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Fri, 12 Nov 2010, 03:38 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By David Gerard

POMONA, Calif. - Notes from round 2 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 this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time/speed, and position in order prior to run:
Left Lane: Don St. Arnaud Runs 5.408/269.62, Now #12; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Joey Severance Runs 5.378/263.82, Now #9; Best prior run: 13.048/79.62, Was #17

11:59 a.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 69 degrees, relative humidity 24 percent, barometer 29.17 inches, adjusted altitude 1,877 feet, track temperature 99 degrees.

St. Arnaud's first pass was DQ'ed. Johnny Ahten is on the bump spot at 10.225.

Two great looking passes and both dragsters move into the field for now.

St. Arnaud runs a career best MPH, close to his ET too.

Severance gets a full pass this time and just misses the top half of the field.

Don St. Arnaud's incremental times: 60ft-0.952 sec., 330ft-2.468, 660ft-3.610/219.04 mph, 1,000ft-4.578.
Joey Severance's incremental times: 60ft-0.909 sec., 330ft-2.359, 660ft-3.520/211.96 mph, 1,000ft-4.524.

Left Lane: Brooks Brown Runs 8.651/102.86, Now #19; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Johnny Ahten Runs 5.590/230.76, Now #16; Best prior run: 10.225/86.11, Was #18

Megan Mc Kernan is on the bump spot at 5.819.

Brown is dropping cylinders right off the line and won't get in.

Ahten engine goes south [head gasket?] right after the 330 lights and he slows, but gets into the field. He has to be pulled off the track on the top end.

Left Lane: Brandon Pierce Runs 5.373/263.87, Now #8; Best prior run: 13.286/77.35, Was #20
Right Lane: Megan Mc Kernan Runs 5.416/243.28, Now #14; Best prior run: 5.819/257.48, Was #17

Johnny Ahten is on the bump spot at 5.590.

Two clean passes and two good improvements.

Pierce gets to the finish line under power this time and into the top half of the field for now.

A career best ET for McKernan and she bumps into the current field.

Brandon Pierce's incremental times: 60ft-0.937 sec., 330ft-2.447, 660ft-3.574/222.36 mph, 1,000ft-4.533.
Megan Mc Kernan's incremental times: 60ft-0.959 sec., 330ft-2.446, 660ft-3.577/220.73 mph, 1,000ft-4.548.

Left Lane: Michael Manners Runs 5.305/268.71, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.981/255.24, Was #19
Right Lane: Ashley Bart Runs 15.805/45.22, Now #17; Best prior run: 5.479/253.37, Was #16

Ashley Bart is on the bump spot at 5.479 and looking to improve.

Bart strikes the tires at the green and gets bumped.

Terrific looking pass for Manners and he thunders into the new #3 spot.

Michael Manners' incremental times: 60ft-0.948 sec., 330ft-2.416, 660ft-3.528/224.66 mph, 1,000ft-4.478.

Left Lane: Duane Shields Runs 5.459/253.04, Now #16; Best prior run: 5.542/250.88, Was #18
Right Lane: Larry Miersch Runs 5.298/269.46, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.404/265.95, Was #13

Buddy Domingue is on the bump spot at 5.460.

Shields is unpredictably not in the field after round one and will be the last car to bump in for the session. The fueler is dropping cylinders down the track and can only just bump in.

Great pass for Miersch with a career best MPH, near his best ET.

Duane Shields' incremental times: 60ft-0.945 sec., 330ft-2.471, 660ft-3.614/220.33 mph, 1,000ft-4.589.
Larry Miersch's incremental times: 60ft-0.930 sec., 330ft-2.401, 660ft-3.521/223.25 mph, 1,000ft-4.474.

Left Lane: Buddy Domingue Runs 5.470/243.33, Now #17; Best prior run: 5.460/235.84, Was #17
Right Lane: Kyle Rizzoli Runs 7.377/121.65, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.362/270.32, Was #9

Duane Shields is on the bump spot at 5.459.

Rizzoli's pass is over right off the line and he coasts on down.

Domingue was bumped out and can't improve this session to stay #17.

Left Lane: Bill Reichert Runs 5.385/259.51, Now #13; Best prior run: 5.396/265.80, Was #13
Right Lane: Monroe Guest Runs 5.480/264.03, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.348/266.06, Was #8

Reichert struggled at Las Vegas LODRS and is currently in the bottom half of the field.

Guest has holes out early and slows.

Reichert takes the long way down and picks up a little ET, but loses MPH to stay #13 for now.

Bill Reichert's incremental times: 60ft-0.948 sec., 330ft-2.424, 660ft-3.563/219.72 mph, 1,000ft-4.535.
Monroe Guest's incremental times: 60ft-0.968 sec., 330ft-2.501, 660ft-3.653/217.18 mph, 1,000ft-4.634.

Left Lane: Mike Austin Runs 5.702/191.00, Now #11; Best prior run: 5.378/265.64, Was #11
Right Lane: Chris Demke Runs 6.133/165.03, Now #7; Best prior run: 5.345/269.19, Was #7

Austin gets way loose off the line and makes a steady move towards the wall. He pulls it back to the center, but slows.

Demke's car is lazy off the line and he clicks it early.

Mike Austin's incremental times: 60ft-0.913 sec., 330ft-2.379, 660ft-3.548/210.73 mph, 1,000ft-4.609.
Chris Demke's incremental times: 60ft-0.938 sec., 330ft-2.462, 660ft-3.677/204.79 mph, 1,000ft-4.870.

Left Lane: Shawn Cowie Runs 5.308/260.11, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.307/268.54, Was #5
Right Lane: Darren Nicholson Runs 6.715/132.06, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.307/268.22, Was #6

Almost a good pass for Cowie, as there is smoke off the engine in the lights. He loses 0.001 in ET and over eight MPH to stay #5.

Nicholson is done by the three thirty and slows.

No oil!

Shawn Cowie's incremental times: 60ft-0.921 sec., 330ft-2.329, 660ft-3.465/216.00 mph, 1,000ft-4.453.

Left Lane: Chase Copeland Runs 18.715/52.27, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.218/276.58, Was #1
Right Lane: Jim Whiteley Runs 5.299/268.44, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.266/270.43, Was #2

Last pair of the session.

Copeland's car strikes the tires at the green and Whiteley makes a clean pass to stay #2.

Jim Whiteley's incremental times: 60ft-0.907 sec., 330ft-2.349, 660ft-3.489/217.46 mph, 1,000ft-4.465.

12:30 p.m. Duane Shields is on the bump spot at 5.459.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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