Weather Postpones NHRA Eliminations
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Sunday’s cold weather forced officials to postpone competition during eliminations at the Advance Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.
The race is the 18th of 22 events in the $40 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series.
Eddie Hill, the No. 1 qualifier, pedaled his Top Fuel Dragster past David Gubnic to advance to the quarterfinals. Doug Herbert, Doug Kalitta, Tony Schumacher, Gary Scelzi, Mike Dunn, Joe Amato, and Kenny Bernstein all advanced past the first round as well.
Funny Car driver Whit Bazemore defended his No. 1 qualifying position by defeating Larry Huff in the first round. Frank Pedregon, Cristen Powell, Tommy Johnson Jr., Tony Pedregon, Jim Epler, Del Worsham and John Force all moved into the quarterfinals with first-round wins.
In a major upset, Mike Edwards used a hole shot to defeat No. 1 qualifier Richie Stevens. Ron Krisher, Mike Trumble, Jeg Coughlin, Warren Johnson, Kurt Johnson, Troy Coughlin and Steve Schmidt will all race in the second round.
Bob Panella took over the NHRA Winston Pro Stock Truck points lead defeating Chip Ippolito and Kim Smith in the first two rounds of eliminations. Pro Stock Truck drivers Scott Perin, Mike Coughlin and Larry Kopp will join Panella in the semifinals.
The professional eliminations were re-scheduled for Monday morning.