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NHRA: Millican, Hagan, Nobile, Savoie all No. 1 after 2nd day of U.S. Nationals qualifying

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BROWNSBURG, INDIANA – There’s one more day to go to determine who will get to dance in Monday’s final eliminations of the “Big Go.”

The “Big Go” is the nickname for the biggest race of the NHRA season, the 62nd Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

After the first three qualifying rounds (one on Friday, two on Saturday), here’s how each class stacks up heading into Sunday’s final two rounds of qualifying:

TOP FUEL: Clay Millican (with a track record 3.692 elapsed time), Steve Torrence, Brittany Force, Tony Schumacher, Antron Brown, Doug Kalitta, Shawn Langdon, Morgan Lucas, J.R. Todd, Leah Pritchett, Richie Crampton and TJ Zizzo.

FUNNY CAR: Matt Hagan, Jack Beckman (with a track speed record of 333.08 mph), Ron Capps, Courtney Force, Tommy Johnson Jr., John Force, Del Worsham, Robert Hight, Tim Wilkerson, Alexis DeJoria, John Hale and Jim Campbell.

Of note: two-time champion Cruz Pedregon has struggled during qualifying and sits 18th on the grid after Saturday.

PRO STOCK: Vincent Nobile, Shane Gray, Greg Anderson, Bo Butner, Alex Laughlin, Jason Line, Allen Johnson, Aaron Strong, Matt Hartford, Chris McGaha, Deric Kramer and Erica Enders.

Sitting below the qualifying cutoff line includes Jeg Coughlin and Drew Skillman.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE: Jerry Savoie, Angelle Sampey, Eddie Krawiec, Andrew Hines, Cory Reed, LE Tonglet, Hector Arana Jr., Chip Ellis, Matt Smith, Jim Underdahl, Hector Arana and Michael Ray.

Below the qualifying cutoff line include Steve Johnson, Karen Stoffer, Scotty Pollacheck and Angie Smith.

SATURDAY’S RESULTS AFTER THE FIRST THREE OF FIVE ROUNDS OF QUALIFYING:

Top Fuel — 1. Clay Millican, 3.692 seconds, 318.77 mph; 2. Steve Torrence, 3.702, 328.54; 3. Brittany Force, 3.706, 326.00; 4. Tony Schumacher, 3.717, 330.31; 5. Antron Brown, 3.725, 326.00; 6. Doug Kalitta, 3.726, 324.67; 7. Shawn Langdon, 3.731, 327.11; 8. Morgan Lucas, 3.732, 326.63; 9. J.R. Todd, 3.734, 319.37; 10. Leah Pritchett, 3.738, 329.75; 11. Richie Crampton, 3.772, 319.52; 12. T.J. Zizzo, 3.772, 319.82.  Not Qualified: 13. Tripp Tatum, 3.785, 326.00; 14. Terry McMillen, 3.796, 316.45; 15. Wayne Newby, 3.819, 300.00; 16. Bruce Litton, 3.824, 319.14; 17. Luigi Novelli, 3.898, 305.29; 18. Pat Dakin, 4.091, 218.30; 19. Terry Haddock, 4.587, 171.40; 20. Chris Karamesines, 13.701, 56.24.

Funny Car — 1. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 3.858, 330.80; 2. Jack Beckman, Charger, 3.859, 333.08; 3. Ron Capps, Charger, 3.861, 325.30; 4. Courtney Force, Chevy Camaro, 3.867, 327.11; 5. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 3.868, 329.99; 6. John Force, Camaro, 3.872, 329.58; 7. Del Worsham, Toyota Camry, 3.874, 328.86; 8. Robert Hight, Camaro, 3.881, 330.31; 9. Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 3.934, 328.46; 10. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 3.951, 323.89; 11. John Hale, Charger, 3.969, 318.24; 12. Jim Campbell, Charger, 3.977, 315.56.  Not Qualified: 13. John Bojec, 4.007, 299.86; 14. Bob Bode, 4.143, 271.57; 15. Dave Richards, 4.242, 237.67; 16. Justin Schriefer, 4.381, 276.58; 17. Chad Head, 4.449, 194.02; 18. Cruz Pedregon, 7.720, 84.09; 19. Tim Gibbons, 8.594, 84.94.

