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Fri, 12 Nov 2010, 06:46 PM

Top Fuel Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By David Gerard





POMONA, Calif. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Top Fuel at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 46th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals 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: Tim Cullinan Runs 5.613/117.73, Now #16; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Chris Karamesines Runs 3.990/291.89, Now #8; No Prior Run

2:29 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 75 degrees, relative humidity 22 percent, barometer 29.13 inches, adjusted altitude 2,291 feet, track temperature 99 degrees.

David Grubnic is on the bump spot at 4.384. First pass for the Greek and Cullinan lost his ET to an oil down penality.

Cullinan gets away first, but can match Karamesines pace. The cars starts to smoke heavily and slows.

Karamesines dragster makes a almost clean pass into the #8 slot, with a lot of smoke at the finish line.

Tim Cullinan's incremental times: 60ft-0.894 sec., 330ft-2.325, 660ft-3.779/142.97 mph.
Chris Karamesines' incremental times: 60ft-0.887 sec., 330ft-2.235, 660ft-3.178/266.85 mph.


Left Lane: Terry McMillen Runs 3.974/302.08, Now #8; No Prior Run

Chrisman doesn't show again today and McMillen will make a single. Joran Persaker is on the bump spot at 4.274.

No oil this time and a clean and straight pass to the new number eight position in the field. A big sigh of relief from the team.

Terry McMillen's incremental times: 60ft-0.873 sec., 330ft-2.216, 660ft-3.171/264.23 mph.

Left Lane: Scott Palmer Runs 3.947/282.84, Now #8; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Steve Faria No Time, Now #24; Best prior run: 9.358/69.78, Was #23

A career best ET for Palmer moves the Tigerflow dragster into the ever popular number eight spot. Nice pass.

Faria's engine goes BOOM near the lights and his 4.503 ET and 185.590 MPH is DQ'ed for oil.

Scott Palmer's incremental times: 60ft-0.854 sec., 330ft-2.184, 660ft-3.134/266.64 mph.
Steve Faria's incremental times: 60ft-0.890 sec., 330ft-2.282, 660ft-3.340/223.62 mph.

Left Lane: Ron August Runs 5.594/125.10, Now #18; Best prior run: 14.989/28.09, Was #25
Right Lane: Morgan Lucas No Time, Now #24; Best prior run: 9.306/90.05, Was #23

2:47 p.m. The track is clean and the call goes out to start the engines. Mike Strasburg is on the bump spot at 4.113.

August is in the Hartley Family Fueler this weekend and the car strikes the tires before the 100 foot mark.

Lucas' pass is DQ'ed as the engine erupts near the finish line and the clean up trucks are rolling. That's two in a row.

Ron August's incremental times: 60ft-0.884 sec., 330ft-2.413, 660ft-3.867/148.84 mph.
Morgan Lucas' incremental times: 60ft-0.884 sec., 330ft-2.237, 660ft-3.214/254.14 mph.

Left Lane: Shawn Langdon Runs 3.881/313.80, Now #5; Best prior run: 8.240/84.58, Was #22
Right Lane: Antron Brown Runs 3.905/312.28, Now #7; Best prior run: 8.482/79.38, Was #23

3:00 p.m. One more time!

Two good passes this time, with no oil!

They leave together and Langdon's car starts to pull ahead all the way to the finish line. That good enough for a top half of the field #5 spot. Brown gets a full pass too into the new #7 spot.

Shawn Langdon's incremental times: 60ft-0.846 sec., 330ft-2.178, 660ft-3.107/273.61 mph.
Antron Brown's incremental times: 60ft-0.865 sec., 330ft-2.208, 660ft-3.133/275.84 mph.

Left Lane: Dom Lagana Runs 3.939/308.85, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.353/128.71, Was #19
Right Lane: Troy Buff Runs 4.250/220.66, Now #17; Best prior run: 8.148/79.57, Was #23

Chris Karamesines is on the bump spot at 3.990.

Lagana show the power and uses the 1000 feet to run well enough to just miss the top half of the field.

No joy for the BME Team, as there is smoke off the engine at the top end and Buff's car slows.

Dom Lagana's incremental times: 60ft-0.865 sec., 330ft-2.216, 660ft-3.154/270.16 mph.
Troy Buff's incremental times: 60ft-0.871 sec., 330ft-2.264, 660ft-3.276/247.61 mph.

Left Lane: Joran Persaker Runs 4.113/225.67, Now #16; Best prior run: 4.274/206.35, Was #18
Right Lane: Stig Neergaard No Time, Now #23; Best prior run: 7.630/97.18, Was #23

Terry McMillen is on the bump spot at 3.974.

The speeds here should be in Kilometers per hour!

