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Fri, 19 Sep 2003, 06:53 PM

Top Fuel Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Rick Green





MILLINGTON, Tenn. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Top Fuel at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 16th annual O'Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals presented by Pennzoil listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Left Lane: Bill Ancona Runs 7.564/102.82, Now #2
Right Lane: Jerry Freeman Runs 7.195/116.82, Now #1

Ancona really started shaking the tires around 60 feet and and then headed toward the centerline before he clicked it off. Freeman with some tire chatter out about 100 feet and then the engine went silent around 500 feet. He either clicked it off or it pitched the blower belt.

Right Lane: Scott Kalitta Runs 6.369/125.01, Now #1

Kalitta launched hard a then started to smoke the tires around 330 feet and clicked it off.

Left Lane: Chris Karamesines Runs 4.888/267.06, Now #2
Right Lane: Scott Palmer Runs 4.745/304.74, Now #1

Palmer with a good pass getting the Goodyears to hook up all the way down the 1320. Karamesines was right there with him until the 1100 feet when he slowed.

Left Lane: David Grubnic Runs 7.768/87.54, Now #7
Right Lane: Clay Millican Runs 5.508/166.27, Now #3

Grubnic lost traction early in the run. Millican made to about half track before he lost traction and clicked it off.

Left Lane: Scott Weis Runs 4.728/315.78, Now #1
Right Lane: Paul Romine Runs 4.762/296.89, Now #3

Romine made a quick move toward the centerline at half track and reeled it back in. Weis launched hard and keep the candle lit and the Goodyears stuck all the way down the quarter mile for the number one spot for now.

Left Lane: Kenny Bernstein Runs 9.203/84.45, Now #11
Right Lane: Rhonda Hartman-Smith Runs 6.378/135.65, Now #7

Bernstein was up in smoke right off the starting line and Rhonda made it to about 330 feet before she lost traction.

Left Lane: Doug Herbert Runs 6.237/131.57, Now #7
Right Lane: John Smith Runs 4.770/290.19, Now #4

Herbert lost traction around 300 feet and clicked it off. Smith with a good looking straight down the groove.

Left Lane: David Baca Runs 4.680/262.23, Now #2
Right Lane: Cory McClenathan Runs 4.598/316.60, Now #1

This was a good side by side drag race here. Cory McClenathan's incremental times: 60ft-0.855 sec., 330ft-2.179, 660ft-3.117/269.62mph, 1,000ft-3.907

Left Lane: Tony Schumacher Runs 4.551/321.65, Now #1
Right Lane: Darrell Russell Runs 10.132/87.57, Now #17

Schumacher launches hard and get it to stick all the way down for the number one spot. He continues on the his recent terror of the Top Fuel category resetting his E.T. track record and Kenny Bernstein's five year old mph track record here. Russell was up in smoke right off the starting line.

Left Lane: Doug Kalitta Runs 4.573/321.88, Now #2
Right Lane: Larry Dixon Runs 4.592/322.27, Now #3

When end this session with the number one and two in points and it is a great drag race. Kalitta with the quicker of the two, but Dixon was faster and he takes the the track mph record. We end round one with Schumacher number one and Ancona is on the bubble with 7.564 seconds.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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