LAS VEGAS - Notes from final, round 2 qualifying in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 14th 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:
Left Lane: Chris Demke Runs 5.442/262.85, Now #4; No Prior Run
Demke with a nice pass, after struggling the last couple weeks...Chris Demke's incremental times: 60ft-0.948 sec., 330ft-2.421, 660ft-3.584/211.56 mph, 1,000ft-4.589.
Left Lane: Aaron Olivarez Runs 5.693/223.69, Now #11; Best prior run: 6.041/232.03, Was #12
Right Lane: Ashley Sanford Runs 5.601/259.81, Now #9; Best prior run: 10.382/85.00, Was #13
Olivarez dropped a cylinder or two right at the hit, but he stayed with and move up the ladder one spot. Sanford with a good clean pass to go to the ninth spot. Aaron Olivarez's incremental times: 60ft-0.970 sec., 330ft-2.529, 660ft-3.733/207.56 mph, 1,000ft-4.753.
Ashley Sanford's incremental times: 60ft-0.992 sec., 330ft-2.576, 660ft-3.755/213.64 mph, 1,000ft-4.746.
Left Lane: Johnny Ahten No Time, Now #12; Best prior run: 5.702/252.14, Was #12
Right Lane: William Litton Runs 5.949/250.55, Now #13; Best prior run: 6.004/236.59, Was #13
Ahten was up in smoke as soon as he hit the throttle and coasted to a stop on the track. Litton improves, but stays in the number 13 spot.
Left Lane: Scott Carroll Runs 5.514/258.86, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.610/256.41, Was #10
Right Lane: Greg Hunter Runs 5.509/261.12, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.536/260.21, Was #8
Carroll in his short career runs another career best and move up the ladder one spot. Scott Carroll's incremental times: 60ft-0.972 sec., 330ft-2.444, 660ft-3.628/207.30 mph, 1,000ft-4.647. Hunter improves, but stays in the number eight spot. Greg Hunter's incremental times: 60ft-0.977 sec., 330ft-2.466, 660ft-3.643/209.98 mph, 1,000ft-4.650.
Left Lane: Garrett Bateman Runs 5.459/251.16, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.488/251.53, Was #7
Right Lane: Megan McKernan Runs 17.316/40.15, Now #7; Best prior run: 5.483/250.55, Was #6
McKeran is up in smoke as soon as she hits the throttle. Bateman was straight down the groove to move up the ladder a couple spots. Garrett Bateman's incremental times: 60ft-0.937 sec., 330ft-2.452, 660ft-3.605/216.90 mph, 1,000ft-4.586.
Left Lane: Don St. Arnaud Runs 5.414/267.43, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.479/261.72, Was #6
Right Lane: Joey Severance Runs 5.483/258.81, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.385/265.22, Was #3
St. Arnaud with a hard launch and keep it hooked up to move up the ladder a couple spots. Don St. Arnaud's incremental times: 60ft-0.954 sec., 330ft-2.470, 660ft-3.619/217.70 mph, 1,000ft-4.585. Severance with a clean pass, but will not improve. Joey Severance's incremental times: 60ft-0.927 sec., 330ft-2.403, 660ft-3.589/209.75 mph, 1,000ft-4.615.
Left Lane: Jim Whiteley Runs 5.340/265.80, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.351/267.11, Was #1
Right Lane: Ray Martin Runs 6.262/129.19, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.377/267.96, Was #2
Big bang from Martin's car on the top end and he coast across the finish line. Whiteley with a great looking pass to improve on his No. 1 qualifying time. Jim Whiteley's incremental times: 60ft-0.929 sec., 330ft-2.372, 660ft-3.512/215.72 mph, 1,000ft-4.499.