CLERMONT, Ind — A pair of 4th placed qualifiers entering the day ended up on top when it was all said and done on Sunday evening from Lucas Oil Raceway Park in Indianapolis. Ron Capps took his Funny Car Callout victory as well as a blazing run of 3.864 ET to net his 5th No. 1 qualifier of the season. He marched all the way to the finals in 2 of the previous 4 instances as well as going to the final round here just one season ago.
Can he pick up his 1st Dodge Power Brokers U.S. Nationals victory in 26 tries on Monday? He went from the outside looking in on Friday night to 4th on Saturday to 1st now on Sunday.
Brittany Force was also 4th on the ladders entering the day and broke the track record on her first pass on Sunday afternoon with an ET of 3.640 with a 337.75 mph run. This was her 2nd straight US Nationals No. 1 qualifier and 7th of the season.
Greg Anderson’s time on Saturday held up as he’ll be No. 1 in Pro Stocks. So did Angelle Sampey’s pass on Saturday in taking the Pro Stock Motorcycle division No. 1 qualifier.
The day also saw former US Nationals champions in Tony Schumacher and Scotty Pollacheck bump their ways back into the fields and will go for another Wally on Monday.
Rain ended the final round early which means the lineup after Round 4 determined the ladders for Monday. Force is the No. 1 seed for a 2nd straight year while Justin Ashley and Steve Torrence will be on the opposite side of the bracket. 25 cars entered, 9 go home early.
No. 16 Dan Mercier vs. No. 1 Brittany Force
No. 9 Doug Foley vs. No. 8 Josh Hart
No. 12 Doug Kalitta vs. No. 5 Clay Millican
No. 13 Tony Schumacher vs. No. 4 Mike Salinas
No. 11 Tripp Tatum vs. No. 6 Antron Brown
No. 14 Austin Prock vs. No. 3 Steve Torrence
No. 10 Leah Pruett vs. No. 7 Billy Torrence
No. 15 Shawn Langdon vs. No. 2 Justin Ashley
Ron Capps is No. 1 with the passes from Friday night for Robert Hight, Bob Tasca III and John Force being good enough to land them 2nd, 3rd and 4th best qualifiers of the weekend. On a more humid day on Sunday, there wasn’t a lot of movement in the ladders.
Tim Wilkerson went from 10th to 6th and Blake Anderson from 7th to 5th to knock a few others down in the process.
Dale Creasey Jr. knocked Justin Schriefer out after the 4th round and held him off in the 5th and final round.
Jim Campbell went from 3.980 ET to 14th at 3.961 ET.
No. 16 Dale Creasey Jr. vs. 1 Ron Capps
No. 9 Cruz Pedregon vs. No. 8 JR Todd
No. 12 Chad Green vs. No. 5 Blake Alexander
No. 13 Paul Lee vs. No. 4 John Force
No. 11 Bobby Bode III vs. No. 6 Tim Wilkerson
No. 14 Jim Campbell vs. No. 3 Bob Tasca III
No. 10 Alexis DeJoria vs. No. 2 Matt Hagan
No. 15 John Smith vs. No. 2 Robert Hight
There wasn’t much movement on this end including the top 5 from Saturday remaining that way on Sunday. The conditions were more ripe for the Nitro cars than Pro Stocks.
A day after 9 of the 18 Pro Stock drivers improved between Q1 and Q2, not much occurred between Q3 and Q4-5.
Matt Hartford made a big jump on Saturday from 10th (6.624 ET) to 2nd (6.593 ET). Cristian Cuadra and Dallas Glenn stayed 3rd and 4th respectively but also improved their passes while Greg Anderson didn’t improve but stayed in 5th.
Deric Kramer also stayed in 6th but Aaron Stanfield tied him on ET at 6.600 in 7th. Troy Coughlin Jr. and Kyle Koretsky improved times but marginally which is why they went from 9th to 8th in Coughlin’s case and 6th to 9th for Koretsky.
Then came Round 3.
Greg Anderson stormed to P1 at 6.567 ET. The legend is eyeing his 100th career victory on Monday. His teammate Dallas Glenn went went from 2nd to 4th to back to 2nd again in going 6.578 ET on his final run of the day. Enders was at 6.582 in a 3rd straight improvement but it relegated her to 3rd after 2 days.
Hartford didn’t improve on his final run to drop him to 4th while Cuadra was 5th at 6.596 ET.
For Anderson, this was his 3rd straight No. 1 qualifier on the season and 4th consecutive top 2. He had 1 top 2 starting spot in the 9 race prior. Glenn has qualified better than 5th just once all season while Enders has been in the top 4 qualifying in every race this year. Hartford has never had a top 5 qualifying position all season himself.
16 Fernando Cuadra vs. 1 Greg Anderson
No. 9 Troy Coughlin Jr. vs. No. 8 Deric Kramer
No. 12 Fernando Cuadra Jr. vs. No. 5 Bo Butner
No. 13 Chris McGaha vs. No. 4 Matt Hartford
No. 11 Camrie Caruso vs. No. 6 Aaron Stanfield
No. 14 Mason McGaha vs. No. 3 Erica Enders
No. 10 Kyle Koretsky vs. No. 7 Cristian Cuadra
No. 15 Kenny Delco vs. No. 2 Dallas Glenn
Pro Stock Motorcycles
Angelle Sampey improved from 5th to 1st on Saturday in going from 6.886 ET to 6.796 ET which was good enough to snag the top spot in the ladder after the 2nd day. That time remained to score the green hat on Sunday.
Matt Smith was the biggest improver through in going from 15th to 2nd from 7.079 ET to 6.800 ET. Eddie Krawiec stayed the same but dropped from 1st to 3rd while Angie Smith improved to 4th at 6.828 ET.
Steve Johnson improved from 6.929 to 6.835 and goes from 8th to 5th in the span of 24 hours.
Jerry Savoie improved minimally which is why he dropped from 3rd to 6th.
No. 16 Ron Tornow vs. No. 1 Angelle Sampey
No. 9 Karen Stoffer vs. No. 8 Joey Gladstone
No. 12 Kelly Clontz vs. No. 5 Steve Johnson
No. 13 Ryan Oehler vs. No. 4 Angie Smith
No. 11 Chip Ellis vs. No. 6 Jerry Savoie
No. 14 Jianna Evaristo vs. No. 3 Eddie Krawiec
No. 10 Marc Ingerwersen vs. No. 7 Hector Arana Jr.
No. 15 Scotty Pollacheck vs. No. 2 Matt Smith