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Fri, 18 May 2012, 20:23 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Larry Sullivan

NORWALK, Ohio - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, North Central Division, B'laster Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Left Lane: Dave Hill Runs 5.863/246.57, Now #1
Right Lane: Ray Hack Runs 6.488/230.49, Now #2

7:20 p.m. This is the first run of the season for both drivers. Hill made a clean run, something they should be able to tune from. Hack's car laid down on the launch and never recovered.

Left Lane: Jerry Powell Runs 5.537/262.44, Now #1
Right Lane: Denny Hummel Runs 5.762/244.43, Now #2

Hummel's blown car was quicker initially and led almost to half track, then it fell off the pace and Powell went by for a quicker time, but it appeared he nipped a few pistons in the process.

Left Lane: Karen Stalba Runs 6.314/198.61, Now #5
Right Lane: Brian Mans Runs 5.717/251.67, Now #2

Mans made his first full pass of the season with no apparent problems. Stalba's car dropped a cylinder immediately and struggled down the track.

Left Lane: Marty Thacker Runs 5.498/259.46, Now #1
Right Lane: Robin Samsel Runs 5.619/256.21, Now #3

Nice side-by-side show for the Friday crowd, Samsel's holeshot making up for Thacker's better performance. That makes eight qualifiers, Ray Hack is on the bump spot at 6.488.

Left Lane: Bill Reichert Runs 5.284/264.23, Now #1
Right Lane: Dave Hirata Runs 5.549/251.20, Now #4

Reichert shows the rest of the field how it's done and takes the #1 spot by two tenths. He got off to a great start, a 0.945 60-foot time very good for an A/Fuel car. Hirata made a good first pass, but Reichert made it look like he was struggling. Now Dave Hill is on the bump spot at 5.863.

Left Lane: Paul Fishburn Runs 5.436/260.86, Now #2
Right Lane: Ken Perry Runs 5.574/261.37, Now #6

7:40 p.m. We are on hold - the ambulance left the track to transport an injured crew member following an accident in the pits and all of the ambulances in the local area were already on other calls (it's Friday night), so a replacement was not immediately available.

8:12 p.m. The only word we have on the pit accident is that the crew member's injuries were not life-threatening. The ambulance is back and we are back to racing.

Both cars had clean launches, but Fishburn's continued to pull hard and he steadily pulled away from Perry for the first half of the run.

Left Lane: Mike Kosky Runs 5.519/260.91, Now #5
Right Lane: Jared Dreher Runs 5.479/246.84, Now #3

This would have been a nice side-by-side show, but Kosky took a long look at the green before he pulled the trigger. Both made good opening passes, bumping Samsel and Mans, putting Ken Perry on the bump spot for tomorrow at 5.574.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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