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Sat, 29 Sep 2001, 01:49 AM

CHICAGO-2 - Top Fuel Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Rick Green

JOLIET, Ill. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Top Fuel at the Inaugural NHRA Nationals 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: Tim Gibson Runs 15.099/77.64, Now #17; No Prior Run

Gibson was up in smoke as soon as he hit the throttle.

Left Lane: Paul Romine Runs 5.182/225.60, Now #10; Best prior run: 10.884/79.96, Was #14

Romine launched and started to loose traction pedaled it and then drove it to about 900 feet before he clicked it off.

Left Lane: Luigi Novelli Runs 11.739/78.15, Now #15; Best prior run: 10.468/83.01, Was #14
Right Lane: Chris Karamesines Runs 9.011/102.63, Now #14; No Prior Run

They both lost traction right off the starting line Novelli clicked it off while "The Greek" pedaled it one time before giving up.

Left Lane: Doug Herbert Runs 4.542/325.69, Now #2; Best prior run: 8.982/92.59, Was #13
Right Lane: Darrell Russell Runs 4.657/317.42, Now #5; Best prior run: 14.559/71.44, Was #17

Herbert with a career best pass here for the number two spot for the second week in a row. He was going 274.27 mph at half track. Russell with a good clean pass for the number five spot.

Left Lane: Gary Scelzi Runs 5.884/146.26, Now #14; Best prior run: 6.658/111.94, Was #14
Right Lane: Doug Kalitta Runs 4.588/315.93, Now #5; Best prior run: 11.981/77.50, Was #17

Scelzi started to lose traction and pedaled it one time and then got real loose and clicked it off. Kalitta with the header flames blasting over the rear wing all the way down the quarter-mile for the number five spot.

Left Lane: David Grubnic Runs 4.622/295.79, Now #6; Best prior run: 4.680/307.30, Was #7
Right Lane: Tony Schumacher Runs 9.292/85.81, Now #10; Best prior run: 4.829/322.27, Was #10

Schumacher was blistering the Goodyears by 330 feet and clicked it off. Grubnic with great pass keeping the candles lit all the way down the 1320.

Left Lane: Mike Dunn Runs 4.511/326.95, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.565/325.53, Was #4
Right Lane: Bruce Litton Runs 4.718/307.93, Now #8; Best prior run: 4.732/308.43, Was #8

Dunn with a 0.847 second 60-foot time and was going 274.16 mph at half track to take over the number one spot. Litton pass was good and clean pass, but it looked like he was standing still next to Dunn.

Left Lane: Larry Dixon Runs 14.177/68.17, Now #3; Best prior run: 4.532/320.20, Was #2
Right Lane: Kenny Bernstein Runs 4.513/325.22, Now #2; Best prior run: 4.563/319.98, Was #4

Dixon was up in smoke right off the starting line. Bernstein with a 0.841 seconds 60-foot time and was quicker than Dunn to every increment except the finish line. Bernstein got out of the groove and was skating around getting real close to the centerline. Dunn holds on to the number one spot and Karamesines rounds out the top 16.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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