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Fri, 26 Sep 2008, 06:14 PM

Top Fuel Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Rick Green

MILLINGTON, Tenn. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Top Fuel at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 21st annual O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals presented by Pennzoil listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Right Lane: T.J. Zizzo Runs 3.978/300.66, Now #1

Zizzo with a nice clean pass to start the weekend...T.J. Zizzo's incremental times: 60ft-0.871 sec., 330ft-2.212, 660ft-3.174/264.08 mph

Left Lane: Clay Millican Runs 3.960/300.73, Now #1
Right Lane: Bob Vandergriff Runs 4.034/234.29, Now #3

Vandergriff started to haze the tires and then pitched the blower belt around 800 feet. Millican with was straight down Broadway...Clay Millican's incremental times: 60ft-0.859 sec., 330ft-2.199, 660ft-3.156/264.34 mph.

Left Lane: Morgan Lucas Runs 4.046/288.09, Now #5
Right Lane: J.R. Todd Runs 4.044/253.52, Now #4

It appears Lucas might of dropped a cylinder or two on the top as it pushed him over by the centerline...Morgan Lucas' incremental times: 60ft-0.883 sec., 330ft-2.248, 660ft-3.218/260.11 mph. Todd started to haze the tires on the top end...J.R. Todd's incremental times: 60ft-0.837 sec., 330ft-2.171, 660ft-3.149/248.66 mph.

Left Lane: David Grubnic Runs 3.943/305.56, Now #2
Right Lane: Doug Kalitta Runs 3.935/300.60, Now #1

A couple good looking passes for the two Kalitta cars...David Grubnic's incremental times: 60ft-0.872 sec., 330ft-2.217, 660ft-3.153/271.02 mph.
Doug Kalitta's incremental times: 60ft-0.851 sec., 330ft-2.193, 660ft-3.136/267.96 mph.

Left Lane: Doug Herbert Runs 3.950/291.95, Now #3
Right Lane: Rod Fuller Runs 4.211/229.39, Now #9

Fuller starts mixing up cylinders from half track on. Herbert with a real nice pass...Doug Herbert's incremental times: 60ft-0.857 sec., 330ft-2.185, 660ft-3.129/265.43 mph.

Left Lane: Brandon Bernstein Runs 3.888/307.51, Now #1
Right Lane: Hillary Will Runs 3.915/303.91, Now #2

This was a great side-by-side race with these two going to the top of the list. Brandon Bernstein's incremental times: 60ft-0.849 sec., 330ft-2.171, 660ft-3.103/272.12 mph.
Hillary Will's incremental times: 60ft-0.847 sec., 330ft-2.185, 660ft-3.123/270.00 mph.

Left Lane: Larry Dixon Runs 3.909/301.47, Now #2
Right Lane: Cory McClenathan Runs 3.924/304.32, Now #4

Another good drag race as Dixon goes to the number two spot...Larry Dixon's incremental times: 60ft-0.848 sec., 330ft-2.178, 660ft-3.114/269.89 mph. McClenathan goes to the number four spot...Cory McClenathan's incremental times: 60ft-0.854 sec., 330ft-2.189, 660ft-3.131/268.28 mph.

Left Lane: Antron Brown Runs 3.915/303.30, Now #4
Right Lane: Tony Schumacher Runs 6.728/83.95, Now #15

Schumacher starts to smoke the tires around 150 feet and clicks it off. Brown with a nice pass to go to the number four spot...Antron Brown's incremental times: 60ft-0.851 sec., 330ft-2.182, 660ft-3.121/269.13 mph.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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