Driver of the Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak
The Competition: No. 11 Leonard Libersher
Q1: 8.117 E.T. at 170.02 MPH
Q2: 8.206 E.T. at 169.25 MPH
E1: 8.185 E.T. at 169.15 MPH defeated Leonard Libersher 8.222 E.T. at 166.27 MPH
E2: To be contested on Sunday
“For the Mopar Drag Paks to lock up the ‘top four’ qualifying spots is something of history. So far, the Cobra Jets and Copo Camaros have dominated this category and I think this weekend showed all of the hard work and dedication out of Detroit and out of the Schumacher camp, and a cohesive effort together with Mopar to bring that power to life out on the track.
“Today, a first round win, just like everybody, you’re waiting all day for it. There were rain delays and you’re constantly changing your tune up and I’m really proud of our Mopar team for putting up some stout numbers. Of course, we’re going to have some stout competition in our second round of eliminations, but we race the track and that competition.
“To be totally honest, a win light in Top Fuel and a win light in Factory Stock, they’re different, but they both glow the same, and they both mean the same to me. It’s a lot of hard work and dedication for both programs.
“Shout out to Antron Brown; going to have to kick him a couple extra dollars (laughs). He keeps on having to warm up my Top Fuel car, but that means we’re going rounds. We’re going to have a big break after Norwalk. The next time we race Factory Stock is Indy, so we want to leave here with a lot of momentum. I think Saturday going into Sunday, we have the momentum, and we’re going to keep charging hard.”