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Fri, 14 Mar 2014, 19:32 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Rick Green





GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 45th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals 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: Cherissa Griffis-Smallwood Runs 12.559/39.52, Now #18; No Prior Run

Griffis-Smallwood didn't make a pass earlier today and is up in smoke as soon as she hits the throttle.

Left Lane: Jeff Veale Runs 19.968/41.34, Now #21; Best prior run: 20.003/56.73, Was #20
Right Lane: Dan Page Runs 5.513/262.13, Now #8; No Prior Run

Veale is up in smoke right at the hit and clicked it off. Page with nice pass to get into the top half of the show. Dan Page's incremental times: 60ft-0.927 sec., 330ft-2.495, 660ft-3.676/213.57 mph, 1,000ft-4.664.

Left Lane: Chase Copeland No Time, Now #18; Best prior run: 11.490/84.80, Was #18
Right Lane: Mia Tedesco No Time, Now #20; Best prior run: 15.479/73.19, Was #20

Copeland broke on the burnout and was pushed back to the starting line. Tedesco can't get the car to go in reverse after the burnout and finally drives off the top end.

Left Lane: Matthew Cummings Runs 5.773/194.16, Now #15; Best prior run: 8.078/69.49, Was #16
Right Lane: Jackie Fricke Runs 5.620/270.27, Now #12; Best prior run: 9.535/86.12, Was #17

Cummings gets in the show for now. Matthew Cummings' incremental times: 60ft-0.954 sec., 330ft-2.405, 660ft-3.615/205.19 mph, 1,000ft-4.694. Fricke gets it down the track to get in the show. Jackie Fricke's incremental times: 60ft-0.945 sec., 330ft-2.569, 660ft-3.804/210.28 mph, 1,000ft-4.790.

Left Lane: Chris Demke Runs 5.384/272.83, Now #6; Best prior run: 8.011/111.59, Was #17
Right Lane: Don Nolan Runs 5.663/258.02, Now #12; Best prior run: 5.606/215.03, Was #11

Demke launched hard and keep it hooked up to go to the number six spot. Chris Demke's incremental times: 60ft-0.919 sec., 330ft-2.429, 660ft-3.588/215.93 mph, 1,000ft-4.561. Nolan will not improve and gets bumped back one spot.

Left Lane: Dan Mercier Runs 5.656/249.21, Now #15; Best prior run: 5.745/246.57, Was #15
Right Lane: Michael Manners Runs 11.066/80.09, Now #10; Best prior run: 5.549/255.24, Was #10

Mercier is dropping cylinders right for the hit, but still improve. He will stay in the number 15 spot for now. Dan Mercier's incremental times: 60ft-0.958 sec., 330ft-2.502, 660ft-3.715/204.35 mph, 1,000ft-4.758. Manners is up in smoke right at the hit.

Left Lane: Randy Meyer Runs 10.485/109.30, Now #11; Best prior run: 5.603/259.16, Was #11
Right Lane: Jared Dreher Runs 5.722/244.83, Now #7; Best prior run: 5.411/259.86, Was #7

Meyer is up in smoke early and clicks it off. No help here for Dreher and he will stay in the number seven spot.

Left Lane: Robin Samsel Runs 5.451/264.13, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.446/263.62, Was #8
Right Lane: Artie Allen Runs 5.801/238.72, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.341/246.89, Was #5

Samsel with a good pass, but will not improve...Allen is hazing the tires and dropping cylinders and he will not improve.

Left Lane: John Finke Runs 5.373/262.28, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.322/260.81, Was #4
Right Lane: Rich McPhillips Runs 5.307/265.22, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.270/268.54, Was #2

This is good side-by-side drag race. Finke with a good pass, but will not improve, second quick of the round behind McPhillips who is in the other lane.John Finke's incremental times: 60ft-0.942 sec., 330ft-2.436, 660ft-3.567/220.51 mph, 1,000ft-4.531. McPhillips launched hard and keep it hooked up to make the quickest pass of the round. Rich McPhillips' incremental times: 60ft-0.930 sec., 330ft-2.404, 660ft-3.521/224.02 mph, 1,000ft-4.474.

Left Lane: Bill Reichert Runs 5.400/264.23, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.204/270.00, Was #1

Reichert made a nice pass, straight down the groove, but he will not improve. the fourth quickest pass of the round. Bill Reichert's incremental times: 60ft-0.957 sec., 330ft-2.446, 660ft-3.584/219.33 mph, 1,000ft-4.557.

Left Lane: Duane Shields Runs 5.285/272.39, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.289/274.16, Was #3
Right Lane: Mike Strasburg Runs 12.251/53.95, Now #14; Best prior run: 5.642/270.81, Was #14

this is the final round round from the rain delayed Division Four race from last weekend. Shields with a great looking pass, his quickest of the day and this is the quickest pass of the session. Duane Shields' incremental times: 60ft-0.949 sec., 330ft-2.410, 660ft-3.521/225.11 mph, 1,000ft-4.467. Strasburg is up in smoke right off the starting line and clicks it off.

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