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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.

ASHER'S INSIDER - 2016 NORWALK, 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 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.

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. 

UPDATE ON TAFC RACER STEVE HARKER FOLLOWING NORWALK ACCIDENT

Steve Harker, the 2014 Top Alcohol Funny Car champion from Gainesville, Ga., was involved in an accident  during qualifying for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio.

WORSHAM FIRES ONE INTO THE NORWALK UPPER DECK

With the way the 2016 NHRA Funny Car season has played out, you could hardly blame defending series champion Del Worsham for expecting the unexpected.

Worsham, the base-hitting series champion who made consistency cool with his 2015 season, landed a shot in the upper deck during Q-2 qualifying at the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. The DHL-sponsored driver piloted his Toyota Camry to a new Summit Raceway Park track record of 3.875 seconds at 328.70 miles per hour, also a Norwalk track record.

KALITTA SETS NORWALK TRACK RECORD EN ROUTE TO TF PROVISIONAL NO. 1

Top Fuel point leader Doug Kalitta has learned one thing during his career behind the wheel of a Top Fuel dragster. When crew chief Jim Oberhofer leans into the cockpit and tells him they are going for the No. 1 spot, he’d be wise to hold on and keep the 10,000-horsepower machine in the groove to the best of his ability.

Oberhofer was preaching the gospel as Kalitta thundered to the provisional Top Fuel qualifying lead during first day of qualifying at the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio.

A MINOR VICTORY FOR NOW, BUT ELITE'S VINCENT NOBILE ENDS ONE KB STREAK

In a scene reminiscent of the Rocky V movie, where Sylvester Stallone's character, boxer Rocky Balboa landed a punch on a seemingly invincible opponent, Pro Stock racer Vincent Nobile landed a solid blow during the first session of Pro Stock at the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals.

KB Racing had led all 43 qualifying sessions of 2016, until Friday afternoon when Nobile's 6.613 eclipsed the best effort of the three-car Summit Racing Equipment-sponsored team. Jason Line was second quickest with a 6.618. In 11 events, only Nobile had come within striking distance of them at .006 behind, and in claiming the most qualifying bonus points for a non-KB Racing team. 

RAHAIM IN PRO MOD QUALIFYING LEAD FRIDAY AT SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT NHRA NATIONALS

Bob Rahaim powered to the qualifying lead Friday I 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 to take the qualifying lead. Rahaim has one victory and two runner-up finishes in his career.

 

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