After witnessing a wild weekend of seemingly endless rain, many near misses and a few crashes, the grandstands were full of race fans experiencing the completion of the 34th edition of the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals, held at Atlanta Dragway on Monday, May 19, 2014.
By the end of qualifying session four on Saturday, two women were in the number one spot, Alexis Dejoria in Funny Car with a 4.012 second pass, and Erica Enders in Pro Stock with a 6.493 pass. Doug Kalitta qualified number one in Top Fuel with a 3.732, Eddie Krawiec was number one in Pro Stock Motorcycle (6.796) and Rickie Smith earned the number one qualifying spot in Pro Mod with a 5.795.
Showers on Friday and Saturday did delay action, but qualifying was still completed on schedule. Relentless rains on Sunday first postponed action to Sunday evening. The NHRA Safety Safari worked as hard as they could to prepare the track, but it just did not come around. After five pairs of Top Fuel dragsters tried to run, the plug was pulled for the evening and eliminations were completed on Monday. Even on Monday, NHRA waited until almost noon before sending the professional classes down the track.
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