ill. (May 31, 2019) — At tonight’s Route 66 NHRA Nationals, Ron Capps (Funny Car), Mike Salinas (Top Fuel) Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith brought home top honors in their respective divisions and sit atop the leader board after the first two rounds of qualifying.

Ron Capps Turns in a 3.893 ET at 326 mph to Earn the No. 1 Qualifier.

“To go No. 1 in the first session and have it hold was pretty cool,” said Capps. “In the first run, I actually shut off about a car length early so it was on a little bit better run. Then in the next session, (Rahn) Tobler (crew chief) kept coming back and de-tuning it. In the end, he just made it so it would just go down the track.”

Qualifying continues for the Route 66 NHRA Nationals at 2:45 pm and 5:15 pm CT on Saturday.

Friday's results after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the 22nd annual Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway, ninth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday's final eliminations.

Top Fuel -- 1. Mike Salinas, 3.693 seconds, 328.30 mph; 2. Antron Brown, 3.753, 320.74; 3. Steve Torrence, 3.757, 322.34; 4. Doug Kalitta, 3.764, 322.96; 5. Austin Prock, 3.769, 321.19; 6. Clay Millican, 3.774, 324.98; 7. Leah Pritchett, 3.776, 327.82; 8. T.J. Zizzo, 3.783, 323.12; 9. Shawn Reed, 3.800, 319.67; 10. Dom Lagana, 3.806, 322.04; 11. Pat Dakin, 3.808, 324.12; 12. Brittany Force, 3.819, 320.36; 13. Cameron Ferre, 3.950, 297.48; 14. Kyle Wurtzel, 3.961, 295.40; 15. Scott Palmer, 3.962, 311.70; 16. Luigi Novelli, 4.054, 249.39. Not Qualified: 17. Jordan Vandergriff, 4.203, 206.92; 18. Chris Karamesines, 4.468, 191.38; 19. Richie Crampton, 4.622, 166.37; 20. Terry McMillen, 6.040, 110.06; 21. Lex Joon, 8.670, 76.25.

Funny Car -- 1. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 3.893, 326.00; 2. J.R. Todd, Toyota Camry, 3.907, 327.74; 3. Shawn Langdon, Camry, 3.938, 327.90; 4. Jack Beckman, Charger, 3.940, 325.92; 5. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 3.951, 323.04; 6. Blake Alexander, Ford Mustang, 3.959, 325.22; 7. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 3.973, 316.15; 8. John Force, Chevy Camaro, 3.973, 301.40; 9. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 3.983, 318.09; 10. Jeff Arend, Mustang, 3.985, 321.12; 11. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 4.003, 311.49; 12. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.004, 318.24; 13. Robert Hight, Camaro, 4.032, 258.67; 14. Jim Campbell, Charger, 4.055, 314.75; 15. Justin Schriefer, Charger, 4.056, 305.01; 16. Paul Lee, Charger, 4.061, 312.42. Not Qualified: 17. Dale Creasy Jr., 4.085, 308.07; 18. Bob Bode, 4.159, 297.94; 19. Terry Haddock, 7.940, 87.99.

Pro Stock -- 1. Jason Line, Chevy Camaro, 6.582, 207.56; 2. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.583, 207.50; 3. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.585, 206.76; 4. Fernando Cuadra, Camaro, 6.595, 207.94; 5. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.599, 209.26; 6. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.606, 207.15; 7. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.606, 206.92; 8. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.609, 209.85; 9. Rodger Brogdon, Camaro, 6.611, 207.27; 10.
Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, 6.617, 207.75; 11. Richard Freeman, Ford Mustang, 6.622, 207.69; 12. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.636, 208.46; 13. Shane Tucker, Camaro, 6.657, 206.23; 14. Val Smeland, Camaro, 6.658, 206.51; 15. Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.660, 206.54; 16. Fernando Cuadra Jr., Camaro, 6.745, 204.39. Not Qualified: 17. Alan Prusiensky, 6.748, 205.91; 18. Wally Stroupe, 6.795, 203.37; 19.
Robert River, 6.899, 200.83.

Pro Stock Motorcycle -- 1. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.835, 196.87; 2. Matt Smith, EBR, 6.837, 198.32; 3. Hector Arana Jr, EBR, 6.838, 197.22; 4. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.844, 196.90; 5. Hector Arana, EBR, 6.849, 197.54; 6. Angelle Sampey, Harley-Davidson, 6.867, 195.36; 7.
Angie Smith, EBR, 6.901, 195.96; 8. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.912, 195.00; 9. Ryan Oehler, Buell, 6.934, 196.42; 10. Scotty Pollacheck, EBR, 6.987, 193.16; 11. Jianna Salinas, Suzuki, 6.989, 190.97; 12. Marc Ingwersen, Buell, 7.025, 191.00; 13. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 7.343, 139.14; 14.
Michael Ray, Buell, 7.435, 145.28; 15. Kelly Clontz, Suzuki, 19.922, 26.98.


Action continues tomorrow with gates opening at 8:30 a.m.

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About Chicagoland Speedway & Route 66 Raceway

Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway – Illinois’ largest sporting facility – is located in Joliet, Ill., approximately 30 miles south of downtown Chicago on Old Historic Route 66. The multi-purpose sports and entertainment complex annually hosts a broad array of programming encompassing more than 100 events, including major motorsports entertainment, endurance events, musical concerts and festivals, corporate training seminars, industry trade shows, and much more.

Chicagoland Speedway, a 1.5 mile paved oval, hosts racing events of the major U.S. racing series, and currently conducts races in all three NASCAR national series, including the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.  Along with Route 66 Raceway, a multimillion-dollar complex that includes a ¼ mile stadium-style drag strip and a ½ mile dirt oval track, Chicagoland Speedway is wholly-owned by International Speedway Corporation (ISC), a major promoter of motorsports activities.  ISC owns and/or operates 13 of the nation’s major racing venues, including Daytona International Speedway.

In 2019, Chicagoland Speedway will host NBC’s first broadcast of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, one of the region’s leading economic engines attracting a world-wide television audience and more than 125,000 guests from across the U.S.  For more information, log onto: http://www.chicagolandspeedway.com and http://www.route66raceway.com.

About Chicagoland Speedway & Route 66 Raceway

Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway – Illinois’ largest sporting facility – is located in Joliet, Ill., approximately 30 miles south of downtown Chicago on Old Historic Route 66. The multi-purpose sports and entertainment complex annually hosts a broad array of programming encompassing more than 100 events, including major motorsports entertainment, endurance events, musical concerts and festivals, corporate training seminars, industry trade shows, and much more.

Chicagoland Speedway, a 1.5 mile paved oval, hosts racing events of the major U.S. racing series, and currently conducts races in all three NASCAR national series, including the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.  Along with Route 66 Raceway, a multimillion-dollar complex that includes a ¼ mile stadium-style drag strip and a ½ mile dirt oval track, Chicagoland Speedway is wholly-owned by International Speedway Corporation (ISC), a major promoter of motorsports activities.  ISC owns and/or operates 13 of the nation’s major racing venues, including Daytona International Speedway.

In 2019, Chicagoland Speedway will host NBC’s first broadcast of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, one of the region’s leading economic engines attracting a world-wide television audience and more than 125,000 guests from across the U.S.  For more information, log onto: http://www.chicagolandspeedway.com and http://www.route66raceway.com.



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