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Fri, 21 Sep 2007, 04:16 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Dave Rowe





ENNIS, Texas - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 22st annual O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec listing lane, driver name, elapsed time/top speed this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time/speed, and position in order prior to run:
Right Lane: Carl Magee Runs 10.038/111.67, Now #25; Best prior run: 7.051/217.28, Was #25

2:33 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 87 degrees, relative humidity 39 percent, barometer 29.36 inches, adjusted altitude 2,732 feet, track temperature 131 degrees.

Magee hits the throttle and the engine starts spitting and sputtering. He gets about 300 feet out, pedals once, then gives up on the run.


Left Lane: Jeff Hamelink Runs 5.697/251.11, Now #17; Best prior run: 5.901/227.34, Was #23
Right Lane: Artie Allen Runs 6.236/218.48, Now #24; Best prior run: 6.441/209.52, Was #24

Hamelink was putting fuel out of the left header all the way through the run but he still makes a decent pass. Allen till having problems but a slight improvement in his ET.

Left Lane: Chris Holley Runs 6.098/219.83, Now #23; Best prior run: 5.856/236.59, Was #23
Right Lane: Dave Hirata Runs 5.524/260.21, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.740/245.18, Was #19

Hirata makes a big move out of the gate and the engine pulls hard all the way through the run. Holley put out a cylinder late in the run.

Left Lane: Brandon Johnson Runs 6.070/235.60, Now #22; Best prior run: 5.835/245.14, Was #22
Right Lane: Bill Evans No Time, Now #19; Best prior run: 5.727/224.77, Was #19

Johnson had a hole out all the way through the run. Evans never made it to the line.

Left Lane: Karl Brounkowski Runs 6.038/247.61, Now #21; Best prior run: 5.785/253.33, Was #21
Right Lane: Darryl Hitchman Runs 5.959/230.49, Now #17; Best prior run: 5.632/247.84, Was #17

Hitchman had a hole out all the way through the run. Brounkowski makes a clean run, just not quick enough.

Left Lane: John Finke Runs 5.734/261.42, Now #20; Best prior run: 5.767/263.31, Was #20
Right Lane: Troy Buff Runs 5.496/257.14, Now #7; Best prior run: 5.593/249.49, Was #15

Buff has the best sixty foot time of the round, a .940, and the engine pulls hard all the way through the run. Finke makes a decent pass but not enough to get in the show.

Left Lane: Brandon Lewis Runs 5.827/254.28, Now #16; Best prior run: 5.630/258.62, Was #16
Right Lane: Duane Shields Runs 5.744/264.03, Now #12; Best prior run: 5.538/269.03, Was #12

No apparent problems for either dragster but they both slow from their first attempts.

Left Lane: Brandon Pierce Runs 5.684/255.73, Now #15; Best prior run: 5.559/265.12, Was #15
Right Lane: Randy Meyer Runs 5.977/243.46, Now #11; Best prior run: 5.536/257.92, Was #11



Left Lane: Shawn Langdon Runs 5.722/246.71, Now #14; Best prior run: 5.549/257.78, Was #14
Right Lane: Darvin Martinets Runs 5.502/260.76, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.521/259.91, Was #9

Martinets keeps all the candles lit and makes another good run.

Left Lane: James Thompson Runs 5.693/258.07, Now #13; Best prior run: 5.541/265.85, Was #13
Right Lane: Marty Thacker Runs 5.536/256.45, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.509/259.11, Was #9

A couple of pretty decent runs for the conditions but a little off their earlier pace.

Left Lane: Thomas Bayer Runs 5.596/261.42, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.481/262.28, Was #6
Right Lane: Jim Whiteley Runs 13.408/66.83, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.384/264.60, Was #5

Whiteley rattled the tires and clicked it off early. Bayer spun the tires a little off the line but made a decent pass.

Left Lane: Bill Reichert Runs 5.304/264.91, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.334/266.74, Was #2
Right Lane: Aaron Tatum No Time, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.345/276.29, Was #4

Tatum had problems after the burnout and had to click it off. Reichert makes a great pass and goes around Olivarez to take the pole.

Left Lane: Aaron Olivarez Runs 5.415/269.94, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.306/274.55, Was #2
Right Lane: Kate Harker Runs 5.423/259.96, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.340/267.11, Was #3

A good side-by-side, both dragsters go right down the groove, but neither improve.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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