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Friday Pro Qualifying at zMax Dragway for the Carolina Nationals

zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Worsham and Wilkerson Launch 2014 Mike Neff-048
Del Worsham and Tim Wilkerson launch off of the line. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Vincent Nobile 2014 Mike Neff-017
Vincent Nobile burning out. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals V Gaines 2014 Mike Neff-016
V. Gaines heats them up before a qualifying run. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Track Prep 2014 Mike Neff-027
The safety safari preparing the track between divisions. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Torrence and Massey Launch 2014 Mike Neff-086
Steve Torrence and Spencer Massey hammer down. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Top Fuel Countdown Participants 2014 Mike Neff-031
The Top Fuel Countdown Participants (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Top Fuel Countdown Participants 2014 Mike Neff-030
Top Fuel Countdown Contenders. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Tony Schumacher 2014 Mike Neff-090
Tony Schumacher on the gas during qualifying. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Tony Schumacher 2014 Mike Neff-087
Tony Schumacher lights them up during his burn out. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Tommy Johnson Jr 2014 Mike Neff-116
Tommy Johnson Jr. on the gas. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Tommy Johnson Jr 2014 Mike Neff-113
Tommy Johnson Jr. smokes them during his burnout in qualifying. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Tommy Johnson Jr 2014 Mike Neff-054
Tommy Johnson Jr. heating up the skins for his qualifying run. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Tim Wilkerson Stage 2014 Mike Neff-047
Tim Wilkerson staging for his qualifying run. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Tim Wilkerson Crew 2014 Mike Neff-046
Tim Wilkerson’s crew prepping him for his Q run. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Tim Wilkerson 2014 Mike Neff-108
Tim Wilkerson burns out during qualifying. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Tim Wilkerson 2014 Mike Neff-049
Tim Wilkerson blasts down the track in qualifying. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Tim Wilkerson 2014 Mike Neff-045
Tim Wilkerson lights them up. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Tim Wilkerson 2014 Mike Neff-044
Tim Wilkerson prepares to launch into his burnout. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Terry McMillen 2014 Mike Neff-134
Terry McMillen lays down a qualifying run. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Terry McMillen 2014 Mike Neff-132
Terry McMillen smokes them during his burnout. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Terry McMillan 2014 Mike Neff-074
Terry McMillen through the haze of qualifying burnouts. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Tasca Crew 2014 Mike Neff-041
Bob Tasca’s crew makes final adjustments before qualifying. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals T Pedregon and Head Launch 2014 Mike Neff-037
Tony Pedregon and Chad Head take off for a qualifying run. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Steve Torrence Crew 2014 Mike Neff-142
Steve Torrence preps for a Q run. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Steve Torrence 2014 Mike Neff-143
Steve Torrence puts out a cylinder during a qualifying run. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Steve Torrence 2014 Mike Neff-141
Steve Torrence smokes ’em while he’s got ’em. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Steve Torrence 2014 Mike Neff-085
Steve Torrence heats them up during a burnout. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Spencer Massey 2014 Mike Neff-140
Spencer Massey generates heat in the tires before qualifying. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Spencer Massey 2014 Mike Neff-084
Spencer Massey with a big burnout. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Shawn Langdon 2014 Mike Neff-125
Shawn Langdon sends it down the track. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Shawn Langdon 2014 Mike Neff-124
Shawn Langdon carries the front wheels on the launch. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Shawn Langdon 2014 Mike Neff-088
Shawn Langdon burning out. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Shane Tucker 2014 Mike Neff-009
Shane Tucker Pro Stock burnout. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Shane Gray 2014 Mike Neff-020
Shane Gray heating them up during his burnout. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Safety Safari Action 2014 Mike Neff-127
The Safety Safari and the Lane Whisperer cleaning up a little excess fuel during qualifying. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Ron Capps 2014 Mike Neff-104
Ron Capps on a qualifying run. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Ron Capps 2014 Mike Neff-102
Ron Capps heats them up during qualifying. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Ron Capps 2014 Mike Neff-059
Ron Capps burns out during qualifying.
