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Sat, 02 Mar 2013, 15:18 PM

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

CHANDLER, Ariz. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division, event at Firebird International Raceway 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: Johnny Ahten Runs 5.526/252.95, Now #6; Best prior run: 11.036/80.41, Was #9

12:21 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 68 degrees, relative humidity 30 percent, barometer 28.99 inches, adjusted altitude 1,885 feet, track temperature 100 degrees.

Chris Demke is on the bump spot at 5.922.

Ahten's fueler gets a better start today, but starts to shake the tires about 200 feet out. He does a quick pedal slap and runs on down to get a time on the score board. It's good enough for the new number six spot.

Johnny Ahten's incremental times: 60ft-0.944 sec., 330ft-2.512, 660ft-3.673/215.27 mph, 1,000ft-4.654.

Left Lane: Scott Carroll Runs 5.684/233.72, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.750/252.76, Was #7
Right Lane: Chris Demke Runs 5.425/269.35, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.922/255.53, Was #9

Megan McKernan is on the bump spot at 5.768.

Demke gets the power to the ground with just a little rattle near mid- track. He powers on down and runs close to the top half of the field.

Carroll's car was a little lazy off the line and then goes BOOM right before the lights. That moves him into the new bump spot for now.

Scott Carroll's incremental times: 60ft-0.984 sec., 330ft-2.504, 660ft-3.722/202.88 mph, 1,000ft-4.768.
Chris Demke's incremental times: 60ft-0.915 sec., 330ft-2.424, 660ft-3.595/213.47 mph, 1,000ft-4.586.

Left Lane: Duane Shields Runs 5.509/237.55, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.421/267.16, Was #4
Right Lane: Megan McKernan Runs 5.623/267.59, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.768/206.76, Was #9

Crew chief Dana Hopewell, along with his wife Sheryl, has reunited with the Duane Shields' team after a one year absence. Looks like the plan is working!

McKernan fights the car all the way down the track, as the car darts from side to side down the track. That puts her back on the bump spot.

Shields' chutes are out early after a strong 3/4 pass. Couldn't say if it was on purpose or the emergency deployment system.

Duane Shields' incremental times: 60ft-0.942 sec., 330ft-2.480, 660ft-3.639/216.97 mph, 1,000ft-4.614.
Megan McKernan's incremental times: 60ft-0.934 sec., 330ft-2.555, 660ft-3.794/208.65 mph, 1,000ft-4.785.

Left Lane: Don St. Arnaud Runs 5.378/278.35, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.342/277.43, Was #2
Right Lane: Joey Severance Runs 5.402/263.10, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.459/264.96, Was #6

St.Arnaud runs another career best speed, but it may have been expensive, as there is smoke from the right bank headers and a bang in the lights.

Severance gets a full pass this time and moves into the top half of the field. Nice looking pass.

Don St. Arnaud's incremental times: 60ft-0.951 sec., 330ft-2.475, 660ft-3.617/220.48 mph, 1,000ft-4.570.
Joey Severance's incremental times: 60ft-0.908 sec., 330ft-2.375, 660ft-3.544/211.20 mph, 1,000ft-4.546.

Left Lane: Jim Whiteley Runs 5.264/272.94, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.328/272.12, Was #1
Right Lane: Ray Martin Runs 5.386/269.40, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.342/269.19, Was #3

There is a big J&A Service logo on the side of the YNOT dragster.

Whiteley has the tune up and flies on down the track to move the top mark further from the rest of the pack. That's our first "twenty" pass of the weekend too.

Martin makes another clean pass and improves on his career best speed to stay number three.

Jim Whiteley's incremental times: 60ft-0.914 sec., 330ft-2.353, 660ft-3.475/220.19 mph, 1,000ft-4.439.
Ray Martin's incremental times: 60ft-0.927 sec., 330ft-2.406, 660ft-3.563/214.01 mph, 1,000ft-4.548.

12:37 p.m. Megan McKernan is on the bump spot at 5.623.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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