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Fri, 01 Mar 2013, 19:24 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By David Gerard

CHANDLER, Ariz. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division, event at Firebird International Raceway listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Right Lane: Scott Carroll Runs 5.750/252.76, Now #1

4:35 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 78 degrees, relative humidity 15 percent, barometer 28.99 inches, adjusted altitude 2,473 feet, track temperature 100 degrees.

Carroll was the "Mr. Unknown" from yesterday's test session. He was completing his licensing runs.

He leaves hard and runs straight to the finish line with out issue. The chutes don't come out until way down the track, but he gets it whoa'ed in time.

Left Lane: Megan McKernan Runs 5.768/206.76, Now #3
Right Lane: Duane Shields Runs 5.421/267.16, Now #1

They both leave well, but KcKernan's fueler starts to slow on the top end.

Nice pass for Shields and the current #1 spot.

Megan McKernan's incremental times: 60ft-0.931 sec., 330ft-2.477, 660ft-3.725/207.30 mph, 1,000ft-4.748.
Duane Shields' incremental times: 60ft-0.951 sec., 330ft-2.481, 660ft-3.624/219.83 mph, 1,000ft-4.585.

Left Lane: Ray Martin Runs 5.342/269.19, Now #1
Right Lane: Johnny Ahten Runs 11.036/80.41, Now #5

A ton of shake and spin for Ahten right at the hit and he slows.

Martin's car charges away and runs right on down the track for a new career best speed and the new number one.

Ray Martin's incremental times: 60ft-0.916 sec., 330ft-2.367, 660ft-3.517/214.83 mph, 1,000ft-4.503.

Left Lane: Joey Severance Runs 5.459/264.96, Now #4
Right Lane: Don St. Arnaud Runs 5.342/277.43, Now #1

A little shake for Severance off the line and it slows a little on the top end.

Great pass for St. Arnaud running close to his best ET and improving his best speed.

Joey Severance's incremental times: 60ft-0.927 sec., 330ft-2.434, 660ft-3.608/211.16 mph, 1,000ft-4.609.
Don St. Arnaud's incremental times: 60ft-0.949 sec., 330ft-2.452, 660ft-3.583/222.14 mph, 1,000ft-4.531.

Left Lane: Chris Demke Runs 5.922/255.53, Now #8
Right Lane: Jim Whiteley Runs 5.328/272.12, Now #1

Top two car in the nation in 2012 come to the line.

Demke gets to the 60 foot lights and smokes the tires. He pedals and catches it back up and completes the run.

Whiteley makes another patented strong pass into the top spot. The car started a steady pull toward the wall and he drives it back into the groove.

Chris Demke's incremental times: 60ft-0.955 sec., 330ft-2.651, 660ft-3.954/191.81 mph, 1,000ft-5.034.
Jim Whiteley's incremental times: 60ft-0.933 sec., 330ft-2.377, 660ft-3.517/217.14 mph, 1,000ft-4.496.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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