6:16 p.m. - Just a reminder that Saturday's professional qualifying sessions will take place as scheduled and the weather promises to be more fan and racer friendly. Sportsman eliminations begin at 8 a.m., Pro Stock qualifying sessions are at noon and 3 p.m. and Nitro qualifying will be at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Good evening from The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and be sure to check here Saturday and Sunday for constant updates from the 10th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals.
6:11 p.m. - Comments from provisional Pro Stock pole-sitter Greg Anderson following one round of qualifying:
"It was getting a little breezy out there but it really wasn't too bad when we ran. We got very lucky - to be quite honest with you, I probably got luckier than the rest of them because when I ran, I don't know why, but it seemed like the wind slowed down for me. This is a good start. I'm certainly not going to say that the number-one spot is in the books yet. If the wind goes down tomorrow, the cars will just get faster. If that happens, we're going to have to come back and run faster. Knock on wood; it has been a great run out here in Las Vegas since that first race. I love coming here and I love racing here - I love everything about this city. (On the decision to cancel the second round of qualifying.) It's pretty dangerous out there. You really don't want to be in a car going down that racetrack, to be honest with you."
5:45 p.m. - Comments from provisional Funny Car pole-sitter Bob Bode following one round of qualifying:
"When we came in here, we had a good number. We (qualified) 16th at Houston but we had a good tune-up and we knew we could step it up a little. We didn't know we could step it up to where I'd be standing here. It was kind of a surprise. They were shooting for about a (4.)16 and then (4.)14 came up - everything worked the way it was supposed to. (Tuners) Richard Hogan and Walt Przybyl are the two guys who made this thing happen. It's amazing. We always had hopes ... coming in here, the dream was maybe to be in the top half after the first round or after all four rounds. Standing here, being the number-one qualifier after the first day ... all the stars lined up for us. But we worked hard at it - it's not like it fell in our laps."
5:30 p.m. - Due to strong winds and cold weather, NHRA officials canceled both rounds of qualifying today for Top Fuel and the second rounds for Funny Car and Pro Stock. The announcement came following three lengthy delays that put Friday's session more than three hours behind schedule.
According to an LVMS spokesman, those holding tickets for today's session can use their ticket as a credit towards the purchase of tickets for Saturday's qualifying sessions, for either the Friday or Saturday sessions at the fall event at LVMS or for the Friday or Saturday sessions next spring. Friday tickets may not be used for any Sunday session.
5:20 p.m. - It appears as if racing is over for the day. Arley Langlo made the first - and only - Top Fuel pass and his engine blew up, leaking fluid onto the track. After a lengthy clean up, the remaining Top Fuel dragsters were sent back to the pits. Stand by for additional information and comments from the top qualifiers in Funny Car and Pro Stock.
5 p.m. - Bob Bode claimed the provisional Funny Car pole after one round of qualifying with a pass of 4.145 seconds at 303.43 mph. Ron Capps was second at 4.148 at 297.94 and John Force was third at 4.149 at 300 mph.
4:25 p.m. - After a delay of more than an hour to replace the ‘Christmas Tree,' Nitro qualifying has begun and the first Funny Cars have made their first qualifying runs. Stay tuned for results.
3:35 p.m. - This is what you call "filler material" when there's nothing to write about because electricians are dismantling the ‘Christmas Tree:' Kurt Johnson is the winningest driver in NHRA history to have never won a championship. Johnson has 39 career victories but has never captured a World Championship. He has finished runner-up in points four times in his career.
3:20 p.m. - What next? After a delay for rain of more than 90 minutes earlier today, now the ‘Christmas Tree' at the starting line has malfunctioned and officials are attempting to repair it.
3 p.m. - Greg Anderson continued his success at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the quickest pass during the first round of Pro Stock qualifying. Anderson's run of 6.718 second at 205.32 mph put him atop the speed chart Friday afternoon. Mike Edwards was second fastest at 6.721 at 205.19 and Jason Line was third at 6.725 at 204.88.
2:50 p.m. - Three-time NHRA Pro Stock World champion Greg Anderson is the most successful driver in the history of The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Anderson, who drives for Las Vegas businessman Ken Black, has six victories at The Strip, including sweeps of both the spring and fall events in 2003, 2004 and 2007. Anderson also has been the No. 1 qualifier five times in Las Vegas.
1:55 p.m. - The sun is peeking from behind the clouds, the track is dry and the last of the Sportsman cars are on the track. The first round of professional qualifying is expected to begin at 2:30 p.m.
1:25 p.m. - The folks from Goodyear Racing passed on this item from this morning's Sportsman eliminations at The Strip: Super Stock driver Shane Studley of Bellflower, Calif., won his class today in his first race on Goodyear tires. Studley won the Super Stock competition at the season opener in Pomona on a different brand of tires but switched to Goodyear before the Las Vegas event because he liked the tire manufacturer's service. "My dad used to race on Goodyears and the opportunity to race with Goodyear again was too good to pass up," Studley said.
12:55 p.m. - It has stopped raining and NHRA officials have a full arsenal of vehicles on the racing surface in an attempt to dry the track and get professional qualifying underway. No word at the moment when the track will be suitable for racing but it appears to be drying quickly.
12:25 p.m. - The first round of eliminations is on a temporary hold as a light drizzle has forced NHRA officials to suspend racing. Track officials expect the delay to brief a brief one. Stay tuned for updates.
11:45 a.m. - Good morning from The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the first round of professional qualifying for the 10th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals. It's cloudy and windy as Sportsman eliminations continue on the strip.
Professional runs begin at 12:30 p.m. (PDT), when the Pro Stock cars hit the track. The first of two Nitro qualifying sessions is scheduled to get underway at 1 p.m. & nbsp; Check back here often, as we'll be updating this blog throughout the weekend with news, results and driver interviews.