2014 O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals Friday photo gallery
Friday, August 01, 2014

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Seattle race fans are enjoying a new feature that allows them to personalize their individual coke cans under the company’s "Share A Coke” promotion.

A group of Division 6 Jr. drag racers have their cars on display in the pits and will make exhibition runs Saturday.

Former NHRA Top Fuel champ Rob Bruins, who raced out of Washington state with the late R. Gaines Markley, showed off his completely restored championship dragster.

Cameron Ferre, right, a graduate of the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League and Super Comp national event winner, is making his Top Alcohol Dragster debut at the wheel of Larry Miersch’s nitro-burning A/Fuel Dragster.

Allen Johnson was the first-session qualifying leader in Pro Stock with a 6.535 that was less than a hundredth off the track record, then backed it up with a 6.537 in the evening session to give the Magneti Marelli Dodge the pole halfway through qualifying.

Shane Gray and the Gray Motorsports Camaro improved from an opening 6.540 to a 6.538 and ended up in the No. 2 spot in Pro Stock.

Two-time Seattle winner Jason Line followed up his Sonoma victory last weekend with a solid opening day that placed his Summit Chevy No. 3 in the field with a 6.549.

Mark Wolfe has one of three Ford Mustangs trying to make the Pro Stock show and is the quickest so far after a 7.15 pass. Travis Mazza and Larry Morgan also are running their Fords this weekend.

NHRA Members and site subscribers can get in-depth coverage, notes, and more on NationalDragster.net.

A week after his runner-up in Sonoma, defending NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel champ Shawn Langdon continues to impress. He led the first Top Fuel session with a 3.80.

Tony Schumacher, No. 1 qualifier two weeks ago in Denver, is halfway to what would be his 74th No. 1 qualifying berth after running 3.804 in the final qualifying session with the U.S. Army dragster.

Antron Brown, who is sporting the colors of Sandvik Coromont this weekend on the Matco dragster, struggled on his two passes, running just a 3.884 best that has him in the No. 12 spot.

Top Fuel points leader Doug Kalitta took over the No. 1 qualifying spot late in the second session with a 3.805, only to be edged out by Tony Schumacher’s 3.804.

John Force, the winningest driver in event history (seven victories) ran the first 4.0 of Funny Car qualifying with a 4.08 from his Castrol Mustang in the second session.

Defending event champ Matt Hagan started off his Seattle account with a strong 4.12 that was three-hundredths better than the next-best car but slid to second behind John Force despite an improved 4.100.

Former Northwest Nationals Top Alcohol Funny Car champ Bucky Austin made his nitro debut in Steve Plueger’s car. “The Northwest Hitter” ran a 4.92 in his first pass and did not make it out for Q2.

Alexis DeJoria, who won the Top Alcohol Funny Car crown at this race in 2012 just before turning Pro, has the Patron XO Café Toyota in the No. 3 spot with a 4.101.