7:54 p.m. - Racing resumes at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway at 8 a.m. Sunday with Sportsman eliminations. Pre-race ceremonies for the 14th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals begin at 10:15 a.m. and final eliminations in the three pro categories start at 11 a.m.
Good evening from The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and be sure to check back here Sunday for updates throughout the day.
7:48 p.m. - Comments from J.R. Todd, the top qualifier in Top Fuel:
"To me, Las Vegas is definitely not one of the places I come to expect to set my career best or track records or anything like that. But the conditions were way different today than they were yesterday and I guess it's going to be like this tomorrow. With conditions like this, that's when (my crew chief) is licking his chops - he's definitely not bashful.
"I'd like to get two more Wallys, that’s always the plan. I’m not sure how high we can finish in the points but, to me, the ultimate goal is to win every race as you can and finish as high in the points as we can. We’re just going to worry about our Optima Batteries team and go round by round and hopefully turn on four win lights tomorrow."
7:40 p.m. - Comments from Matt Hagan, the top qualifier in Funny Car:
"Three rounds on John (Force) - that's huge. I think that we can count points in Pomona but obviously everybody’s still counting. We’ve just got to stay focused at the task at hand. I’m sitting in the car and I came over the radio and said to (crew chief Dickie Venables), 'We’ve got to get three more points on (Force), so maybe we should back it up.’ He came over the radio and said, "Hey, kid, chill out. It’s going to be all right.’ And sure enough…
"It was just a really cool deal that it all came together. I’m glad we were able to do it for the fans out there. They wanted to see a three-second run. When we were coming back, there were a lot of John Force fans, even, cheering. It’s all green out there in the stands, but it was really cool to do. I’m just excited to be able to sit behind the wheel and just kind of watch it unfold right now. I’m just real blessed."
7:30 p.m. - Comments from Erica Enders-Stevens, the top qualifier in Pro Stock:
"It's really exciting. I love racing here and I’ve got a really good hot rod. It was encouraging going into that fourth session because we hadn’t laid down that really good run yet. My crew chief said we were going after it and we sure did.
“Yesterday, we knew that it was going to be a lot cooler today and it was conducive to setting a track record. We should have been able to do it this morning and didn’t and I wanted to capitalize on it on my last run and we sure did. Tomorrow, I don’t want to get ahead of myself; I just want to take it one round at a time. I’m just going to focus on what I need to do. I know that my guys are going to give me a great race car and that makes my job easier."
7:20 p.m. - Comments from Andrew Hines, the top qualifier in Pro Stock Motorcycle:
"It's nice to have (a No. 1 qualifier). I’ve been ribbing (teammate Eddie Krawiec) all year long because he’s had nine No. 1 qualifiers and I’ve been close a couple of times but it was nice to finally lay down a good, clean, straight pass in my V-Rod and go to the top spot. It’s been quite a while … 2012 at Pomona in the finals was my last No. 1. It has been quite a dry spell.
“This (cooler) weather plays into our hand a little better. It seems like we run better in better air. We came out here yesterday and it was 85 degrees and we’re up in the elevation ... and the V-Rods just didn’t respond. We were fortunate enough to have this nice weather roll into town and it played right into our tune-up."
6:34 p.m. - Here are the top 16 qualifiers in Funny Car for the 14th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals:
1. Matt Hagan, 2. John Force, 3. Courtney Force, 4. Ron Capps, 5. Jeff Arend, 6. Jack Beckman, 7. Bob Tasca III, 8. Tommy Johnson Jr., 9. Alexis DeJoria, 10. Tim Wilkerson, 11. Robert Hight, 12. Del Worsham, 13. Tony Pedregon,
14. Paul Lee, 15. Jon Capps, 16. Cruz Pedregon.
6:04 p.m. - Here are the top 16 qualifiers in Top Fuel for the 14th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals:
1. J.R. Todd, 2. Spencer Massey, 3. Doug Kalitta, 4. Richie Crampton, 5. Tony Schumacher, 6. Leah Pritchett, 7. Steve Torrence, 8. Larry Dixon, 9. Khalid alBalooshi, 10. Shawn Langdon, 11. Antron Brown, 12. Billy Torrence, 13. Bob Vandergriff Jr., 14. Brittany Force, 15. Terry McMillen, 16. TJ Zizzo.
