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Sat, 19 May 2012, 16:36 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Larry Sullivan

NORWALK, Ohio - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Top Alcohol Funny Car 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 this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time/speed, and position in order prior to run:
Right Lane: Tony Bogolo Runs 5.963/238.09, Now #6; No Prior Run

4:06 p.m. Cassie Simonton is on the bump spot at 9.325.

Bogolo's car broke in the water yesterday. This run was straight and smooth, though a bit off the competitive pace. That bumps Simonton, putting Fred Tigges is on the bump spot at 7.739.

Left Lane: Paul Noakes Runs 5.849/252.61, Now #7; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Brian Harvanek Runs 5.814/248.43, Now #6; No Prior Run

Noakes first pass in a new car netted him no time because the car went right and took out a timing reflector. Harvanek did not make a qualifying attempt yesterday.

Both cars went right down the groove and both got into the field, bumping Tigges and John Hart. Now Tony Bogolo is on the bump spot at 5.963.

Left Lane: Cassie Simonton Runs 10.089/140.02, Now #11; Best prior run: 9.325/110.64, Was #11
Right Lane: Fred Tigges Runs 16.512/117.53, Now #10; Best prior run: 7.739/123.31, Was #10

Both cars were loaded for bear and both smoked the tires immediately.

Left Lane: John Hart Runs 11.988/98.48, Now #9; Best prior run: 6.321/238.26, Was #9
Right Lane: Chris Foster Runs 5.635/256.36, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.742/254.33, Was #3

Will Hanna, Foster's crew chief, was the reason for last night's unplanned delay as the ambulance transported him to the hospital to get a wayward Dzus fastener removed from his leg. The projectile was launched from the waterbox by the spinning tires of a car making a burnout, embedding itself in Hanna's leg. He's okay and he's back out at the track today, standing clear of the water box.

Foster made a nice pass, improving a full tenth of a second from last night's run. Hart didn't fare as well, his right rear wheel spinning in some fluid, driving his car toward the centerline. He lifted, hit the throttle again, went right again, and gave it up as a bad idea.

Left Lane: Andy Bohl Runs 6.589/244.87, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.813/249.58, Was #5
Right Lane: Ray Drew No Time, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.665/259.81, Was #3

Drew's car did not fire and was towed to the return road.

Bohl launched, shook, spun, pedaled, then continued.

Left Lane: John Anderika Runs 13.206/53.13, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.760/253.47, Was #4
Right Lane: Fred Hagen Runs 13.583/83.44, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.537/258.47, Was #1

Again both cars smoked the tires immediately. Hagan lifted. Anderika tried to pedal and regain traction, but did not succeed.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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