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Rodger Brogdon 2014 Mike Neff-008
Rodger Brogdon in a qualifying burnout. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Robert Hight 2014 Mike Neff-066
Robert Hight warms them up. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Robert Hight 2014 Mike Neff-065
Robert Hight prepares to qualify. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Richie Stevens Jr 2014 Mike Neff-007
Richie Stevens launches in the Blue-Emu. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Richie Crampton 2014 Mike Neff-083
A qualifying run for Richie Crampton. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Richie Crampton 2014 Mike Neff-081
Richie Crampton burns them out. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Richie Crampton 2014 Mike Neff-004
Richie Crampton talking to Fronstretch’s Toni Montgomery. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Pat Dakin 2014 Mike Neff-133
Pat Dakin has to be towed down course after his ride wouldn’t fire. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Pat Dakin 2014 Mike Neff-072
A smoky burnout for Pat Dakin. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Nobile and Gaines Launch 2014 Mike Neff-018
Vincent Nobile and V. Gaines in the V round of qualifying. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Morgan Lucas 2014 Mike Neff-121
Morgan Lucas on a qualifying run carrying the front end. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Morgan Lucas 2014 Mike Neff-119
Morgan Lucas lights them up. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Morgan Lucas 2014 Mike Neff-005
Toni Montgomery interviewing Morgan Lucas. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Morgan Lucas  2014 Mike Neff-122
Morgan Lucas puts the coals to it. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Mello Yello Crew 2014 Mike Neff-032
The Mello Yello activation crew looking thrilled to be at the race track. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals McMillan and Pritchett Launch 2014 Mike Neff-075
Terry McMillen and Leah Pritchett set out on a qualifying run. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals McGaha and Gray Launch 2014 Mike Neff-014
Shane Gray and Chris McGaha ripping down the track in qualifying. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Matt Hagan Crew 2014 Mike Neff-112
Matt Hagan’s crew preps the ride for a qualifying run. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Matt Hagan 2014 Mike Neff-111
Matt Hagan on a burnout. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Matt Hagan 2014 Mike Neff-052
Matt Hagan burnt out through the smoke at zMax Dragway. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Line and Enders-Stevens Launch 2014 Mike Neff-026
Jason Line and Erica Enders-Stevens making a pass. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Leah Pritchett 2014 Mike Neff-073
Leah Pritchett smoking the doughnuts. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Larry Morgan 2014 Mike Neff-011
Larry Morgan launching into a run. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Larry Morgan 2014 Mike Neff-010
Larry Morgan prepping his Pro Stock for a Q run. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Langdon and Schumacher Launch 2014 Mike Neff-089
Tony Schumacher and Shawn Langdon hit the gas in Top Fuel. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Khalid alBalooshi Crew 2014 Mike Neff-136
The crew for Khalid alBalooshi makes the final tweaks before his run. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Khalid alBalooshi 2014 Mike Neff-137
Khalid alBalooshi on a qualifying run. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Khalid alBalooshi 2014 Mike Neff-135
A smoky burnout for Khalid alBalooshi. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals JR Todd and B Force Launch 2014 Mike Neff-079
The start of a qualifying pass for JR Todd and Brittany Force. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals JR Todd 2014 Mike Neff-123
JR Todd leaves a smoke trail after his burnout. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals JR Todd 2014 Mike Neff-080
