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Thu, 07 Nov 2013, 18:54 PM

Top Fuel Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By David Gerard

POMONA, Calif. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Top Fuel at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 49th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Left Lane: Todd Paton No Time, Now #2
Right Lane: Steven Chrisman Runs 4.230/204.60, Now #1

3:08 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 85 degrees, relative humidity 14 percent, barometer 28.92 inches, adjusted altitude 3,129 feet, track temperature 92 degrees.

Paton's dragster spins the tires hard and bangs the blower right off the line. He quickly pulls over to the wall and stops.

Chrisman gets further down the track before lifting.

Left Lane: Troy Buff Runs 3.934/278.46, Now #2
Right Lane: Billy Torrence Runs 3.918/303.63, Now #1

Two good passes to tune to.

Left Lane: Terry McMillen Runs 3.871/319.90, Now #2
Right Lane: Brittany Force Runs 3.843/312.86, Now #1

Force's car gets a little close to the center line and still gets a full pass.

McMillen's engine had some weird looking flames going down the track.

Terry McMillen's incremental times: 60ft-0.854 sec., 330ft-2.187, 660ft-3.111/276.18 mph.
Brittany Force's incremental times: 60ft-0.839 sec., 330ft-2.142, 660ft-3.068/272.72 mph.

Left Lane: Brandon Bernstein Runs 5.916/113.32, Now #6
Right Lane: David Grubnic Runs 3.792/321.88, Now #1

Berntein had a good leave and then is up in smoke before the 330 lights.

Grubnic makes a full pass into the new top spot. Nice speed too.

Brandon Bernstein's incremental times: 60ft-0.849 sec., 330ft-2.270, 660ft-3.953/125.02 mph.
David Grubnic's incremental times: 60ft-0.838 sec., 330ft-2.136, 660ft-3.041/282.07 mph.

Left Lane: Steve Torrence Runs 10.239/70.63, Now #8
Right Lane: Bob Vandergriff Runs 4.949/143.64, Now #6

Both cars are up in smoke!

Torrance's tires immediately are up in smoke, followed quickly by Vandergriff right after the 330 lights.

Left Lane: Khalid alBalooshi Runs 4.391/185.66, Now #7
Right Lane: Clay Millican Runs 3.812/321.50, Now #2

AlBalooshi's car hunts around the lane and then strikes the tires around the 330 lights.

Nice clean pass for Millican into the new number two spot on the ladder.

Khalid alBalooshi's incremental times: 60ft-0.864 sec., 330ft-2.181, 660ft-3.218/216.72 mph.
Clay Millican's incremental times: 60ft-0.846 sec., 330ft-2.155, 660ft-3.058/279.90 mph.

Left Lane: Tony Schumacher Runs 4.999/140.90, Now #11
Right Lane: Morgan Lucas Runs 3.801/318.24, Now #2

Once again, the left lane bits near the 330 lights. Shumacher has a good leave, but can't maintain the pace.

Lucas is away first and has all of the number in this pair to take over the number two spot.

Tony Schumacher's incremental times: 60ft-0.849 sec., 330ft-2.183, 660ft-3.459/165.62 mph.
Morgan Lucas' incremental times: 60ft-0.832 sec., 330ft-2.143, 660ft-3.047/282.95 mph.

Left Lane: Spencer Massey Runs 3.856/317.49, Now #6
Right Lane: Doug Kalitta Runs 3.824/323.50, Now #4

Brandon Bernstein is on the bump spot at 5.916.

We finally get two cars down the track together again. They leave just 0.002 apart at the green and run together all the way to the finish line. Nice!

Left Lane: Antron Brown Runs 3.787/323.74, Now #2
Right Lane: Shawn Langdon Runs 3.772/322.27, Now #1

Bob Vandergriff is on the bump spot at 4.949.

Are contenders for the 2013 crown come to the line.

Grubric had stayed at the top of the ladder since he ran earlier , but both cars score better times and speeds to take over the top of the ladder.

Brown wins the RT, but Langdon has all of the incrementals to finish first for today.

Antron Brown's incremental times: 60ft-0.846 sec., 330ft-2.148, 660ft-3.039/283.97 mph.
Shawn Langdon's incremental times: 60ft-0.833 sec., 330ft-2.134, 660ft-3.026/285.35 mph.

3:47 p.m. Steven Chrisman is on the bump spot at 4.230.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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