2012 NHRA WINTERNATIONALS - RESULTS

Written by NHRA Communications; Photos by Roger Richards, Joel Gelfand.

SUNDAY - FORCE, MASSEY AND ANDERSON WIN O’REILLY AUTO PARTS NHRA WINTERNATIONALS
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John Force raced to his 134th career Funny Car victory Sunday at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
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Spencer Massey (Top Fuel) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) also were winners of the season-opening NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.
 
“It’s a great start,” Force said. “You really want to perform. I know all those other kids on our teams and others, like Cruz Pedregon, the Schumacher teams, [Tim] Wilkerson, and [Bob] Tasca, those guys are going to win races, and it was just nice to get a win under my belt. Those boys are bad out there. To make that top 10 is going to be tough. Somebody’s going to be left out, so I’m just going to keep fighting and keep my nose clean.”
 
Force, 62, used a holeshot start to claim his sixth win at this event and 15th at this track with a performance of 4.080 seconds at 315.64 mph in his Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang. Runner-up Mike Neff finished in 4.036 at 316.82 in his Castrol GTX Mustang.
 
“Before the final, I said, ‘What are we going to do ‘Guido?’ (crew chief Dean Antonelli),” Force said. “He said, ‘We can’t race him the way we are, running .12 or .14. We’re going to have to go after it, and if it smokes the tires, we’ll go home.’ They were all over there, looking at the numbers, and it just went. It wasn’t quick enough to beat him. He was late, so I got the win. He told me something distracted him.”
 
In her much-publicized debut, Force’s 23-year-old daughter Courtney lost in the second round to Neff, while the elder Force defeated his daughter’s rookie rival, Alexis DeJoria, in a close first-round meeting. Force also beat Tim Wilkerson, and Gary Densham to reach the final round.
 
Massey, who finished second in the points standings last year, opened the new season in first place by outrunning Antron Brown in the final round to take his seventh career Top Fuel victory and first at Pomona. Massey posted a 3.750 at 325.77 in his FRAM/Prestone dragster to hold off Brown’s charging Matco Tools dragster, which trailed with a 3.794 at 320.43.
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“Coming up a little short and ending up in second place last year made us that much more hungry and motivated to win a championship, so we focused this winter and acted like there wasn’t an offseason,” said Massey, who beat Steve Faria, Clay Millican and Tony Schumacher in early rounds.
 
“It shows that they know what it takes to get the car down the racetrack,” Massey continued. “After the second round, we didn’t have any computer data, and (crew chiefs) Phil (Shuler) and Todd (Okuhara) tuned that thing like it was a Top Fuel car from 1968. They looked at the plugs, looked at the bearings, and it went 3.74 at 328 mph. It’s awesome to start like this and have the No. 1 spot going into Phoenix. This is my life dream, and we’re living it.”
 
In Pro Stock, Anderson raced to his 71st career victory and fifth at the Winternationals, by powering his Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac to a 6.549 at 210.87 to hold off Jeg Coughlin’s JEGS.com/Mopar Dodge Avenger, which trailed with a 6.586 at 209.62.
 
Anderson raced past Larry Morgan, Allen Johnson and teammate and defending world champ Jason Line to advance to the final.
 
“I wasn’t the quickest driver out here today, but I was very consistent,” Anderson said. “We managed to stop the big yellow Mopar [of Jeg Coughlin in the final]. He sure came out swinging. You’re always aware of how good Jeg is driving. I’ve never been very good at tuning that kind of stuff out, but it worked today. The crew made great decisions, and here we are back in the winner’s circle again.”
 
The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series continues next weekend (Feb. 17-19) at Firebird International Raceway near Phoenix with the NHRA Arizona Nationals.


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SATURDAY - LUCAS, HIGHT, LINE EARN NO. 1 QUALIFYING POSITIONS AT O’REILLY AUTO PARTS NHRA WINTERNATIONALS AT POMONA
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Morgan Lucas raced to the No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel Saturday as rain shortened qualifying at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.   
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Robert Hight and Jason Line also were No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the first of 23 races in the 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing season. NHRA officials were forced to cancel the final qualifying session when persistent rain showers moved into the Pomona area in the afternoon.
 
