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Todd sets the pace in Topeka. in front

JR Todd was the fastest Funny Car Qualifier at Heartland Motorsports Park on Friday. (NHRA photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. – JR Todd made his fastest pass of the season on Friday when the former Funny Car World Champion finished provisionally 1st in qualifying at the Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor at Heartland Motorsports Park.

Billy Torrence (Top Fuel) and Kyle Koretsky (Pro Stock) are also provisional number 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the 11th race of the 2021 season of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series.

Todd drove 3.884 seconds at 332.67 mph in his 11,000 horsepower DHL Toyota Camry, standing in line to make his second No. 1 qualifying start in 2021 and 20th in his career.

Along with his fastest pass of the season, it was also the first time Todd made a run in the 3.80s in 2021, which gave him plenty of momentum for the weekend. Todd is aiming for his second win of the season and his first win at Heartland Motorsports Park.

“I want to get started. After Pomona (and making it to the final lap) I was excited, ”said Todd. “When we see the points gap we’ve closed, we know we’re on the hunt and in the fight. Now is the time to come after that. This is a big run. We haven’t had a three-second run for a long time, let alone a 3.80 run. Hats off to Todd (Smith) and Jon (Oberhofer) and everyone in the team. I’m excited and you need to make these Friday night runs count. We’ve been struggling with this lately so hopefully this is a good sign that things are coming and counting down in Topeka. “

Alexis DeJoria is currently second after finishing 3.894 at 329.67, and Bob Tasca III is currently third thanks to his 3.905 at 328.66.

Torrence shot to # 1 in Top Fuel, scoring 3.717 to 322.27 in his 11,000 horsepower Capco Contractors Dragster under the lights in Topeka. If it holds it would earn him his third low qualifier of the season and eighth overall.

Torrence won a Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series race on track at the Super Comp three weeks ago and maintained his strong pace at Topeka as he seeks his second Top Fuel win of the year. Aiming for her first win of the season, Brittany Force finished second on Friday with 3.734 at 329.42 while Mike Salinas finished third after a run of 3.739 at 316.08.

Koretsky impressed in his first appearance at Heartland Motorsports Park in Pro Stock and jumped to provisional 1st place with a run of 6,634 at 205.51 in his Lucas Oil Chevrolet Camaro. If it holds, it would give the young standout his first career # 1 qualifier.

After a strong performance in Pomona in the last race, Koretsky tried to achieve his first career win. Troy Coughlin Jr. is currently second with his promising pass of 6.635 at 203.74 and Greg Anderson is third after running 6.636 at 205.29. Anderson, the current championship leader, is aiming for his ninth number 1 qualification in 2021.

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