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Sat, 11 Nov 2017, 14:36 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By Rick Green





POMONA, Calif. - Notes from final, round 3 qualifying in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 53rd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals 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: James Day Runs 5.664/263.41, Now #20; Best prior run: 7.395/127.94, Was #21
Right Lane: Joey Severance Runs 5.244/273.88, Now #3; Best prior run: 10.479/76.64, Was #22

Weather conditions: air temperature 68 degrees, relative humidity 60 percent, barometer 28.91 inches, adjusted altitude 2,394 feet, track temperature 94 degrees.

Day shook right at the hit and pedaled it to make his quickest pass of the weekend. He will not get in the show.

Severance launched hard and kept it hooked up to go from the outside all the way up to the number three spot. Joey Severance's incremental times: 60ft-0.903 sec., 330ft-2.346, 660ft-3.465/221.56 mph, 1,000ft-4.425.

Left Lane: Fred Hanssen Runs 5.329/271.19, Now #12; Best prior run: 5.448/268.87, Was #19
Right Lane: Jackie Fricke Runs 5.398/272.78, Now #18; Best prior run: 6.913/137.68, Was #22

Hanssen was straight down the groove with his season quickest pass and his career fastest pass to get in the show. Fred Hanssen's incremental times: 60ft-0.955 sec., 330ft-2.395, 660ft-3.529/218.76 mph, 1,000ft-4.500.

Fricke with her quickest pass of the weekend, but just misses getting in the show. Jackie Fricke's incremental times: 60ft-0.948 sec., 330ft-2.519, 660ft-3.639/225.26 mph, 1,000ft-4.583.

Left Lane: Alex Laughlin Runs 5.433/272.61, Now #16; Best prior run: 5.375/273.72, Was #15
Right Lane: Tiffany Januik Runs 5.363/266.85, Now #15; Best prior run: 5.830/182.45, Was #22

Laughlin with another good pass, but doesn't improve and gets bumped back one spot by Januik.

Januik kept it hooked up and hitting on all eight to make her career quickest and fastest pass in her young career. Tiffany Januik's incremental times: 60ft-0.927 sec., 330ft-2.392, 660ft-3.538/215.58 mph, 1,000ft-4.521.

Left Lane: Cameron Ferre Runs 5.431/271.24, Now #13; Best prior run: 5.339/262.33, Was #13
Right Lane: Don St. Arnaud Runs 5.364/267.37, Now #16; Best prior run: 5.420/255.77, Was #21

Ferre started to lose traction and pedaled it around 330 feet and got it to hook up. He will not improve and will stay in the number 13 spot. Cameron Ferre's incremental times: 60ft-0.947 sec., 330ft-2.523, 660ft-3.657/222.55 mph, 1,000ft-4.610.

St. Arnaud was straight down the groove with his quickest pass of the weekend to get in the show on the bubble. Don St. Arnaud's incremental times: 60ft-0.965 sec., 330ft-2.471, 660ft-3.595/223.91 mph, 1,000ft-4.538. That bumped out Laughlin...

Left Lane: Ashley Sanford Runs 17.113/46.94, Now #12; Best prior run: 5.328/274.33, Was #11
Right Lane: Randy Eakins Runs 5.304/269.40, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.411/264.80, Was #21

Sanford is up in smoke right at the hit and clicked it off.

Eakins with a real nice pass, straight down the groove with his quickest pass of the season and his career fastest pass to get in the show. Randy Eakins' incremental times: 60ft-0.953 sec., 330ft-2.428, 660ft-3.536/225.00 mph, 1,000ft-4.485.

Left Lane: Chris Demke Runs 7.579/118.14, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.293/274.55, Was #8
Right Lane: Ken Webster Runs 5.337/260.31, Now #14; Best prior run: 5.377/259.01, Was #20

Demke started to shake and pedaled it, but couldn't get it to hook up and clicked it off.

Webster launched hard and kept it hooked up to make his his career quickest and fastest pass to get in the show. Ken Webster's incremental times: 60ft-0.937 sec., 330ft-2.384, 660ft-3.524/216.83 mph, 1,000ft-4.500.

Left Lane: Kim Parker Runs 13.468/66.99, Now #7; Best prior run: 5.289/274.22, Was #7
Right Lane: Casey Grisel Runs 5.293/269.51, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.376/263.31, Was #20

Parker is up in smoke right at the hit and clicked it off.

Grisel launched hard and kept it hooked up and hitting on all eight to get in the show. He runs his season quickest and fastest pass to go to the number nine spot. Casey Grisel's incremental times: 60ft-0.926 sec., 330ft-2.402, 660ft-3.519/224.21 mph, 1,000ft-4.469.

Left Lane: Garrett Bateman Runs 17.742/47.03, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.284/277.03, Was #6
Right Lane: Dan Mercier Runs 5.309/273.94, Now #11; Best prior run: 5.361/272.67, Was #17

Bateman is up in smoke right at the hit.

Mercier was straight down the groove with his quickest pass of the weekend to get back in the show. Dan Mercier's incremental times: 60ft-0.926 sec., 330ft-2.422, 660ft-3.543/223.28 mph, 1,000ft-4.493.

Ken Webster is on the bump spot at 5.337. This is quickest field in Top Alcohol dragster history.

Left Lane: Shawn Cowie Runs 5.230/274.00, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.267/273.83, Was #4
Right Lane: Krista Baldwin Runs 5.410/262.74, Now #13; Best prior run: 5.323/268.17, Was #13

Cowie had it hitting on all eight all the way down the track to make his quickest pass of the weekend. He moves up the ladder one spot to number three. Shawn Cowie's incremental times: 60ft-0.905 sec., 330ft-2.332, 660ft-3.452/221.31 mph, 1,000ft-4.412.

Baldwin with a clean pass, but it is her slowest of the weekend. Krista Baldwin's incremental times: 60ft-0.940 sec., 330ft-2.457, 660ft-3.589/219.08 mph, 1,000ft-4.564.

Left Lane: Bill Litton Runs 5.234/279.73, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.211/280.14, Was #2
Right Lane: James Stevens Runs 5.361/266.95, Now #12; Best prior run: 5.316/269.24, Was #12

Litton with another great pass, his second quickest off the weekend and the second quickest of the session. He will stay in the number two spot. Bill Litton's incremental times: 60ft-0.950 sec., 330ft-2.417, 660ft-3.514/229.08 mph, 1,000ft-4.438.

Stevens with another good pass, but will not improve and stays in the number 12 spot. James Stevens' incremental times: 60ft-0.938 sec., 330ft-2.387, 660ft-3.537/215.24 mph, 1,000ft-4.522.

Left Lane: Julie Nataas Runs 5.186/279.44, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.115/280.49, Was #1
Right Lane: Duane Shields Runs 5.312/274.66, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.269/275.90, Was #5

Julie Nataas is Norwegian. She was a Junior Dragster racer then raced Super Comp. Julie is also a second-generation racer as her father Thomas Nataas raced Pro Mod, Fuel Funny Car and Top Fuel Dragster. She makes another great pass, the quickest pass of session and the second quickest pass of the weekend. Julie Nataas' incremental times: 60ft-0.927 sec., 330ft-2.384, 660ft-3.472/230.65 mph, 1,000ft-4.391.

Shields with another good pass, but will not improve and will stay in the number five spot. Duane Shields' incremental times: 60ft-0.955 sec., 330ft-2.451, 660ft-3.559/225.90 mph, 1,000ft-4.500.

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