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Fri, 21 Oct 2005, 09:45 PM

Top Fuel Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Larry Sullivan

LAS VEGAS - Notes from round 2 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 this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time/speed, and position in order prior to run:
Left Lane: Ray Stutz Runs 5.388/250.60, Now #18; No Prior Run

5:51 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 69 degrees, relative humidity 41 percent, barometer 28.36 inches, adjusted altitude 2,720 feet, track temperature 86 degrees.

David Baca is on the bump spot at 5.108.

This time Stutz got to make a run - the car sounded very "fat" and was down on power, but he'll get a couple more shots tomorrow.

Left Lane: Bobby Lagana Jr. Runs 4.736/308.28, Now #14; Best prior run: 7.787/92.82, Was #22
Right Lane: Jack Beckman Runs 4.581/315.34, Now #4; Best prior run: 21.428/33.08, Was #23

Two nice runs for drivers who had problems in the first round, Beckman jumping into the field in fourth and Lagana in 14th. That bumped Baca and Mike Strasburg. John Smith is now on the bump spot at 4.823.

Left Lane: Joe Hartley Runs 7.306/119.77, Now #23; Best prior run: 7.625/116.51, Was #22
Right Lane: Clay Millican Runs 4.690/314.02, Now #14; Best prior run: 7.714/96.11, Was #23

Hartley smoked the tires and lifted. Millican's run looked okay, but the first half was very soft. It did the job, but they will need to step on it to have a shot Sunday. Millican put Reehl on the bump spot, by the way, at 4.757.

Left Lane: Scott Weis Runs 5.048/211.86, Now #19; Best prior run: 7.039/115.03, Was #22
Right Lane: Mike Strasburg Runs 10.653/73.84, Now #18; Best prior run: 4.984/222.47, Was #18

Strasburg started turning the tires about 200 feet out and he shut it off. Weis looked to be on a good run, on a 4.70s pace, but it looked like the engine let go as he neared the 1,000-foot marker.

Left Lane: Steven Chrisman Runs 5.102/279.27, Now #20; Best prior run: 5.128/275.34, Was #21
Right Lane: John Smith Runs 5.013/251.02, Now #17; Best prior run: 4.823/249.12, Was #17

Both cars kept the candles lit all the way through the lights, Smith did not improve and Chrisman did not improve enough.

Left Lane: David Baca Runs 4.718/314.90, Now #15; Best prior run: 5.108/214.14, Was #21
Right Lane: Robert Reehl Runs 4.887/299.40, Now #17; Best prior run: 4.757/310.84, Was #16

Baca made a nice run, improving enough to bump Reehl from the field because Reehl lost a lot of time recovering after getting sideways early in the run. That put Bobby Lagana Jr. on the bump spot at 4.736.

Left Lane: Doug Herbert Runs 4.558/317.72, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.681/289.63, Was #13
Right Lane: Doug Foley Runs 4.860/218.97, Now #11; Best prior run: 4.653/292.65, Was #10

Herbert made a nice run to grab the top spot, but blew it up in the lights, the car still burning after he came to a stop. He had problems getting out of the car, but the Safety Safari was right there to keep things under control until Doug could get things untangled and step out. The Safety Safari then turned their attention to the oil on the track - we'll be down for a bit.

Left Lane: Brandon Bernstein Runs 4.593/324.98, Now #7; Best prior run: 4.680/321.12, Was #13
Right Lane: Scott Kalitta No Time, Now #11; Best prior run: 4.649/321.58, Was #10

Kalitta made his burnout and kept on going, apparently detecting a problem and clearing the track. Bernstein made a nice-looking run, right down the groove.

Left Lane: Doug Kalitta Runs 4.570/323.97, Now #3; Best prior run: 4.660/322.58, Was #13
Right Lane: David Grubnic No Time, Now #11; Best prior run: 4.634/318.99, Was #10

Grubnic's header flames came up and went out immediately, the car rolling to a stop about 200 feet out. Nice pass by Kalitta, right down the groove, the header flames tall and steady all the way down the track.

Left Lane: Cory McClenathan Runs 4.553/324.44, Now #2; Best prior run: 4.629/324.59, Was #10
Right Lane: Larry Dixon Runs 4.524/325.53, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.593/323.66, Was #9

These were both very pretty runs, #1 and #2 side-by-side. Cory McClenathan's incremental times: 60ft-0.857 sec., 330ft-2.165, 660ft-3.090/272.39mph, 1,000ft-3.872.
Larry Dixon's incremental times: 60ft-0.856 sec., 330ft-2.145, 660ft-3.061/273.16mph, 1,000ft-3.842.

Left Lane: Melanie Troxel Runs 4.521/328.78, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.590/328.14, Was #9
Right Lane: Morgan Lucas Runs 4.573/321.19, Now #8; Best prior run: 4.580/317.19, Was #7

Another #1 qualifier, this one a lady! Both made strong, straight runs, but Troxel pulled away on the top end. Melanie Troxel's incremental times: 60ft-0.865 sec., 330ft-2.165, 660ft-3.080/275.73mph, 1,000ft-3.850.

Left Lane: Tony Schumacher Runs 4.516/325.53, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.570/324.75, Was #5
Right Lane: Rod Fuller Runs 4.547/326.08, Now #4; Best prior run: 4.572/323.27, Was #7

Two more pretty runs, but "Sarge" goes back to the top, Fuller to "the #4 hole." Tony Schumacher's incremental times: 60ft-0.850 sec., 330ft-2.134, 660ft-3.055/272.61mph, 1,000ft-3.835
Rod Fuller's incremental times: 60ft-0.866 sec., 330ft-2.162, 660ft-3.090/271.62mph, 1,000ft-3.869.

With two rounds of qualifying to go, Schumacher is again atop the order at 4.516 and Bobby Lagana Jr. is on the bump spot at 4.736.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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