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Sat, 1 Oct 2005, 05:49 PM

Top Fuel Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By Dave Rowe

JOLIET, Ill. - Notes from final, round 4 qualifying in Top Fuel at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, Fifth annual Ameriquest Mortgage 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: Luigi Novelli Runs 11.297/83.90, Now #20; Best prior run: 4.805/321.65, Was #20
Right Lane: Scott Weis Runs 10.435/87.72, Now #22; Best prior run: 6.021/146.96, Was #22

4:03 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 79 degrees, relative humidity 24 percent, barometer 29.10 inches, adjusted altitude 2,467 feet, track temperature 97 degrees.

0 for 2 on this one, both get about 60 feet out, both go up in smoke and shut down.

Left Lane: T.J. Zizzo Runs 4.720/311.49, Now #18; Best prior run: 4.763/289.76, Was #19
Right Lane: Joe Hartley Runs 4.745/302.69, Now #19; Best prior run: 4.969/256.60, Was #21

Zizzo makes his quickest pass of the weekend, Hartley makes his quickest pass of the weekend, but neither get in the show.

Left Lane: Tim Cullinan Runs 13.103/72.76, Now #15; Best prior run: 4.669/308.64, Was #15
Right Lane: Tim Gibson No Time, Now #20; Best prior run: 4.754/285.83, Was #20

Gibson's dragster develops a leak on the burnout and has to shut down. Cullinan goes up in smoke at the hit.

Left Lane: Jack Beckman Runs 4.599/315.19, Now #12; Best prior run: 4.577/321.27, Was #12
Right Lane: Bruce Litton No Time, Now #17; Best prior run: 4.682/311.56, Was #17

Litton hits the throttle and the engine goes silent. Beckman makes a good pass for the conditions and stays in the 12th spot.

Left Lane: Scott Kalitta Runs 4.551/326.00, Now #10; Best prior run: 4.548/324.75, Was #10
Right Lane: Bobby Lagana Jr. Runs 7.552/99.41, Now #16; Best prior run: 4.681/312.64, Was #16

Lagana gets about 200 feet out and strikes the tires. Kalitta makes another good run.

Left Lane: Melanie Troxel Runs 4.563/321.42, Now #9; Best prior run: 4.536/326.95, Was #9
Right Lane: John Smith Runs 4.645/304.80, Now #14; Best prior run: 4.629/312.78, Was #14

No improvement for Troxel, but good consistent run. Smith makes another clean pass.

Left Lane: Morgan Lucas Runs 4.517/324.75, Now #7; Best prior run: 4.513/326.79, Was #7
Right Lane: David Grubnic Runs 8.667/78.32, Now #13; Best prior run: 4.578/325.61, Was #13

Grubnic gets about 200 feet out and goes up in smoke. Lucas makes a great run for the conditions.

Left Lane: Rod Fuller Runs 4.523/329.83, Now #5; Best prior run: 4.508/329.10, Was #5
Right Lane: Clay Millican Runs 4.553/319.98, Now #11; Best prior run: 4.554/321.73, Was #11

A good side-by-side, both dragsters right down the groove.

Left Lane: Doug Kalitta Runs 4.545/328.22, Now #4; Best prior run: 4.491/329.58, Was #4
Right Lane: Brandon Bernstein Runs 4.492/322.65, Now #5; Best prior run: 4.522/330.39, Was #8

Bernstein moved around a little in the middle of the run, but he still makes a great pass and moves up to the fifth spot.

Left Lane: Doug Herbert Runs 4.511/326.95, Now #3; Best prior run: 4.480/325.30, Was #3
Right Lane: Larry Dixon Runs 4.536/329.42, Now #7; Best prior run: 4.511/326.63, Was #7

Left Lane: Tony Schumacher Runs 4.490/327.98, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.437/331.77, Was #1
Right Lane: Cory McClenathan Runs 9.912/78.29, Now #2; Best prior run: 4.466/328.14, Was #2

McClenethan strikes the tires about 200 feet out and clicks it off. Schumacher's car is running like a bracket car, his fourth run in the 4.4's.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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