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Sat, 20 Sep 2008, 03:08 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By Rick Green

ENNIS, Texas - Notes from final, round 3 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 this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time/speed, and position in order prior to run:
Left Lane: Carl Magee Runs 7.311/205.69, Now #22; Best prior run: 6.367/236.38, Was #21
Right Lane: Kimmelyn Buff Pesz Runs 5.430/261.98, Now #10; No Prior Run

Weather conditions: air temperature 81 degrees, relative humidity 55 percent, barometer 29.54 inches, adjusted altitude 2,666 feet, track temperature 109 degrees.

Pesz with her first pass of the weekend and she gets into the show.

Left Lane: Todd Odom Runs 5.737/256.65, Now #21; Best prior run: 5.868/249.35, Was #21
Right Lane: Karl Brounkowski Runs 5.582/257.14, Now #17; Best prior run: 5.838/245.36, Was #20

Left Lane: Malcolm Wahle Runs 5.503/262.39, Now #16; Best prior run: 5.656/234.21, Was #19
Right Lane: Bill Evans Runs 5.781/259.46, Now #20; Best prior run: 5.721/260.26, Was #20

Wahle with his best pass of the weekend to get into the show. Malcolm Wahle's incremental times: 60ft-0.945 sec., 330ft-2.478, 660ft-3.657/212.29mph, 1,000ft-4.654

Left Lane: Doug Hegge Runs 5.479/261.88, Now #13; Best prior run: 5.584/262.69, Was #19
Right Lane: Brittany Force Runs 5.510/266.64, Now #18; Best prior run: 5.534/260.41, Was #17

Hegge with a career best E.T. to get into the show. Reichert is here helping Hegge. Doug Hegge's incremental times: 60ft-0.948 sec., 330ft-2.485, 660ft-3.650/215.75mph, 1,000ft-4.628 force with her best pass of the weekend, but she will not get into the show.

Left Lane: Del Cox Jr. Runs 5.338/271.24, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.478/257.63, Was #12
Right Lane: Michael Manners Runs 5.491/261.93, Now #15; Best prior run: 5.500/260.06, Was #16

Manners with a career best E.T. and he improves one spot...Michael Manners' incremental times: 60ft-0.982 sec., 330ft-2.510, 660ft-3.667/217.49mph, 1,000ft-4.645 Cox Jr. with a career best mph and he moves into the top half of the show...Del Cox Jr.'s incremental times: 60ft-0.967 sec., 330ft-2.458, 660ft-3.566/226.35mph, 1,000ft-4.516

Left Lane: Darryl Hitchman Runs 5.487/256.31, Now #12; Best prior run: 5.453/261.67, Was #12
Right Lane: David Brounkowski Runs 5.497/251.81, Now #16; Best prior run: 5.496/257.58, Was #16

Left Lane: Brandon Lewis Runs 5.348/258.96, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.394/258.17, Was #8
Right Lane: Kate Harker Runs 5.306/261.12, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.487/253.37, Was #14

Harker with her quickest pass of the year to move up to the number two spot...Kate Harker's incremental times: 60ft-0.933 sec., 330ft-2.398, 660ft-3.512/224.55mph, 1,000ft-4.466 Lewis with his best pass of the weekend, and still gets bumped back one spot. Brandon Lewis' incremental times: 60ft-0.910 sec., 330ft-2.384, 660ft-3.526/219.47mph, 1,000ft-4.498

Left Lane: Courtney Force Runs 5.401/262.44, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.348/269.56, Was #8
Right Lane: Jeff Hamelink Runs 5.440/265.48, Now #11; Best prior run: 5.427/266.06, Was #11

No help here for either one of these drivers and they will stay Nos. 8 & 11. Courtney Force's incremental times: 60ft-0.948 sec., 330ft-2.457, 660ft-3.594/220.12mph, 1,000ft-4.560
Jeff Hamelink's incremental times: 60ft-0.947 sec., 330ft-2.460, 660ft-3.622/216.24mph, 1,000ft-4.603

Left Lane: Aaron Tatum Runs 5.451/266.42, Now #7; Best prior run: 5.342/273.44, Was #7
Right Lane: Darvin Martinets Runs 5.428/262.95, Now #10; Best prior run: 5.414/264.60, Was #10

Aaron Tatum's incremental times: 60ft-0.977 sec., 330ft-2.505, 660ft-3.647/221.74mph, 1,000ft-4.614
Darvin Martinets' incremental times: 60ft-0.932 sec., 330ft-2.408, 660ft-3.571/212.43mph, 1,000ft-4.575

Right Lane: Spencer Massey Runs 5.518/265.48, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.328/270.16, Was #4

No help here for Massey...he stays in the number four spot. Spencer Massey's incremental times: 60ft-0.952 sec., 330ft-2.505, 660ft-3.688/213.74mph, 1,000ft-4.676

Left Lane: Jim Whiteley Runs 5.278/270.27, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.278/271.08, Was #1
Right Lane: Marty Thacker No Time, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.322/270.81, Was #3

Thacker pulls out of line. Whiteley with another great pass, as he matches his number one qualifying pass from yesterday. Jim Whiteley's incremental times: 60ft-0.904 sec., 330ft-2.343, 660ft-3.474/218.80mph, 1,000ft-4.450

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