B. Pressure, Hagan, Smith provisional No. 1 qualifiers in NHRA’s return to Virginia

Prime Gas factors chief Brittany Pressure powered to each ends of the observe file at Virginia Motorsports Park, racing to the provisional No. 1 qualifier on Friday on the Virginia NHRA Nationals.

Matt Hagan (Humorous Automotive) and Angie Smith (Professional Inventory Motorbike) are additionally the provisional No. 1 qualifiers, as 5 of the six observe information have been damaged on Friday on the seventh of twenty-two races through the 2022 NHRA Tenting World Drag Racing Sequence season.

In NHRA’s first look on the observe in three years, Pressure went a formidable 3.710s at 335.82mph in her 11,000-horsepower Flav-R-Pac dragster, making the quickest and quickest run in Virginia Motorsports Park historical past. If it holds, it might be the second prime spot this yr and thirty fourth total for Pressure, who now has 9 of the ten quickest runs in Prime Gas historical past. The stellar run additionally offers Pressure, a two-time winner in 2022, observe ET information at 11 totally different services.

“It cleared up and Grubnic had a objective set and we hit that mark,” Pressure mentioned. “We’re enthusiastic about that. It was a very good, strong run and we’re hoping for 2 extra runs tomorrow. fairly excited to make that run right here in Virginia. It’s been since 2019 that we have been right here final, so to have the ability to come out right here for the followers and make that run and put a present for them, that was nice. We simply need to maintain enhancing and see what we are able to do on race day.”

Justin Ashley, who certified No. 1 at the newest race in Charlotte, is at the moment second after his go of three.725s at 327.82mph. Doug Foley is correct behind in third due to his 3.733s at 318.69mph.

Hagan, the Humorous Automotive factors chief, additionally obliterated the observe velocity file, going to the highest with a 3.914s at 335.82mph in his Smithfield Model Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. The spectacular go bested the earlier observe file by almost 10 mph, placing Hagan, who already has a pair of wins this season, on observe for his second No. 1 qualifier this season. In his three hundredth profession begin, it might even be the forty fifth profession No. 1 qualifier for the Virginia native.

“I’m so happy with everybody on this group,” Hagan mentioned. “All of them do a terrific job and all in all, I’m fairly proud of that run. That 335mph is a illustration of the horsepower on this automobile. It’s my three hundredth profession begin and we’ve bought a brand new look on the automobile, so it’s good to be the provisional No. 1. I’m blessed to do what we do and it’s simply cool to stay round for 300 races. There’s such a nice line in these automobiles and all the pieces has to line up completely, however that’s only a testomony to Dickie and our guys.”

Dale Creasy Jr. made a career-best go of three.974 at 319.07 and is at the moment within the second place. It was the one different three-second go throughout Friday’s Humorous Automotive session. Blake Alexander went 4.007s at 304.05mph to at the moment put him within the third spot.

Smith closed out the day with a pair of observe information in Professional Inventory Motorbike, making her personal little bit of historical past with a standout go of 6.788s at 200.38mph on her Denso Auto Elements Buell. It’s the first 200-mph bike run in observe historical past and likewise gave Smith the quickest run at VMP. If it holds, it might be Smith’s second profession No. 1 qualifier as she appears to choose up her first victory of the 2022 season.

“It was very thrilling to go 200 mph,” Smith mentioned. “I really like this facility and we come check out right here quite a bit, and it’s only a nice observe. I’d say it’s my second residence and that was a very good run. Hopefully we are able to maintain this momentum going. We bought off the beginning line properly and that’s the important thing with these bikes. It’s a really constant observe for us and to see that 200 pop up on the scoreboard is thrilling. You need to placed on a very good present for the followers.”

Factors chief Steve Johnson, who has received back-to-back races, went 6.826s at 198.12mph to offer him the second spot, whereas Angie’s husband and defending world champ, Matt, is third after going 6.827s at 199.32mph.

Qualifying continues at 1:00 p.m. ET on Saturday on the Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park.


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