COMMERCE, Ga. - Notes from round 3 qualifying in Top Fuel at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 32nd annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern 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: Rit Pustari Runs 4.339/250.88, Now #14; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Morgan Lucas Runs 3.903/280.08, Now #13; No Prior Run
Lucas launched hard, but then slowed on the to end, but gets in the show. Morgan Lucas' incremental times: 60ft-0.851 sec., 330ft-2.170, 660ft-3.096/276.07 mph. Pustari started mixing up cylinders and then had a lot of engine smoke...apparently he used up an engine as the Safety Safari is rolling and the word is there is oil on the track.
Left Lane: J.R. Todd Runs 3.967/310.48, Now #14; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Bruce Litton Runs 3.968/310.98, Now #15; No Prior Run
Litton was on a good pass until right in lights when Litton's engine had a quick fireball, but he still got in the show for now. Bruce Litton's incremental times: 60ft-0.877 sec., 330ft-2.250, 660ft-3.190/273.05 mph. Todd gets in the show...J.R. Todd's incremental times: 60ft-0.864 sec., 330ft-2.205, 660ft-3.180/264.91 mph.
Left Lane: Dom Lagana Runs 6.858/84.54, Now #18; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Pat Dakin Runs 3.954/307.23, Now #14; No Prior Run
Lagana is up in smoke right at the hit and he will be down to one shot to get in the show. Dakin was straight down the groove with a nice pass to get in the show. Pat Dakin's incremental times: 60ft-0.872 sec., 330ft-2.227, 660ft-3.166/270.59 mph.
Left Lane: Clay Millican Runs 3.940/310.77, Now #14; No Prior Run
Right Lane: T.J. Zizzo Runs 4.144/240.51, Now #18; No Prior Run
Zizzo with a whisp of tire smoke around 800 feet and he will not get in the show for now. Millican was straight down the groove to get in the show, that will bump Litton out. J.R. Todd is on the bump spot at 3.967.
Left Lane: Hillary Will Runs 5.199/127.02, Now #11; Best prior run: 3.885/301.74, Was #11
Right Lane: Doug Kalitta Runs 4.017/277.20, Now #12; Best prior run: 3.891/300.06, Was #12
Will started to lose traction early and clicked it off. Kalitta was dropping cylinders early and then clicked it off early.
Left Lane: Bob Vandergriff Runs 5.210/134.27, Now #10; Best prior run: 3.877/316.97, Was #10
Right Lane: Khalid alBalooshi Runs 3.908/314.17, Now #8; Best prior run: 3.873/315.12, Was #8
Vandergriff started to loose traction early and clicked it off. alBalooshi with a good clean pass, the second quickest of the round. Khalid alBalooshi's incremental times: 60ft-0.861 sec., 330ft-2.198, 660ft-3.135/272.89 mph.
Left Lane: Terry McMillen Runs 8.473/96.74, Now #9; Best prior run: 3.876/317.27, Was #9
Right Lane: David Grubnic Runs 3.915/312.86, Now #7; Best prior run: 3.872/318.09, Was #7
McMillen is up in smoke right at the hit and clicked it off. Grubnic with a good pass, the third quickest pass of the round. David Grubnic's incremental times: 60ft-0.858 sec., 330ft-2.207, 660ft-3.143/275.79 mph.
Left Lane: Spencer Massey Runs 3.922/305.15, Now #4; Best prior run: 3.839/320.13, Was #4
Right Lane: Brandon Bernstein Runs 3.851/316.60, Now #6; Best prior run: 3.855/313.00, Was #6
Bernstein launched hard and keep it hooked up to make the quickest pass of the round. Brandon Bernstein's incremental times: 60ft-0.857 sec., 330ft-2.173, 660ft-3.086/280.54 mph. Massey with a nice pass, the fifth quickest pass of the round. Spencer Massey's incremental times: 60ft-0.863 sec., 330ft-2.201, 660ft-3.134/274.94 mph.
Left Lane: Steve Torrence Runs 3.884/314.17, Now #2; Best prior run: 3.827/320.74, Was #2
Right Lane: Antron Brown Runs 3.913/279.27, Now #5; Best prior run: 3.842/323.12, Was #5
Brown with a real nice pass early in the run and then just slowed on the top end. Antron Brown's incremental times: 60ft-0.856 sec., 330ft-2.191, 660ft-3.106/277.77 mph. Torrence launched hard and keep the big Goodyears hooked up with the second quickest pass of the round. Steve Torrence's incremental times: 60ft-0.858 sec., 330ft-2.197, 660ft-3.117/276.41 mph.
Left Lane: Tony Schumacher Runs 3.896/306.60, Now #1; Best prior run: 3.815/322.58, Was #1
Right Lane: Shawn Langdon Runs 5.649/119.10, Now #3; Best prior run: 3.830/313.88, Was #3
Langdon started to smoke the tires early and clicked it off. Schumacher with another good pass with the third quickest of the round. Tony Schumacher's incremental times: 60ft-0.850 sec., 330ft-2.175, 660ft-3.113/272.39 mph.