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Fri, 29 Sep 2000, 05:50 PM

TOPEKA - Top Fuel Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Rick Green





TOPEKA, Kan. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Top Fuel at the 12th annual Advance Auto Parts Nationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:


Right Lane: Luigi Novelli Runs 8.816/94.33, Now #1

Luigi dropped a cylinder right off the starting line and then smoke the tires. He gave it up by the 200-foot mark.

Left Lane: Paul Romine Runs 9.893/86.53, Now #3
Right Lane: Jim Cavalieri Runs 5.024/255.97, Now #1

Romine started to haze the tires around 150 feet and clicked it off. Cavalieri was on a nice pass until around a 1000 feet where there was a puff of smoke, but he still has something to tune from for the rest of the weekend.

Left Lane: Andrew Cowin Runs 5.330/204.76, Now #2
Right Lane: Joe Hartley Runs 5.436/180.62, Now #3

Cowin dropped a cylinder around 200 feet but he stayed with it until engine went away just past half track. Hartley looked like he was on a good pass until half track and then there was a big flash of flame. He coasted on through the quarter mile. We are down for clean up it appears to be in Cowin's lane.

Left Lane: Melanie Troxel Runs 4.691/292.01, Now #1
Right Lane: Tim Gibson Runs 4.793/298.27, Now #2

This was a good looking side-by-side drag race with both cars running good ets, but not a lot of speed.

Left Lane: Rhonda Hartman-Smith Runs 5.458/178.21, Now #7
Right Lane: David Grubnic Runs 4.763/292.52, Now #2

Rhonda started to haze the tires at the transition and pedaled it, but then really started smoking the tires around half track. Grubnic lost traction around 1000 feet, but keep his foot in it, smoking the Goodyears through the finish line. Looks like Rhonda lost an engine and put some oil out on the track as the Safety Safari rolls.

Left Lane: Don Lampus Runs 5.136/239.02, Now #5
Right Lane: Doug Herbert Runs 10.898/77.64, Now #11

Herbert shut it off right off the starting line. Lampus with tuning assistance from Wayne Dupuy with a little fireball on the topend. Looked like it blew out a head gasket.

Left Lane: Bob Vandergriff Runs 9.078/86.58, Now #11
Right Lane: Cory McClenathan Runs 4.717/288.89, Now #2

Vandergriff was starting to lose traction around 150 feet and then lifted. Cory McClenathan lost traction around 1000 feet, but stayed with it smoking the Goodyears through the finish line.

Left Lane: Doug Kalitta Runs 9.932/79.57, Now #14
Right Lane: Kenny Bernstein Runs 4.664/311.63, Now #1

Kalitta blistered the tires right off the starting line. Bernstein was able to keep the candles lit and the Goodyears stuck all the way through the quarter mile to take over the number one spot.

Left Lane: Joe Amato Runs 4.818/285.17, Now #7
Right Lane: Larry Dixon Runs 4.735/305.01, Now #4

Amato started to haze the tires at half track and pedaled it and then got out of the groove and lost traction. He stayed with it smoking the tires through the rest of the quarter mile. Dixon with a clean straight pass to have a baseline to tune from for the rest of the weekend.

Left Lane: Tony Schumacher Runs 4.666/301.13, Now #2
Right Lane: Gary Scelzi Runs 4.681/302.75, Now #3

Scelzi left with the front end hiked in the air and went they came back to earth he just motored on through to take the number three spot. Schumacher was out in front Scelzi all the way down the 1320 to take the number two spot right behind Bernstein. That wraps up round one with Vandergriff on the bump with a weak 9.087 second pass.




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