Ronn Capps came to Bristol, Tenn., on a two-race Funny Car winning streak. Greg Anderson was on the same streak in Pro Stock. Doug Kalitta was the Top Fuel points leader, 53 up on Antron Brown and 60 up on Steve Torrence.
Pat Dakin beat Clay Millican in the first heat of Top Fuel Round 1, using a 0.038 RT and a 3.821-sec elapsed time. Shawn Langdon topped Terry McMillen with a 3.817. Kalitta took out Kyle Wurtzel with a 3.783.
Capps led the Funny Car standings at race-start, ahead of Jack Beckman (-35) and Courtney Force (-80). Capps was also the fastest qualifier for the third straight event. Matt Hagan beat Tim Wilkerson in Round 1, posting a 3.945. Del Worsham topped John Hale with a 3.961.
Jason Line carried a 73-point advantage over Greg Anderson into Pro Stock competition at Thunder Valley. Shane Gray beat Chris McGaha in the first heat of Round 1, using a 0.021 RT and a 6.752 ET. Allen Johnson topped Alex Laughlin with a 6.695. Vincent Nobile overcame a 0.027 RT from Erica Enders-Stevens to win in 6.688 sec. Drew Skillman got off the line in 0.020 sec to beat V. Gaines. Line posted an unopposed 6.650 in his heat. Jeg Coughlin Jr. took the holeshot win over Bo Butner, who posted low ET, with a 0.002 RT.
Tony Schumacher topped Torrence in Top Fuel Round 2 with a 3.802-sec run.
Tommy Johnson Jr. beat Robert Hight in Round 2 of Funny Cars, posting a 3.990. Capps posted the same ET in besting Beckman.
Coughlin beat Pro Stock Johnson with a 6.746-sec pass to start Round 2. Skillman bested Nobile with a 6.702. Anderson topped Gray with a 6.668-sec run. Line ran alone and matched Anderson’s ET.
Schumacher beat Brown with a 3.840 to move into the Top Fuel finals.
Tommy Johnson Jr. raced to his first Funny Car victory of the season and 13th of his career, posting a 4.038-sec pass at 313.22 mph to defeat teammate and two-time 2016 winner Matt Hagan’s 4.030 at 317.57. Johnson, a two-time Bristol winner, is currently seventh in the points standings.
“We’re just slow starters, but we’re strong finishers,” said Johnson, who has one win in two final-round appearances this year. “The guys kept working hard and have kept their heads down. We got hot in Epping with a runner-up finish, and we are on a roll now and we’re looking good.”
Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) were also winners of their respective categories at the 11th of 24 events on the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.