DALLAS, Tex. (October 14, 2017) The qualifying fields are set for the AAA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex. It was another warm and sunny day, which on most occasions would be considered great. However, the threat of chilly and possibly even rainy weather is expected to set in tomorrow for final eliminations, so crew chiefs never got a chance to set their tuneups in similar conditions. Tomorrow should be interesting (and possibly record-breaking) to say the least.
Not much changed in the qualifying order from last night. Steve Torrence walks away on top of the qualifying ladder yet again this season. Torrence threw down a 3.682 second pass at 327.51 mph in the second qualifying session last night. “It’s huge to be able to come here and perform well in front of the hometown crowd. We got a lot of fans and family, a lot of people we work with, and to come out here and run well for them, that’s what it’s about and being able to show the guys that are working hard out here everyday that what they’re doing is paying off,” Torrence said. “We got a really good racecar and it’s something that they can be proud of,” he continued.” Torrence will square off against Blake Alexander in the first round of eliminations.
Tony Schumacher is off-pole with his 3.692 second effort at 327.66 mph from last night. Schumacher’s teammate and defending world champion, Antron Brown is third with his 3.696 second lap at 329.91 mph. Doug Kalitta, Brittany Force, Leah Pritchett, Shawn Langdon, and Richie Crampton help make up the top half of the field.
By a thousandth of a second, Robert Hight managed to snatch the No. 1 spot away from Ron Capps in the final session of qualifying. Hight made a solid pass down the track in 3.871 seconds at 332.84 mph. “I wasn’t expecting that. I figured we were going to go up there and run a solid [3.892] or somewhere in there and be a solid top half car,” Hight said. “Jimmy Prock, he just has a good hand on this car, hot or cold. I saw the scoreboard light up down there and I couldn’t believe it ran [3.871], it blew me away.” Hight will race Jim Campbell in round one of final eliminations tomorrow.
Ron Capps slipped back to the second rung on the ladder with his Q2 pass of 3.872 seconds at 329.58 mph. Capps’ teammate, Jack Beckman will start from third with his 3.873 second lap at 332.34 mph. It’s well worth noting that the four highest qualified drivers in the class were all within two-tenths of one another in terms of elapsed time. Jonnie Lindberg, Tim Wilkerson, Courtney Force, Tommy Johnson Jr., and Bob Tasca III are also qualified in the “quick eight.”
Bo Butner’s Q2 lap of 6.588 seconds at 208.94 mph was enough to hold onto the top spot in Pro Stock. “It’s a good car and we made four very good runs,” Butner told the media. “We should go some rounds tomorrow. Of course you want to win every race but my goal is to go rounds and then go to the next race and try to go more rounds.” Butner will start his race day with Australia-native, Shane Tucker in the other lane.
Butner’s KB Racing teammate, Jason Line improved seven spots today by running 6.622 seconds at 208.59 mph in Q4. Tanner Gray also improved upon his performance from yesterday by sneaking into the third spot with his 6.624 second pass at 207.62 mph. Greg Anderson, Erica Enders, Brian Self, Alex Laughlin, and Drew Skillman help fill out the top half of the ladder.
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Eddie Krawiec’s Q1 pass of 6.860 seconds at 196.53 mph could not be topped in any qualifying session this weekend. “You gotta throw everything out the window from these last two days,” Krawiec told the media regarding tomorrow’s noticeably chillier forecast. He continued, “Ultimately it’s about making good, clean, straight runs down the Motorplex here and I’ve been fortunate to get my chassis pretty close and right today. I missed it yesterday but we’ll continue to pick away at it and hopefully tomorrow’s conditions make it great racing.” Krawiec will run David Hope in the opening round tomorrow.
Defending world champ, Jerry Savoie is off-pole with his 6.873 second lap at 194.35 mph from Q1. Krawiec’s teammate Andrew Hines nabbed the third qualifying position in the final qualifying session with a run of 6.878 seconds at 195.87 mph. Scott Pollacheck, Angie Smith, Matt Smith, LE Tongelt, and Hector Arana Jr. will also start from the higher-qualified side of the field.