Black Diamond Motorsports' DeFlorian qualified No. 1 at Memphis Drags III
MILLINGTON, TN – A track record in Extreme Pro Stock was good enough to send John DeFlorian to the top spot, as he went 4.131 seconds elapsed time (ET) at 175.73 miles per hour (MPH) in the first session of qualifying, but that was just a preview of what was ahead. The final session of qualifying saw the 2012 Jerry Haas-built, Sonny's Racing Engines-powered Camaro resetting the track record again with a 4.105 ET at 176.14 MPH a full .03 of second ahead of the nearest driver.
“The conditions were a little better, but we found a problem after the second run,” DeFlorian said. “The Pro Stock cars were in the pits and we were there thrashing right before we ran. It was kind of a guess, but we went with it and it was hauling. What an awesome day.”
Kevin Bealko in the Jerry Haas-built, Sonny's Racing Engines-powered 2011 GXP ran 4.169 ET at181.62 MPH in the second session which held on for the fourteenth qualifying position at the end of the day.
The fourth and final round of qualifying at Memphis International Raceway takes place at 12 p.m. CST on Saturday with eliminations to follow at 3:30 p.m.