Posted on Saturday October 17, 2020

Career Best Speeds and Times Highlight Friday Night Live

Career Best Speeds and Times Highlight Friday Night Live 

DALLAS, TX (October 16, 2020) — Fans were treated to a cavalcade of career best runs in a variety of classes during the Friday Night Live event on the eve of the 35th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex. Over a dozen drivers made solid runs on the all-concrete race track which is known as one of the best performance tracks in the country. 

Jim Thorp from Mertzon, Texas drove his dragster to the No. 1 spot in the Top Dragster presented by Vortech Superchargers class with a time of 6.104 seconds at 227.80 mph. He is followed closely by No. 2 and No. 3 qualifiers William Kruse of Alvin, Texas, and Holden Laris of Raceland, Louisiana, who lit up the scoreboards with times of 6.110 and 6.112 seconds, respectively. 

Randal Andras rode his Top Fuel Harley to the top spot on Friday night with an impressive 6.201 second at 225.86 mph run followed by Jay Turner’s 6.313 second at 219.76 mph pass. These two-wheel speed demons will continue qualifying tomorrow and will crown a world championship by the end of the weekend. 

The SamTech.edu Factory Stock class was dominated by three Chevrolet Camaros. Stephen Bell of Shreveport, Louisiana, ran to the top with a 7.858 second at 174.03 mph pass. Pro Stock driver Aaron Stanfield who is pulling double duty this weekend powered his 2020 Camaro to the No. 2 spot with a run of 7.863 seconds at 174.35 mph edging out West Bend, Wisconsin’s Jesse Alexandra’s 7.894 second run at 171.90 mph. 

The fan favorite Pro Mod class did not disappoint with career best times and speeds lighting up the Texas Motorplex scoreboards. Early in the session Brandon Pesz ran the quickest and fastest pass of his career, 5.707 seconds at 250.41 mph beside Jim Whiteley, whose 5.733 second at 248.80 mph run was his season’s quickest and fastest pass. 

Right behind that pair Kris Thorne ran 5.752 seconds at 258.02 mph for the quickest pass of his career and the fastest run of the session. Khalid alBalooshi made his career quickest pass and fastest pass of the season a 5.685 second run at 253.75 mph to go to the No. 2 spot. Brandon Snider was raced to the No. 1 spot with a time of 5.680 seconds at 251.77 mph. Following that pair Jonathan Gray blasted down the all-concrete track on his career quickest pass and the quickest run of the session a 5.729 seconds at 252.61 mph run to head into Saturday as the No. 4 qualifier. 

Following Pro Mod’s career best filled session the first round of Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying did not disappoint. Five different driver set either career best or season best elapsed times or speeds. Tony Bogolo added a season best elapsed time and speed running beside Kyle Smith’s career quickest and fastest pass. Kris Hool ran to the No. 1 spot briefly with his season quickest and fastest pass. Chris Foster moved around Hool with a 5.450 second run at 268.76 mph, season quickest and career fastest numbers. The session ended with Bob McCosh running to the No. 2 spot and Sean Bellemeur grabbing the No. 1 spot. McCosh’s 5.477 second run was a career quickest and Bellemeur’s 5.425 seconds at 261.62 mph was simply a dominating run. 

In the final Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series category Matthew Cummings made his career quickest and fastest pass of 5.198 seconds at 280.08 mph. Not to be outdone Aaron Cooper ran 5.237 seconds at 274.89 mph, career quickest and fastest pass which moved him to No. 2. In the last pair Shawn Cowie ran to the No. 1 spot with a season quickest run of 5.152 seconds and a career fastest speed of 281.54 mph. 

The 35th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals will get underway tomorrow with professional qualifying for the Camping World Drag Racing Series beginning at 12:30 p.m.. Favorable weather conditions should give the fans optimism for more record setting passes from the biggest names in drag racing.