Lucas powered his GEICO / Lucas Oil dragster to a 3.783-second run at 325.06 mph to take the top spot in the field as teams took advantage of cooler track and air temperatures. It was Lucas’ fifth No. 1 qualifier of his career and first at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals, where he raced to the Top Fuel victory one year ago.
 
“We’ve made some good runs in the past, but I’ve never driven a car like this one,” Lucas said. “The way it drives and the way it steers is so nice it’s crazy. To start the year like this is tremendous. We found two really good guys with our crew chiefs Aaron (Brooks) and Rod (Centorbi) that have shown what our core group is capable of.”
 
Lucas will face Rod Fuller in Sunday’s 11 a.m. eliminations. Tony Schumacher, a six-time winner at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, qualified sixth, while 2011 NHRA Top Fuel world champion runner-up Spencer Massey qualified second in the field.
 
In Funny Car, Hight also took advantage of the cool conditions and drove his Auto Club Ford Mustang to the top of the field with a run of 4.060 at 316.52 to take his third No. 1 qualifier at this event and 40th of his career.
 
“It’s amazing how things can change so fast,” Hight said. “We went in this morning not qualified and ended up going to the No. 1 spot. We lost a run the first run here; it broke a blower drive shaft. We put that behind us, but we went out the next run, and it shook. So there were big, big decisions today. The temperature dropped, and the track got even better. I would have liked to have gotten another run. Jimmy (Prock, crew chief) looked at the run, and he thought we would have run better.”
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Hight will line up against rookie Todd Lesenko in the first round of eliminations. Hight’s teammate, Courtney Force, who is making her Funny Car debut at this event, qualified 12th. Defending Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan qualified ninth in the field, while 14-time Auto Club Raceway at Pomona winner John Force qualified sixth.
 
Pro Stock defending world champion Jason Line continued his success from 2011 by racing to the top spot in the category. Line’s run in his Summit Racing Pontiac GXP of 6.535 at 212.23 was strong enough to give the defending event winner his third No. 1 qualifier at Pomona and 25th of his career.
 
“We finally made a better run today,” Line said. “There’s more left, and we’re struggling a little bit with Greg’s (Anderson, teammate) car right now, but it’s good that we made a solid run with at least one of our cars. We didn’t test much this winter because we’ll be taking delivery on our new Camaros at about the time of the Atlanta race. It’s tough at the first of the year without much testing, but we were able to pick up where we left off from last year.”
 
Line will face Grace Howell in the first round of eliminations Sunday while Line’s teammate Anderson qualified fifth in the field. Four-time Pro Stock world champion Jeg Coughlin qualified 14th for his first event back after sitting out the 2011 season.

Sunday's first-round pairings for professional eliminations for the 52nd annual O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, the first of 23 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.  Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday. DNQs listed below pairings.

Top Fuel -- 1. Morgan Lucas, 3.783 seconds, 325.06 mph  vs. 16. Rod Fuller, 9.343, 294.05; 2. Spencer Massey, 3.820, 325.14  vs. 15. Steve Faria, 4.302, 266.11; 3. Bob Vandergriff, 3.832, 322.65  vs. 14. Terry McMillen, 4.126, 314.09; 4. Antron Brown, 3.833, 322.81  vs. 13. Cory McClenathan, 4.025, 310.13; 5. Brandon Bernstein, 3.836, 314.90  vs. 12. David Grubnic, 3.895, 315.42; 6. Tony Schumacher, 3.837, 321.42  vs. 11. Doug Kalitta, 3.887, 314.53; 7. Khalid alBalooshi, 3.838, 321.42  vs. 10. Clay Millican, 3.884, 309.34; 8. Shawn Langdon, 3.841, 322.50 vs. 9. Steve Torrence, 3.850, 318.39.

Did Not Qualify: 17. Troy Buff, 14.667, 39.74; 18. Steven Chrisman, broke.