JR Todd making a pass during qualifying. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Jonathan Gray 2014 Mike Neff-015
Jonathan Gray begins a qualifying run. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Jonathan Gray 2014 Mike Neff-012
Jonathan Gray preparing for a time trial pass. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Johnson and C Force Launch 2014 Mike Neff-115
Tommy Johnson Jr. and Courtney Force kicking off a qualifying run. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Johnson and C Force Launch 2014 Mike Neff-056
Courtney Force and Tommy Johnson Jr. hit the throttle at zMax Dragway. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals John Force Racing Crew 2014 Mike Neff-100
John Force’s crew makes the final tweaks before he launches. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals John Force 2014 Mike Neff-101
John Force laying down a qualifying time. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals John Force 2014 Mike Neff-064
John Force prepares for a time trial. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals John Force  2014 Mike Neff-099
John Force spewing smoke and nitro in the starting area. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals John and Courtney Force 2014 Mike Neff-006
John and Courtney Force meet with the media. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Jeg Coughlin 2014 Mike Neff-023
Jeg Coughlin smokes ’em up. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Jeg Coughlin 2014 Mike Neff-022
Jeg Coughlin burning out. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Jeg Coughlin  2014 Mike Neff-025
Jeg Coughlin makes a pass in qualifying. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Jeff Arend 2014 Mike Neff-096
Jeff Arend heating up for a Q run. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Jack Beckman 2014 Mike Neff-110
‘Fast’ Jack Beckman on a qualifying pass. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Jack Beckman 2014 Mike Neff-109
Jack Beckman burns out in his Funny Car. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Jack Beckman 2014 Mike Neff-040
Jack Beckman through the haze. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Ike Maier 2014 Mike Neff-118
Ike Maier loses traction during a qualifying pass. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Ike Maier 2014 Mike Neff-117
Ike Maier burning them out. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Ike Maier 2014 Mike Neff-069
Ike Maier makes a successful qualifying run. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Ike Maier 2014 Mike Neff-068
Ike Maier getting after it. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Hector Arana 2014 Mike Neff-002
Hector Arana in the pit area. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Gray and Connolly Launch 2014 Mike Neff-021
Shane Gray and Dave Connolly making a Pro Stock pass. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Funny Car Countdown Participants 2014 Mike Neff-029
Funny Car Countdown Contenders. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Funny Car Countdown Drivers 2014 Mike Neff-028
Funny Car Countdown Field. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Force and Hight Launch 2014 Mike Neff-067
John Force and Robert Hight on the gas in qualifying. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Erica Enders-Stevens 2014 Mike Neff-001
Erica Enders-Stevens meets with the Media. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Doug Kalitta 2014 Mike Neff-138
Doug Kalitta smokes ’em up before making a qualifying attempt. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Doug Kalitta 2014 Mike Neff-091
Doug Kalitta heating up the rear tires for a qualifying pass. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Doug Kalitta  2014 Mike Neff-139
Doug Kalitta spewing flames on a qualifying run. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Del Worsham 2014 Mike Neff-107
Del Worsham making a pass in qualifying. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Del Worsham 2014 Mike Neff-106
Del Worsham smokes the tires during a burnout. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals DeJoria Name  2014 Mike Neff-060
U.S. Nationals winner Alexis DeJoria’s name above her ‘door’.
