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Sat, 20 Sep 2003, 02:19 PM

Top Fuel Qualifying Notes, Session #3
By Rick Green

MILLINGTON, Tenn. - Notes from round 3 qualifying in Top Fuel at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 16th annual O'Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals presented by Pennzoil 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: Chris Karamesines Runs 5.625/168.79, Now #15; Best prior run: 4.888/267.06, Was #15

Current weather conditions: 72 degrees, 64 percent relative humidity, the barometer 30.18 inches, with a track temperature of 106 degrees under clear sunny skies..

Karamesines shook the tires early and the started to haze around the 330-foot mark started to skate around a little. He pitched the blower belt off around half track and coasted on through the 1320.

Left Lane: Bill Ancona Runs 5.760/160.37, Now #17; Best prior run: 7.564/102.82, Was #19
Right Lane: Scott Palmer Runs 4.747/280.54, Now #12; Best prior run: 4.745/304.74, Was #12

Ancona was on a pretty good pass until about half track and then made a move toward the wall, but still it was a clean pass. Palmer almost a repeat of yesterday's pass straight and clean.

Left Lane: Mitch King Runs 5.591/168.24, Now #18; Best prior run: 11.131/81.64, Was #20
Right Lane: Scott Kalitta Runs 4.664/318.24, Now #9; Best prior run: 6.369/125.01, Was #18

King made to about 400 feet and lost traction and he pedaled it one time before clicking it off around half track. Kalitta straight down Broadway with his best pass of the weekend to get him the show.

Left Lane: Scott Weis Runs 5.482/169.68, Now #12; Best prior run: 4.728/315.78, Was #12
Right Lane: John Smith Runs 5.548/171.18, Now #15; Best prior run: 4.770/290.19, Was #15

They both made it to about half track and then off with the blower belts for both cars. The blower belts went flying in the air together and they landed on the track right next to each other.

Left Lane: Tony Schumacher Runs 5.591/161.36, Now #3; Best prior run: 4.551/321.65, Was #3
Right Lane: Larry Dixon Runs 4.586/322.19, Now #5; Best prior run: 4.592/322.27, Was #7

Schumacher's team was up late last night putting together this back up car after that horrific accident last night. Schumacher made to half track before he lost traction and clicked it off. Dixon with a good clean pass to move up a couple spots.

Left Lane: David Grubnic Runs 12.492/75.98, Now #14; Best prior run: 4.763/306.12, Was #14
Right Lane: Rhonda Hartman-Smith Runs 4.823/285.05, Now #16; Best prior run: 5.435/175.91, Was #17

Grubnic was up in smoke as soon as he hit the throttle. Hartman-Smith started mixing up cylinders on the top end, but she got in the show with this pass. That bumped out Karamesines.

Left Lane: Doug Herbert Runs 5.263/200.95, Now #10; Best prior run: 4.679/310.98, Was #10
Right Lane: Paul Romine Runs 11.154/79.42, Now #11; Best prior run: 4.681/280.31, Was #11

Herbert started to mix up cylinders around half track and the run then it spit out some parts and pieces on the top end. Romine was up in smoke as soon as he hit throttle.

Left Lane: Kenny Bernstein Runs 4.642/304.25, Now #7; Best prior run: 4.592/323.43, Was #7
Right Lane: Darrell Russell Runs 7.629/97.88, Now #8; Best prior run: 4.604/321.04, Was #8

Russell got to about 330 feet before he blistered the hides and clicked it off. Bernstein with a good clean conservative pass, but he will stay number seven.

Left Lane: Doug Kalitta Runs 4.648/314.24, Now #2; Best prior run: 4.542/327.90, Was #2
Right Lane: Clay Millican Runs 12.900/67.24, Now #6; Best prior run: 4.587/315.34, Was #6

Kalitta's run almost a carbon copy of Bernstein's pass nice for the heat of the day. Millican's car just went silent right off the starting line, no tire smoke, I'm not sure what the problem was with Millican's car.

Left Lane: David Baca Runs 10.104/92.99, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.533/319.75, Was #1
Right Lane: Cory McClenathan Runs 6.422/123.02, Now #4; Best prior run: 4.570/307.93, Was #4

Baca shook the tires and then smoked them right off the starting line. McClenathan made it to about 300 feet before he smoke the tires and shut off. dixon with the quickest pass of the session, but Baca will hold on to the number one spot and Hartman-Smith rounds out the top 16

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