NHRA: Hagan, Todd and Line are top first-day qualifiers at Las Vegas

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Matt Hagan (Funny Car), J.R. Todd (Top Fuel) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) led the way in the first day of qualifying Friday at the SummitRacing.com Nationals.

The fifth race of the 24-race NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is being held this weekend at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The defending 2014 season Funny Car champ, Hagan took the provisional No. 1 qualifying spot in Funny Car with a 4.007 second run at 318.02 mph on his second of two qualifying attempts.

“What impressed me is we went 318 (mph) with two holes out with 100 feet left to go,” Hagan said in an NHRA media release. “To do that on six cylinders is pretty impressive.

“(Crew chief) Dickie Venables is making a lot of horsepower. He’s making the right calls on the racetrack. The car is really strong.”

Hagan is going for his third win of the season, having won the first two races of 2015.

Jack Beckman, who won the last race two weeks ago in the Four-Wide Nationals at Charlotte, was the second-quickest qualifier (4.014 seconds at 315.64 mph), while Tommy Johnson Jr. was third (4.020 seconds at 313.07 mph).

In Top Fuel, Todd took the top spot with a run of 3.758 seconds at 324.83 mph.

“Our run was pretty slow early on compared to some better runs we’ve had in the past,” Todd said. “It was charging from half-track on and that’s what it takes. It was pretty tight so it will be pretty interesting come race day.”

Reigning Top Fuel champ Tony Schumacher qualified second (3.779 seconds at 325.24 mph) and is going for his fifth career win at The Strip. If he wins, Schumacher would break the current tie he is in with Larry Dixon for most wins at Las Vegas.

Shawn Langdon qualified third (3.782 seconds, 315.93 mph).

In Pro Stock, Line paced his class with a run of 6.606 seconds at 208.75 mph.

“After looking at the run, I’m going to say we could go a bit faster than we went,” Line said. “I always say that there is more left. I’m very excited about tomorrow. We have a great race car and it’s going to get better.”

Defending Pro Stock world champ Erica Enders-Stevens is the provisional No. 2 qualifier (6.617 seconds, 208.94 mph), while Line’s teammate, veteran Greg Anderson, qualified No. 3 (6.621 seconds at 208.81 mph).

The second day of qualifying is Saturday, with sessions of 1:10 pm and 4:05 pm PT. Sunday’s final eliminations begin at 11 am PT.

Results from Friday’s first day of qualifying:

Top Fuel — 1. J.R. Todd, 3.758 seconds, 324.83 mph; 2. Tony Schumacher, 3.779, 325.45; 3. Shawn Langdon, 3.782, 315.93; 4. Steve Torrence, 3.783, 323.89; 5. Richie Crampton, 3.787, 318.02; 6. Doug Kalitta, 3.793, 317.94; 7. Brittany Force, 3.801, 310.77; 8. Dom Lagana, 3.805, 300.66; 9. Dave Connolly, 3.817, 320.66; 10. Clay Millican, 3.847, 315.86; 11. Spencer Massey, 3.867, 316.67; 12. Troy Buff, 3.879, 307.02.  Not Qualified: 13. Terry McMillen, 3.997, 307.51; 14. Steve Faria, 4.166, 217.70; 15. Antron Brown, 4.220, 202.27; 16. Steven Chrisman, 4.353, 214.62; 17. Jenna Haddock, 4.399, 190.40; 18. Larry Dixon, 6.088, 110.86.

Funny Car — 1. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 4.007, 318.02; 2. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.014, 315.64; 3. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.020, 313.07; 4. Alexis DeJoria, Toyota Camry, 4.037, 308.78; 5. Del Worsham, Camry, 4.048, 316.52; 6. Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 4.065, 314.31; 7. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.075, 316.15; 8. John Force, Chevy Camaro, 4.086, 317.19; 9. Chad Head, Camry, 4.090, 303.84; 10. Robert Hight, Chevrolet Camaro, 4.091, 314.97; 11. John Hale, Charger, 4.091, 311.92; 12. Tony Pedregon, Camry, 4.129, 303.98.  Not Qualified: 13. Cruz Pedregon, 4.140, 295.27; 14. Courtney Force, 4.190, 289.57; 15. Jeff Arend, 5.029, 162.35; 16. Gary Densham, 5.388, 137.25.