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals DeJoria Crew 2014 Mike Neff-061
Alexis DeJoria’s crew making final alterations to her Funny Car setup. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals DeJoria and Capps Launch 2014 Mike Neff-062
Ron Capps and Alexis DeJoria making a run at zMax Dragway. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Dave Richards Crew 2014 Mike Neff-034
Dave Richards’ crew firing up his ride. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Dave Richards 2014 Mike Neff-033
Dave Richards burns out during qualifying. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Dave Connolly 2014 Mike Neff-019
Dave Connolly with a long burnout in Pro Stock. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Cruz Pedregon Crew 2014 Mike Neff-050
Cruz Pedregon’s crew fires off his Funny Car. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Cruz Pedregon Burnout 2014 Mike Neff-051
Cruz Pedregon spewing nitro during his burnout. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Cruz Pedregon 2014 Mike Neff-097
Cruz Pedregon laying down some rubber before a qualifying run. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Cruz Pedregon 2014 Mike Neff-053
Cruz Pedregon runs past the green light on a qualifying run. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Crampton and al Balooshi Launch 2014 Mike Neff-082
Richie Crampton and Khalid alBalooshi on a qual. run. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Courtney Force 2014 Mike Neff-114
Courtney Force with a burnout before qualifying. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Courtney Force 2014 Mike Neff-057
Courtney Force making a qualifying pass. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Courtney Force 2014 Mike Neff-055
Courtney Force smokes the tires before a qualifying attempt. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Clay Millican 2014 Mike Neff-076
Clay Millican burning out in his Top Fuel Dragster. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Chris McGaha 2014 Mike Neff-013
Chris McGaha laying down a burnout. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Chris Karamasines 2014 Mike Neff-120
Chris Karamasines smokes his tires before running down the track in qualifying. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Chad Head 2014 Mike Neff-105
Chad Head lights up the bolognas before his time trial run. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Chad Head 2014 Mike Neff-038
Chad Head breathing fire on his way down the strip. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Chad Head 2014 Mike Neff-036
Chad Head rolls out of his burnout before qualifying. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals C Pedregon and T Pedregon 2014 Mike Neff-098
The Pedregon brothers hit the gas when the tree lights up. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Brown and Kalitta Launch 2014 Mike Neff-093
Antron Brown and Doug Kalitta leaving the starting line. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Brittany Force 2014 Mike Neff-128
Brittany Force makes a run in an effort to make the Carolina Nationals. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Brittany Force 2014 Mike Neff-126
Brittany Force hammers it during a burnout. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Bob Vandergriff 2014 Mike Neff-131
Bob Vandergriff carries the nose on a qualifying run.
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Bob Vandergriff 2014 Mike Neff-129
Bob Vandergriff smoking out the box. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Bob VanderGriff 2014 Mike Neff-077
Bob Vandergriff fires up the rears before his time trial attempt. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Bob Vandergriff  2014 Mike Neff-130
Bob Vandergriff raises the front tires as he hits the throttle in qualifying. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Bob Tasca2014 Mike Neff-043
Bob Tasca in the beginning of a run. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Bob Tasca 2014 Mike Neff-103
Bob Tasce gases up during the burnout. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Bob Tasca 2014 Mike Neff-039
Bob Tasca makes a burnout during time trials at zMax Dragway. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Bob Gilbertson Blow Up 2014 Mike Neff-095
Bob Gilbertson explodes after the hit of the throttle in qualifying. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Bob Gilbertson 2014 Mike Neff-094
Bob Gilbertson burns out his Funny Car. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Billy Torrence 2014 Mike Neff-145
Billy Torrence on the gas. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Billy Torrence 2014 Mike Neff-144
Billy Torrence shows how to burn out. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Billy Torrence 2014 Mike Neff-071
Billy Torrence launches on a single run. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Billy Torrence 2014 Mike Neff-070
Billy Torrence standing up the rear tires. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Beckman and Tasca Launch 2014 Mike Neff-042
Jack Beckman and Bob Tasca hit the throttle on the amber in qualifying. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Arend and Richards Launch 2014 Mike Neff-035
Jeff Arend and Dave Richards launch during qualifying. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Arana Family 2014 Mike Neff-003
The Arana family at the race track. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Antron Brown 2014 Mike Neff-092
Antron Brown heating up the skins for qualifying. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Antron Brown 2014 Mike Neff
Antron Brown holding court with the assembled media. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Allen Johnson 2014 Mike Neff-024
Allen Johnson smokes the tires during his burnout in qualifying.
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Alexis DeJoria 2014 Mike Neff-063
Alexis DeJoria torches her way down the track on her fast run of qualifying. (Credit: Mike Neff)
zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Alexis DeJoria 2014 Mike Neff-058
Alexis DeJoria executing her burnout before making her time trial run. (Credit: Mike Neff)

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Yvonne Leonard

Great job Mr. Neff, great job.

John Harper

Great photos Mike!!!

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