B. Drive, Hagan, Smith provisional No. 1 qualifiers in NHRA’s return to Virginia
Prime Gas factors chief Brittany Drive powered to each ends of the monitor document at Virginia Motorsports Park, racing to the provisional No. 1 qualifier on Friday on the Virginia NHRA Nationals.
Matt Hagan (Humorous Automotive) and Angie Smith (Professional Inventory Bike) are additionally the provisional No. 1 qualifiers, as 5 of the six monitor information had been damaged on Friday on the seventh of twenty-two races throughout the 2022 NHRA Tenting World Drag Racing Sequence season.
In NHRA’s first look on the monitor in three years, Drive went a powerful 3.710s at 335.82mph in her 11,000-horsepower Flav-R-Pac dragster, making the quickest and quickest run in Virginia Motorsports Park historical past. If it holds, it will be the second high spot this 12 months and thirty fourth general for Drive, who now has 9 of the ten quickest runs in Prime Gas historical past. The stellar run additionally offers Drive, a two-time winner in 2022, monitor ET information at 11 totally different services.
“It cleared up and Grubnic had a purpose set and we hit that mark,” Drive mentioned. “We’re enthusiastic about that. It was an excellent, stable run and we’re hoping for 2 extra runs tomorrow. fairly excited to make that run right here in Virginia. It’s been since 2019 that we had been right here final, so to have the ability to come out right here for the followers and make that run and put a present for them, that was nice. We simply wish to preserve bettering and see what we will do on race day.”
Justin Ashley, who certified No. 1 at the latest race in Charlotte, is at present second after his move of three.725s at 327.82mph. Doug Foley is true behind in third due to his 3.733s at 318.69mph.
Hagan, the Humorous Automotive factors chief, additionally obliterated the monitor velocity document, going to the highest with a 3.914s at 335.82mph in his Smithfield Model Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. The spectacular move bested the earlier monitor document by almost 10 mph, placing Hagan, who already has a pair of wins this season, on monitor for his second No. 1 qualifier this season. In his three hundredth profession begin, it will even be the forty fifth profession No. 1 qualifier for the Virginia native.
“I’m so happy with everybody on this crew,” Hagan mentioned. “All of them do an amazing job and all in all, I’m fairly pleased with that run. That 335mph is a illustration of the horsepower on this automotive. It’s my three hundredth profession begin and we’ve bought a brand new look on the automotive, so it’s good to be the provisional No. 1. I’m blessed to do what we do and it’s simply cool to stay round for 300 races. There’s such a high quality line in these vehicles and all the pieces has to line up completely, however that’s only a testomony to Dickie and our guys.”
Dale Creasy Jr. made a career-best move of three.974 at 319.07 and is at present within the second place. It was the one different three-second move throughout Friday’s Humorous Automotive session. Blake Alexander went 4.007s at 304.05mph to at present put him within the third spot.
Smith closed out the day with a pair of monitor information in Professional Inventory Bike, making her personal little bit of historical past with a standout move of 6.788s at 200.38mph on her Denso Auto Elements Buell. It’s the first 200-mph motorbike run in monitor historical past and likewise gave Smith the quickest run at VMP. If it holds, it will be Smith’s second profession No. 1 qualifier as she seems to be to choose up her first victory of the 2022 season.
“It was very thrilling to go 200 mph,” Smith mentioned. “I like this facility and we come check out right here lots, and it’s only a nice monitor. I’d say it’s my second dwelling and that was an excellent run. Hopefully we will preserve this momentum going. We bought off the beginning line properly and that’s the important thing with these bikes. It’s a really constant monitor for us and to see that 200 pop up on the scoreboard is thrilling. You wish to placed on an excellent present for the followers.”
Factors chief Steve Johnson, who has received back-to-back races, went 6.826s at 198.12mph to provide him the second spot, whereas Angie’s husband and defending world champ, Matt, is third after going 6.827s at 199.32mph.
Qualifying continues at 1:00 p.m. ET on Saturday on the Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park.