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Fri, 19 Sep 2008, 07:30 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Rick Green

ENNIS, Texas - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 23rd annual O'Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall 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: Brandon Pierce Runs 5.330/274.78, Now #2; Best prior run: 17.654/58.64, Was #18

It didn't sound like a great pass, but it was as he goes to the number two spot with his quickest pass of the season. Brandon Pierce's incremental times: 60ft-0.960 sec., 330ft-2.462, 660ft-3.582/225.00mph, 1,000ft-4.523

Left Lane: Del Cox Jr. Runs 5.478/257.63, Now #9; Best prior run: 14.097/80.76, Was #18
Right Lane: Brittany Force Runs 5.534/260.41, Now #11; No Prior Run

Weather conditions: air temperature 86 degrees, relative humidity 41 percent, barometer 29.44 inches, adjusted altitude 2,976 feet, track temperature 107 degrees.

Force is able to get down the track and into the show with this pass...Brittany Force's incremental times: 60ft-0.978 sec., 330ft-2.523, 660ft-3.697/214.38mph, 1,000ft-4.683 Cox with a nice pass to get into the show...Del Cox Jr.'s incremental times: 60ft-0.989 sec., 330ft-2.523, 660ft-3.661/221.85mph, 1,000ft-4.625

Left Lane: Doug Hegge Runs 5.584/262.69, Now #12; Best prior run: 10.408/86.28, Was #19
Right Lane: Karl Brounkowski Runs 5.838/245.36, Now #18; No Prior Run

Brounkowski is dropping cylinders right from the hit. Hegge gets into the show...Doug Hegge's incremental times: 60ft-1.012 sec., 330ft-2.573, 660ft-3.748/213.81mph, 1,000ft-4.734

Left Lane: Carl Magee Runs 10.902/82.79, Now #21; Best prior run: 6.367/236.38, Was #20
Right Lane: Jeff Hamelink Runs 5.427/266.06, Now #8; No Prior Run

Magee rattles the tires to about 300 feet and finally clicks it off. Hamelink gets out of the groove, and close to the centerline. He stays with it to get into the top half of the show. Jeff Hamelink's incremental times: 60ft-0.934 sec., 330ft-2.437, 660ft-3.597/215.51mph, 1,000ft-4.585

Left Lane: Todd Odom Runs 6.124/243.59, Now #20; Best prior run: 5.868/249.35, Was #20
Right Lane: Bill Evans Runs 5.749/251.49, Now #18; Best prior run: 5.721/260.26, Was #18

Odom is dropping cylinders right off the starting line. No help here for Evans.

Left Lane: Malcolm Wahle Runs 5.713/229.98, Now #17; Best prior run: 5.656/234.21, Was #16
Right Lane: Michael Manners Runs 5.500/260.06, Now #12; Best prior run: 5.666/247.84, Was #17

Manners with a nice looking pass to get in the show and that bumps out Wahle. Michael Manners' incremental times: 60ft-0.967 sec., 330ft-2.496, 660ft-3.660/215.51mph, 1,000ft-4.647

Left Lane: Darryl Hitchman No Time, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.453/261.67, Was #9
Right Lane: Kate Harker Runs 5.487/253.37, Now #11; Best prior run: 5.636/252.38, Was #16

Hitchman with problems on the burnout and drove on through the 1320. Harker with a nice pass to get off the bubble...Kate Harker's incremental times: 60ft-0.958 sec., 330ft-2.468, 660ft-3.618/216.10mph, 1,000ft-4.616

Left Lane: Brandon Lewis Runs 6.657/135.32, Now #7; Best prior run: 5.394/258.17, Was #7
Right Lane: Darvin Martinets Runs 5.414/264.60, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.615/257.58, Was #16

Lewis with tire shake and clicks it off. Martinets with a nice pass to get into the top half of the show...Darvin Martinets' incremental times: 60ft-0.939 sec., 330ft-2.408, 660ft-3.566/213.37mph, 1,000ft-4.566

Left Lane: Jim Whiteley Runs 5.278/271.08, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.371/270.10, Was #6
Right Lane: David Brounkowski Runs 5.713/254.42, Now #13; Best prior run: 5.496/257.58, Was #13

Whiteley with a great pass to go to the number one spot. David Brounkowski's incremental times: 60ft-1.164 sec., 330ft-2.705, 660ft-3.859/216.51mph, 1,000ft-4.850 No help here for Brounkowski.

Left Lane: Courtney Force Runs 5.454/258.37, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.348/269.56, Was #6
Right Lane: Marty Thacker Runs 5.322/270.81, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.330/269.29, Was #4

Another solid pass for Force...Courtney Force's incremental times: 60ft-0.961 sec., 330ft-2.494, 660ft-3.636/220.30mph, 1,000ft-4.603 Thacker with a great pass to go to the number two spot behind Whiteley. Marty Thacker's incremental times: 60ft-0.929 sec., 330ft-2.372, 660ft-3.510/217.35mph, 1,000ft-4.492

Left Lane: Aaron Tatum Runs 5.522/262.85, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.342/273.44, Was #5
Right Lane: Spencer Massey Runs 5.362/265.22, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.328/270.16, Was #3

Tatum with a hole out right at the hit. Massey with another good looking pass, but he will stay number three. Spencer Massey's incremental times: 60ft-0.952 sec., 330ft-2.444, 660ft-3.566/223.69mph, 1,000ft-4.525

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