Friday qualifying ended on a high note for DENSO with three (provisional) #1 Qualifiers powered by DENSO: Matt Smith, Pro Stock Motorcycle; Greg Anderson, Pro Stock Car; and Clay Millican, Top Fuel.
Clay set a new track record with his 3.758-second, 331.12 mph pass on Friday night. His low ET and top speed held solid for the remainder of the event. This headline was picked up by NBC Sports and ABC News. (Ultimately, Clay will go out in the second round of eliminations on Sunday, losing by a very narrow margin – just two 100ths of a second to Mike Salinas)
12 of the top 16 qualifiers in Pro Stock car were powered by DENSO spark plugs
Blake Alexander, sponsored by the Pronto Group went all the way to the finals on Sunday. Blake is another Top Fuel driver (same class as Clay) who displays a DENSO Vehicle MRI decal on his car. Blake doesn’t race the full season and took down Antron Brown in the first round.
Sunday Event Winners – Powered by DENSO:
Pro Stock Motorcycle – Eddie Krawiec, Vance & Hines/Harley-Davidson
Stock Eliminator – Jeff Strickland
Competition Eliminator – Van Puckett
Super Street – Keith Mayers