Funny Car -- 1. Robert Hight, Ford Mustang, 4.060, 316.52  vs. 16. Todd Lesenko, Chevy Impala, 4.306, 277.03; 2. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.068, 315.71  vs. 15. Bob Bode, Impala, 4.244, 295.08; 3. Johnny Gray, Charger, 4.098, 313.15  vs. 14. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.226, 291.45; 4. Mike Neff, Mustang, 4.103, 309.77  vs. 13. Tony Pedregon, Impala, 4.200, 291.51; 5. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 4.109, 309.34  vs. 12. Courtney Force, Mustang, 4.199, 307.44; 6. John Force, Mustang, 4.126, 312.28  vs. 11. Alexis DeJoria, Toyota Camary, 4.198, 300.40; 7. Jeff Arend, Toyota Solara, 4.139, 304.32  vs. 10. Gary Densham, Charger, 4.155, 303.71; 8. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.144, 305.70  vs. 9. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.154, 310.91.

Did Not Qualify: 17. Cruz Pedregon, 4.313, 254.95; 18. Jim Head, 4.387, 274.78; 19. Jack Wyatt, 4.490, 275.73; 20. James Day, broke.

Pro Stock -- 1. Jason Line, Pontiac GXP, 6.535, 212.23  vs. 16. Grace Howell, Ford Mustang, 7.486, 207.43; 2. Mike Edwards, GXP, 6.545, 211.86  vs. 15. V. Gaines, Dodge Avenger, 6.688, 208.78; 3. Ronnie Humphrey, GXP, 6.548, 211.96  vs. 14. Jeg Coughlin, Avenger, 6.637, 209.20; 4. Allen Johnson, Avenger, 6.548, 211.39  vs. 13. Erica Enders, Chevy Cobalt, 6.597, 209.43; 5. Greg Anderson, GXP, 6.556, 211.49  vs. 12. Larry Morgan, Mustang, 6.593, 210.50; 6. Vincent Nobile, Avenger, 6.569, 210.97  vs. 11. Greg Stanfield, GXP, 6.588, 209.56; 7. Rodger Brogdon, GXP, 6.570, 210.50  vs. 10. Kurt Johnson, GXP, 6.587, 209.92; 8. Shane Gray, GXP, 6.571, 210.18  vs. 9. Ron Krisher, GXP, 6.586, 210.67.

Did Not Qualify: 17. Warren Johnson, 7.554, 208.20; 18. Steve Kent, 13.688, 51.54.


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FRIDAY - TASCA, LUCAS AND EDWARDS RACE TO TOP QUALIFYING SPOTS AFTER DAY TWO OF THE O’REILLY AUTO PARTS NHRA WINTERNATIONALS

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Bob Tasca raced to the provisional No. 1 qualifying position in  Funny Car action Friday at the 52nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona.

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Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also raced to the provisional top qualifying spot in their respective categories at the season opening race of the 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

Tasca drove his MotorCraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang to the provisional No. 1 position with a 4.109 second pass at 309.34 mph during Friday’s qualifying efforts. If it holds, it would be Tasca’s third career No. 1 qualifying position.

“That 4.10, based on what everyone else ran, was pretty impressive,” Tasca said. “I tell ya, it wasn’t much of an off-season for us. We tested a week in December and another week-plus in January, so we probably have 50 runs on that Motorcraft/Quick Lane car. We were disappointed with how we finished the season last year, so we dug deep this off-season and made some great runs in testing, and it’s always nice to translate into a race-day tune-up.”

Defending Top Fuel event winner Morgan Lucas ran the quickest Top Fuel lap during Friday’s qualifying efforts with a 3.835 second pass at 316.38 mph but it was the GEICO/Lucas Oil dragster’s pass of 3.832 seconds at 320.28 mph Thursday that earned him the provisional top spot heading into Saturday.

“To be honest, I’m as shocked as anybody that we’re still low with a 3.83,” said Lucas. “Our run today was pretty similar to what we did yesterday other than that it dropped a cylinder down track. I have to sing the praises of my guys. Since Aaron [Brooks, crew chief] and Rod [Centorbi, assistant crew chief] came over this winter, we adopted the motto ‘If it’s not perfect, it’s not right.’ The way the car is running is a reward for the hard work and extra hours they put in.”

