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2013 NHRA: Brown Leads Dsr In Top Fuel Class Near Houston, Beckman Fourth In Funny Car At NHRA Spring Nationals
Posted by: newsla on Apr 27, 2013 - 10:04 AM
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2013 NHRA: Brown Leads Dsr In Top Fuel Class Near Houston, Beckman Fourth In Funny Car At NHRA Spring Nationals


Antron Brown and Jack Beckman led Don Schumacher Racing during the first two rounds of qualifying at the NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, near Houston.

 

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It was the first time in the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season that Don Schumacher Racing crew chiefs were faced with humid weather conditions.

Brown's Matco Tools dragster held the provisional number one qualifying spot briefly in the second session before slipping to the fourth position.

"We went out there tonight and the Matco Tools/U.S. Army car made a great run," Brown said. "Tomorrow is supposed to be a little cooler, so I still feel like we'll have some good conditions where we can step up and try and go for that number one spot.
"I'm very happy. All of our guys - Brian (Corradi) and Mark (Oswald) and the Matco Tools crew - worked hard, and it's showing right now. This is a race that we want really bad. We're just going to go after it and give it all we got. It's time to dig deep."
Spencer Massey sits seventh overnight in the Battery Extender powered by Schumacher dragster while seven-time champion Tony Schumacher's U.S. Army dragster is fourteenth after hazing the tires in the second session.

In Funny Car, Jack Beckman and crew chief Todd Smith were able to make two consistent runs on Friday, getting a good baseline early for Sunday's eliminations where the semifinal and final rounds will be aired live on ESPN2.

"To go out and get a good baseline run is fine but then to come back and make the necessary adjustments and have the car run exactly what we thought it would run is great," Beckman said.

"We could've taken a bigger swing at that and tried to run a No. 1 or No. 2 pass but I think we were really smart with being a little more conservative and saying let's get more data and see if it will go to the finish line again and it did. That gives us the ability to try a couple things tomorrow and even if it doesn't give us the desired results at least we know a direction."

Matt Hagan's Rocky Boots/Magneti Marelli Funny Car is currently qualified in the sixth position, Ron Capps' NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge is eleventh and Johnny Gray sits fourteenth for Pitch Energy.

Saturday's final round of qualifying will be aired live on ESPN2 beginning at 3 p.m. (ET).

The following are DSR's qualifying results from Friday and other notes:

TOP FUEL
Provisional No. 1 qualifier: Doug Kalitta, (Kalitta Motorsports) 3.791 sec., 321.65 mph

Antron Brown, Matco Tools dragster
Provisional qualifying position: 4th
FRIDAY
Session 1: 4.205 sec., 202.91 mph
Session 2: 3.816, 314.83
SATURDAY
Session 3:
Session 4:

Spencer Massey, Battery Extender Powered by Schumacher dragster
Provisional qualifying position: 7th
FRIDAY
Session 1: 7.209 sec., 79.93 mph
Session 2: 3.826, 316.90
SATURDAY
Session 3:
Session 4:

Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army dragster
Provisional qualifying position: 14th
FRIDAY
Session 1: 3.906 sec., 316.30 mph
Session 2: 4.128, 213.67
SATURDAY
Session 3:
Session 4:

FUNNY CAR
Provisional No. 1 qualifier: Cruz Pedregon (Cruz Pedregon Racing) 4.086 sec., 310.41 mph

Jack Beckman, Valvoline NextGen/MTS Mail for Wounded Warriors Dodge Charger R/T
Provisional qualifying position: 4th
FRIDAY
Session 1: 4.191 sec., 287.78 mph
Session 2: 4.117, 304.39
SATURDAY
Session 3:
Session 4:

Matt Hagan, Rocky Boots/Magneti Marelli/Mopar Dodge Charger R/T
Provisional qualifying position: 6th
FRIDAY
Session 1: 4.202 sec., 296.76 mph
Session 2: 4.127, 309.13
SATURDAY
Session 3:
Session 4:

Ron Capps, NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T
Provisional qualifying position: 11th
FRIDAY
Session 1: 7.588 sec., 77.04 mph
Session 2: 4.201, 293.74
SATURDAY
Session 3:
Session 4:

Johnny Gray, Pitch Energy Dodge Charger R/T
Provisional qualifying position: 14th
FRIDAY
Session 1: 4.544 sec., 227.65 mph
Session 2: 8.451, 82.09
SATURDAY
Session 3:
Session 4:

THIS WEEKEND AT HOUSTON
NHRA Spring Nationals, Royal Purple Raceway, Baytown, Texas
Saturday: Noon, 2:15 p.m., nitro qualifying
Sunday: 11 a.m., championship eliminations

On ESPN2
Saturday: 3-5 p.m. (ET, last session live), nitro qualifying
Sunday: 2-5 p.m. (ET, semifinals and finals live), eliminations

WEATHER:
Saturday: High 78, 30 percent chance of rain
Sunday: High 78, 30 percent chance of rain

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