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Fri, 22 Feb 2013, 17:39 PM

Top Fuel Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Rick Green





CHANDLER, Ariz. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Top Fuel at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 29th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Left Lane: Mike Strasburg Runs 7.790/77.69, Now #2
Right Lane: Terry McMillen Runs 3.872/320.51, Now #1

Weather conditions: air temperature 73 degrees, relative humidity 40 percent, barometer 28.85 inches, adjusted altitude 2,652 feet, track temperature 98 degrees.

Strasburg with severe tire shake right at the hit and he clicks it off. McMillen launched hard and keep it hooked up with a real nice pass to start the weekend. Terry McMillen's incremental times: 60ft-0.863 sec., 330ft-2.185, 660ft-3.110/274.89 mph.


Left Lane: Leah Pruett Runs 8.200/74.50, Now #4
Right Lane: Brittany Force Runs 6.987/78.17, Now #2

Pruett with a lot of tire shake right at the hit and clicked it off. Force with tire shake and was up in smoke by 150 feet before she clicked it out and then had her chute out.

Left Lane: Sidnei Frigo Runs 4.001/292.71, Now #3
Right Lane: Larry Dixon Runs 3.871/320.74, Now #1

Frigo had cylinders out right at the hit, but stayed with it...Dixon was able to keep it hooked up and goes to the number one. Larry Dixon's incremental times: 60ft-0.856 sec., 330ft-2.192, 660ft-3.113/276.97 mph.

Left Lane: Morgan Lucas Runs 7.359/88.80, Now #6
Right Lane: Bob Vandergriff Runs 4.077/219.19, Now #4

Lucas rattles the tires right off the starting line and clicks it off. Vandergriff was on a good pass until just past half track when the car started to haze the tires and he clicked it off.

Left Lane: Clay Millican Runs 3.860/300.60, Now #1
Right Lane: Spencer Massey Runs 4.034/222.22, Now #5

Massey like Vandergriff was on a good pass until just past half track when he started to haze the tires and clicked it off. Millican launched hard and keep it hooked up with a real nice pass to go to the top of the list. Clay Millican's incremental times: 60ft-0.841 sec., 330ft-2.153, 660ft-3.071/274.00 mph.

Left Lane: Steve Torrence Runs 4.284/192.52, Now #8
Right Lane: David Grubnic Runs 3.783/318.62, Now #1

Torrence was on a good pass until half track when he started to lose traction and clicked it off. Grubnic with a great looking pass and he goes to the number one spot. David Grubnic's incremental times: 60ft-0.830 sec., 330ft-2.128, 660ft-3.027/281.48 mph.

Left Lane: Doug Kalitta Runs 3.829/324.75, Now #2
Right Lane: Brandon Bernstein Runs 5.353/125.47, Now #10

Bernstein is up in smoke by half track. Kalitta with a great pass and he goes to the number two spot, so the Kalitta team goes to the top of the list and they did it in both lanes. Doug Kalitta's incremental times: 60ft-0.848 sec., 330ft-2.175, 660ft-3.081/280.60 mph.

Left Lane: Antron Brown Runs 4.007/229.90, Now #7
Right Lane: Khalid alBalooshi Runs 4.066/225.03, Now #9

Brown with a new car here after last weeks horrific crash. This all new pipe not an old car...Brown was on a good pass until right before the finish line when the engine went silent. alBalooshi was on a good pass and then it started mixing up cylinders on the top end.

Left Lane: Tony Schumacher Runs 3.768/321.96, Now #1
Right Lane: Shawn Langdon Runs 4.618/160.37, Now #13

Langdon starts to haze the tires around 400 feet and clicks it off. Schumacher launched hard and was straight down the groove with a grat pass to go to the number one spot. Tony Schumacher's incremental times: 60ft-0.844 sec., 330ft-2.132, 660ft-3.023/284.15 mph.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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