In Friday Pro Stock action, no one was able to out run Edwards’ 6.545 second pass at 211.86 mph from Thursday in his Penhall/Interstate Batteries Pontiac GXP. Edwards’s pass of 6.571 seconds at 211.53 mph Friday wasn’t exactly what the team wanted but tomorrow’ forecast calls for much better conditions. If he holds on to the top spot it would be his 41st of his career and fifth at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

 “Our car made a hard move out of the groove right off the starting line in the right lane,” said Edwards. “The 60-foot time was about the same as yesterday, but leaving crooked scrubbed off some E.T. If the conditions are good for Saturday morning’s first session, everybody should pick up and I think that it’s going to take a 6.52 to end up with the No. 1 qualifying spot.”

Qualifying at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona will wrap up with two qualifying sessions Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Eliminations will begin Sunday at 11 a.m.

TOP FUEL

  1   34 Morgan Lucas, Indianapolis IN, Hadman-TFX       3.832  320.28  320.28
  2    5 Tony Schumacher, Chicago IL, DSR-TFX            3.837  321.42  321.42
  3   99 Khalid alBalooshi, Brownsburg IN, Hadman-TFX    3.845  317.49  318.47
  4   12 Bob Vandergriff, Alpharetta GA, Hadman-TFX      3.854  320.58  320.58
  5    9 Shawn Langdon, Indianapolis IN, Hadman-TFX      3.857  319.29  322.50
  6  475 Steve Torrence, Kilgore TX, Hadman-TFX          3.857  318.39  318.39
  7    6 Brandon Bernstein, Indianapolis IN, McKinney-T  3.865  314.90  314.90
  8    2 Spencer Massey, Ft. Worth TX, DSR-TFX           3.866  320.20  320.20
  9    3 Antron Brown, Indianapolis IN, DSR-TFX          3.882  311.70  311.70
 10  255 Clay Millican, Drummonds TN, Hadman-BAE         3.884  309.34  309.34

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FUNNY CAR

  1    7 Bob Tasca III, Cranston RI, '12 Mustang         4.109  309.34  309.34
  2    2 Jack Beckman, Norco CA, '10 Charger             4.139  308.14  308.14
  3    1 Matt Hagan, Christiansburg VA, '10 Charger      4.154  310.91  310.91
  4   31 Johnny Gray, Artesia NM, '10 Charger            4.158  307.23  307.23
  5  782 Gary Densham, Bellflower CA, '09 Charger        4.175  303.71  303.71
  6    9 John Force, Yorba Linda CA, '12 Mustang         4.185  300.40  302.89
  7  771 Alexis DeJoria, Ypsilanti MI, '12 Camary        4.198  300.40  300.40
  8  746 Courtney Force, Yorba Linda CA, '12 Mustang     4.199  307.09  307.09
  9   10 Tim Wilkerson, Springfield IL, '12 Mustang      4.226  291.45  291.45
 10  340 Bob Bode, Barrington IL, '10 Impala             4.244  295.08  295.08

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PRO STOCK

  1    2 Mike Edwards, Coweta OK, '09 GXP                6.545  211.86  211.86
  2 2062 Ronnie Humphrey, Jacksonville NC, '09 GXP       6.548  211.96  211.96
  3    4 Allen Johnson, Greeneville TN, '12 Avenger      6.548  211.39  211.39
  4    1 Jason Line, Troutman NC, '09 GXP                6.550  212.19  212.19
  5    3 Greg Anderson, Mooresville NC, '09 GXP          6.556  211.43  211.49
  6    5 Vincent Nobile, Dix Hills NY, '12 Avenger       6.569  210.77  210.97
  7    8 Rodger Brogdon, Tomball TX, '09 GXP             6.570  210.41  210.41
  8    9 Shane Gray, Denver NC, '09 GXP                  6.571  210.11  210.11
  9   21 Kurt Johnson, Sugar Hill GA, '09 GXP            6.587  209.92  209.92
 10   13 Larry Morgan, Newark OH, '12 Mustang            6.593  210.50  210.50

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TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER

  1    3  TA/D Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction CO, Nelson-  5.323  268.87  268.87
  2 7599  A/FD Megan McKernan, Sierra Madre CA, McKinne  5.335  269.56  270.00
  3    1  A/FD Duane Shields, Boulder City NV, Hadman-B  5.353  259.41  268.71
  4    5  B/AD Chris Demke, Sunland CA, Uyehara-BAE      5.383  270.81  270.81
  5  613  TA/D Joey Severance, Woodburn OR, Hadman-MBR   5.408  250.64  258.42
  6   77  TA/D Larry Miersch, Huntington Beach CA, Spit  5.412  260.31  270.81
  7  734  TA/D Johnny Ahten, Santa Clarita CA, Uyehara-  5.472  261.37  261.37
  8   63  B/AD James Butler, Prescott AZ, Hadman-BAE     5.612  260.91  260.91

