POMONA, Calif. - Notes from final, round 3 qualifying in Top Alcohol Dragster 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: Johnny Ahten Runs 5.404/260.31, Now #14; Best prior run: 5.590/230.76, Was #19
4:53 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 74 degrees, relative humidity 25 percent, barometer 29.09 inches, adjusted altitude 2,278 feet, track temperature 79 degrees.
Shields is on the bump spot at 5.459.
Left Lane: Ashley Bart Runs 5.523/263.62, Now #19; Best prior run: 5.479/253.37, Was #19
Right Lane: Buddy Domingue Runs 5.460/241.97, Now #18; Best prior run: 5.460/235.84, Was #18
Megan Mc Kernan is on the bump spot at 5.416.
No joy, as neither dragster can improve.
Ashley Bart's incremental times: 60ft-0.925 sec., 330ft-2.434, 660ft-3.644/205.13 mph, 1,000ft-4.667.
Buddy Domingue's incremental times: 60ft-0.917 sec., 330ft-2.402, 660ft-3.553/214.08 mph, 1,000ft-4.558.
Left Lane: Megan Mc Kernan No Time, Now #16; Best prior run: 5.416/243.28, Was #16
Right Lane: Duane Shields Runs 5.493/259.11, Now #17; Best prior run: 5.459/253.04, Was #17
McKernan's engine goes silent after the burn out, before she staged. Odd!
She lucks out, as Shields can't run well enough to qualify!
Duane Shields' incremental times: 60ft-0.992 sec., 330ft-2.528, 660ft-3.676/218.90 mph, 1,000ft-4.644.
Left Lane: Joey Severance Runs 10.466/49.59, Now #13; Best prior run: 5.378/263.82, Was #12
Right Lane: Don St. Arnaud Runs 5.362/269.94, Now #10; Best prior run: 5.408/269.62, Was #15
Severance is away first, but slow in sixty feet. The car picked up the pace after that and then went BOOM, with a flash and sparks off the top of the engine right after the 330 foot lights.
St. Arnaud runs a career best ET and speed to move off the near bottom of the ladder position and into the #10 spot. Great pass for the team...
Joey Severance's incremental times: 60ft-1.024 sec., 330ft-2.433, 660ft-4.192/121.42 mph, 1,000ft-6.714.
Don St. Arnaud's incremental times: 60ft-0.934 sec., 330ft-2.436, 660ft-3.572/220.22 mph, 1,000ft-4.535.
Left Lane: Kyle Rizzoli Runs 8.470/104.67, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.362/270.32, Was #9
Right Lane: Bill Reichert Runs 5.362/260.91, Now #11; Best prior run: 5.385/259.51, Was #14
5:11 p.m. Clean up is over and we are back to racing.
Rizzoli, fueler is lazy off the line and then slows.
Reichert runs the third 5.362, but will only get the #11 spot on MPH!
Kyle Rizzoli's incremental times: 60ft-0.983 sec., 330ft-2.792, 660ft-4.616/124.94 mph, 1,000ft-6.489.
Bill Reichert's incremental times: 60ft-0.934 sec., 330ft-2.407, 660ft-3.539/220.22 mph, 1,000ft-4.512.
Left Lane: Monroe Guest Runs 8.562/106.21, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.348/266.06, Was #8
Right Lane: Mike Austin Runs 5.346/268.28, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.378/265.64, Was #13
Guest gets a big jump off the line and the car moves hard towards the wall and slows from there.
Austin makes a strong pass into the top half of the field for now.
Mike Austin's incremental times: 60ft-0.902 sec., 330ft-2.377, 660ft-3.527/215.13 mph, 1,000ft-4.510.
Left Lane: Chris Demke Runs 5.273/273.55, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.345/269.19, Was #7
Right Lane: Brandon Pierce Runs 5.398/264.80, Now #13; Best prior run: 5.373/263.87, Was #13
Two clean and straight passes and Demke makes a strong move to near the top of the ladder in the new #3 spot. Pierce slows just a little to stay #13
Chris Demke's incremental times: 60ft-0.919 sec., 330ft-2.353, 660ft-3.482/218.05 mph, 1,000ft-4.451.
Brandon Pierce's incremental times: 60ft-0.948 sec., 330ft-2.458, 660ft-3.588/222.95 mph, 1,000ft-4.555.
Left Lane: Darren Nicholson Runs 5.384/265.22, Now #7; Best prior run: 5.307/268.22, Was #7
Right Lane: Shawn Cowie Runs 5.352/268.49, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.307/268.54, Was #6
Two more good passes and they both stay in their current spots on the ladder.
Darren Nicholson's incremental times: 60ft-0.933 sec., 330ft-2.392, 660ft-3.545/214.21 mph, 1,000ft-4.537.
Shawn Cowie's incremental times: 60ft-0.936 sec., 330ft-2.381, 660ft-3.527/215.03 mph, 1,000ft-4.514.
Left Lane: Larry Miersch Runs 13.443/77.77, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.298/269.46, Was #4
Right Lane: Michael Manners Runs 5.286/273.72, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.305/268.71, Was #5
Miersch fires and falls back.
Manners continues to improve and moves the car into the twenties and the current number four spot on the ladder.
Michael Manners' incremental times: 60ft-0.943 sec., 330ft-2.408, 660ft-3.524/224.73 mph, 1,000ft-4.469.
Left Lane: Jim Whiteley Runs 10.547/76.12, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.266/270.43, Was #2
Right Lane: Chase Copeland Runs 9.310/87.87, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.218/276.58, Was #1
Last pair to try to improve, but is over quickly. Both cars engines go silent by 100 feet out.
5:27 p.m. Megan Mc Kernan stays on the bump spot at 5.416.