LAS VEGAS - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division, Short Line Express Market Gambler Shootout 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: Ashley Sanford Runs 5.383/267.96, Now #4; No Prior Run
12:23 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 81 degrees, relative humidity 24 percent, barometer 27.99 inches, adjusted altitude 4,100 feet, track temperature 104 degrees.
Sanford did not make a pass yesterday.
Sanford goes right down the groove with a clean
pass and gets in the field in the fourth spot for now.
Left Lane: Shawn Cowie Runs 5.539/263.98, Now #9; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Greg Sereda Runs 5.749/237.30, Now #18; No Prior Run
Sereda broke after he left the line yesterday but came to a stop before he reached the end of the track and received no time. Cowie also received no time.
Sereda was mixing up
cylinders all the way through the run. Cowie made a decent pass to get in the ninth spot for
Left Lane: Don St. Arnaud Runs 5.606/248.66, Now #11; No Prior Run
St. Arnaud looked like he had a cylinder out all the way through the run.
Left Lane: Jackie Fricke Runs 5.397/264.60, Now #5; Best prior run: 7.773/121.17, Was #23
Right Lane: Dan Mercier Runs 5.659/266.53, Now #15; Best prior run: 8.822/94.21, Was #24
Mercier gets about 200 feet out, shakes the tires and has to pedal. He recovers and gets in the 15th spot for now. Fricke makes a clean pass and gets in the fifth spot for now.
Left Lane: Dusty Green Runs 7.190/147.63, Now #24; Best prior run: 6.781/190.03, Was #24
Right Lane: Aaron Olivarez Runs 5.492/246.84, Now #10; Best prior run: 5.779/232.07, Was #22
Green had a cylinder or two out on the left side all the way through the run. Olivarez makes a good pass to get in the tenth spot for now.
Left Lane: Joey Severance Runs 5.326/268.65, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.140/163.37, Was #23
Right Lane: Duane Shields Runs 5.560/258.17, Now #13; Best prior run: 5.715/219.76, Was #19
Both Severance and Shields had decent passes going yesterday, but both ran into problems late in the runs.
Severance makes a full pass this time and get in the field in the
third spot for now. Shields improves but is still on the outside looking in.
Left Lane: Bill Litton No Time, Now #22; Best prior run: 5.746/249.35, Was #22
Right Lane: Mike Strasburg Runs 5.386/267.37, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.691/252.52, Was #19
Litton's engine was banging and popping on the burnout and he did not make a pass. Strasburg goes right down the groove with a decent pass to get in the sixth spot for now.
Left Lane: Ross Stickler Runs 5.606/253.09, Now #16; Best prior run: 5.742/252.33, Was #21
Right Lane: Megan McKernan Runs 5.615/257.09, Now #19; Best prior run: 5.658/257.28, Was #18
Stickler improves and moves up to the 16th spot. McKernan improves but doesn't get in the show.
Left Lane: Rishi Kanick Runs 5.625/260.21, Now #20; Best prior run: 5.698/259.51, Was #21
Right Lane: Jeff Ashwell Runs 6.086/178.95, Now #18; Best prior run: 5.607/254.28, Was #18
Kanick improved but not enough to get in the show. Aswell's engine was laboring all the way through the run.
Left Lane: Fred Hanssen Runs 5.446/262.85, Now #10; Best prior run: 5.477/261.57, Was #11
Right Lane: Mark Taliaferro Runs 11.058/70.50, Now #15; Best prior run: 5.597/256.70, Was #15
Taliaferro lost traction at the hit and was off the throttle early. Hanssen got out of the groove, made a move toward the centerline, then got it under control and made his quickest pass of the weekend.
Left Lane: Derik Milanesio Runs 5.557/243.99, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.416/259.36, Was #8
Right Lane: John Finke Runs 5.505/243.72, Now #11; Best prior run: 5.466/249.90, Was #11
Finke and Milanesio both make clean runs but neither improve.
Left Lane: Garrett Bateman Runs 5.349/268.81, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.366/266.27, Was #4
Right Lane: Johnny Ahten Runs 5.380/266.69, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.419/260.26, Was #9
Bateman improves but not enough to move up in the order. Ahten improves and gets in the field in the fifth spot for now.
Left Lane: Chase Copeland Runs 5.306/277.66, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.232/270.00, Was #1
Copeland makes the quickest pass of the round but slows from his earlier attempt.