Houston Qualifying Report

Houston Qualifying Report

October 24, 2020

Mopar Express Lane NHRA Spring Nationals Presented by Pennzoil
Event No. 10
Houston Raceway Park
Baytown, Texas 
October 24-25, 2020

Pennzoil Top Fuel Dragster

Qualified: No. 6 (lane choice)

The Competition: No. 11 Lee Callaway

The Results: 
Q1: 5.136 E.T. at 132.78 MPH
Q2: 3.767 E.T. at 324.20 MPH

From Leah:
I love living the truth and showing that the ‘Proof is in the Pennzoil,’ and coming to the Pennzoil proving grounds and displaying the most intense, fastest-accelerating vehicles in the world. We finished qualifying strong with a good Q2 lap. We had some software issues and driver issues on Q1. It’s always good when the car and team are ‘on’ together, and if they’re ever going to be off, it helps when they’re off together. We moved on and were first out in Q2 and laid down a very solid number at 3.76 to put us solidly in the field. We like what the outlook looks like for Sunday. But, it is one run at a time and it’s so cool to see all the Shell employees that are here and it’s great for us to get to show off a great product. We feel good about eliminations. We felt like our momentum in Dallas got halted a little, but we were able to find and resolve the issue and that’s the key for this weekend and we’re very excited for our potential success.


Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak

Qualified: No. 11

The Competition: No. 4 John Cerbone

The Results:
Q1: 7.955 E.T. at 172.32 MPH (carried over from St. Louis)

Q2: 7.960 E.T. at 167.61 MPH
Q3: 7.978 E.T. at 170.19 MPH

There was a little bit of strategy going into this very eclectic race. Having a quick time of 7.95 that carried over from St. Louis and put us into the field and knowing the car count, it allowed us to try some things today. Sometimes you find some beneficial things and other times you realize that wasn’t the right move. It’s very rare that you have the availability to do that during qualifying and we were able to take advantage of that. We got a good solid second lap and that sets us up for some hard eliminations tomorrow. We’re counting down the days of ‘El Bandito’ in the Factory Stock (Showdown) competition and I can’t wait to give it everything we’ve got as we prepare for the next chapter of the Drag Pak in 2021.

Source: Don Schumacher Racing