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ASHER'S INSIDER - 2016 NORWALK, SATURDAY EDITION

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

UPDATED - HARKER OUT OF SURGERY, RECUPERATING FROM INJURIES

Veteran Top Alcohol Funny Car racer Steve Harker continues to undergo surgery at Toledo’s Mercy St. Vincent Hospital for injuries he incurred in a high-speed accident Saturday during the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Norwalk, Ohio.

CAPPS' THIRD ROUND NORWALK QUALIFYING RUN DISALLOWED

During the third round of qualifying Saturday at the 10th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park, Ron Capps’ class-leading run of 3.977-seconds at 318.77 in the NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car was disallowed by NHRA due to “use of an unapproved aerodynamic device.”

The disqualification cost Capps quickest time of the session and the subsequent bonus points associated with the run. The part in question, according to Don Schumacher Racing, was a deflector used to deflect heat away from the graphics on the side of the car.

SAMPEY ON CHOCOLATE WALLYS AND WINNING THE REAL THING FOR HER DAUGHTER

 

Exactly one week prior to winning her first national event in more than nine years, Angelle Sampey attended an NHRA-hosted dinner with her daughter and on each table was a piece of chocolate shaped like a Wally, the coveted trophy given to all of the winners on the NHRA tour.

After finishing her meal, Sampey snuck a few of the chocolates and brought them home to her five-year-old daughter Ava and let her enjoy the delicious treats. Who knew that moment would turn into something so much bigger.

KRAWIEC PREPARES HIS SATURDAY BIKE FOR SUNDAY WITH FOURTH 2016 NO. 1 QUALFIER

Eddie Krawiec entered the final day of qualifications with a clear understanding he had zero chance to improve on Friday’s 6.822, 195.31 No. 1 qualifying effort. He also knew nobody else would beat his provisional effort.

Saturday became Sunday for Krawiec, and headed into race day at the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals, his 6.897 and 6.939 weren’t bonus point earners, but he didn’t need to get them either.

ANDERSON CLINCHES NO. 1, AND PLAYOFF SPOT ON DAY WHERE HE COULDN’T LOSE

Greg Anderson has never been so pleased to be wrong.

Anderson, who ran a 6.565 seconds elapsed time at 211.26 miles per hour to claim the top spot Friday at Norwalk, figured his run would hold through Saturday’s remaining sessions at the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals and that part he predicted accurately.

KALITTA, WORSHAM, ANDERSON, KRAWIEC RACE TO QUALIFYING LEADS AT NORWALK

Kalitta Motorsports drivers Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel) and Del Worsham (Funny Car) swept the No. 1 qualifying positions in the nitro categories at their home track of Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. This is the third time the team based in nearby Ypsilanti, Mich., has swept both categories.

Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) will also lead their respective categories into eliminations at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, the 12th race of the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

RAHAIM RACES TO NO. 1 QUALIFIER AND ROUND ONE VICTORY IN PRO MOD AT NORWALK

Bob Rahaim powered to the No. 1 qualifying position and a first round victory Saturday in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by The Real Pro Mod Association, at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, is the sixth of 10 Pro Mod events on the 2016 season.

Rahaim, who was the No. 1 qualifier in Bristol, Tenn., raced his late model TLC Waste Disposal Services Chevy Corvette to a 5.828-second pass at 247.16 mph in the second session on Friday for his third No. 1 qualifier of the season. He went on to defeat Jim Bell in his ’69 Camaro in the first round of eliminations. Rahaim, who has one victory and two runner-up finishes in his career, will go on to meet Steve Matusek in the quarterfinals on Sunday.

 

 

PRO MOD DRIVER INVOLVED IN NORWALK ACCIDENT

 

Chris Juliano, Iberia, MO. was involved in an incident during the final qualifying session for the J&S Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. 

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