LAS VEGAS - Notes from final, round 3 qualifying in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division, event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway 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: Robert Turner Runs 10.894/79.09, Now #15; Best prior run: 12.110/69.93, Was #15
Right Lane: Nick Januik Runs 5.797/261.32, Now #13; Best prior run: 5.726/261.52, Was #13
4:58 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 76 degrees, relative humidity 27 percent, barometer 27.65 inches, adjusted altitude 4,213 feet.
After a little research we have determined that this is the quickest field ever at a divisional event with the bump being 5.575. The previous quick bump was 5.585 set at Woodburn this year.
Turner rattles the tires early, gets out of shape
and backs off the throttle. Januik makes a clean pass but doesn't improve.
Left Lane: Steve Gasparrelli Runs 9.488/132.93, Now #14; Best prior run: 6.908/194.66, Was #14
Right Lane: Steve Macklyn Runs 5.639/257.63, Now #11; Best prior run: 5.684/256.70, Was #11
Gasparrelli goes up in smoke at the hit and has to abort the run. Macklyn makes his quickest pass but doesn't get in the show.
Left Lane: Ray Martin Runs 10.841/133.65, Now #12; Best prior run: 5.684/254.04, Was #12
Right Lane: Shane Westerfield Runs 5.526/266.79, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.577/265.53, Was #9
Martin goes up in smoke at the hit and backs off the throttle. Westerfield goes right down the groove with his quickest pass of the weekend and gets in the field in the fourth spot, bumping out Leanders in the process,
Left Lane: Chris Marshall No Time, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.547/253.33, Was #7
Right Lane: Ulf Leanders Runs 5.518/264.49, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.575/262.23, Was #9
Marshall can't get the engine to fire and does not make a pass. Leanders goes right down the groove with his quickest pass of the weekend and he gets back in the show in the fourth spot. Kaplan gets bumped out and Marshall is now on the bump.
Left Lane: Brian Hough Runs 5.518/266.48, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.541/265.74, Was #7
Right Lane: Jirka Kaplan Runs 11.620/71.83, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.552/261.42, Was #9
Kaplan leaves the line, starts rattling the tires and gives up on the run about 200 feet out. Hough makes his quickest pass of the weekend and moves up to the fourth spot.
Left Lane: John Lombardo Jr. Runs 5.494/268.44, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.513/268.71, Was #3
Right Lane: Jay Payne Runs 11.356/119.32, Now #7; Best prior run: 5.538/267.22, Was #7
Lombardo makes his quickest pass of the weekend and moves up a spot to second. Payne has traction problems and is off the throttle early.
Left Lane: Annie Whiteley Runs 5.505/270.10, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.508/269.67, Was #3
Right Lane: Doug Gordon Runs 5.482/268.22, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.493/269.03, Was #1
Gordon goes right down the groove with the quickest pass of the weekend. Whiteley makes a clean pass and improves a little but not enough to move up in the order.
That ends qualifying for the weekend. Gordon leads with a 5.482 and Marshall is on the bump with a 5.547.