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ASHER'S INSIDER - NHRA MILE HIGH NATIONALS: FRIDAY EDITION

Jon Asher, the seasoned Senior Editor for CompetitionPlus.com, will bring you his four decades worth of insight to NHRA RACE Nationals from NHRA Mile High Nationals. Follow along daily with the seasoned journalist as he brings you this weekend's race from a different angle - HIS!

TOP SPORTSMAN RACER BRYAN WARR WRECKS AT BANDIMERE

Moments after Top Sportsman driver Bryan Warr lost in the second round of eliminations Saturday at the 2016 Mile-High Nationals, he crashed his 2004 Corvette.

Warr, who was in the right lane, clocked a 7.852-second time at 175.75 mph and then approximately 200 feet after the quarter-mile finish line, Warr’s Corvette took a hard left and went rocketing across the other lane and hit the left lane guardwall at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo., outside of Denver.

COURTNEY IS QUICKEST FORCE IN FAMILY BATTLE OF THREE-SECOND FUNNY CAR RUNS

Alexis DeJoria had the best seat Friday at Bandimere Speedway for watching the NHRA's quickest Funny Cars at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals. She ran first in the left lane and later in the right lane in the day's two rain-plagued sessions. But from both perspectives, she saw the father-daughter Force team steal the headlines.

Courtney Force opened the Western Swing by upstaging her 16-time champion dad John Force in the night session. She blasted her Traxxas Chevy Camaro to the provisional No. 1 qualifying position, covering the 1,000-foot suburban Denver course in a record 3.917 seconds at 318.39 mph.

INTENSE TORRENCE CONTINUES BANDIMERE SUCCESS

If his rivals thought he was scary-serious before, they ought to be really frightened now.

"We're a lot more focused and intense – I know I am – after missing Norwalk. It's kind of changed the dynamic of how I've approached this [championship chase]," Torrence said after powering to the top of the provisional lineup Friday at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals near Denver.

KASEY COLER NAMED NHRA VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING AND BRAND STRATEGY

Kasey Coler, a sports marketing professional, has been named NHRA vice president of marketing & brand strategy, it was announced by NHRA President Peter Clifford.

Coler will join NHRA’s leadership team and play a key role in leading consumer marketing strategy and overall brand development efforts for the world’s largest motorsports sanctioning body.

C. FORCE, TORRENCE, ENDERS AND HINES LEAD FRIDAY QUALIFYING AT DENVER

Courtney Force led a parade of track record performances by racing to the Funny Car qualifying lead Friday at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders in their respective classes at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event near Denver.

MOPAR AND PENNZOIL ANNOUNCE SPONSORSHIP OF LEAH PRITCHETT-PILOTED TOP FUEL DRAGSTER

Mopar and Pennzoil® announced sponsorship of the NHRA Top Fuel Dragster driven by Leah Pritchett, returning the brand to the class in which Mopar first established its reputation for excellence at the dragstrip. Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver Pritchett will compete at select events in 2016 and debut the blue Omega M on her dragster at the 37th Annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, scheduled for July 22-24 at Bandimere Speedway near Denver.

The announcement brings the Mopar brand back to winning roots first fueled by drag racing icon “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, who captured the majority of his Top Fuel championships and event wins under Mopar HEMI® power. The new Top Fuel machine also expands the Mopar presence in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The brand now serves as a sponsor in three of the four NHRA Pro classes (including Matt Hagan’s NHRA Funny Car and Pro Stock entries piloted by Erica Enders and Jeg Coughlin Jr.), and also remains deeply involved in supporting amateur NHRA Sportsman racers, introducing last year the next generation of its modern-day package car, the Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak.

CIRCLE K FUNNY CAR AT NHRA MILE-HIGH NATIONALS

Jim Dunn Racing driver, John Hale, experienced no injuries and coasted down the track being slowed by parachutes. Since then a new Funny Car body has been prepared with the same bright red graphics and the highly recognizable Circle K logo for the upcoming NHRA Mopar Mile High Nationals in Denver.

The Circle K Funny Car is part of a season long promotion with Jim Dunn Racing and Oberto Beef Jerky. Circle K convenience stores surrounding race markets will feature Oberto Beef Jerky products and host driver autograph sessions with the Circle K Mopar Funny car on display at selected stores during race weeks.

SNEAK PEEK - BIG NORM DRONGOWSKI RETURNS WITH JERRY BICKEL SHOEBOX

Former IHRA Mountain Motor Pro Stock competitor Big Norm Drongowski will be returning to the track behind the wheel of this brand-new '55 Chevy from Jerry Bickel Race Cars. Drongowski plans to run Quick 8 races in his home state of Ohio.

RICHIE STEVENS TO RACE PRO STOCK AT MILE-HIGH NATIONALS

For the first time in just eight months, Richie Stevens will be back behind the wheel of Pro Stock car.

Stevens will be piloting a second car for David Kramer’s team at the Mopar Mile-High Nationals Friday through Sunday at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo.

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