CHANDLER, Ariz. (February 2, 2018) If there was one word to sum up the third day of Nitro Spring Training it would be consistency. On average, drivers made at least three passes each which allowed for the crew chiefs to get a stable hold of their tune-ups. With cars on the track for the third consecutive day, its right around peak conditions for teams to make decent runs. We were even treated to numerous side-by-side runs between Funny Cars and Top Fuelers, in addition to each class running with like machines.
Just like yesterday, Tony Schumacher had the quickest speed of the day during his second to last attempt of the day at 332.10 mph on a 3.718 second lap. Schumacher’s speed was also the fastest on the property. But it was Doug Kalitta who had the low elapsed time of the day with his impressive 3.680 second run at 331.12 mph during just his second pass of the day. It was also the quickest run of testing thus far. Eight of fifteen drivers who hit the track in Top Fuel today were in the three-second range. However, there were a few who had no problem breaking the four-second barrier yesterday that struggled today and will look to lower their lap times tomorrow.
It should be no surprise at this point in testing that Matt Hagan walked away on top, but this time he shares the spotlight with Courtney Force. In Hagan’s final run of the day, he went 330.72 mph in 3.851 seconds. Force, on the other hand, made her last run of the day her best when she threw down a 3.839 second pass at 329.99 mph. The Funny Car category did a great job with making passes under four-seconds, eleven out of thirteen drivers all ran 3.9 seconds or lower.
Elite Motorsports had yet another great outing today as Erica Enders and Jeg Coughlin had the fastest cars on the property. Enders had low ET of the day with her final run of 6.563 seconds at 208.30 mph. Her teammate, Coughlin went 210.24 mph in 6.568 seconds and was the only driver to make it over 210 mph today. There were no new Pro Stock cars that went down the track today, but additional haulers have pulled into the racetrack that belong to drivers of the category and are expected to run over the weekend.