Neergaard is away first, but quickly starts to drop cylinders. He stays it too long and there is a flash and fire from the engine. The car continues to burn until it spots on the track, but he is OK. Needless to say: Oil on the track!

Persaker has a much drier pass and moves up two s[pots to the current #16 spot.

Joran Persaker's incremental times: 60ft-0.861 sec., 330ft-2.203, 660ft-3.149/263.72 mph.
Stig Neergaard's incremental times: 60ft-0.898 sec., 330ft-2.299, 660ft-3.386/213.16 mph.

Left Lane: Mike Strasburg Runs 3.943/309.20, Now #10; Best prior run: 4.113/232.35, Was #15
Right Lane: Mark Mariani Runs 4.259/214.18, Now #19; Best prior run: 5.148/136.18, Was #20

3:21 p.m. Looks like a bad pattern is developing here. Back to qualifying.

Strasburg gets a better pass this time and will get into the show for now.

Mariani's fueler starts to drop cylinder on the left bank and it drives the car almost over the center line before he can get it straightened out.

Mike Strasburg's incremental times: 60ft-0.871 sec., 330ft-2.225, 660ft-3.160/271.68 mph.
Mark Mariani's incremental times: 60ft-0.869 sec., 330ft-2.236, 660ft-3.227/242.15 mph.

Left Lane: Bob Vandergriff Runs 3.959/308.43, Now #8; Best prior run: 3.927/306.46, Was #8
Right Lane: David Grubnic Runs 7.399/73.16, Now #20; Best prior run: 4.384/181.98, Was #20

Scott Palmer is on the bump spot at 3.947.

Grubnic shakes and starts to drop cylinders right off the line and clicks it off early.

Vandergriff has a clean pass to pick up a little MPH and lose a little ET. He will stay #8.

Bob Vandergriff's incremental times: 60ft-0.869 sec., 330ft-2.224, 660ft-3.170/267.85 mph.

Left Lane: Steve Torrence Runs 9.914/80.70, Now #6; Best prior run: 3.892/311.63, Was #6
Right Lane: Lex Joon Runs 4.599/178.59, Now #17; Best prior run: 4.120/293.98, Was #17

No joy here.

Torrance smokes the tires at the hit. Joon gets a 0.893 sixty foot time and then starts to mix up the cylinders. He doesn't get much further before the blower belt flies off.

Left Lane: Cory McClenathan Runs 4.553/166.48, Now #4; Best prior run: 3.853/317.87, Was #4
Right Lane: T.J. Zizzo Runs 3.918/310.77, Now #8; Best prior run: 4.004/280.89, Was #15

Zizzo has problems backing up and the team runs out to drag the fueler back to the lights. Apparently no serious issues, as he makes a strong pass into the field in the number eight spot.

McClenathan can't improve, as he leaves hard and then kicks the tires right after the three thirty foot lights.

Cory McClenathan's incremental times: 60ft-0.843 sec., 330ft-2.168, 660ft-3.253/197.74 mph.
T.J. Zizzo's incremental times: 60ft-0.874 sec., 330ft-2.201, 660ft-3.138/270.43 mph.

Left Lane: Doug Kalitta Runs 3.841/320.28, Now #3; Best prior run: 3.840/316.30, Was #3
Right Lane: Brandon Bernstein Runs 3.895/314.83, Now #7; Best prior run: 3.945/307.37, Was #12

Kalitta's engine pushed a head gasket yesterday and he still qualified #3. This is his 300th career race. Brandon Bernstein is on the bump spot at 3.945.

Two good passes, with Kalitta basically repeating his ET from yesterday with a better speed.

Bernstein puts the power to the ground and moves well up the ladder to near the top half.

Doug Kalitta's incremental times: 60ft-0.853 sec., 330ft-2.165, 660ft-3.082/276.97 mph.
Brandon Bernstein's incremental times: 60ft-0.862 sec., 330ft-2.194, 660ft-3.124/273.66 mph.

Left Lane: Larry Dixon Runs 5.708/117.21, Now #1; Best prior run: 3.813/318.39, Was #1
Right Lane: Tony Schumacher Runs 3.855/307.72, Now #2; Best prior run: 3.840/320.58, Was #2

Mike Strasburg is on the bump spot at 3.943.

Dixon is away first and doesn't stay there long, as the car overpowers the track and he has to lift.

Schumacher makes a strong pass, just a little slower than yesterday to stay #2.

Larry Dixon's incremental times: 60ft-0.845 sec., 330ft-2.242, 660ft-3.815/133.47 mph.
Tony Schumacher's incremental times: 60ft-0.843 sec., 330ft-2.172, 660ft-3.085/279.79 mph.

3:40 p.m.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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