NHRA: Schumacher, Pedregon, McGaha, Sampey lead way after first day of Gatornationals

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Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car), Chris McGaha (Pro Stock) and Angelle Sampey (Pro Stock Motorcycle) paced the first day of qualifying Friday for the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.

The event, at Auto-Plus Raceway in Gainesville, Fla., continues with a second day of qualifying Saturday. Final eliminations take place Sunday.

Schumacher, an eight-time world champ, paced the Top Fuel ranks, earning the provisional pole with a best run of 3.798 seconds at 323.43 mph.

“We’ve got a great car,” said Schumacher, who is seeking his 77th career No. 1 qualifying spot. “We’re not coming off a bad race either. We won in Phoenix and performed decent in Pomona (season opener).

“I think the changes we made early on, for once, really worked. It’s setting a good trend on a tune-up that we needed to find quicker than last year.”

Brittany Force was second-quickest, running 3.817 seconds at 318.09 mph.

In Funny Car, two-time former world champ Pedregon led the way with a top run of 4.022 seconds at 312.13 mph. He’s seeking his fourth consecutive No. 1 qualifier position at Gainesville.

“I wish I could tell you because I would do it at all the tracks,” Pedregon said about his qualifying prowess at Gainesville. “It just works out that way.”

Del Worsham was the No. 2 provisional qualifier (4.057 seconds at 312.57 mph).

In Pro Stock, McGaha led the way with a run of 6.507 seconds at 212.73 mph.

“We’re finding our way back,” said McGaha, referring to the struggles he and his team endured last season. “We had issues in the engine department and slowly overcame those. We started finding it towards the end of the year. This winter, we really found the mojo.”

Rodger Brogdon, who won the last race two weeks ago at Phoenix, was second-quickest (6.525 seconds at 212.93 mph).

In the first Pro Stock Motorcycle race of the season, three-time world champ Angelle Sampey, in her first race since suffering an ankle injury last October, led the way at 6.891 seconds at 192.44 mph.

If Sampey can hold on to the top spot after Saturday’s final two rounds of qualifying, it would be her fourth No. 1 at Gainesville and 46th of her career.

“Over the offseason, I think the ankle injury actually was a blessing in disguise,” said Sampey, who returned to racing at St. Louis last September after a six-year hiatus. “It really made me work hard over the offseason to improve mentally and physically.”

Karen Stoffer, who hasn’t raced in 1 ½ years, was No. 2 provisional qualifier at 6.904 seconds (at 193.18 mph).

Qualifying continues Saturday at Noon and 3 p.m. ET. Sunday’s eliminations begin at 11 a.m.

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Friday’s results:

Top Fuel — 1. Tony Schumacher, 3.796 seconds, 323.43 mph; 2. Brittany Force, 3.817, 318.09; 3. Spencer Massey, 3.841, 323.66; 4. Larry Dixon, 3.851, 319.52; 5. Richie Crampton, 3.853, 271.35; 6. Antron Brown, 3.854, 310.63; 7. Shawn Langdon, 3.875, 316.97; 8. Leah Pritchett, 3.920, 303.16; 9. Doug Kalitta, 3.949, 284.87; 10. Chris Karamesines, 4.014, 305.98; 11. Morgan Lucas, 4.054, 223.21; 12. Ike Maier, 4.137, 243.06.  Not Qualified: 13. Shawn Reed, 4.206, 288.27; 14. Steve Torrence, 4.501, 173.61; 15. Clay Millican, 4.546, 179.64; 16. Cory McClenathan, 4.883, 147.21; 17. Terry McMillen, 5.120, 140.74; 18. Dave Connolly, 5.247, 127.49; 19. J.R. Todd, 5.439, 274.61; 20. Pat Dakin, 9.725, 72.43.