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TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR

  1    2 Tony Bartone, Long Island City NY, '09 Mustang  5.519  265.12  265.12
  2    3 Jay Payne, Claremont CA, '09 Mustang            5.589  260.01  260.81
  3 6515 Brian Hough, Junction City OR, '09 Mustang      5.608  256.70  256.70
  4  584 Annie Whiteley, Grand Junction CO, '09 Mustang  5.610  253.23  253.23
  5    6 John Lombardo Jr., Brea CA, '06 Monte Carlo     5.619  248.48  248.48
  6 7238 Bret Williamson, Campbell CA, '01 Corvette      5.622  255.00  255.00
  7  703 Mark Woznichak, Ontario CA, '06 Monte Carlo     5.640  255.05  255.05
  8   73 Doug Gordon, Paso Robles CA, '06 Monte Carlo    5.657  248.66  248.66

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COMP ELIMINATOR

  1 769Y  H/EA Joshua Lee, Palmdale CA, '32 Bantam         8.911  9.62  -0.709
  2  717  I/SM Mike DePalma, Glendale AZ, '89 Trans Am     8.962  9.64  -0.678
  3 7298  A/SM Scott Hedlund, Anaheim CA, '10 Cobalt       7.717  8.36  -0.643
  4    6 B/SMA Jeff Lane, North Bend WA, '11 Cobalt        7.995  8.62  -0.625
  5 7098  PSTA Tom Mettler, Bakersfield CA, '01 Dakota     7.595  8.22  -0.625
  6   71 F/SMA Justin Lamb, Henderson NV, '06 Cobalt       8.547  9.17  -0.623
  7 7230  C/TA Randy Jones, Monarch Beach CA, '01 S-10     8.448  9.07  -0.622
  8 7771  C/SR Ed Sigmon, Chatsworth CA, '34 Chevy         8.443  9.04  -0.597
  9 1781  B/EA Dan Fletcher, Churchville NY, '08 Cobalt    7.713  8.31  -0.597
 10   72  A/AA Alan Ellis, Mapleton UT, '23-T Ford         6.514  7.11  -0.596

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SUPER STOCK

  1  107 SS/AS Wes Leopold, Bridgeville PA, '93 Daytona    8.516  9.60  -1.084
  2  711 SS/VX Mark Prothero, Tigrina CA, '57 VW          10.526 11.60  -1.074
  3  729 SSA/A Michael Wesolowski, Mesa AZ, '12 Mustang    8.698  9.70  -1.002
  4  554 GT/LA Ron Roddel, Sioux Falls SD, '02 Grand Am   10.586 11.55  -0.964
  5 5440  GT/I Gene Bichlmeier, Norfolk NE, '66 Chevy II  10.001 10.95  -0.949
  6  751 SS/KA Joe Schweigert, Ontario CA, '85 Camaro     10.318 11.25  -0.932
  7 7171 SS/GA Fred Moreno, La Verne CA, '69 Mustang       9.647 10.55  -0.903
  8 7441 GT/DA Staci Smith, Landcaster CA, '93 Daytona     9.618 10.50  -0.882
  9   77 SS/JA Mike Cotten, Broken Arrow OK, '70 Barracuda10.122 11.00  -0.878
 10 7702 GT/HA Mike Graham, Tempe AZ, '00 Cobra           10.173 11.05  -0.877

