LAS VEGAS - Notes from final, round 3 qualifying in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division, Las Vegas Gambler Showdown Division 7 Finale 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: Nick Januik Runs 5.760/252.57, Now #14; Best prior run: 10.576/78.03, Was #15
Right Lane: Doug Gordon No Time, Now #12; Best prior run: 5.720/252.66, Was #12
4:02 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 76 degrees, relative humidity 23 percent, barometer 27.77 inches, adjusted altitude 3,962 feet, track temperature 97 degrees.
Cody Perkins is on the bump spot at 5.630.
Left Lane: Jirka Kaplan No Time, Now #13; Best prior run: 5.724/251.63, Was #13
Right Lane: Jason Rupert Runs 5.686/253.71, Now #10; Best prior run: 5.670/253.04, Was #10
Well that was weird! Kaplan's car jumped up on the tire at the green and then went silent. Rupert runs like a bracket racer to stay #10.
Jason Rupert's incremental times: 60ft-0.960 sec., 330ft-2.523, 660ft-3.752/201.13 mph, 1,000ft-4.801.
Left Lane: Steve Gasparrelli Runs 5.682/255.05, Now #11; Best prior run: 5.712/247.84, Was #11
Right Lane: Steve Harker Runs 5.610/260.21, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.635/258.91, Was #9
Two strong runs, but the division points are now in jeopardy, as Gasparrelli deoesn't qualify.
Harker finds some speed and ET and jumps up the ladder into the field in the current #5 position.
Steve Gasparrelli's incremental times: 60ft-0.969 sec., 330ft-2.542, 660ft-3.764/202.76 mph, 1,000ft-4.803.
Steve Harker's incremental times: 60ft-0.978 sec., 330ft-2.520, 660ft-3.722/206.57 mph, 1,000ft-4.746.
Left Lane: Clint Thompson Runs 5.632/254.52, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.628/255.53, Was #8
Right Lane: Cody Perkins Runs 14.823/51.70, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.630/256.65, Was #9
Clint Thompson is on the bump spot at 5.628.
Perkins has his hands full at the launch. The front end comes up and the car drives hard towards the wall. He quickly lifts to save the shiny.
Thompson makes a strong pass, close to his prior best to stay on the bump spot. Only Evanchuk can bump him out.
Clint Thompson's incremental times: 60ft-0.960 sec., 330ft-2.499, 660ft-3.712/203.80 mph, 1,000ft-4.749.
Left Lane: Shane Westerfield Runs 5.625/256.21, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.626/257.19, Was #6
Right Lane: John Lombardo Jr. Runs 5.638/256.70, Now #7; Best prior run: 5.626/255.97, Was #7
Westerfield runs just 0.001 from his prior best to stay number six.
Lombardo make a good pass too and will not improve either.
Shane Westerfield's incremental times: 60ft-0.959 sec., 330ft-2.508, 660ft-3.719/204.66 mph, 1,000ft-4.749.
John Lombardo Jr.'s incremental times: 60ft-0.976 sec., 330ft-2.523, 660ft-3.734/204.35 mph, 1,000ft-4.764.
Left Lane: Jay Payne Runs 5.628/255.34, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.598/257.04, Was #4
Right Lane: Annie Whiteley Runs 5.657/254.52, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.574/257.58, Was #2
As Gasparrelli doen't didn't qualify, Payne will tie for the division points lead if he loses round one. If he wins round one he wins the championship.
He makes another strong pass just shy of his prior best.
Whiteley slows more from her best to stay #2.
Jay Payne's incremental times: 60ft-0.963 sec., 330ft-2.494, 660ft-3.709/203.77 mph, 1,000ft-4.747.
Annie Whiteley's incremental times: 60ft-0.954 sec., 330ft-2.503, 660ft-3.729/202.67 mph, 1,000ft-4.772.
Left Lane: Ulf Leanders Runs 5.614/261.52, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.582/261.88, Was #3
Right Lane: Tony Bartone Runs 5.574/260.21, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.563/259.91, Was #1
Barton makes the best run of session by far to improve his prior speed.
Leaders is straight and true this pass to spay number three.
Ulf Leanders' incremental times: 60ft-0.994 sec., 330ft-2.537, 660ft-3.738/207.37 mph, 1,000ft-4.755.
Tony Bartone's incremental times: 60ft-0.967 sec., 330ft-2.493, 660ft-3.688/206.76 mph, 1,000ft-4.709.
4:21 p.m. Evanchuk doesn't make an attempt, so Clint Thompson stays on the bump spot at 5.628.