The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) battled Mother Nature today and as a result only one qualifying session took place for the Northern Nationals at US 131 Motorsports Park. Summit Pro-Am Tour activity was cancelled and will resume tomorrow morning with qualifying at 9 a.m. ET. Four professional classes took center stage for one round of professional qualifying – AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car, Nitro Motorcycle, Pro Stock and Pro Modified. With his entry into the Northern Nationals and a qualifying pass, Billy Harper clinched the IHRA Pro Modified World Championship for his first-ever IHRA championship. Harper qualified in the third position during qualifying with a 5.831 at 247.25 mph. Ricky Smith took the top spot running a 5.831 at 247.25 mph. Billy Glidden, Jason Hamstra and Harold Martin finished out the top-five spots.
The top story lines leaving round one of the Northern Nationals qualifying is in the Nitro Motorcycle class. Number one and two in the point standings, Jay Turner and Bob Malloy, did not make qualifying passes due to problems with their motorcycles. Tracy Kile is the number one qualifier with a 6.412 second pass at 219.08 mph and Rickey House placed second with a 6.571 at 219.73 mph pass.
Trevor Eman took the top spot in Pro Stock with a 6.383 second pass at 219.19 mph. Dean Goforth claimed second, running a 6.395 second, 217.50 mph qualifying pass. JR Carr, Matt Bertsch and Dwayne Rice rounded out the top-five.
AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car points leader Jason Rupert dominated again at US 131 Motorsports Park. The defending race winner ran a 5.578 at 259.22 mph and has a potential elapsed time world record if he can back it up tomorrow during the second round of qualifying. Mike McIntire Jr, Shawn Bowen, Marc White and John Hale finished out the top-five in Northern Nationals qualifying.
Racing action continues tomorrow with Summit Pro-Am Tour action and a final round of professional qualifying and eliminations. The final round of professional qualifying starts at 2 p.m. ET and eliminations begin at 5 p.m. ET.