Funny Car — 1. Cruz Pedregon, Toyota Camry, 4.022, 312.13; 2. Del Worsham, Camry, 4.057, 312.57; 3. John Force, Chevy Camaro, 4.075, 314.02; 4. Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 4.080, 311.92; 5. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.081, 309.56; 6. Courtney Force, Camaro, 4.104, 312.13; 7. Robert Hight, Chevrolet Camaro, 4.113, 310.05; 8. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.132, 308.43; 9. Tony Pedregon, Camry, 4.299, 237.96; 10. John Hale, Charger, 4.304, 234.04; 11. Blake Alexander, Charger, 4.456, 194.97; 12. Dave Richards, Toyota Solara, 4.464, 219.15.  Not Qualified: 13. Chad Head, 4.564, 193.07; 14. Tommy Johnson Jr., 4.995, 152.16; 15. Ron Capps, 5.618, 224.40; 16. Jeff Diehl, 7.612, 85.32; 17. Alexis DeJoria, 10.877, 75.53.

Pro Stock — 1. Chris McGaha, Chevy Camaro, 6.507, 212.76; 2. Rodger Brogdon, Camaro, 6.526, 213.06; 3. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.526, 212.93; 4. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.529, 212.90; 5. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.532, 213.13; 6. Allen Johnson, Dodge Dart, 6.534, 212.90; 7. Erica Enders-Stevens, Camaro, 6.551, 211.79; 8. Jimmy Alund, Pontiac GXP, 6.567, 211.93; 9. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.587, 212.19; 10. John Gaydosh Jr, GXP, 6.636, 209.52; 11. V. Gaines, Dart, 6.648, 211.33; 12. Alan Prusiensky, Dodge Avenger, 6.662, 208.94.  Not Qualified: 13. Larry Morgan, 12.137, 86.57; 14. Vincent Nobile, 14.409, 73.59; 15. Jonathan Gray, 21.817, 36.18.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Angelle Sampey, Buell, 6.891, 192.93; 2. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.904, 193.18; 3. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.905, 192.91; 4. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.912, 191.57; 5. Matt Smith, Buell, 6.918, 191.57; 6. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.923, 193.68; 7. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.944, 193.90; 8. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.957, 189.26; 9. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.967, 192.80; 10. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 6.974, 190.89; 11. Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, 6.976, 190.40; 12. Chaz Kennedy, Buell, 6.985, 190.27.  Not Qualified: 13. Mike Berry, 7.010, 188.54; 14. Shawn Gann, 7.025, 187.86; 15. Hector Arana, 7.026, 186.59; 16. Angie Smith, 7.056, 186.85; 17. Redell Harris, 7.091, 190.92; 18. Fredrik Fredlund, 7.125, 188.99; 19. Roy Olsen, 7.392, 180.02; 20. Lance Bonham, 7.544, 177.25; 21. Eddie Reed, 7.632, 131.38; 22. Brian Pretzel, 14.051, 54.53.

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Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite to score sixth staight in 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen is the PointsBet Sportsbook odds favorite to win the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street course to stretch his current win streak to six consecutive. He shows odds of -200 this week.

Formula 1 did not compete in Singapore in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Verstappen has podium finishes in his last two attempts on this track. he was second in 2018 and third in 2019. In the first 15 races of this season, he has failed to stand on the podium only twice and has an average finish of 2.73.

With minus odds, the way to determine a payout is by subtraction. In order for a bettor to earn $100, he must wager $200 this week; with that wager, he will get back his initial stake and winnings of $100.

For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Charles Leclerc is ranked second this week with +400 odds. He has two previous Singapore GP starts to his credit with a best of second in 2019. He is coming off back-to-back podium finishes with a third in the Dutch GP and a second at Monza.

Ranked third is Carlos Sainz, Jr. with a line of +1100. He has top-five finishes in four of his last five starts, but only one of these, a third in the Belgian GP, was on the podium. Sainz is one of four winners other than Verstappen this season. His victory came in the British GP.

Lewis Hamilton shows a line of +1200. His last win came last fall in the Saudi Arabian GP and the Mercedes team has struggled to contend for victory in 2022. They are improving, however, with eight top-fives in the last nine races. Hamilton has two wins in his last three Singapore starts, which came in 2017 and 2018.

Rounding out the top five is Hamilton’s teammate George Russell at +1800. He has not won, but has shown remarkable consistency with top-fives in all but one race. Notably, his only bad finish came in his home GP in England. Russell has one previous start at Marina Bay; he finished last in the 2019 race. He finished fourth in 2019 as part of a four-race streak of top-fives.

The most recent Singapore GP winner from 2019, Sebastian Vettel is a longshot at +50000.

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