Driver of the Pennzoil Synthetics/NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Qualified: No. 7 (lane choice)
The Competition: No. 10 John Force
Q1: 4.385 E.T. at 202.15 MPH
Q2: 3.922 E.T. at 325.22 MPH
Q3: 3.933 E.T. at 327.51 MPH
“You talk about coming down to the wire in the regular season, and we made some great runs today. I know Guido (Dean Antonelli) wanted more and we were shooting for the pole on that last lap and the car didn’t run what we wanted it to. It was a good lap, but we were shooting for a 3.86. Then we get into the Sunday matchups and it’s murderers’ row once again. We have John Force, who won last weekend at Topeka (Kan.), first round and we’re battling them and others for the Camping World point lead going into Indy in two weeks. You don’t ever want to race Force unless it’s the final round, but that’s who this NAPA team with Pennzoil has. I am going to quadruple-bulb Force tomorrow (laughing), I’m going to have NHRA put the four-wide tree up there and catch him by surprise when I turn three out of the four on, and I hope he’s ready. But kidding aside, you can’t play games with the guy who invented them.
“There’s a ton of implications in points and we’re just going to keep doing what we do, and that is focus on the round in front of us. It sounds cliché, I know. We’re excited to fly these Pennzoil colors again this weekend. We only get to run it one more time in Vegas in the fall and we have a great opportunity to put the blue chrome car in the winner’s circle tomorrow here at Brainerd, one of my favorite tracks.”