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Fri, 17 May 2013, 19:28 PM

Top Fuel Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Rick Green





TOPEKA, Kan. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Top Fuel at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 25th annual NHRA Kansas Nationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Right Lane: Luigi Novelli Runs 4.378/214.38, Now #1

Weather conditions: air temperature 83 degrees, relative humidity 62 percent, barometer 28.70 inches, adjusted altitude 3,717 feet, track temperature 112 degrees.

Novelli started dropping cylinders and then clicked it off early.


Left Lane: Tim Cullinan Runs 4.925/144.74, Now #3
Right Lane: Scott Palmer Runs 4.149/226.20, Now #1

Cullinan started to smoke the tires early and clicked it off. Palmer started to haze the tires around half track and clicked it off.

Left Lane: Pat Dakin Runs 5.558/117.66, Now #5
Right Lane: Leah Pruett Runs 3.833/311.85, Now #1

Dakin was up in smoke by 330 feet and clicked it off. Pruett launched hard and was straight down the groove to go to the number one spot. Leah Pruett's incremental times: 60ft-0.858 sec., 330ft-2.163, 660ft-3.066/278.63 mph.

Left Lane: Terry McMillen Runs 3.899/310.84, Now #3
Right Lane: Brittany Force Runs 3.884/318.77, Now #2

This was a good side-by-side drag race...they go to the number two and three spots. Terry McMillen's incremental times: 60ft-0.863 sec., 330ft-2.195, 660ft-3.122/273.88 mph.
Brittany Force's incremental times: 60ft-0.871 sec., 330ft-2.214, 660ft-3.126/278.81 mph.

Left Lane: Steve Torrence Runs 3.849/317.27, Now #2
Right Lane: Clay Millican Runs 4.221/203.65, Now #6

Torrence launched hard and was straight down the groove to the number two spot. Steve Torrence's incremental times: 60ft-0.839 sec., 330ft-2.158, 660ft-3.082/274.89 mph. Millican started to haze the tires just before half track.

Left Lane: David Grubnic Runs 3.922/310.20, Now #5
Right Lane: Bob Vandergriff Runs 3.933/316.82, Now #6

Another great side-by-side drag race. Grubnic is straight down Broadway and then his chute never deploys, but he gets it stopped in plenty of time. David Grubnic's incremental times: 60ft-0.867 sec., 330ft-2.209, 660ft-3.142/271.68 mph. Vandergriff is right there with him to go to the number six spot. Bob Vandergriff's incremental times: 60ft-0.876 sec., 330ft-2.238, 660ft-3.166/275.51 mph.

Left Lane: Morgan Lucas Runs 3.856/315.78, Now #4
Right Lane: Brandon Bernstein Runs 3.828/324.90, Now #1

Morgan Lucas Racing teammates match up here...Bernstein with a great pass to go to the number one spot and has big top end speed. Brandon Bernstein's incremental times: 60ft-0.863 sec., 330ft-2.173, 660ft-3.075/281.07 mph. Lucas was trailing by just a few ticks to go to the number four spot. Morgan Lucas' incremental times: 60ft-0.855 sec., 330ft-2.177, 660ft-3.091/277.60 mph.

Left Lane: Khalid alBalooshi Runs 3.843/309.20, Now #4
Right Lane: Doug Kalitta Runs 3.842/320.51, Now #3

Another great drag race...Kalitta goes to the number three spot. Doug Kalitta's incremental times: 60ft-0.857 sec., 330ft-2.180, 660ft-3.087/280.37 mph. alBalooshi keep it hitting on all eight to go to the number four spot. Khalid alBalooshi's incremental times: 60ft-0.857 sec., 330ft-2.180, 660ft-3.083/282.30 mph.

Left Lane: Spencer Massey Runs 3.895/312.28, Now #8
Right Lane: Shawn Langdon Runs 3.909/271.24, Now #10

Langdon was on a really good pass and then right in the light the pipes went wet and the engine silent. Shawn Langdon's incremental times: 60ft-0.848 sec., 330ft-2.170, 660ft-3.092/273.50 mph. Massey with a good clean pass...Spencer Massey's incremental times: 60ft-0.857 sec., 330ft-2.187, 660ft-3.117/272.72 mph.

Left Lane: Antron Brown Runs 4.624/166.81, Now #17
Right Lane: Tony Schumacher Runs 3.838/320.81, Now #3

Schumacher teammates to wrap up round one of Top Fuel qualifying. Brown starts to haze the tires just past the 330-foot mark and clicks it off. Schumacher was straight down the groove to go to the number three spot. Tony Schumacher's incremental times: 60ft-0.849 sec., 330ft-2.163, 660ft-3.080/277.49 mph.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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