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Fri, 19 Oct 2001, 08:49 PM

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





ENNIS, Texas - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Top Fuel at the 16th annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec 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: Scott Weis Runs 4.852/297.42, Now #8; Best prior run: 11.109/97.56, Was #19

Weis was able to keep the candles lit and the Goodyears stuck all the way through the quarter mile to get into the top half of the show.

Left Lane: Mike Dunn Runs 4.593/319.82, Now #2; Best prior run: 10.486/83.14, Was #19
Right Lane: Joe Hartley No Time, Now #19; Best prior run: 10.101/86.93, Was #18

Hartley broke on the burnout. Dunn with a 0.864 60-foot time and turned that into the number two spot.

Left Lane: Tim Gibson Runs 4.724/265.64, Now #8; Best prior run: 6.888/117.01, Was #17

Gibson on a really good pass until he clicked it off around 1000 feet. No apparent problems.

Left Lane: Doug Herbert Runs 10.627/82.55, Now #18; Best prior run: 6.326/132.66, Was #17
Right Lane: Larry Dixon Runs 4.644/310.88, Now #4; Best prior run: 9.404/86.17, Was #18

Herbert started to loose traction right off the starting line and he clicked it off. Dixon matched Dunn to the 60-foot mark and was quicker to half track, but then started to slow.

Left Lane: Cory McClenathan No Time, Now #17; Best prior run: 5.546/190.83, Was #17
Right Lane: Chris Karamesines Runs 8.934/101.28, Now #14; Best prior run: 5.153/266.58, Was #14

They shut Cory off after the burnout. Karamesines started to loose traction around 100 feet and he pedaled it once and then again, before he clicked it off.

Left Lane: Don Lampus Runs 15.622/62.18, Now #10; Best prior run: 4.786/302.01, Was #10
Right Lane: Doug Kalitta Runs 9.164/81.75, Now #13; Best prior run: 5.092/205.47, Was #13

Lampus was up in smoke as soon as he hit the throttle. Kalitta lost traction around 100 feet and he pedaled it and then really blistered the tires.

Left Lane: Rhonda Hartman-Smith Runs 4.680/308.95, Now #8; Best prior run: 4.691/311.52, Was #8
Right Lane: Andrew Cowin Runs 4.599/319.37, Now #3; Best prior run: 4.681/316.78, Was #7

A couple real good looking passes here. Both cars keep the headers flames blasting over the rear wings all the way through the quarter mile. Cowin had a 0.859 60-foot time.

Left Lane: Kenny Bernstein Runs 4.577/326.56, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.647/321.65, Was #6
Right Lane: Darrell Russell Runs 9.135/84.72, Now #7; Best prior run: 4.678/310.77, Was #7

Russell blistered the big Goodyears around 300 feet. Bernstein with a 0.865 60-foot time and was running 3.112 seconds at half track going 271.90 mph to take the number one spot.

Left Lane: Gary Scelzi Runs 9.399/84.45, Now #5; Best prior run: 4.631/318.02, Was #5
Right Lane: Tony Schumacher Runs 4.721/315.01, Now #2; Best prior run: 4.592/320.62, Was #2

Scelzi was up in smoke as soon as he hit the throttle. Schumacher with the soft setup, but was able to get it down the track. He will stay number two.

Bernstein is in the number one spot and Steve Smith rounded out the top 16.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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