The first day of the marathon Chevrolet Performance NHRA U.S. Nationals began under a delay but came storming through at the conclusion.

Gary Summers opened Wednesday’s first session by driving his U/Stock 1977 Mustang to a 12.842, good enough for -1.808 under the index. Bill Dyer’s Factory Stock/K late-model Mustang was second quickest with a 10.196, -1.704 performance. Randy Hopkins was third in his Factory Stock/B Mustang with an 8.545, -1.455 under the index.

There were 154 Stockers to make the first call Wednesday afternoon.






In Super Stock, Ernie Neal cruised to the top of the Super Stock ladder in his four-door Caprice, nailing the Super Stock/P Automatic index with a 10.902 elapsed time, -1.74 under the index. Lincoln Morehead was second quickest with a 9.710, -1.290 while Paul Candies was third with his FGT/B 2012 Mustang, carding a 7.959, -1.241.

The Dodge Hemi Challenge got in one qualifying session, and it was Joe Comella’s New York-based Dart leading the pack with a 8.480. Gary Wolkwitz was second with an 8.532. Wendell Howes was third, recording an 8.564.

Competition resumes at 8 AM, on Thursday with the first round of Stock class eliminations.