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STOCK

  1 7776   B/S Chris Whitney, Sun Valley CA, '67 Fairlane 10.178 11.20  -1.022
  2   79  C/SA Leo Glassbrenner, Chino CA, '68 Firebird   10.383 11.40  -1.017
  3 5717  A/SA Bobby DeArmond, Gallup NM, '69 Camaro      10.031 11.00  -0.969
  4 3231  N/SA Harry Doolittle, Wickenberg AZ, '02 Firebi 12.047 13.00  -0.953
  5 5809  E/SA Brad Burton, Kirkland WA, '72 Formula      10.757 11.70  -0.943
  6 1044  A/SA John Shaul, Fultonham NY, '64 Sport Fury   10.068 11.00  -0.932
  7 7083 BB/SA Andy Durham, Acadia CA, '11 Challenger      9.368 10.30  -0.932
  8 7077  N/SA Jeff Interlicchia, Riverside CA, '94 Musta 12.072 13.00  -0.928
  9    7  B/SA Scott Burton, Golden CO, '70 Formula       10.333 11.25  -0.917
 10 4689  F/SA Paula Cotten, Broken Arrow OK, '73 Duster  10.935 11.85  -0.915

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THURSDAY - BECKMAN, LUCAS AND EDWARDS EARN PROVISIONAL NO. 1 QUALIFYING POSITIONS AT THE NHRA SEASON OPENER

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Jack Beckman raced to the provisional No. 1 qualifying position in Funny Car Thursday at the 52nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona.

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Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also were qualifying leaders at the 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season.

Beckman drove his Valvoline NextGen Dodge Charger to the provisional No. 1 spot with a 4.139 second pass at 308.14 mph to best the ultra-competitive Funny Car class. If Beckman holds on to the top spot it will be the fifth of his career and second at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

“The most important thing is if we can go down the track and get good computer data, we can pick away at it from there,” Beckman said. “If you go out there and smoke the tires, you don’t know how much you missed it by. We all know that 4.13 is not going to hold, but we feel we have as good a shot of stepping up as any other car out there.”

Courtney Force made her first run under NHRA Funny Car competition in her Traxxas Ford Mustang with a 4.210 second pass at 303.16 mph, which was good enough for the provisional sixth spot. Courtney will line up next to her father and Funny Car legend 15-time world champ, John Force, for the second round of qualifying of the NHRA season opener.

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Defending Top Fuel event winner Morgan Lucas drove his GEICO/Lucas Oil dragster to the top of the pack with his pass of 3.832 seconds at 320.28 mph during Thursday’s qualifying efforts.

“The weather conditions today were pretty similar to what we had in testing, so our team has a lot of confidence in this range,” Lucas said. “Hopefully Sunday is the same, but I know we’re expecting cooler conditions Saturday, so you never know what’s going to happen, but hopefully we can keep running along with the big guys.”

In Pro Stock, Edwards looks to secure his 41st No. 1 of his career and fifth at Auto Club Raceway with his 6.545 second pass at 211.86 mph Thursday in his Penhall/K&N/Interstate Pontiac GXP.

“It feels really, really good,” Edwards said. “When you start off a new season, you never know what to expect, and we got off to a great start. It was a great run. My guys did a phenomenal job. We just made one of the nicest runs we’ve made in Pomona in a long time, so it’s a great start for us. Hopefully, we can build on this tomorrow and see what happens.”

Qualifying of the 52nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona will continue Friday, Feb. 10 at 1:30 p.m. followed by the final two qualifying sessions Saturday, Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Eliminations will begin Sunday at 11 a.m.

THURSDAY PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING

TOP FUEL

1   34 Morgan Lucas, Indianapolis IN, Hadman-TFX       3.832  320.28  320.28
2    5 Tony Schumacher, Chicago IL, DSR-TFX            3.838  320.58  320.58
3    9 Shawn Langdon, Indianapolis IN, Hadman-TFX      3.857  319.29  319.29
4  475 Steve Torrence, Kilgore TX, Hadman-TFX          3.857  318.39  318.39
5    6 Brandon Bernstein, Indianapolis IN, McKinney-T  3.865  314.90  314.90
6    2 Spencer Massey, Ft. Worth TX, DSR-TFX           3.866  320.20  320.20
7   99 Khalid alBalooshi, Brownsburg IN, Hadman-TFX    3.873  318.47  318.47
8  255 Clay Millican, Drummonds TN, Hadman-BAE         3.884  309.34  309.34
9   22 Doug Kalitta, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX           3.887  314.53  314.53
10   12 Bob Vandergriff, Alpharetta GA, Hadman-TFX      3.889  316.01  316.01

