LAS VEGAS - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Top Fuel Harley at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division, Las Vegas Gambler Showdown Division 7 Finale listing lane, rider 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: Ron Gledhill Runs 6.577/212.29, Now #8; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Damian Cownden Runs 6.473/218.97, Now #5; Best prior run: 14.341/97.08, Was #15
1:46 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 73 degrees, relative humidity 25 percent, barometer 27.83 inches, adjusted altitude 3,709 feet, track temperature 103 degrees.
Nice runs by both riders after struggling yesterday.
Left Lane: Douglas Lidgett No Time, Now #15; Best prior run: 8.105/189.07, Was #14
Right Lane: Mike Ruggerio Runs 7.404/139.39, Now #12; Best prior run: 9.325/145.39, Was #16
Lidgett launched, smoked the tire, then the engine went silent. Ruggerio's engine appeared to be cutting in and out.
Left Lane: Steve Heidner Runs 8.648/106.24, Now #14; Best prior run: 7.750/125.73, Was #14
Right Lane: Kevin Boyer No Time, Now #16; Best prior run: 9.197/108.34, Was #16
Boyer lost power early in the run, stopping about 1,000 feet down the track. Heidner looked okay to about half track, then slowed.
Left Lane: Steve Ruggiero No Time, Now #12; Best prior run: 7.249/164.61, Was #11
Right Lane: Randal Andras Runs 6.495/220.73, Now #7; Best prior run: 7.731/130.22, Was #13
Ruggerio left before the tree was activated. Nice run by Andras, putting Mike Pelrine on the bump at 6.551.
Left Lane: Craig Pelrine Runs 6.569/216.79, Now #9; Best prior run: 6.736/169.04, Was #10
Right Lane: Andy Beauchemin No Time, Now #11; Best prior run: 6.967/231.08, Was #11
Beauchemin made the burnout, pulled up to stage, then shut it off. Pelrine made a good run, but the bump is quicker and he just missed.
Left Lane: Mike Pelrine Runs 6.553/224.28, Now #8; Best prior run: 6.551/208.14, Was #8
Right Lane: Mike Scott Runs 7.146/199.64, Now #6; Best prior run: 6.478/205.13, Was #6
Pelrine made a good run, did not improve. Scott was on and off the throttle several times.
Left Lane: Jay Turner Runs 6.452/225.00, Now #4; Best prior run: 6.374/217.21, Was #4
Right Lane: Mark Cox Runs 6.384/220.01, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.361/214.86, Was #3
Both made good runs today, the two quickest so far, but neither improved over yesterday's run.
Jay Turner's incremental times: 60ft-1.133 sec., 330ft-2.896, 660ft-4.235/178.87 mph, 1,000ft-5.430.
Mark Cox's incremental times: 60ft-1.116 sec., 330ft-2.866, 660ft-4.186/187.65 mph, 1,000ft-5.369.
Left Lane: Tommy Grimes Runs 6.191/227.42, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.309/233.92, Was #2
Right Lane: Doug Horne Runs 6.287/223.65, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.295/227.50, Was #1
Last pair and they were the quickest two yesterday. They repeated, but Grimes was the quicker today with an awesome run. Horne improved over yesterday's #1 ET, but lost a spot on the ladder.
Tommy Grimes' incremental times: 60ft-1.101 sec., 330ft-2.796, 660ft-4.097/190.27 mph, 1,000ft-5.215.
Doug Horne's incremental times: 60ft-1.128 sec., 330ft-2.853, 660ft-4.141/187.03 mph, 1,000ft-5.291.