5:21 p.m. - Here are the 16 qualifiers in Pro Stock for the 14th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals:
1. Erica Enders-Stevens, 2. Shane Gray, 3. Jeg Coughlin Jr., 4. Dave Connolly, 5. Jason Line, 6. Allen Johnson, 7. Jonathan Gray, 8. Vincent Nobile, 9. Rodger Brogdon, 10. Greg Anderson, 11. Chris McGaha, 12. Matt Hartford, 13. V Gaines,14. Aaron Stanfield, 15. Larry Morgan, 16. Jeff Isbell.
5:02 p.m. - Pro Stock driver Deric Kramer walked away from a nasty crash after getting out of the groove on his fourth qualifying run and rolling his car five times at the top end of the track. Kramer's Dodge Avenger was destroyed but Kramer emerged unscathed from the incident.
4:53 p.m. - In one of the worst-kept secrets this week, John Force Racing and PEAK announced a new agreement with PEAK Antifreeze + Coolant and BlueDEF brands serving as a primary sponsor for John Force during the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and beyond.
Under the agreement, PEAK Antifreeze + Coolant and BlueDEF will be the primary sponsor of John Force's Funny Car for a majority of the 2015 season as well as continuing as a major associate sponsor on Robert Hight's, Courtney Force's, and Brittany Force's cars.
"I'm committed to continuing to lead a championship team and PEAK has proven a similar commitment to the NHRA. Thanks to PEAK Antifreeze + Coolant, I won't be hanging up my hat from this sport anytime soon," said John Force, 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion and CEO of John Force Racing, Inc.
"Not only does PEAK provide high quality automotive products for American families like mine, but they’ve proved to be a valued partner on and off the track. I’m so grateful that they’re supporting me, my team and all the fans out there who love drag racing."
4:35 p.m. - Here are the 16 qualifiers in Pro Stock Motorcycle for the 14th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals:
1. Andrew Hines, 2. Matt Smith, 3. Michael Ray, 4. Eddie Krawiec, 5. Jerry Savoie, 6. Katie Sullivan, 7. Hector Arana, 8. Angie Smith, 9. Chaz Kennedy, 10. Steve Johnson, 11. Adam Arana, 12. Shawn Gann, 13. Hector Arana Jr., 14. Jim Underdahl, 15. Scotty Pollacheck, 16. John Hall.
3:32 p.m. - Matt Hagan, Courtney Force and Ron Capps are the top three Funny Car qualifiers after three rounds. John Force is fourth heading into the fourth and final round later this afternoon.
2:58 p.m. - Richie Crampton, Tony Schumacher and Steve Torrence are the top three Top Fuel qualifiers after three rounds of qualifying. Crampton regained the provision No. 1 position with a run of 3.748 seconds at 325.14 mph.
2:11 p.m. - Jeg Coughlin Jr., Erica Enders-Stevens and Shane Gray are the top three Pro Stock qualifiers after three rounds of qualifying. Jason Line is fourth going into the fourth and final round of qualifying.
1:54 p.m. - Angelle Sampey, a three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion who is attempting a comeback, has withdrawn from this weekend's NHRA Toyota Nationals due to an ankle injury.
Sampey suffered the injury Friday while helping her team unload the transporter. After receiving medical attention from NHRA emergency services officials, Sampey made two qualifying runs. She complained of more pain after her runs and went to a local hospital for evaluation. Sampey's foot was placed in a cast and she was declared unfit to continue racing this weekend by the NHRA medical services team.
1:47 p.m. - Michael Ray, Matt Smith and Andrew Hines are the top three qualifiers in Pro Stock Motorcycle after three rounds of qualifying.
11:58 a.m. - The clouds have moved away from The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the sun is shining as we get ready for the second day of pro qualifying for the 14th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals.
The temperature is in the mid-60s, so look for some fast times when qualifying begins at 1 p.m. (PDT). Pro qualifying sessions are at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. today. It's a beautiful day for drag racing and tickets still are available for both today and Sunday.
Be sure to check back here throughout the day for news, notes and quotes from today's activities.