NHRA: Tommy Johnson Jr. (FC), Tony Schumacher (TF), Chris McGaha (PS) qualify No. 1 at New Hampshire

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Sunday’s final eliminations of the NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway in Epping, N.H., stacks up like this:

In Funny Car, Tommy Johnson Jr. will enter the four rounds of eliminations as the No. 1 qualifier.

Johnson Jr. was at the top of his game in Saturday’s two final rounds of qualifying, including a field-best of 4.047 seconds at 319.45 mph. It’s his first No. 1 of the season (and at Epping) and 11th of his career. Johnson, seeking his first win of the season, will meet Bob Tasca III in the first round of eliminations.

“Today was in my opinion more impressive than yesterday,” Johnson said Saturday. “To have a car that goes out and runs 4.13 twice in the conditions we had today makes you very confident in your car.”

Cruz Pedregon qualified No. 2 and will face Jeff Diehl in the first round. John Force and daughter Courtney qualified No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.

In Top Fuel, eight-time champion Tony Schumacher will be looking for his 79th career win. Schumacher ran a track record (3.742 seconds at 324.12 mph) on Friday and that mark held up for No. 1 through Saturday’s qualifications. It’s Schumacher’s 78th career No. 1, second of the season and his first at Epping.

Schumacher will face Morgan Lucas in the opening round Sunday morning.

“We are getting the data we need,” Schumacher said. “Mike [Green, crew chief] and Neal [Strasbaugh, assistant crew chief] with this new car, every round they get stronger and better. It’s going down the track. We made four runs down the track and because of that we have more data.”

Two-time season winner Richie Crampton qualified No. 2 and will face Canadian Dan Mercier, making his first Mello Yello Series start, in the opening round. Shawn Langdon will start No. 3 and Steve Torrence will start fourth.

In Pro Stock, Chris McGaha (6.520 seconds at 212.66 mph) will start No. 1. This is his third No. 1 of the season and fifth of his career.

“It feels pretty good to start the show with signs of consistency,” said McGaha, who will have a bye into the second round. “That’s the important thing at this point. We did some experimenting today. It showed signs of improvement.”

Four-time world champ Greg Anderson, who won last week at Englishtown, N.J., will start No. 2, followed by two-time world champ Jason Line in No. 3 and defending world champion Erica Enders in No. 4.

Eliminations begin at 11 am ET.

Here’s today’s first-round pairings:

Top Fuel: 1. Tony Schumacher, 3.742 seconds, 324.28 mph vs. 16. Morgan Lucas, 10.229, 302.48; 2. Richie Crampton, 3.744, 325.92  vs. 15. Dan Mercier, 4.376, 295.21; 3. Shawn Langdon, 3.745, 324.98 vs. 14. Terry McMillen, 4.056, 305.70; 4. Steve Torrence, 3.765, 323.04  vs. 13. Dave Connolly, 3.870, 309.84; 5. Spencer Massey, 3.773, 327.66  vs. 12. Leah Pritchett, 3.861, 315.05; 6. Antron Brown, 3.784, 320.74  vs. 11. Larry Dixon, 3.824, 321.88; 7. Doug Kalitta, 3.795, 323.12  vs. 10. Brittany Force, 3.819, 320.89; 8. J.R. Todd, 3.813, 322.27  vs. 9. Clay Millican, 3.817, 318.17.

Funny Car: 1. Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger, 4.047, 319.45  vs. 16. Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 4.650, 219.90; 2. Cruz Pedregon, Toyota Camry, 4.052, 308.14  vs. 15. Jeff Diehl, Toyota Solara, 4.632, 237.55; 3. John Force, Chevy Camaro, 4.055, 318.24  vs. 14. Dave Richards, Solara, 4.624, 195.17; 4. Courtney Force, Camaro, 4.059, 319.45  vs. 13. Dom Lagana, Solara, 4.240, 301.87; 5. Robert Hight, Chevrolet Camaro, 4.068, 320.13  vs. 12. Tony Pedregon, Camry, 4.187, 288.15; 6. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.070, 318.24  vs. 11. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.145, 308.50; 7. Del Worsham, Camry, 4.073, 313.66  vs. 10. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.095, 310.20; 8. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 4.075, 309.42  vs. 9. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.081, 315.42. Did Not Qualify: 17. John Hale, 4.747, 180.19.

Pro Stock: 1. Chris McGaha, Chevy Camaro, 6.520, 212.90  vs. Bye; 2. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.521, 213.30  vs. 15. Val Smeland, Chevy Cobalt, broke; 3. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.530, 212.83  vs. 14. Alan Prusiensky, Dodge Avenger, 6.673, 209.62; 4. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.543, 212.66  vs. 13. V. Gaines, Dodge Dart, 6.643, 211.00; 5. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.552, 212.39  vs. 12. John Gaydosh Jr, Pontiac GXP, 6.641, 209.82; 6. Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 6.553, 212.09  vs. 11. Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.602, 210.01; 7. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.562, 211.63  vs. 10. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.590, 211.10; 8. Allen Johnson, Dart, 6.563, 212.26  vs. 9. Larry Morgan, Camaro, 6.569, 212.69.

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