LAS VEGAS - Notes from final, round 3 qualifying in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 13th annual SummitRacing.com 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:
Right Lane: Annie Whiteley Runs 5.719/253.14, Now #4; Best prior run: 9.255/94.43, Was #17
2:32 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 86 degrees, relative humidity 17 percent, barometer 27.58 inches, adjusted altitude 4,873 feet.
A very good looking pass by Whiteley puts her into the top half of the field for now.
incremental times: 60ft-0.980 sec., 330ft-2.552, 660ft-3.780/202.03 mph, 1,000ft-4.830.
Left Lane: Sean Bellemeur Runs 6.040/249.95, Now #14; Best prior run: 5.851/251.63, Was #14
Right Lane: Mike Drake No Time, Now #17; Best prior run: 6.245/227.00, Was #17
Bellemeur was bouncing around on the launch. Drake oiled the track on the top end. This was his second oil down of this event, and after oiling the track twice at Pomona, he has been disqualified from this event.
Sean Bellemeur's incremental times:
60ft-1.027 sec., 330ft-2.795, 660ft-4.068/195.51 mph, 1,000ft-5.139.
Left Lane: Brian Smith Runs 14.245/62.67, Now #13; Best prior run: 5.827/249.63, Was #13
Smith lost traction at about 100 feet.
Left Lane: Steve Gasparrelli Runs 6.494/161.02, Now #11; Best prior run: 5.784/243.11, Was #11
Right Lane: Ross Stickler Runs 5.880/244.29, Now #15; Best prior run: 5.861/243.24, Was #15
Gasparrelli started trailing engine smoke before the 330-foot mark. No visible problems for Stickler.
incremental times: 60ft-0.992 sec., 330ft-2.604, 660ft-3.874/195.25 mph, 1,000ft-4.959.
Left Lane: Brian Hough Runs 5.770/251.11, Now #10; Best prior run: 5.773/251.34, Was #9
Right Lane: Kris Hool Runs 5.704/254.66, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.804/249.95, Was #12
Hough was skating around early in the run. A smooth pass for Hool.
Brian Hough's incremental times: 60ft-0.972 sec.,
330ft-2.569, 660ft-3.815/199.88 mph, 1,000ft-4.874.
Left Lane: Keeter Ray Runs 5.792/249.44, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.757/250.88, Was #8
Right Lane: Shane Westerfield Runs 7.451/113.91, Now #11; Best prior run: 5.779/250.00, Was #11
Westerfield was all over his lane. Ray was skating around too, but he stayed on the throttle.Keeter Ray's incremental times: 60ft-0.979 sec., 330ft-2.567, 660ft-3.823/197.54 mph, 1,000ft-4.891.
Left Lane: Mark Woznichak Runs 5.745/252.05, Now #7; Best prior run: 5.746/251.49, Was #7
Right Lane: Jason Rupert No Time, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.760/252.05, Was #9
Rupert broke on the line. No problems for Woznichak.
Mark Woznichak's incremental times: 60ft-0.978 sec., 330ft-2.551,
660ft-3.791/198.79 mph, 1,000ft-4.851.
Left Lane: Tony Bartone Runs 5.604/262.08, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.742/257.78, Was #6
Right Lane: Doug Gordon Runs 9.216/96.98, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.697/253.23, Was #3
Gordon made a move to the right shortly after the hit. He was very close to the wall at the 330-foot mark and he had to lift. A very good looking pass by Bartone moves him into the top spot on the ladder for now.
Tony Bartone's incremental times:
60ft-0.974 sec., 330ft-2.526, 660ft-3.725/207.56 mph, 1,000ft-4.745.
Left Lane: Jay Payne Runs 13.758/72.79, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.658/257.38, Was #2
Right Lane: John Lombardo Jr. Runs 15.360/61.31, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.676/253.90, Was #3
Both drivers struck the tires on the launch.