GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Notes from round 2 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 this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time/speed, and position in order prior to run:
Left Lane: Duane Beers Runs 8.640/102.98, Now #15; No Prior Run
Right Lane: John Headley No Time, Now #12; Best prior run: 7.245/141.27, Was #12
6:37 p.m. Track temps have cooled to 92 degrees, and the shade now covers most of the burnout box. The shadow from the tower will grow rapidly down track as the sun sets to the west. Beers did not make the call in round one, this is his first pass of the weekend.
Just before the staging process Headley's team shut him off, evidently he had some sort of liquid leaking. Beers went out about 200 feet and got off the loud pedal.
Left Lane: Dan Pomponio Runs 5.623/257.87, Now #7; Best prior run: 15.894/39.82, Was #16
Right Lane: Todd Veney Runs 5.732/251.58, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.790/251.49, Was #9
Nice pass for Pomponio, right down the groove. Veney also improves but remains in the 9th spot.
Left Lane: Cassie Simonton Runs 10.025/123.98, Now #15; Best prior run: 8.307/108.85, Was #15
Right Lane: Mickey Ferro Runs 5.628/259.56, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.784/255.10, Was #10
Simonton hooked left at the start and lifted.
Left Lane: John Lombardo Jr. Runs 5.510/264.55, Now #1; Best prior run: 7.895/118.23, Was #14
Right Lane: Frank Manzo Runs 8.959/99.35, Now #10; Best prior run: 5.679/263.05, Was #9
Manzo shook, made a move over toward the centerline, and decided to call it a day. Lombardo danced around at the top end, but vaults all the way to the top of the heap - John Lombardo Jr.'s incremental times: 60ft-0.947 sec., 330ft-2.474, 660ft-3.654/210.77 mph, 1,000ft-4.660.
Left Lane: Ray Drew Runs 5.715/255.82, Now #11; Best prior run: 6.891/141.91, Was #13
Right Lane: John Bojec Runs 5.648/251.77, Now #7; Best prior run: 5.611/246.80, Was #7
Bojec's Monte Carlo was on a rail - nary a wiggle the whole way. The run looked faster than that... Drew was quicker, but not as smooth going down the track here at Gainesville.
Left Lane: Mark Rogers Runs 6.406/236.42, Now #13; Best prior run: 6.589/139.72, Was #13
Right Lane: Andy Bohl Runs 5.503/263.26, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.565/258.12, Was #5
Rogers almost creeped through the beams, luckily the green came up before he did and he only carded a -.346 red and still got a time slip. Bohl simply blasted to the top spot with a new career best speed to boot. Andy Bohl's incremental times: 60ft-0.942 sec., 330ft-2.454, 660ft-3.639/209.17 mph, 1,000ft-4.649.
Left Lane: Paul Noakes Runs 9.461/91.43, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.588/263.51, Was #6
Right Lane: Kris Hool Runs 7.841/114.12, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.560/262.54, Was #5
Hool just about hit the wall, he was way over in the marbles... Noakes also got out of it early.
Left Lane: Chris Foster Runs 5.502/262.64, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.523/262.59, Was #4
Right Lane: Dale Brand Runs 13.714/57.99, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.522/259.81, Was #3
Brand lifted just past the tree, he had a good view of Foster's new career best in both ET and speed in the other lane. Chris Foster's incremental times: 60ft-0.944 sec., 330ft-2.457, 660ft-3.639/210.28 mph, 1,000ft-4.647. 6:58 p.m.