LAS VEGAS - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 14th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals 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: Jeff Diehl Runs 4.265/280.66, Now #8; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Bob Tasca III Runs 4.165/307.09, Now #1; Best prior run: 7.744/78.87, Was #19
6:54 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 81 degrees, relative humidity 23 percent, barometer 27.68 inches, adjusted altitude 4,480 feet, track temperature 92 degrees.
Diehl was off the throttle just before the finish. Tasca moves to the top of the ladder for now.
Jeff Diehl's incremental times: 60ft-0.917 sec., 330ft-2.401, 660ft-3.424/251.63 mph.
Left Lane: Jon Capps Runs 11.452/86.46, Now #20; Best prior run: 7.288/93.32, Was #19
Right Lane: Gary Densham Runs 4.597/185.74, Now #13; Best prior run: 7.513/96.87, Was #20
Capps was up in smoke almost immediately. Densham blew his engine at about 600 feet. Capps left a little oil on the track.
Left Lane: Jack Beckman Runs 4.158/297.16, Now #1; Best prior run: 7.065/93.29, Was #19
Right Lane: Tony Pedregon Runs 4.195/293.03, Now #5; Best prior run: 4.687/182.30, Was #15
Right down the groove in both lanes!
Jack Beckman's incremental times: 60ft-0.908 sec., 330ft-2.332,
Left Lane: Robert Hight Runs 4.053/315.19, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.519/99.20, Was #19
A picture-perfect pass for Hight moves him to the top of the ladder for now.
Robert Hight's incremental times:
60ft-0.905 sec., 330ft-2.323, 660ft-3.279/269.78 mph.
Left Lane: Jeff Arend Runs 4.282/289.26, Now #13; Best prior run: 5.806/117.97, Was #19
Right Lane: Chad Head Runs 4.183/267.16, Now #6; Best prior run: 4.428/221.60, Was #14
Arend was to the left of the groove for most of this pass. Head was off the throttle before the finish.
incremental times: 60ft-0.919 sec., 330ft-2.375, 660ft-3.425/239.14 mph.
Left Lane: Cruz Pedregon Runs 6.643/104.22, Now #19; Best prior run: 5.157/153.18, Was #19
Right Lane: Ron Capps Runs 4.133/302.55, Now #2; Best prior run: 4.212/296.70, Was #10
Pedregon lost traction just before the 330-foot mark. A good looking pass for Capps.
Ron Capps' incremental times:
60ft-0.916 sec., 330ft-2.351, 660ft-3.331/262.39 mph.
Left Lane: Courtney Force Runs 4.068/315.86, Now #2; Best prior run: 4.553/201.55, Was #16
Right Lane: John Force Runs 4.259/254.23, Now #11; Best prior run: 4.203/297.94, Was #10
John was to the left of the groove for much of this pass and he was off the throttle early. A very good looking pass for Courtney.
Courtney Force's incremental times: 60ft-0.903 sec., 330ft-2.334, 660ft-3.294/269.08 mph.
Left Lane: Johnny Gray Runs 4.107/309.42, Now #3; Best prior run: 4.325/230.53, Was #16
Right Lane: Matt Hagan Runs 4.115/306.53, Now #4; Best prior run: 4.200/293.41, Was #10
A good looking side-by-side drag race!
Johnny Gray's incremental times: 60ft-0.920 sec., 330ft-2.348,
Left Lane: Todd Lesenko No Time, Now #16; Best prior run: 4.302/296.57, Was #16
Right Lane: Alexis DeJoria Runs 4.187/254.14, Now #9; Best prior run: 4.181/302.48, Was #9
Lesenko blew up about 20 feet into his burnout. He left some oil on the track. DeJoria was close to the centerline before the finish and she lifted early.
Alexis DeJoria's incremental times: 60ft-0.921 sec., 330ft-2.354, 660ft-3.319/266.90
Left Lane: Tim Wilkerson Runs 5.142/151.54, Now #13; Best prior run: 4.237/294.95, Was #13
Right Lane: Del Worsham Runs 6.219/114.30, Now #8; Best prior run: 4.172/300.26, Was #8
7:38 p.m. Both drivers lost traction - Worsham just before the 330-foot mark and Wilkerson just past it.