6:20 p.m. - Racing resumes at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway at 9 a.m. Sunday with Sportsman eliminations. Pre-race ceremonies for the 10th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals begin at 10 a.m. and final eliminations start at 11 a.m.

 

Good evening from The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and be sure to check back Sunday for updates throughout final eliminations.


6:10 p.m. - Comments from Tony Pedregon, the top qualifier in Funny Car:

"Just good conditions today. What a huge benefit when you're qualified; we were able to enjoy.  We really felt that the run we had yesterday was going to keep us in the show even if it bumped us to the second round, and that really set the stage for what we were able to do this last session. I'm surprised that some other cars didn't take advantage of the conditions. It was a good racetrack out there and the car did, finally, what we told it to do. We're getting guys on track and I feel pretty confident about the car. When Dickie's doing his thing and I feel confident, we're pretty tough to beat. We've got a very good history here in this town and I love it. This is a great track, no complaints about it, and I've got my family here. (Did it help you having one run yesterday?) No question. Even for the guys who didn't get down the track, they've got data. The Top Fuel cars, I don't envy them having to make the best of two qualifying runs. The conditions were a little bit different today and we really didn't have the big disruption with the wind like we did yesterday. I know it pushed my car around a little bit and I know watching some other car run in front of us, it looked like they were affected quite a bit more by the crosswind that we had yesterday. Two runs is pretty tough to deal with, three is better and four even better. (On The Strip at LVMS.) This is really one of the nicest facilities and it's without question the nicest racetrack we race at. There are not a lot of issues with this track and if the weatherman is right and we have the same conditions (Sunday), then I feel good."

 


5:45 p.m. - Here are the 16 qualifiers in Funny Car for the 10th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals:

 

1. Tony Pedregon; 2. Robert Hight; 3. Mike Neff; 4. Ashley Force Hood; 5. Bob Bode; 6. Ron Capps; 7. John Force; 8. Cruz Pedregon; 9. Bob Tasca III; 10. Tim Wilkerson; 11. Brian Thiel; 12. Matt Hagan; 13. Jack Beckman; 14. Gary Densham; 15. Jeff Arend; 16. Del Worsham.


5:30 p.m. - Comments from Shawn Langdon, the top qualifier in Top Fuel:

 

"It feels great. We've been working hard and I've been trying to do the best I can, being a rookie driver, and you don't want to hold the team back. We've got a great team and a great crew chief and great sponsors and I've just been trying my part and fortunately the guys put a good tune-up in it ... and I just kept it straight.

My first number-one, that's definitely a great feeling. (On yesterday's conditions) Going back to Houston, I was pretty nervous about the night run and yesterday, I was pretty nervous about the day run with all the wind because I'm still new to everything. I've been trying to adapt as quickly as I can, not to slow anybody down. It was definitely a little more of a comfort feeling for me to be able to run today - we had a little bit of a breeze but it wasn't as bad as yesterday. The guys were helping me out a bit. That's the great thing about the team; they've been really good about giving me pointers. (Did you feel this could be a number-one qualifier?) Yeah, the car has been running really good and we've had the potential (to be number one). We've run good and consistent in qualifying and we just struggled a little bit in eliminations. We've been kind of tickling around with the tune-up a little bit and I think Stew (crew chief John Stewart) is onto something; he showed a little bit today so hopefully we can get four good runs tomorrow."


5:10 p.m. - Here are the 16 qualifiers in Top Fuel for the 10th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals:

1. Shawn Langdon; 2. Antron Brown; 3. Larry Dixon; 4. Tony Schumacher; 5. Cory McClenathan; 6. Spencer Massey; 7. David Baca; 8. Morgan Lucas; 9. Joe Hartley; 10. Doug Kalitta; 11. Brandon Bernstein; 12. Troy Buff; 13. Terry Haddock; 14. Urs Erbacher; 15. Mike Strasburg; 16. Steve Chrisman.

 


5:05 p.m. - Comments from Mike Edwards, the top qualifier in Pro Stock:

"I didn't think we'd run that fast. We ran (6.)67 during testing earlier, before Pomona, but this was a really, really nice run. Vegas is kind of a special place for me; it's kind of where it all started for me. It's a good start for us. I've never really been real good on Sunday here but hopefully tomorrow I can turn that around. (On the track conditions Saturday as opposed to Friday.) Today was worth coming out here for. Yesterday was miserable for everybody. Tomorrow's another day and we'll see what happens. You just tried to forget about yesterday. We didn't really draw on anything we did yesterday because the conditions were so much different. The head wind was not there and the track was warmer so we just kind of made adjustments off what we did in testing here. Hopefully, we can keep the momentum building and keep the ball rolling tomorrow."


