When it comes to drag racing, a truck isn’t usually the first choice of racing.
For Paul Wong of Las Vegas, Nev., his truck defied the logic of hundreds of other Stock Eliminator racers during first day qualifying for the NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. Richard Muhlenhardt confirmed Wong’s logic.
Wong, while racing in U/Stock Automatic, drove his 1986 Chevrolet C-10 pick-up to the No. 1 qualifying position after three rounds of qualifying. His -1.55 under the index run generated a 13.300 elapsed time.
Muhlenhardt, also in U/SA, was second as he pushed 1986 GMC to the second position with a -1.123, 13.727 performance.
Randy Eakins, racing an E/SA 2010 Challenger, was the quickest non-truck with a -1.096, 10.604.
In Super Stock, Ray Skillman led a late model muscle charge as he paced the 163-car field with an 8.580, -1.070 effort.
Skillman was followed by Randy Hopkins (SS/AAA), P.B. Candies (SS/AAA). Rock Haas (GT/AA) and Roy Hill (SS/AAA).
The quickest traditional Super Stocker was eighth-quickest, and Garrett Ghezzi earned the spot with a -1.001, 10.849 under the SS/MA index with his 1969 AMX.
Qualifying resumes on Thursday with class eliminations in all Stock and Super Stock categories.
Because of impending weather related to Hurricane Isaac expected to arrive over the weekend, the Super Gas division will run their first round of eliminations on Thursday.
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