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Fri, 15 Feb 2013, 16:05 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By David Gerard

POMONA, Calif. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 53rd annual O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries 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: William Litton Runs 5.613/256.60, Now #12; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Brooks Brown Runs 5.692/235.72, Now #13; No Prior Run

12:19 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 75 degrees, relative humidity 22 percent, barometer 29.05 inches, adjusted altitude 2,367 feet, track temperature 98 degrees.

No bump spot yet!

Litton's session one times were DQ'ed, but he lays down a clean pass to move into the field.

Brown gets his first pass, after problems in the burnout in session one.

William Litton's incremental times: 60ft-0.985 sec., 330ft-2.577, 660ft-3.756/213.77 mph, 1,000ft-4.748.
Brooks Brown's incremental times: 60ft-1.005 sec., 330ft-2.568, 660ft-3.766/209.23 mph, 1,000ft-4.786.

Left Lane: Garrett Bateman Runs 13.816/50.02, Now #16; Best prior run: 12.614/59.67, Was #15
Right Lane: Edwin Schmeeckle Runs 5.542/239.44, Now #11; No Prior Run

Bateman strikes the tires hard at the green and lifts.

Full pass for Schmeeckle to give us a bump spot, but only sixteen cars have run, so far.

Edwin Schmeeckle's incremental times: 60ft-0.928 sec., 330ft-2.396, 660ft-3.576/207.78 mph, 1,000ft-4.619.

Left Lane: Duane Shields Runs 11.055/91.25, Now #15; Best prior run: 6.343/243.28, Was #15
Right Lane: Larry Miersch Runs 5.435/270.27, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.560/254.86, Was #12

Shields is up in smoke in the left lane two and won't improve.

Miersch makes a full pass this time and moves well up into the top half of the field in the current sixth spot.

Larry Miersch's incremental times: 60ft-0.961 sec., 330ft-2.504, 660ft-3.646/223.95 mph, 1,000ft-4.610.

Left Lane: Casey Grisel Runs 5.475/261.12, Now #10; Best prior run: 5.502/264.49, Was #11
Right Lane: Greg Hunter Runs 5.383/263.82, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.497/267.32, Was #10

A great side by side pair.

Hunter runs a strong career best ET to move into the top four on a clean pass.

Grisel picks up some ET and loses some MPH and one spot on the ladder.

Casey Grisel's incremental times: 60ft-0.969 sec., 330ft-2.499, 660ft-3.651/217.88 mph, 1,000ft-4.625.
Greg Hunter's incremental times: 60ft-0.943 sec., 330ft-2.394, 660ft-3.542/215.07 mph, 1,000ft-4.534.

Left Lane: Johnny Ahten Runs 5.529/254.95, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.457/255.82, Was #8
Right Lane: Fred Hanssen Runs 5.379/265.43, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.495/262.33, Was #11

Ahten has a lot of shake after sixty feet and drives on through it, but can't improve.

Hanssen improves his career best ET and MPH to move all the way up to the new #4 qualifier.

Johnny Ahten's incremental times: 60ft-0.961 sec., 330ft-2.533, 660ft-3.686/218.16 mph, 1,000ft-4.665.
Fred Hanssen's incremental times: 60ft-0.947 sec., 330ft-2.402, 660ft-3.551/215.44 mph, 1,000ft-4.537.

Left Lane: Ray Martin Runs 5.330/268.60, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.411/241.84, Was #7
Right Lane: Joey Severance Runs 5.370/266.48, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.465/262.33, Was #10

Two Division Six racers to the line. Both blown alcohol.

A pair of five thirty passes!

Severance misses the green and runs almost a tenth quicker into the number five spots.

Martin's car wasn't as quick in sixty feet, but has all the rest of the incrementals to jump all the way up to the new number two spot on the ladder.

Ray Martin's incremental times: 60ft-0.930 sec., 330ft-2.373, 660ft-3.514/216.27 mph, 1,000ft-4.494.
Joey Severance's incremental times: 60ft-0.921 sec., 330ft-2.385, 660ft-3.539/214.08 mph, 1,000ft-4.528.

Left Lane: Don St. Arnaud Runs 5.443/263.82, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.400/272.45, Was #8
Right Lane: Chris Demke Runs 5.343/267.43, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.360/267.91, Was #4

St. Arnaud gets a big lead at the green, but can't match his prior best to stay number eight.

Demke sat on the line briefly and then powered on down the track, moving up a spot to number three.

Don St. Arnaud's incremental times: 60ft-0.976 sec., 330ft-2.509, 660ft-3.650/219.51 mph, 1,000ft-4.614.
Chris Demke's incremental times: 60ft-0.912 sec., 330ft-2.363, 660ft-3.513/213.98 mph, 1,000ft-4.503.

Left Lane: Jim Whiteley Runs 7.030/134.28, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.251/273.27, Was #1
Right Lane: Megan McKernan Runs 9.298/85.71, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.351/252.38, Was #4

Whitely tune up is too strong for the track and start to spin about sixty feet off the line. He stays with it until the car starts to tail wag and lifts.

McKernan's car has shake and spin at about the same spot and quickly slows.

12:59 p.m. Garrett Bateman is on the bump spot at 12.614.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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