U.S. Nationals Day 1 Update

BROWNSBURG, Ind. – Day 1 of the 64th Annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals is in the books.  Racers from all across the country took to the track today for their first qualifying and time runs.  Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, and Super Gas racers each received two shots at the track today while the Hemi cars took their first shot at qualifying.

The Super Stock and Stock Eliminator cars were flat-out flying today.  With temperatures in the low 80’s, racers laid down some outstanding times at Lucas Oil Raceway today.  Paul Wong, Las Vegas, Nev., the #1 qualifier in Stock Eliminator ran almost two seconds under his index.  I don’t know that I’ve seen that someone run that far under the index in years. In addition, the #1 qualifier in Super Stock, Ernie Neal of Columbus, Ind., was almost a second and a half under his index.

The class racers are serious, they definitely brought their A-game.  It took a pass of -.612 under the index to get into the Super Stock Top 128, while on the Stock Eliminator side, it took a run of -.799 under the index to get inside the top 128.

The Top 10 qualifiers in each class are listed below.

Super Stock Qualifying – Session 2 Order

Pos Class  Driver, Home Town, Vehicle                 ET      Index    (+/-)

1  GT/N  Ernie Neal, Columbus IN, ’05 Cavalier     9.578   11.05  -1.472

2  GT/K  Dan Jacobs, Elizabeth IN, ’05 Cavalier      9.346  10.75  -1.404

3  SS/JA Larry Zavala, Montebello CA, ’87 Camaro  9.725 11.00  -1.275

4  SS/JA A. Lincoln Morehead, Marlboro NY, ’88 Camaro  9.743 11.00  -1.257

5  SS/KA Ron Terrell, Hebron KY, ’85 Camaro        10.062 11.25  -1.188

6  FGT/B Paul Candies, Des Allemands LA, ’12 Mustang  8.017  9.20  -1.183

7  GT/IA Sean Cour, Brush Prairie WA, ’09 Cobalt    9.495 10.65  -1.155

8  SS/MA Mike Morgan, Brazil IN, ’77 Firebird      10.703 11.85  -1.147

9  GT/HA Irvin Johns, Memphis IN, ’05 Cavalier      9.367 10.50  -1.133

10  GT/GA Jonny Fogle, Neese SC, ’05 Cavalier        9.272 10.40  -1.128

Click here to see full results.

Stock Eliminator Qualifying – Session 2 Order

Pos         Driver                      Hometown         Vehicle          Class      Index    E.T.         + / –

1              Paul Wong            Las Vegas, Nev.  ’87 El Camino     V/SA      15.50     13.512   -1.988

2              Bill Dyer                Port Byron, Ill.    ’10 Mustang      FS/K       11.90     10.270   -1.63

3              Gary Summers      Franklin, Ky.        ’75 Mustang      U/S        14.65     13.040   -1.61

4              Ron Seibenick       Perry, Ohio         ’86 Tempo          EF/S       17.45     16.018   -1.432

5              Brian Seaburg       Belfair, Wash.     ’72 Comet           U/SA     14.85     13.488   -1.362

6              Marion Stephenson        Williamsport, Ind.   ’15 Camaro         C/SA      11.40     10.085 -1.315

7              Jason Line            Troutman, N.C.    ’70 Gran Sport  C/SA      11.40     10.183    -1.217

8              Jeff Taylor             Sellersburg, Ind.  ’15 Camaro         B/SA      11.25     10.043  -1.207

9              Jack Larsen          Cropsey, Ill.          ’72 Comet           T/S         14.40     13.198   -1.202

10           Don Carson          Ridgewood, N.J.   ’14 Mustang      FS/E       10.95     9.752      -1.198

Click here to see full results.

Hemi Challenge Qualifying – Session 1

Steve Comella, Webster, N.Y., drove his SS/AH ’68 Barracuda to the top of the 27 car field with a stout 8.561.  Following closely behind is last year’s Hemi Challenge winner James Daniels, Yardly, Penn., after he posted an 8.586 pass in his ’68 Dart.

Click here to see full results.

On tap for Thursday

Thursday will see two more rounds of time trials for Super Comp and Super Gas followed by round one of eliminations for the Super Comp competitors.

Stock will get a third qualifying attempt tomorrow morning following by class eliminations throughout the day.  The Super Stock and Hemi Challenge competitors will get a third qualifying attempt tomorrow as well.

Check back each day throughout the weekend as we’ll post updates on a daily basis.

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