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FUNNY CAR

1    2 Jack Beckman, Norco CA, '10 Charger             4.139  308.14  308.14
2    7 Bob Tasca III, Cranston RI, '12 Mustang         4.150  307.37  307.37
3   31 Johnny Gray, Artesia NM, '10 Charger            4.158  307.23  307.23
4    1 Matt Hagan, Christiansburg VA, '10 Charger      4.177  307.23  307.23
5    9 John Force, Yorba Linda CA, '11 Mustang         4.192  302.89  302.89
6  746 Courtney Force, Yorba Linda CA, '11 Mustang     4.210  303.16  303.16
7  340 Bob Bode, Barrington IL, '10 Impala SS          4.244  295.08  295.08
8   72 Tony Pedregon, Brownsburg IN, '10 Impala SS     4.253  288.33  288.33
9    3 Cruz Pedregon, Brownsburg IN, '10 Solara        4.433  207.75  207.75
10  771 Alexis DeJoria, Ypsilanti MI, '11 Solara        4.438  211.00  211.00

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PRO STOCK

1    2 Mike Edwards, Coweta OK, '09 GXP                6.545  211.86  211.86
2 2062 Ronnie Humphrey, Jacksonville NC, '09 GXP       6.561  211.39  211.39
3    5 Vincent Nobile, Dix Hills NY, '11 Avenger       6.574  210.97  210.97
4    4 Allen Johnson, Greeneville TN, '11 Avenger      6.580  211.23  211.23
5    9 Shane Gray, Denver NC, '09 GXP                  6.584  209.95  209.95
6    8 Rodger Brogdon, Tomball TX, '09 GXP             6.594  209.92  209.92
7   10 Ron Krisher, Warren OH, '09 GXP                 6.595  210.60  210.60
8    3 Greg Anderson, Mooresville NC, '09 GXP          6.600  211.49  211.49
9   21 Kurt Johnson, Sugar Hill GA, '09 GXP            6.620  209.17  209.17
10    7 Greg Stanfield, Bossier City LA, '09 GXP        6.627  209.20  209.20

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THURSDAY SPORTSMAN QUALIFYING

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER

1    1  A/FD Duane Shields, Boulder City NV, Hadman-B  5.417  262.08  262.08
2  613  TA/D Joey Severance, Woodburn OR, Hadman-MBR   5.463  258.42  258.42
3 7599  A/FD Megan McKernan, Sierra Madre CA, McKinne  5.471  263.15  263.15
4  734  TA/D Johnny Ahten, Santa Clarita CA, Uyehara-  5.519  221.71  221.71
5  611  A/FD Garrett Bateman, Tacoma WA, Uyehara-BAE   5.906  231.16  231.16
6    3  TA/D Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction CO, Nelson-  7.256  116.36  116.36
7   63  B/AD James Butler, Prescott AZ, Hadman-BAE     9.629   88.78   88.78
8   64  B/AD Mike Austin, Medford OR, Uyehara-BAE     10.628   75.46   75.46

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TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR

1    3 Jay Payne, Claremont CA, '07 Mustang            5.609  258.71  258.71
2  766 Jason Rupert, Yorba Linda CA, '11 Camaro        5.730  255.58  255.58
3    8 Steve Gasparrelli, W. Covina CA, '11 Monte Car  5.768  245.99  245.99
4  799 Sean Bellemeur, Tustin CA, '04 Camaro           5.785  251.34  251.34
5   73 Doug Gordon, Paso Robles CA, '07 Monte Carlo    5.866  217.60  217.60
6  715 Mike Drake, Arcadia CA, '01 Avenger             5.893  245.90  245.90
7  765 Bernie Harrington, Apple Valley CA, '02 Firebi  6.017  182.85  182.85
8  779 Daniel Oliver, Whittier CA, '07 Monte Carlo     6.489  182.75  182.75
9    2 Tony Bartone, Long Island City NY, '09 Mustang  8.174  101.53  101.53
10  703 Mark Woznichak, Ontario CA, '06 Monte Carlo     8.471  116.17  116.17

