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Sat, 16 Mar 2013, 13:52 PM

Top Fuel Qualifying Notes, Session #3
By Rick Green

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Notes from round 3 qualifying in Top Fuel 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: Ike Maier Runs 4.139/283.07, Now #13; No Prior Run

Weather conditions: air temperature 76 degrees, relative humidity 35 percent, barometer 29.91 inches, adjusted altitude 1,622 feet, track temperature 105 degrees.

Maier with his quickest pass of the weekend to get in the show. Ike Maier's incremental times: 60ft-0.888 sec., 330ft-2.286, 660ft-3.289/252.80 mph.

Left Lane: Pat Dakin Runs 6.960/92.47, Now #15; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Chris Karamesines Runs 6.778/92.10, Now #14; No Prior Run

Dakin is up in smoke right off the starting line and clicks it off. Karamesines is up in smoke early and clicks it off.

Left Lane: Terry McMillen Runs 4.002/272.78, Now #14; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Brittany Force Runs 3.915/311.70, Now #13; No Prior Run

Force launched hard and was dropping a cylinder or two, but stays with it to get in the show with her quickest pass of the weekend. Brittany Force's incremental times: 60ft-0.856 sec., 330ft-2.196, 660ft-3.134/271.02 mph.
McMillen was mixing up cylinders early and the engine let go with a huge fireball right in the lights. He gets in the show with his quickest pass of the weekend. Terry McMillen's incremental times: 60ft-0.868 sec., 330ft-2.219, 660ft-3.179/263.62 mph.

Left Lane: Morgan Lucas Runs 6.822/95.49, Now #5; Best prior run: 3.832/320.28, Was #5
Right Lane: Khalid alBalooshi Runs 3.870/322.34, Now #10; No Prior Run

Lucas is up in smoke early and clicks it off. alBalooshi launched hard and was straight down the groove to go to the number 10 spot. Khalid alBalooshi's incremental times: 60ft-0.868 sec., 330ft-2.198, 660ft-3.116/278.40 mph.

Left Lane: Brandon Bernstein Runs 3.837/320.74, Now #7; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Steve Torrence Runs 3.842/319.75, Now #9; No Prior Run

A couple good looking passes after both of these drivers struggled yesterday. Bernstein was straight down the groove and into the top half of the show. Brandon Bernstein's incremental times: 60ft-0.849 sec., 330ft-2.166, 660ft-3.081/279.38 mph. Torrence with a good looking pass to go to the number nine spot. Steve Torrence's incremental times: 60ft-0.846 sec., 330ft-2.171, 660ft-3.086/279.38 mph.

Left Lane: Stig Neergaard Runs 6.055/110.54, Now #20; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Tim Cullinan Runs 5.416/123.89, Now #19; No Prior Run

Cullinan shook right at the hit and then up in smoke before he clicked it off. Neergaard was up in smoke early and clicked it off.

Left Lane: Leah Pruett Runs 4.747/156.44, Now #19; No Prior Run
Right Lane: T.J. Zizzo Runs 6.626/99.15, Now #15; Best prior run: 3.909/309.27, Was #15

zizzo with tire shake right at the hit and then was up in smoke before he clicked it off. Pruett was up in smoke by 300 feet and clicked it off.

Left Lane: Sidnei Frigo Runs 4.320/195.79, Now #13; Best prior run: 3.877/314.75, Was #13
Right Lane: Larry Dixon Runs 3.938/304.60, Now #14; Best prior run: 3.885/318.24, Was #14

Frigo with a whisp of tire smoke around 300 feet and he drove through it, but then started to haze the tires again before he clicked it off. Dixon was skating around on the top end, another clean pass, but he will not improve. Larry Dixon's incremental times: 60ft-0.864 sec., 330ft-2.203, 660ft-3.143/268.44 mph.

Left Lane: Tony Schumacher Runs 3.819/323.89, Now #4; Best prior run: 3.849/321.65, Was #10
Right Lane: David Grubnic Runs 3.867/319.45, Now #11; Best prior run: 3.862/318.69, Was #11

Schumacher launched hard and keep it hooked up to move into the top half of the show. Tony Schumacher's incremental times: 60ft-0.834 sec., 330ft-2.154, 660ft-3.068/280.84 mph. Grubnic with a good looking pass, but will not improve. David Grubnic's incremental times: 60ft-0.861 sec., 330ft-2.203, 660ft-3.111/281.60 mph.

Left Lane: Bob Vandergriff Runs 4.657/163.02, Now #9; Best prior run: 3.839/319.75, Was #9
Right Lane: Clay Millican Runs 3.812/323.27, Now #3; Best prior run: 3.836/320.81, Was #7

Vandergriff starts to smoke the tires around 330 feet and clicked it off. Millican launched hard and was straight down the groove. He goes to the number three spot. Clay Millican's incremental times: 60ft-0.853 sec., 330ft-2.165, 660ft-3.062/282.42 mph.

Left Lane: Antron Brown Runs 3.833/316.45, Now #4; Best prior run: 3.812/321.88, Was #4
Right Lane: Spencer Massey Runs 3.847/315.34, Now #6; Best prior run: 3.821/322.65, Was #6

This was a good side-by-side drag race. Brown with the third quickest pass of the round. Antron Brown's incremental times: 60ft-0.852 sec., 330ft-2.172, 660ft-3.075/281.19 mph. Massey with another good looking pass. Spencer Massey's incremental times: 60ft-0.851 sec., 330ft-2.169, 660ft-3.082/278.40 mph.

Left Lane: Doug Kalitta Runs 5.588/124.94, Now #1; Best prior run: 3.801/325.85, Was #1
Right Lane: Shawn Langdon Runs 6.444/103.77, Now #2; Best prior run: 3.802/324.59, Was #2

Langdon shook and then was up in smoke by 200 feet and clicked it off. Kalitta was up in smoke early and he clicked it off.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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