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Fri, 12 Sep 2008, 01:44 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Jason Murray

CONCORD, N.C. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, Inaugural NHRA Carolinas Nationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Left Lane: Bob Weickgenannt Runs 6.057/223.06, Now #2
Right Lane: Al Moeser Runs 5.705/260.97, Now #1

1:16 p.m. Moser makes decent pass to open his weekend up. Weickgenannt looked good early but the car didn't appear really pick up as it went down track.

Bob Weickgenannt's incremental times: 60ft-0.992 sec., 330ft-2.628, 660ft-3.938/189.71mph, 1,000ft-5.068
Al Moeser's incremental times: 60ft-1.031 sec., 330ft-2.648, 660ft-3.848/211.03mph, 1,000ft-4.850

Left Lane: Dave Weber Runs 5.589/255.82, Now #1
Right Lane: Jackie Fricke Runs 5.648/243.99, Now #2

Webber makes a really nice run, as he will go to the top of field. Fricke made a very solid run to open her weekend up.

Left Lane: Jared Dreher Runs 5.576/250.13, Now #1
Right Lane: Rich McPhillips Runs 5.587/250.74, Now #2

Great side-by-side race here. Dreher with really good early numbers and that puts him into the top spot for now. Dreher kept his car lined up straight down the track. McPhillips in the other lane makes great pass to start his weekend off here in North Carolina at zMax Dragway.

Jared Dreher's incremental times: 60ft-0.976 sec., 330ft-2.519, 660ft-3.688/213.57mph, 1,000ft-4.692
Rich McPhillips' incremental times: 60ft-1.000 sec., 330ft-2.561, 660ft-3.723/217.07mph, 1,000ft-4.713

Left Lane: Travis Nicholson Runs 5.498/242.98, Now #1
Right Lane: Arthur Allen Runs 5.576/260.56, Now #2

Nickolson makes a great run out of the box. Nicholson will go all the way to the top of the ladder for now. Allen though he makes an impressive run to kick off his weekend, Allen had to steer the car more than he probably really wanted, as the car started to move around just past half track, and drifted towards the centerline.

Travis Nicholson's incremental times: 60ft-0.965 sec., 330ft-2.499, 660ft-3.655/217.88mph, 1,000ft-4.628
Arthur Allen's incremental times: 60ft-0.981 sec., 330ft-2.549, 660ft-3.732/213.13mph, 1,000ft-4.723

Left Lane: Robin Samsel No Time, Now #10
Right Lane: Ken Perry Runs 5.486/258.57, Now #1

Samsel is not able to fire the car, they will have to wait until later today to make their first pass on this brand new racing surface. Perry lays down the quickest run of the weekend so far. Perry launched hard and kept the car straight all the way. Ken Perry's incremental times: 60ft-0.932 sec., 330ft-2.440, 660ft-3.612/210.34mph, 1,000ft-4.620

Left Lane: Mike Kosky Runs 5.389/265.85, Now #1
Right Lane: John Finke Runs 5.515/258.47, Now #4

A pair of Division 1 racers roll up together. WOW! Kosky goes all the way to the top by a bunch. Kosky's crew is really happy to start their weekend off, the car really didn't have any shake and went straight down the lane. Finke in the other lane makes a good run, and he will look to improve later today.

Mike Kosky's incremental times: 60ft-0.950 sec., 330ft-2.409, 660ft-3.559/214.79mph, 1,000ft-4.546
John Finke's incremental times: 60ft-0.967 sec., 330ft-2.519, 660ft-3.690/216.41mph, 1,000ft-4.662

Left Lane: Arthur Gallant Runs 13.009/66.57, Now #13
Right Lane: Bill Reichert Runs 5.264/272.83, Now #1

Gallant is up in smoke at the hit of the throttle and coasts through the finish-line. Reichert is very capable of taking the number spot away from Kosky, and he does take it away. Reichert launches hard and straight, but did make a small move around half track towards the centerline and he managed to keep control and place the car back in the middle of the lane, to land in the #1 spot. Bill Reichert's incremental times: 60ft-0.947 sec., 330ft-2.413, 660ft-3.516/228.38mph, 1,000ft-4.452

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