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Fri, 19 Sep 2008, 02:46 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Rick Green

ENNIS, Texas - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 23rd annual O'Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Left Lane: Michael Manners Runs 5.666/247.84, Now #1
Right Lane: Carl Magee Runs 6.367/236.38, Now #2

Weather conditions: air temperature 77 degrees, relative humidity 54 percent, barometer 29.54 inches, adjusted altitude 2,287 feet, track temperature 107 degrees.

Manners making his debut in Top Alcohol Dragster, it appears Conway is helping him. Nice pass for Manners...Michael Manners' incremental times: 60ft-0.977 sec., 330ft-2.554, 660ft-3.762/209.01mph, 1,000ft-4.783

Left Lane: Karl Brounkowski Runs 5.677/248.61, Now #2
Right Lane: Todd Odom Runs 5.868/249.35, Now #3

Odom labored all the way down the track. Karl Brounkowski's incremental times: 60ft-0.971 sec., 330ft-2.562, 660ft-3.773/207.78mph, 1,000ft-4.792

Left Lane: Kate Harker Runs 5.636/252.38, Now #1
Right Lane: Malcolm Wahle Runs 5.656/234.21, Now #2

Harker had holes out on the right side right at the hit...she still goes to number one. Kate Harker's incremental times: 60ft-0.988 sec., 330ft-2.562, 660ft-3.751/211.13mph, 1,000ft-4.759 Wahle with nice pass...Malcolm Wahle's incremental times: 60ft-0.960 sec., 330ft-2.496, 660ft-3.701/206.95mph, 1,000ft-4.735

Right Lane: Courtney Force Runs 5.348/269.56, Now #1

Force with a little wiggle right off the starting line and then runs quickest and fastest pass of the her career. She goes to the number one spot. Courtney Force's incremental times: 60ft-0.931 sec., 330ft-2.431, 660ft-3.563/221.92mph, 1,000ft-4.522

Left Lane: Brittany Force No Time, Now #10
Right Lane: Doug Hegge Runs 10.408/86.28, Now #8

Force broke on the burnout. Hegge is up in smoke as soon as he hits the throttle.

Left Lane: Darvin Martinets Runs 5.615/257.58, Now #2
Right Lane: Brandon Pierce Runs 17.654/58.64, Now #10

Darvin Martinets' incremental times: 60ft-0.978 sec., 330ft-2.463, 660ft-3.703/200.98mph, 1,000ft-4.743 Pierce is up in smoke as soon as he hit the throttle.

Left Lane: David Brounkowski Runs 5.496/257.58, Now #3
Right Lane: Darryl Hitchman Runs 5.453/261.67, Now #2

A couple nice looking passes to go to numbers two and three...David Brounkowski's incremental times: 60ft-0.986 sec., 330ft-2.497, 660ft-3.649/217.46mph, 1,000ft-4.636
Darryl Hitchman's incremental times: 60ft-0.966 sec., 330ft-2.462, 660ft-3.613/216.45mph, 1,000ft-4.602

Left Lane: Jeff Hamelink Runs 5.372/268.87, Now #2
Right Lane: Del Cox Jr. Runs 14.097/80.76, Now #13

cox Jr. is up in smoke as soon as he hits the throttle. Hamelink with a great pass, a career best E.T. and mph. He goes to the number two spot...Jeff Hamelink's incremental times: 60ft-0.928 sec., 330ft-2.432, 660ft-3.575/219.69mph, 1,000ft-4.543

Left Lane: Bill Evans Runs 5.721/260.26, Now #11
Right Lane: Brandon Lewis Runs 5.394/258.17, Now #3

Lewis with a good clean pass, straight down the groove. Brandon Lewis' incremental times: 60ft-0.949 sec., 330ft-2.424, 660ft-3.555/220.91mph, 1,000ft-4.535 Evans with a clean pass...Bill Evans' incremental times: 60ft-1.006 sec., 330ft-2.628, 660ft-3.843/209.17mph, 1,000ft-4.858

Left Lane: Spencer Massey Runs 5.328/270.16, Now #1
Right Lane: Aaron Tatum Runs 5.342/273.44, Now #2

This was a great drag race with these two going to the number one and two spots. Spencer Massey's incremental times: 60ft-0.933 sec., 330ft-2.426, 660ft-3.555/222.58mph, 1,000ft-4.508
Aaron Tatum's incremental times: 60ft-0.953 sec., 330ft-2.453, 660ft-3.581/223.21mph, 1,000ft-4.531

Left Lane: Marty Thacker Runs 5.330/269.29, Now #2
Right Lane: Jim Whiteley Runs 5.371/270.10, Now #5

A couple blown cars to wrap session one with a couple good looking pass. Thacker goes to the number two spot... Marty Thacker's incremental times: 60ft-0.922 sec., 330ft-2.373, 660ft-3.514/217.11mph, 1,000ft-4.497 Whiteley goes to the number five spot...Jim Whiteley's incremental times: 60ft-0.930 sec., 330ft-2.414, 660ft-3.558/217.56mph, 1,000ft-4.539

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