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Fri, 21 Oct 2005, 05:31 PM

Top Fuel Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Larry Sullivan

LAS VEGAS - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Top Fuel at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, Fifth annual ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Right Lane: Ray Stutz No Time, Now #2

1:36 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 78 degrees, relative humidity 32 percent, barometer 28.40 inches, adjusted altitude 3,220 feet, track temperature 92 degrees.

Talk about names from the past - check out the first couple pairs of cars in this round. We'll have to wait for the second round to see how Stutz runs, however, he made his burnout, the car stalled, and he rolled through, stopping part way up the hill at the end of the track.

Left Lane: Robert Reehl Runs 4.757/310.84, Now #1
Right Lane: Steven Chrisman Runs 5.128/275.34, Now #2

Reehl's engine was putting out some bright orange flames out of the left headers, but it was a smooth, full pass under power and that time may hold up to keep him in the quick 16. Chrisman fell behind early and appeared to be down on power throughout the run.

Left Lane: Doug Foley Runs 4.653/292.65, Now #1
Right Lane: Joe Hartley Runs 7.625/116.51, Now #4

Foley dropped a couple cylinders on the top end, possibly losing a blower belt just before the finish line, but made a nice opening pass to put him solidly "in the show." Hartley was falling back fast early in the run and shut it off around half track. Doug Foley's incremental times: 60ft-0.875 sec., 330ft-2.204, 660ft-3.137/271.08mph, 1,000ft-3.929

Left Lane: Mike Strasburg Runs 4.984/222.47, Now #3
Right Lane: Bobby Lagana Jr. Runs 7.787/92.82, Now #6

The Bill Miller team found some problem at Chicago and are looking for big improvements here. However, the car overpowered the track about 200 feet out and Lagana had to lift. Strasburg got down the track, running a mid-seventies pace to half track, but nosing over on the top end, running 40 mph slower at the finish line than at half track.

Left Lane: Clay Millican Runs 7.714/96.11, Now #7
Right Lane: Melanie Troxel Runs 4.590/328.14, Now #1

Millican's car started to hike the front tires, he pedaled, the started up again, and he lifted. No problems for Troxel, the car cleanly off the starting line and smoothly down the groove on a pretty run. Melanie Troxel's incremental times: 60ft-0.876 sec., 330ft-2.196, 660ft-3.136/269.13mph, 1,000ft-3.917.

Left Lane: Jack Beckman Runs 21.428/33.08, Now #10
Right Lane: David Baca Runs 5.108/214.14, Now #5

At the green, it appeared that Beckman's throttle cable broke, the car slowly rolling forward. It slow-rolled all the way past the finish line, then stopped at the hill. Baca's car was off the quick pace by half track and coasted the last 300 feet or so. The Safety Safari went to work on the shutdown area in Baca's lane, so it appears something let go in the engine bay.

Left Lane: John Smith Runs 4.823/249.12, Now #4
Right Lane: Scott Weis Runs 7.039/115.03, Now #8

It appears that the Hartman Motorsports family has joined the Torco family, a Torco sticker adorning the side of Smith's dragster.Another short pass, Smith's car a little off the pace, but on a solid run until the top end. Weis' car smoked the tires about 200 feet out.

Left Lane: Rod Fuller Runs 4.572/323.27, Now #1
Right Lane: Cory McClenathan Runs 4.629/324.59, Now #3

Two nice runs here, both cars smoothly down the track, all eight lit all the way to the line.

Left Lane: Scott Kalitta Runs 4.649/321.58, Now #4
Right Lane: Brandon Bernstein Runs 4.680/321.12, Now #6

Solid, smooth, unspectacular runs for these two, perhaps getting baseline runs in to prepare for tomorrow's Bud Shootout.

Left Lane: Morgan Lucas Runs 4.580/317.19, Now #2
Right Lane: Doug Herbert Runs 4.681/289.63, Now #8

Herbert was steadily losing ground to Lucas all the way and may have clicked it off early. He also may have left some "stuff" on the track, the Safety Safari going to work in the shutdown area in his lane.

Left Lane: David Grubnic Runs 4.634/318.99, Now #5
Right Lane: Doug Kalitta Runs 4.660/322.58, Now #8

Two more "baseline runs," nothing spectacular, nothing unusual happening along the way.

Left Lane: Larry Dixon Runs 4.593/323.66, Now #5
Right Lane: Tony Schumacher Runs 4.570/324.75, Now #1

Two nice runs, Schumacher taking the top spot from Fuller by two thousandths of a second. Larry Dixon's incremental times: 60ft-0.868 sec., 330ft-2.181, 660ft-3.117/269.51mph, 1,000ft-3.907
Tony Schumacher's incremental times: 60ft-0.863 sec., 330ft-2.169, 660ft-3.102/269.83mph, 1,000ft-3.887.

After one round, it's Schumacher on the pole at 4.570 and David Baca is on the bump spot at 5.108.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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