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Fri, 12 Sep 2008, 05:06 PM

Top Fuel Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Rick Green





CONCORD, N.C. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Top Fuel at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, Inaugural NHRA Carolinas Nationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Left Lane: Doug Foley Runs 3.954/307.44, Now #1
Right Lane: Clay Millican Runs 3.980/306.74, Now #2

Weather conditions: air temperature 85 degrees, relative humidity 60 percent, barometer 29.43 inches, adjusted altitude 3,208 feet, track temperature 118 degrees.

Foley launched hard and keep it hooked up all the way down the 1000 feet. Doug Foley's incremental times: 60ft-0.889 sec., 330ft-2.232, 660ft-3.167/271.41mph. Millican with a nice pass to start the weekend...


Left Lane: Troy Buff Runs 3.937/304.67, Now #1
Right Lane: J.R. Todd Runs 4.089/244.69, Now #4

Weather conditions: air temperature 85 degrees, relative humidity 60 percent, barometer 29.43 inches, adjusted altitude 3,208 feet, track temperature 118 degrees.

Todd with problems after the 660-foot mark and he clicked it off early. Buff with a nice pass to start the weekend...Troy Buff's incremental times: 60ft-0.855 sec., 330ft-2.198, 660ft-3.144/268.92mph, 1,000ft-99.999


Left Lane: Bob Vandergriff Runs 4.008/295.08, Now #5
Right Lane: Morgan Lucas Runs 3.984/304.94, Now #4

Vandergriff with a big puff of smoke when he lifted and apparently his used up some parts and we oil in his lane. Lucas explained after his run they went and tested, and he believes they have found some things. He goes to the number four spot...Morgan Lucas' incremental times: 60ft-0.873 sec., 330ft-2.227, 660ft-3.187/266.06mph.

Left Lane: David Grubnic Runs 4.169/230.49, Now #8
Right Lane: Doug Kalitta Runs 3.936/310.84, Now #1

Kalitta with a real good looking pass and goes to number spot. Doug Kalitta's incremental times: 60ft-0.858 sec., 330ft-2.216, 660ft-3.154/273.27mph. Grubnic pitched the blower belt and coasted on through the 1000 feet.

Left Lane: Doug Herbert Runs 4.088/268.38, Now #8
Right Lane: Hillary Will Runs 3.927/308.07, Now #1

Herbert dropped a cylinder or two and slowed on the top end. Will launched hard and keep the Goodyears hooked up all the way down the 1000 feet. Hillary Will's incremental times: 60ft-0.873 sec., 330ft-2.212, 660ft-3.143/271.95mph.

Left Lane: Brandon Bernstein Runs 3.880/313.80, Now #1
Right Lane: Rod Fuller Runs 3.933/304.94, Now #3

Bernstein with a great pass straight down Broadway to go to the number one spot. Brandon Bernstein's incremental times: 60ft-0.863 sec., 330ft-2.187, 660ft-3.108/275.34mph. Fuller with a nice pass to go to the number three spot. Rod Fuller's incremental times: 60ft-0.874 sec., 330ft-2.207, 660ft-3.141/270.21mph.

Left Lane: Cory McClenathan Runs 3.903/312.71, Now #2
Right Lane: Larry Dixon Runs 3.910/309.13, Now #3

This was great side-by-side drag race and these two go to the No. 2 and 3 spots. Cory McClenathan's incremental times: 60ft-0.860 sec., 330ft-2.195, 660ft-3.126/273.05mph.
Larry Dixon's incremental times: 60ft-0.860 sec., 330ft-2.199, 660ft-3.127/273.22mph.

Left Lane: Antron Brown Runs 4.835/154.42, Now #16
Right Lane: Tony Schumacher Runs 3.937/308.92, Now #7

Brown started to strike the tires and clicked it off early. Schumacher with a clean pass, and goes to the No. 7 spot. Tony Schumacher's incremental times: 60ft-0.885 sec., 330ft-2.216, 660ft-3.151/271.19mph.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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