LAS VEGAS - Notes from final, round 3 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:
Right Lane: Bill Litton Runs 5.529/251.91, Now #13; Best prior run: 5.746/249.35, Was #22
4:56 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 84 degrees, relative humidity 26 percent, barometer 27.94 inches, adjusted altitude 3,892 feet, track temperature 84 degrees.
right down the groove with his quickest pass of the weekend but doesn't make the show.
Right Lane: Rishi Kanick Runs 5.548/258.71, Now #15; Best prior run: 5.625/260.21, Was #21
Kanick makes his quickest pass of the weekend but doesn't make the show.
Left Lane: Dan Mercier Runs 5.405/270.16, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.659/266.53, Was #22
Right Lane: Don St. Arnaud Runs 5.483/275.17, Now #13; Best prior run: 5.606/248.66, Was #19
Mercier goes right down the groove with his quickest pass of the weekend but just misses making the field. Arnaud improves but not enough.
Left Lane: Megan McKernan Runs 5.618/258.02, Now #22; Best prior run: 5.615/257.09, Was #22
Right Lane: Ross Stickler Runs 5.518/256.06, Now #15; Best prior run: 5.606/253.09, Was #20
Stickler improves and moves up to the 15th spot. No help for McKernan.
Right Lane: Shawn Cowie Runs 5.421/267.53, Now #11; Best prior run: 5.539/263.98, Was #17
Cowie makes his quickest pass of the weekend but can't break into the show.
Left Lane: Mark Taliaferro Runs 5.480/263.20, Now #14; Best prior run: 5.597/256.70, Was #20
Right Lane: Fred Hanssen Runs 5.428/263.05, Now #12; Best prior run: 5.446/262.85, Was #12
Hanssen and Taliaferro both make their quickest passes of the weekend but neither can get in the show.
Left Lane: Duane Shields Runs 14.522/81.13, Now #20; Best prior run: 5.560/258.17, Was #20
Right Lane: Derik Milanesio Runs 9.884/86.15, Now #10; Best prior run: 5.416/259.36, Was #10
Shields goes up in smoke at the hit and his weekend is over. Milanesio gets about 300 feet out and clicks it off early.
Left Lane: Aaron Olivarez Runs 5.468/245.40, Now #14; Best prior run: 5.492/246.84, Was #16
Right Lane: Jackie Fricke Runs 14.789/50.55, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.397/264.60, Was #8
Fricke boils the hides at the hit and backs off the throttle about 60 feet out. Olivarez improves but is still on the outside looking in.
Left Lane: John Finke Runs 5.445/238.76, Now #13; Best prior run: 5.466/249.90, Was #13
Finke improves but not enough to get in the show.
Left Lane: Mike Strasburg Runs 5.335/270.16, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.386/267.37, Was #7
Right Lane: Garrett Bateman Runs 16.538/69.52, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.349/268.81, Was #4
Bateman went up in smoke as soon as he hit the throttle and had to give up on the run. Strasburg went right down the groove with his quickest pass of the weekend and he moves up to the fourth spot.
Left Lane: Johnny Ahten Runs 5.386/259.01, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.380/266.69, Was #6
Right Lane: Joey Severance Runs 5.339/270.64, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.326/268.65, Was #3
Severance doesn't improve but makes another good pass. Ahten slows but not much.
Left Lane: Chris Demke Runs 5.332/269.67, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.325/271.68, Was #2
Right Lane: Chase Copeland Runs 5.336/264.80, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.232/270.00, Was #1
Demke is here testing a new car. He has already won the championship for this year.
good side-by-side, both right down the groove but neither improve.