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Sun, 27 Oct 2013, 16:23 PM

Top Fuel Round 2 Eliminations
By Rick Green





LAS VEGAS - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Fuel at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 13th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  475 Steve Torrence                          5 Brandon Bernstein            
E2                   0.109  5.392 213.47     ****WINNER****  0.084  4.738 171.10
 Prior rounds:
E1    (T Zizzo     ) 0.090  3.930 303.78      (D Kalitta   ) 0.068  3.800 322.19
 Qualified:             #2  3.783 327.35                       #10  3.821 314.39
Weather conditions: air temperature 81 degrees, relative humidity 22 percent, barometer 27.70 inches, adjusted altitude 4,441 feet.

Torrence is 6 - 3 against Bernstein in prior events. Bernstein is out of the gate first and never trailed for the win. Torrence was up in smoke as soon as he hits the throttle and pedals it a couple time and finally gets it to hook up. Bernstein got out there and started to pop and bang, but he was far enough ahead to hold on for the win.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   34 Morgan Lucas                          255 Clay Millican                
E2                   0.060 10.731  79.81     ****WINNER****  0.075  3.836 320.20
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D Grubnic   ) 0.055  3.889 267.43      (B Torrence  ) 0.060  3.790 325.06
 Qualified:            #13  3.838 314.53                        #5  3.807 323.97
Millican is 4 - 3 against Lucas in prior events. Lucas is out of the gate first and then up in smoke as soon as he hits the throttle. Millican launched hard and was straight down the groove for the win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    2 Tony Schumacher                         1 Antron Brown                 
E2                   0.037  4.260 212.73     ****WINNER****  0.051  3.808 323.58
 Prior rounds:
E1    (K alBalooshi) 0.058  3.824 325.37      (B Vandergrif) 0.045  3.790 323.19
 Qualified:             #3  3.784 324.59                        #6  3.808 321.96
Brown is 22 - 18 against Schumacher in prior events. Schumacher is out of the gate first and then starts to smoke the tires right off the starting line. Brown appeared to be troching a head gasket around 800 feet, but takes the win and keeps his title hopes alive. Brown will have lane choice over Bernstein in the semifinal.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  745 Brittany Force                          4 Shawn Langdon                
E2                   0.086 11.332  50.52     ****WINNER****  0.069  3.785 326.87
 Prior rounds:
E1    (S Massey    ) 0.094  3.824 323.74      (T McMillen  ) 0.087  3.761 327.98
 Qualified:             #9  3.821 319.45                        #1  3.778 324.28
Langdon is 1 - 0 against Force in prior events. Langdon with the starting line advantage and never trailed and then ran low E.T. of the round for the win. Force was up in smoke as soon as she hit the throttle. Langdon will have lane choice over Millican in the semifinal.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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