Mountain rains on DSR parade at Mopar Mile-High Nationals
as Langdon leads team in Top Fuel, Johnson best in Funny Car

DENVER  - A rainbow appeared near Bandimere Speedway after a two-hour delay for an evening for thunderstorm, but it didn't lead to a pot of gold for Don Schumacher Racing on the opening day of the 37th annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals near Denver.
 
After dominating the Funny Car category by winning the last seven NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events and six of the last seven No. 1 qualifying spots, only Tommy Johnson Jr. and the Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T made it into the top-eight  with a best run of 4.136 seconds at 291.63 mph after two of four qualifying sessions.
 
It was a little better for DSR in Top Fuel, where Langdon moved up to the provisional No. 3 spot with a time of 3.826 (310.48), and Tony Schumacher moved up to No. 5 with a 3.836 with both runs coming in the last session that ended a little before 11 p.m. (MT)
                                                                                             
Langdon with the Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher/Sandvik Coromant dragster and points leader Antron Brown and the Matco Tools/U.S. Army team each have won twice in the past five races.
 
Leah Pritchett, making her fifth start for DSR and first in the Mopar/Pennzoil dragster led DSR in the first session and holds the sixth spot after the second session. Pritchett's crew chiefs Mike Guger and Joe Barlam were the No. 1 qualifiers a year ago while racing with a different team.
 
Qualifying resumes Saturday with sessions scheduled for 4:30 and 7 p.m. leading to Sunday's championship eliminations beginning at 11 a.m.
 
The Mopar Mile-High Nationals is the 14th of 24 events in the Mello Yello Series and first stop on the three-race, three-week Western Swing that heads to Sonoma, Calif., near San Francisco, next weekend and concludes near Seattle.
 
The following are Friday's qualifying results for DSR at Bandimere.

TOP FUEL
Provisional No. 1 qualifier: Steve Torrence (CAPCO Contractors), 3.776 sec.,.325.14 mph-track records
 
SHAWN LANGDON, Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher/Sandvik Coromant
Provisional qualifying position: No. 3
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 4.040 sec., 292.33 mph, (Session 1); 3.826, 310.48, (Session 2)
 
TONY SCHUMACHER, U.S. Army
Provisional qualifying position: No. 5
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 8.572 sec., 70.27 mph, (Session 1); 3.836, 313.07, (Session 2)
 
LEAH PRITCHETT, Mopar/Pennzoil
Provisional qualifying position: No. 6
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 3.943 sec., 278.00 mph, (Session 1); 3.881, 312.35, (Session 2)
 
ANTRON BROWN, Matco Tool/U.S. Army
Provisional qualifying position: No. 9
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 7.599 sec., 90.89 mph, (Session 1); 3.911, 281.30, (Session 2)
 
 
FUNNY CAR
Provisional No. 1 qualifier: Courtney Force (John Force Racing), 3.917 sec.-track record, 318.39 mph
 
TOMMY JOHNSON JR., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T
Provisional qualifying position: No. 7
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 4.136 sec., 291.63 mph, (Session 1); 8.368, 85.29, (Session 2)
 
JACK BECKMAN, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T
Provisional qualifying position: No. 9
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 4.175 sec., 236.05 mph, (Session 1); 4.234, 220.37, (Session 2)
 
MATT HAGAN, Mopar Express Lane/Rocky Boots Charger R/T
Provisional qualifying position: No. 10
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 4.444 sec., 198.90 mph, (Session 1); 11.422, 71.23, (Session 2)

RON CAPPS, NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T
Provisional qualifying position: No. 12
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 6.514 sec., 107.35 mph, (Session 1); 7.935, 88.88, (Session 2)