Streaking Bob Tasca III, Greg Anderson also earn No. 1 qualifying positions for Sunday's Eliminations at Pacific Raceways.
- Top Fuel points leader Brittany Force earned her fifth No. 1 spot of the season and 37th in her career.
- Bob Tasca III picked up his first No. 1 qualifier of the year in Funny Car.
- In Pro Stock, reigning world champ Greg Anderson earned his first No. 1 qualifier of 2022 and 119th in his career.
Top Fuel points leader Brittany Force delivered a massive performance to close out qualifying on Saturday at Pacific Raceways, rocketing to the No. 1 position at the 33rd annual Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals.
Bob Tasca III (Funny Car) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) also qualified No. 1 at the 13th of 22 races during the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season and the final stop during the three-race NHRA Western Swing.
Brittany Force’s No. 1 qualifying effort was the 37th of her career.
After struggling through the first two Top Fuel qualifying sessions, Force and her team delivered to close out the day, putting together an impressive run of 3.753-seconds at 327.35 mph in her 11,000-horsepower Flav-R-Pac/Monster Energy dragster. It sent Force to the top, giving the Top Fuel points leader her fifth No. 1 spot of the season and 37th in her career. It may not have been the most ideal way to get to No. 1, but Force, who will open eliminations against Jim Maroney, praised the work of her team as she looks to win for the second consecutive week and the first time in Seattle.
“That was really important for this Flav-R-Pac team to make a killer run and get down the racetrack,” Force said. “We had answers to our first two runs and made a solid pass on the third one. I wasn’t expecting that in the heat, but (crew chief David) Grubnic said he wanted to push and wanted to get us in the top of the field. It was pretty outstanding for this Flav-R-Pac team. We need to do it at a Flav-R-Pac-sponsored race, and I think we made the boss happy today.”
Steve Torrence’s 3.819 at 321.50 from Friday gave him the second spot as the four-time defending world champ looks to win for the first time this season. Tony Schumacher had a strong run to close Saturday as well, qualifying third with a 3.830 at 315.78.
Tasca picked up his first No. 1 qualifier of the year in Funny Car when his run of 3.965 at 319.82 from Friday in his 11,000-horsepower Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang, but he was just as good to close out qualifying on Saturday, going 3.969 at 322.42. Combined, it gives Tasca a great deal of confidence heading into eliminations, where he will try to win for a second consecutive week. He was the only driver in the class to make a three-second run on Saturday, furthering the belief his team is performing at a high level to close out the Western Swing.
Alexis DeJoria stayed in the second spot with her 3.994 at 313.95 from Friday, while John Force, who won his 150th career race at Seattle in 2019, took third with a pass of 4.001 at 311.92.
Greg Anderson is the driver to beat on Sunday in Seattle.
Reigning world champ Anderson earned his first No. 1 qualifier of 2022 and 119th in his career thanks to his run of 6.604 at 208.07 on Saturday in his HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro. Anderson has enjoyed a stellar two days of qualifying, making the quickest run in two of the three sessions, and missing the third only on speed. After qualifying second and advancing to the final round in Sonoma last weekend, Anderson, who was No. 1 12 times a year ago, continues to build momentum at an ideal time. The only thing left for the KB Racing standout is a victory and if it happens on Sunday, it would hand the five-time world champ his 100th career win.
Points leader Erica Enders, who was the provisional No. 1 qualifier on Friday, will start raceday from the second spot with her run of 6.608 at 209.26. Her Elite Motorsports teammate Aaron Stanfield is right behind with a 6.609 at 208.94
Eliminations for the Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals begin at 10:30 a.m. PT on Sunday at Pacific Raceways. Television coverage begins at 1 p.m. PT on FOX.
NHRA Northwest Nationals
Qualifying Results, Elimination Pairings
Sunday’s first-round pairings for eliminations for the 33rd annual Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways, the 13th of 22 events in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday. DNQs listed below pairings.
Top Fuel — 1. Brittany Force, 3.753 seconds, 327.35 mph vs. 16. Jim Maroney, 6.134, 110.94; 2. Steve Torrence, 3.819, 321.50 vs. 15. Ron Smith, 4.866, 205.66; 3. Tony Schumacher, 3.830, 315.78 vs. 14. Scott Palmer, 3.981, 275.17; 4. Doug Kalitta, 3.831, 320.58 vs. 13. Alex Laughlin, 3.955, 304.19; 5. Antron Brown, 3.837, 313.29 vs. 12. Leah Pruett, 3.897, 314.39; 6. Shawn Langdon, 3.847, 293.41 vs. 11. Mike Salinas, 3.879, 271.41; 7. Justin Ashley, 3.851, 319.98 vs. 10. Austin Prock, 3.870, 312.21; 8. Josh Hart, 3.865, 301.87 vs. 9. Clay Millican, 3.868, 310.13.
Funny Car — 1. Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 3.965, 319.82 vs. 12. Gary Densham, Mustang, 13.391, 80.75; 2. Alexis DeJoria, Toyota Supra, 3.994, 313.95 vs. 11. Jim Campbell, Dodge Charger, 4.418, 212.19; 3. John Force, Chevy Camaro, 4.001, 311.92 vs. 10. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.031, 311.20; 4. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 4.002, 315.56 vs. 9. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.030, 315.64; 5. Robert Hight, Camaro, 4.003, 315.71 vs. 8. Ron Capps, Supra, 4.024, 312.64; 6. Blake Alexander, Mustang, 4.012, 316.52 vs. 7. J.R. Todd, Supra, 4.020, 319.29.
Pro Stock — 1. Greg Anderson, Chevy Camaro, 6.604, 208.07 vs. Bye; 2. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.608, 209.26 vs. 15. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 7.612, 203.83; 3. Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 6.609, 208.94 vs. 14. Mason McGaha, Camaro, 6.715, 207.08; 4. Troy Coughlin Jr., Camaro, 6.611, 209.49 vs. 13. Fernando Cuadra, Ford Mustang, 6.702, 206.95; 5. Cristian Cuadra, Mustang, 6.620, 208.62 vs. 12. Camrie Caruso, Camaro, 6.670, 203.31; 6. Kyle Koretsky, Camaro, 6.630, 208.17 vs. 11. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.668, 207.50; 7. Dallas Glenn, Camaro, 6.633, 207.21 vs. 10. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.659, 207.18; 8. Fernando Cuadra Jr., Mustang, 6.636, 208.10 vs. 9. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.640, 207.82.