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COMP ELIMINATOR

1 769Y  H/EA Joshua Lee, Palmdale CA, '32 Bantam         8.911  9.62  -0.709
2 7298  A/SM Scott Hedlund, Anaheim CA, '10 Cobalt       7.734  8.36  -0.626
3    6 B/SMA Jeff Lane, North Bend WA, '11 Cobalt        7.995  8.62  -0.625
4  717  I/SM Mike DePalma, Glendale AZ, '89 Trans Am     9.017  9.64  -0.623
5   71 F/SMA Justin Lamb, Henderson NV, '06 Cobalt       8.555  9.17  -0.615
6 7230  C/TA Randy Jones, Monarch Beach CA, '01 S-10     8.476  9.07  -0.594
7 7098  PSTA Tom Mettler, Bakersfield CA, '01 Dakota     7.633  8.22  -0.587
8  710 D/SMA Doug Lambeck, Irvine CA, '06 Sunfire        8.393  8.97  -0.577
9 7771  C/SR Ed Sigmon, Chatsworth CA, '34 Chevy         8.479  9.04  -0.561
10   72  A/AA Alan Ellis, Mapleton UT, '23-T Ford         6.554  7.11  -0.556

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SUPER STOCK - FIRST SESSION

1  711 SS/VX Mark Prothero, Whittier CA, '57 VW         10.527 11.60  -1.073
2  729 SSA/A Michael Wesolowski, Mesa AZ, '12 Mustang    8.698  9.70  -1.002
3  554 GT/LA Ron Roddel, Sioux Falls SD, '02 Grand Am   10.586 11.55  -0.964
4 5440  GT/I Gene Bichlmeier, Norfolk NE, '66 Chevy II  10.015 10.95  -0.935
5  751 SS/KA Joe Schweigert, Ontario CA, '85 Camaro     10.321 11.25  -0.929
6 7171 SS/GA Fred Moreno, La Verne CA, '69 Mustang       9.657 10.55  -0.893
7 5200 SS/FM Abe Loewen, Regina SK, '98 Grand Am         9.629 10.50  -0.871
8 7026 GT/BA Dan Mason, San Clemente CA, '85 Camaro      9.380 10.25  -0.870
9 7230 SS/AM Randy Jones, Monarch Beach CA, '05 Cavalier 8.157  9.00  -0.843
10  795 SS/BS Brian McClanahan, Alta Loma CA, '67 Camaro  8.807  9.65  -0.843

FULL RESULTS

STOCK ELIMINATOR - FIRST SESSION

1 7776   B/S Chris Whitney, Sun Valley CA, '67 Fairlane 10.178 11.20  -1.022
2 5717  A/SA Bobby DeArmond, Gallup NM, '69 Camaro      10.031 11.00  -0.969
3 7083 BB/SA Andy Durham, Acadia CA, '11 Challenger      9.370 10.30  -0.930
4 3231  N/SA Harry Doolittle, Wickenberg AZ, '02 Firebi 12.080 13.00  -0.920
5 4689  F/SA Paula Cotten, Broken Arrow OK, '73 Duster  10.935 11.85  -0.915
6 7700  F/SA Larry Maxwell, Overton NV, '72 Lemans      10.943 11.85  -0.907
7 7307  G/SA Jeff Jerome, Los Angeles CA, '73 Duster    11.100 12.00  -0.900
8  778  B/SA Jimmy DeFrank, Chatsworth CA, '69 Camaro   10.350 11.25  -0.900
9 1044  A/SA John Shaul, Fultonham NY, '64 Sport Fury   10.107 11.00  -0.893
10 7962  G/SA George Thomson, Acton CA, '72 Cutlass      11.109 12.00  -0.891

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THURSDAY SCHEDULE

8:15 AM  Stock                 Q-1  - COMPLETED
         Super Gas             T-1   - COMPLETED
         Super Stock           Q-1  - COMPLETED
         Super Comp            T-1
11:30 AM Competition           Q-1
12:00 PM Top Alcohol Funny Car Q-1
12:45 PM Top Alcohol Dragster  Q-1
1:30 PM  Pro Stock Car         Q-1
2:00 PM  Funny Car             Q-1
2:30 PM  Top Fuel              Q-1
3:00 PM  Competition           Q-2
3:45 PM  Stock                 Q-2
         Super Gas             T-2
         Super Stock           Q-2
         Super Comp            T-2
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