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Thu, 11 Nov 2010, 04:24 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By David Gerard

POMONA, Calif. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 46th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Left Lane: Megan Mc Kernan Runs 5.819/257.48, Now #1
Right Lane: Brooks Brown No Time, Now #2

12:37 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 68 degrees, relative humidity 23 percent, barometer 29.06 inches, adjusted altitude 1,909 feet, track temperature 93 degrees.

Strong TAFC session bodes well for the dragsters.

Brown can't get the fueler to start and is pushed away.

McKernan is now driving the Darien and Meadows dragster and has problems before sixty feet and has to thump the throttle. She is in and out again before giving it up.

Left Lane: Ashley Bart Runs 5.479/253.37, Now #1
Right Lane: Don St. Arnaud Runs 5.600/255.00, Now #2

Two division six dragsters to the line. One blown alcohol and the other an injected fueler.

Nice pass for Bart to set a mark for the other TAD's. St. Arnaud is faster, but can't match the pace down low on the track.

Ashley Bart's incremental times: 60ft-0.950 sec., 330ft-2.436, 660ft-3.619/211.06 mph, 1,000ft-4.621.

Left Lane: Kyle Rizzoli Runs 5.362/270.32, Now #1
Right Lane: Brandon Pierce Runs 13.286/77.35, Now #5

Rizzoli steps up his program with a great looking career best ET and MPH to take over the new top spot.

Pierce has problems at the hit and the engine struggles before he clicks it off.

Kyle Rizzoli's incremental times: 60ft-0.969 sec., 330ft-2.475, 660ft-3.597/224.17 mph, 1,000ft-4.543.

Left Lane: Larry Miersch Runs 5.404/265.95, Now #2
Right Lane: Buddy Domingue Runs 5.460/235.84, Now #3

Domingue leaves hard and runs well until near the 1000 foot lights, where the pipes go wet.

Miersch was right behind him all the way down and completes the run under power for the new #2 spot.

Larry Miersch's incremental times: 60ft-0.954 sec., 330ft-2.459, 660ft-3.601/219.90 mph, 1,000ft-4.569.
Buddy Domingue's incremental times: 60ft-0.942 sec., 330ft-2.427, 660ft-3.548/221.85 mph, 1,000ft-4.539.

Left Lane: Johnny Ahten Runs 10.225/86.11, Now #8
Right Lane: Michael Manners Runs 5.981/255.24, Now #7

Both car leave and shake. They pedal together and Ahten gives it up right away. Manners struggles the fueler on through the lights.

Left Lane: Joey Severance Runs 13.048/79.62, Now #10
Right Lane: Chase Copeland Runs 5.218/276.58, Now #1

Severance smokes the slicks at the green.

Strong pass for Copeland into the new top spot, just missing his career best 5.212 ET and 276.63 MPH.

Chase Copeland's incremental times: 60ft-0.927 sec., 330ft-2.380, 660ft-3.479/227.42 mph, 1,000ft-4.411.

Left Lane: Darren Nicholson Runs 5.307/268.22, Now #2
Right Lane: Duane Shields Runs 5.542/250.88, Now #7

A career best ET and MPH for Nicholson to take over the current #2 spot. Lots of dropped holes for Shields, but still in the top half of the field.

Darren Nicholson's incremental times: 60ft-0.931 sec., 330ft-2.360, 660ft-3.494/217.74 mph, 1,000ft-4.471.
Duane Shields' incremental times: 60ft-0.948 sec., 330ft-2.465, 660ft-3.653/210.21 mph, 1,000ft-4.663.

Left Lane: Monroe Guest Runs 5.348/266.06, Now #3
Right Lane: Mike Austin Runs 5.378/265.64, Now #5

Austin snakes down the track, with a move towards the center line about 330 feet.

Guest has a clean and straight pass into the top four.

Monroe Guest's incremental times: 60ft-0.954 sec., 330ft-2.440, 660ft-3.553/225.18 mph, 1,000ft-4.512.
Mike Austin's incremental times: 60ft-0.933 sec., 330ft-2.391, 660ft-3.547/214.35 mph, 1,000ft-4.536.

Left Lane: Jim Whiteley Runs 5.266/270.43, Now #2
Right Lane: Shawn Cowie Runs 5.307/268.54, Now #3

New #2 and #3 and Joey Severance is on the bump spot at 13.048.

They leave together and run down the track together.Whiteley has all of the incrementals and the better run.

Jim Whiteley's incremental times: 60ft-0.907 sec., 330ft-2.337, 660ft-3.466/219.29 mph, 1,000ft-4.437.
Shawn Cowie's incremental times: 60ft-0.928 sec., 330ft-2.357, 660ft-3.493/217.39 mph, 1,000ft-4.472.

Left Lane: Chris Demke Runs 5.345/269.19, Now #5
Right Lane: Bill Reichert Runs 5.396/265.80, Now #9

Our 2010 Championship contenders come to the line to wrap up the session. Reichert is in the points lead, but didn't qualify at last weeks LODRS 7-6 race at Las Vegas. Demke needs to get into the final round on Sunday to move into the final top spot and the Championship.

Two strong passes, but Demke is way late off the line. He has the power and makes a strong, straight pass into the top half of the field.

Reichert uses a lot of track getting to the finish line with a big move near mid-track towards the center line.

Chris Demke's incremental times: 60ft-0.921 sec., 330ft-2.367, 660ft-3.526/215.20 mph, 1,000ft-4.511.
Bill Reichert's incremental times: 60ft-0.947 sec., 330ft-2.452, 660ft-3.597/220.40 mph, 1,000ft-4.559.

1:13 p.m. Chase Copeland is number one with a 5.218 and Michael Manners is on the bump spot at 5.981.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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