GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 44th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Left Lane: Dale Brand Runs 5.522/259.81, Now #1
Right Lane: Paul Noakes Runs 5.588/263.51, Now #2
Weather conditions: air temperature 65 degrees, relative humidity 28 percent, barometer 30.08 inches, adjusted altitude 561 feet, track temperature 74 degrees.
Left Lane: John Bojec Runs 5.611/246.80, Now #3
Right Lane: Cassie Simonton Runs 8.307/108.85, Now #4
Simonton shook halfway to the 60-foot cones before lifting, hope the team has some aspirin or some-such... Bojec's motor puffed a big plume of smoke when he clicked it the finish line. The track is dry, but his crew was clearly worried by what they saw from the starting line.
Left Lane: Andy Bohl Runs 5.565/258.12, Now #2
Right Lane: Mark Rogers Runs 6.589/139.72, Now #5
Looks like Rogers may have kicked a few rods loose, his car flashed flames out both sides right at the halfway point. Bohl's team was happy with that run.
We've got stuff.... 11:29 a.m.
Left Lane: Frank Manzo Runs 5.679/263.05, Now #5
Right Lane: Ray Drew Runs 6.891/141.91, Now #7
11:40 a.m. Manzo's burnouts are among the best in the TAFC category - smooth, even, straight and long. Reminds one of another legend in TAFC racing - Pat Austin.
Drew spit out a blower belt just past the halfway point, Manzo's .963 60-foot time was 3rd best of the round so far, he ends this run in the five spot.
Left Lane: Mickey Ferro Runs 5.784/255.10, Now #7
Right Lane: Chris Foster Runs 5.523/262.59, Now #2
Ferro and Foster were side-by-side till the halfway point, the Foster surged away at the top end of the track. Chris Foster's incremental times: 60ft-0.957 sec., 330ft-2.480, 660ft-3.664/209.43 mph, 1,000ft-4.670.
Left Lane: John Headley Runs 7.245/141.27, Now #10
Right Lane: Dan Pomponio Runs 15.894/39.82, Now #12
Pomponio lit up the rear slicks right at the hit and lifted. Headley got over near the wall, pedaled and then drove near the wall, then lifted after the motor sounded sour and coasted the rest of the way. It wasn't pretty, but both drivers have a time slip, and are in the field for now anyway.
Left Lane: Todd Veney Runs 5.790/251.49, Now #8
Right Lane: John Lombardo Jr. Runs 7.895/118.23, Now #12
Lombardo dropped a cylinder on the right side right off the line, then had a flash of flame at about the 60-foot cone. Nice base line pass for Veney - Todd Veney's incremental times: 60ft-1.013 sec., 330ft-2.598, 660ft-3.838/199.64 mph, 1,000ft-4.897.
The track is dry, so we move on.
Left Lane: Kris Hool Runs 5.560/262.54, Now #3
Hool is a long way from his home in Casper Wyoming, he runs just .0036 off his career best in the left lane. Kris Hool's incremental times: 60ft-0.967 sec., 330ft-2.495, 660ft-3.688/208.81 mph, 1,000ft-4.703.