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Fri, 4 Nov 2005, 04:29 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Dave Rowe

POMONA, Calif. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 41st annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals 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: Darryl Hitchman Runs 5.771/236.17, Now #16; Best prior run: 5.713/232.07, Was #16
Right Lane: Joe Windham Runs 5.307/269.51, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.344/266.95, Was #3

12:38 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 68 degrees, relative humidity 31 percent, barometer 29.42 inches, adjusted altitude 1,234 feet, track temperature 93 degrees.

Hitchman had a cylinder out on the left side all the way through the run, then put a hole out on the right side just before he went through the lights and stays on the bump. Windham went right down the groove, improving on his time from yesterday, and stays in the third spot.

Left Lane: Kevin Brown Runs 5.711/229.98, Now #16; Best prior run: 5.697/231.75, Was #15
Right Lane: Larry Miersch Runs 5.430/258.67, Now #7; Best prior run: 14.276/83.43, Was #21

Miersch gets out of the groove, drifts toward the wall, then puts a hole out on the left side around 800 feet out. He stays on the throttle and gets in the show, bumping out Hitchman in the process. Brown makes a decent pass but slows a little from yesterday's pass and drops to the bump spot.

Left Lane: Sean O'Bannon Runs 5.398/265.53, Now #7; Best prior run: 5.433/261.83, Was #8
Right Lane: Hillary Will Runs 5.393/268.76, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.576/256.21, Was #13

Will makes a great pass, right down the groove, and gets in the top half of the field. O'Bannon improves and moves up a notch.

Left Lane: Brandon Johnson No Time, Now #13; Best prior run: 5.519/255.29, Was #13
Right Lane: Artie Allen No Time, Now #22; Best prior run: 20.386/61.71, Was #22

Johnson gets about 100 feet out and strikes the tires. He pedaled once, then goes on through with a decent run.....but it's all for nothing. Allen makes a decent pass, the scoreboard had him at a 5.563, but he takes out the last timing cone, disqualifying both his and Johnson's run.

Left Lane: Bill Reichert Runs 5.332/268.92, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.289/271.13, Was #2
Right Lane: Bob Perkins Runs 5.456/257.33, Now #10; Best prior run: 5.516/256.21, Was #11

A couple of good passes here, both right down the groove. Reichert stays in the second spot, Perkins moves up a notch to tenth.

Left Lane: Ben Harper Runs 5.612/254.23, Now #16; Best prior run: 5.742/253.09, Was #18
Right Lane: Mike Austin Runs 5.455/263.46, Now #10; Best prior run: 9.846/80.12, Was #21

Harper spun the tires off the line but stayed on the throttle. He improves from yesterday and gets in the show on the bump spot. Austin makes a good run and gets in the show.

Left Lane: Joey Severance Runs 5.576/261.12, Now #13; Best prior run: 5.518/252.80, Was #13
Right Lane: Randy Eakins Runs 6.197/230.17, Now #21; No Prior Run

Severance makes a decent pass but doesn't improve. Eakins shook the tires off the line, drove through it, but doesn't get in on this run.

Left Lane: Tim Bowgren Runs 5.521/259.26, Now #16; Best prior run: 5.582/251.77, Was #15
Right Lane: Carl Magee Runs 5.411/228.85, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.678/242.45, Was #17

Magee was bumped out earlier in the round. He goes right down the groove and makes a big move, getting in the top half of the field. Bowgren makes a decent pass but drops a notch to the bump spot.

Left Lane: Duane Shields Runs 8.459/101.97, Now #13; Best prior run: 5.502/254.38, Was #13
Right Lane: Dennis Swearingen Runs 5.764/240.34, Now #20; Best prior run: 5.887/223.10, Was #20

Shields has problems late in the run and clicks it off early. Swearingen improves but not enough to get in the show.

Left Lane: Eric Morris Runs 5.550/258.81, Now #17; No Prior Run
Right Lane: John Haley Runs 6.224/210.14, Now #23; Best prior run: 6.541/149.90, Was #22

Morris makes a decent pass but doesn't get in the show. No help for Haley.

Left Lane: Ashley Force Runs 5.441/270.54, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.354/259.76, Was #4
Right Lane: Steve Federlin Runs 5.372/264.86, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.420/261.32, Was #9

Force rattles the tires off the line, pedals once, then stays on the throttle the rest of the run. Federlin makes a great pass and moves up to the sixth spot.

Left Lane: Steve Torrence Runs 15.023/68.28, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.273/268.22, Was #1
Right Lane: Aaron Olivarez Runs 5.304/269.24, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.371/267.37, Was #5

Torrence hits the throttle and goes up in smoke. Olivarez makes a great pass, the quickest pass of the round, and moves up two notches to the third spot.

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