Pro Stock — 1. Vincent Nobile, Chevy Camaro, 6.582, 210.05; 2. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.589, 209.52; 3. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.593, 209.72; 4. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.596, 209.69; 5. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.606, 209.20; 6. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.611, 209.52; 7. Allen Johnson, Dodge Dart, 6.611, 208.71; 8. Aaron Strong, Camaro, 6.634, 208.01; 9. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.636, 208.14; 10. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.637, 208.59; 11. Deric Kramer, Dart, 6.640, 207.56; 12. Erica Enders, Dart, 6.648, 208.14.  Not Qualified: 13. Jeg Coughlin, 6.666, 207.05; 14. Drew Skillman, 6.667, 207.94; 15. Kenny Delco, 6.670, 207.34; 16. Shane Tucker, 6.701, 206.80; 17. Curt Steinbach, 6.711, 204.94; 18. Alan Prusiensky, 6.713, 205.94; 19. John Gaydosh Jr, 6.731, 205.07.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.841, 195.28; 2. Angelle Sampey, Buell, 6.851, 194.52; 3. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.852, 194.77; 4. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.867, 193.85; 5. Cory Reed, Buell, 6.870, 193.63; 6. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.873, 194.52; 7. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.874, 194.10; 8. Chip Ellis, Buell, 6.876, 194.46; 9. Matt Smith, Victory, 6.876, 193.52; 10. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 6.912, 194.16; 11. Hector Arana, Buell, 6.918, 194.04; 12. Michael Ray, Buell, 6.929, 193.99.  Not Qualified: 13. Steve Johnson, 6.929, 193.40; 14. Karen Stoffer, 6.942, 193.52; 15. Joey Gladstone, 6.950, 191.73; 16. Mark Paquette, 6.959, 192.38; 17. Scotty Pollacheck, 6.969, 192.30; 18. Joe DeSantis, 6.987, 190.40; 19. Melissa Surber, 6.997, 191.92; 20. Angie Smith, 7.050, 188.57; 21. Lance Bonham, 7.279, 180.40; 22. Kristen Ashby, 7.338, 181.11; 23. Anthony Vanetti, 7.653, 186.33.

BIG UPSET IN RESCHEDULED SEATTLE PRO STOCK FINAL

In the conclusion of the Pro Stock final round from the weather-postponed race at Seattle a month ago, Aaron Strong pulled one of the biggest upsets in the class in a long time, defeating heavily favored Vincent Nobile.

Nobile fouled at the starting line, giving Strong an unfettered route to victory.

Appearing in only his ninth career Pro Stock race and his first final in the class, Strong became the 62nd different winner in the history of the class.

“I can’t even believe it,” Strong told NHRA.com. “Pro Stock has been around for 40-plus years and to be one of the very few like that, it’s unbelievable.

“With all my years of bracket racing, I did look at the scoreboard– even though I shouldn’t in a Pro Stock car — and saw my win light on. I was like, ‘Is my win light on or is that just the sun on it?’ but it was lit up.”

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March 29 in Motorsports History: Scott Dixon wins first race after reunification

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Reunited and it felt so good.

That’s what drivers likely thought before the 2008 IndyCar opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

For the first time since 1995, major-league open-wheel racing in the United States was under the banner of a sole sanctioning body as Champ Car and the Indy Racing Leauge had reunified just a month prior.

Scott Dixon celebrates after winning the 2008 IndyCar opener at Homestead. Photo: Jim Hines/IndyCar.

The first race after reunification also saw a reversal of fortunes for Scott Dixon, who won the race after losing the 2007 IRL championship in crushing fashion.

In the 2007 season finale at Chicagoland Speedway, Dixon ran out of fuel while leading on the final lap of the race. The race victory – and championship – went to Dixon’s future teammate, Dario Franchitti.

But the tides turned for Dixon nearly seven months later, and the Kiwi was able to win with the help of another driver’s misfortune.

Tony Kanaan was leading with seven laps remaining when E.J. Viso spun and made contact with Kanaan’s car. Kanaan remained on track through the caution period despite suffering obvious damage to his right front suspension.

On the final restart with three laps remaining, Dixon and others cars easily passed Kanaan’s wounded car on the outside. Dixon then maintained his lead through the checkered flag to win at Homestead for the second time in his career.

“I think Marco (Andretti) and T.K. probably had a little bit better cars today, but we came through with the win, and that’s what counts,” Dixon told ESPN after his 12th career victory.

Following his victory at Homestead, Dixon continued to redeem himself through the course of the 2008 season. In May, he won the Indianapolis 500 for the first (and so far only) time. Following Indy, he went on to win four more times in 2008 and won his second series championship.

Also on this date:

1998: Mika Hakkinen won the Grand Prix of Brazil, the first of eight victories in his first championship season.

2010: Will Power won the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, which was held on a Monday morning because of rain postponing the race on Sunday.

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