Pro Stock — 1. Jason Line, Chevy Camaro, 6.606, 208.75; 2. Erica Enders-Stevens, Camaro, 6.617, 208.94; 3. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.621, 208.81; 4. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.624, 208.36; 5. Rodger Brogdon, Camaro, 6.630, 208.49; 6. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.631, 208.71; 7. Larry Morgan, Camaro, 6.641, 208.30; 8. Allen Johnson, Dodge Dart, 6.645, 208.59; 9. Jimmy Alund, Pontiac GXP, 6.647, 210.93; 10. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.651, 208.36; 11. V. Gaines, Dart, 6.682, 207.91; 12. Deric Kramer, Dodge Avenger, 6.691, 206.51.  Not Qualified: 13. Matt Hartford, 6.739, 204.85; 14. Jeff Isbell, 6.869, 196.85; 15. Joey Grose, 8.110, 127.50; 16. Vincent Nobile, 16.668, 40.49; 17. Jonathan Gray, 20.566, 25.71.

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Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series triples to 34 races in 2023

Xtreme Outlaw Midget 2023
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After hosting 10 rounds in 2022, the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series 2023 schedule will more than triple to 34 races. The 2022 season featured seven different winners in the first seven races, a female racer in Jade Avedisian as the only repeat winner and Zach Daum as the champion.

“Dirt Midget racing is a growing entity in American motorsports, and the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota is proud to drive further into the growth of the division with both a diverse and lucrative schedule for 2023,” newly appointed Series Director Tyler Bachman said in a press release. “From the kickoff at our first indoor event, to each of the new tracks we’re set to visit next year, it’s a lineup we know both our teams and fans will enjoy.”

The championship purse fund has also more than double with an increase of $42,000 to $80,000 in 2023. The champion will win $25,000. Last year, Daum pocketed $10,000.

In addition, the series will offer tow money to the top 12 in points. Six drivers attempted to qualify for all 10 races in 2022 with 89 drivers attending.

The series will begin on March 10 at Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Ill. and end the same place it did in 2022 at I-44 Riverside Speedway in Oklahoma City on October 15.

During the season, they will visit 21 tracks in 10 states.

Some highlights of the season include the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series pairing up with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars in 2023 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. in April for the Outlaw Showdown and again in August for the Ironman 55 weekend, as well as the creation of a five-day Midget Speedweek.

The Midget Speedweek will immediately follow the Ironman 55 with a swing through Pennsylvania and New York.

Xtreme Outlaw Midget 2023 Schedule

Friday, March 10 | Southern Illinois Center | Du Quoin, Ill.
Saturday, March 11 | Southern Illinois Center | Du Quoin, Ill.
Friday, March 31 | Farmer City Raceway | Farmer City, Ill.

Saturday, April 1 | Farmer City Raceway | Farmer City, Ill.
Friday, April 14 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.
Saturday, April 15 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.

Friday, May 5 | Humboldt Speedway | Humboldt, Kan.
Saturday, May 6 | 81 Speedway | Park City, Kan.
Tuesday, May 23 | Millbridge Speedway | Salisbury, N.C.
Wednesday, May 24 | Millbridge Speedway | Salisbury, N.C.

Thursday, June 1 | Tri-City Speedway | Pontoon Beach, Ill.
Friday, June 2 | Wayne County Speedway | Wayne City, Ill.
Saturday, June 3 | Wayne County Speedway | Wayne City, Ill.

Friday, July 21 | TBA
Saturday, July 22 | Southern Illinois Raceway | Marion, Ill.
Friday, July 28 | TBA
Saturday, July 29 | Atomic Speedway | Chillicothe, Ohio
Sunday, July 30 | Brushcreek Motorsports Complex | Peebles, Ohio

Friday, August 4 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.
Sat, August 5 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.
Tuesday, August 8 | Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway | Newmanstown, Pa.
Wednesday, August 9 | Action Track USA | Kutztown, Pa.
Thursday, August 10 | Linda’s Speedway | Jonestown, Pa.
Friday, August 11 | TBA
Saturday, August 12 | Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, N.J.
Friday, August 25 | Davenport Speedway | Davenport, Iowa
Saturday, August 26 | Davenport Speedway | Davenport, Iowa

Friday, September 1 | Paragon Speedway | Paragon, Ind.
Saturday, September 2 | Paragon Speedway | Paragon, Ind.
Friday, September 15 | Jacksonville Speedway | Jacksonville, Ill.
Saturday, September 16 | Red Hill Raceway | Sumner, Ill.

Friday, October 13 | Port City Raceway | Tulsa, Okla.
Saturday, October 14 | I-44 Riverside Speedway | Oklahoma City, Okla.
Sunday, October 15 | I-44 Riverside Speedway | Oklahoma City, Okla.

* Co-sanctioned with POWRi