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.

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
FRIDAY: 4.040 sec., 292.33 mph, (Session 1); 3.826, 310.48, (Session 2)
Provisional qualifying position: No. 5
FRIDAY: 8.572 sec., 70.27 mph, (Session 1); 3.836, 313.07, (Session 2)
LEAH PRITCHETT, Mopar/Pennzoil
Provisional qualifying position: No. 6
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
FRIDAY: 7.599 sec., 90.89 mph, (Session 1); 3.911, 281.30, (Session 2)
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
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
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
FRIDAY: 4.444 sec., 198.90 mph, (Session 1); 11.422, 71.23, (Session 2)

Provisional qualifying position: No. 12
FRIDAY: 6.514 sec., 107.35 mph, (Session 1); 7.935, 88.88, (Session 2)