4:20 p.m. - Here are the 16 qualifiers in Pro Stock for the 10th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals:

1. Mike Edwards; 2. Greg Anderson; 3. Greg Stanfield; 4. Jason Line; 5. Allen Johnson; 6. Warren Johnson; 7. Tom Hammonds; 8. Jeg Coughlin; 9. Kurt Johnson; 10. Larry Morgan; 11. Johnny Gray; 12. Rickie Jones; 13. Dave Connolly; 14. David Beckley; 15. V Gaines; 16. Steve Spiess.


3:50 p.m. - In case you were wondering, Larry Dixon will become the seventh driver in NHRA history with at least 500 round wins when he reaches that milestone. John Force leads all drivers with 1,018 round wins and Warren Johnson (852), Kenny Bernstein (681), Bob Glidden (597), Joe Amato (527) and Kurt Johnson (508) all are members of the 500-round-win club.


3:30 p.m. - Two NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series drivers can reach significant career milestones Sunday during eliminations for the 10th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA National at The Strip. Larry Dixon (Top Fuel) is two round wins away from 500 career round wins and can reach the milestone by advancing to the semifinals tomorrow. Jeg Coughlin (Pro Stock) has 397 career round-wins and can notch his 400th by advancing to the Pro Stock finals Sunday.


3:10 p.m. - Ron Capps, who is second in Funny Car qualifying after two rounds, has been a fan of The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway long before this weekend. Capps, a two-time winner at The Strip, said the facility is one of few tracks the racers look forward to visiting.

"The Vegas race is always the track all drivers talk about," Capps said. "You know the track surface is going to be good, the racing will be good, there'll be great side-by-side racing and that takes the pressure off (the driver). Coming here is always nice. Chris (Powell) and all his people always do a great job."

Capps said The Strip offers drivers and fans alike an atmosphere that isn't found anywhere else on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

"Vegas is kind of a larger-than-life deal," said Capps, who won the fall event here in 2001 and 2005. "The grandstands are different here than any other track - they're stadium sized. When you walk out there or you get towed out there in your car, there's an enormous scoreboard, they've got a beautiful shut-down area, you got the scenery, you've got I-15, you've got these stands here.

 

"When they do the driver intros, there's no other track that gives us this kind of bang out there. It's pretty exciting for us to come out here."


2:05 p.m. - Bob Bode, Ron Capps and John Force remained the three quickest qualifiers following the second round of Funny Car qualifying. Cruz Pedregon remained fourth, Tim Wilkerson moved up from seventh to fifth and Robert Hight is sixth heading into this afternoon's final round of qualifying.


1:30 p.m. - Tony Schumacher, Brandon Bernstein and Antron Brown were the top three qualifiers after the first round of Top Fuel qualifying. Schumacher turned in a pass of 3.933 seconds at 297.81 mph, Bernstein was clocked at 4.027 at 281.13 and Brown went 4.071 at 268.49. Schumacher has been the No. 1 qualifier for the past six national events at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Both of Friday's Top Fuel qualifying sessions were canceled due to inclement weather.


12:45 p.m. - Mike Edwards jumped from sixth to the top qualifying spot in Pro Stock with a track-record pass of 6.656 seconds (206.16 mph). Greg Anderson was second quickest at 6.668 and posted a track-record speed of 206.70 mph. Greg Stanfield was third quickest at 6.690 at 205.94. The top four qualifiers after two rounds all bettered the Pro Stock track record of 6.703 second and fifth-place Warren Johnson equaled the mark. The previous Pro Stock speed record at The Strip was 206.07 mph, set last spring by Warren Johnson.


12:05 p.m. -NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series drivers Jeg Coughlin Jr., Cory McClenathan, Doug Kalitta and Tommy Johnson Jr. will compete in a special Thunder Roadster exhibition race tonight at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. and the exhibition race is scheduled to start shortly after 7 p.m. Details can be found HERE.

 

 


11:25 a.m. - Good morning from The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the second and final day of professional qualifying for the 10th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals. Mercifully, the track is bathed in sunshine, there isn't a cloud in the sky and there is hardly a trace of the strong winds that whipped the track Friday. 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. All times are Pacific Daylight Time.

Check back here often, as we'll be updating this blog throughout the day with news, results and driver interviews.