GRAHAM, ZAVALA, GRAHAM LEAD FIRST DAY NHRA TOYOTA NATIONALS SPORTSMAN QUALIFYING
The NHRA Toyota Nationals opened on Thursday with Lucas Oil action. Two of the three qualified classes which raced The Strip at Las Vegas completed qualifying.
Back at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis over Labor Day weekend, Stock racer B.J. Graham was the No. 1 qualifier and class winner while racing her Mustang II in the U/Stock Automatic division. This weekend, she stepped up to T/Stock Automatic with the same results.
Graham ran a 13.466 elapsed time, -1.174 under the index to qualify No. 1.
Larry DeForrest was a distant second in his Ramsey, Minn.-based Factory Stock/F Mustang with -1.115 performance, 10.275 elapsed time.
Super Stock, the only other division finished with qualifying, was paced by Larry Zavala, whose GT/IA 1986 Camaro was over a tenth quicker than the No. 2 Cody Lane.
Zavala secured the top spot with a 9.616, -1.214 under the index. Lane was second with an 8.699, -1.111 under the SS/BS standard.
Both Stock and Super Stock divisions attracted 75 entries.
Veteran Comp Eliminator runner Frank Aragona was quickest amongst the 20 Comp racers with a 7.461, -0.719 under the E/Dragster Automatic index.
Friday will feature two sessions of Top Alcohol, the final session of Comp Eliminator, plus eliminations in the remaining divisions.