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Fri, 29 Mar 2013, 19:19 PM

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

LAS VEGAS - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division, event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Left Lane: Derik Milanesio Runs 7.888/114.58, Now #2
Right Lane: Scott Carroll Runs 5.994/183.32, Now #1

3:40 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 89 degrees, relative humidity 17 percent, barometer 27.94 inches, adjusted altitude 4,360 feet, track temperature 131 degrees.

Milanesio makes his first TAFC qualifying attempt and runs well until after mid track, where it slows.

Carroll set on the line for six tenth of a second and then left. It sounded like it wouldn't shift down track and he slows.

Left Lane: Johnny Ahten Runs 5.526/253.95, Now #1
Right Lane: William Litton Runs 5.864/251.86, Now #2

Ahten makes a good leave and keeps the pipes clean on down the track and sets a mark for the field.

Johnny Ahten's incremental times: 60ft-0.958 sec., 330ft-2.486, 660ft-3.650/213.60 mph, 1,000ft-4.652.

Litton's car is lazy off the line and struggles on down the track, Things get exciting after than, as the chutes don't come out and the car drive into the sand. Nothing too bad happens there and the top end crew just has to pull the car back out of the kitty litter.

3:45 p.m.

Left Lane: Greg Hunter Runs 5.463/264.60, Now #1
Right Lane: Garrett Bateman Runs 5.659/250.32, Now #3

3:53 p.m. Clean up completed...

Hunter thunders off the starting line and powers on down the track into the new top spot without issue.

Bateman's fueler leaves right with him, but can't match the pace on a clean pass right up to the new #3 spot

Greg Hunter's incremental times: 60ft-0.962 sec., 330ft-2.447, 660ft-3.616/211.30 mph, 1,000ft-4.614.
Garrett Bateman's incremental times: 60ft-0.998 sec., 330ft-2.588, 660ft-3.783/211.10 mph, 1,000ft-4.782.

Left Lane: Megan McKernan Runs 5.558/257.43, Now #4
Right Lane: Don St. Arnaud Runs 5.491/256.06, Now #2

Almost a great pass for St. Arnaud. The car leaves hard and runs well until right before the finish line, where the pipes go wet.

McKernan's fueler is a little lazy off the line, but runs clean to the light and ito the current top half of the field.

Megan McKernan's incremental times: 60ft-1.000 sec., 330ft-2.552, 660ft-3.719/215.31 mph, 1,000ft-4.701.
Don St. Arnaud's incremental times: 60ft-0.958 sec., 330ft-2.494, 660ft-3.654/216.41 mph, 1,000ft-4.632.

Left Lane: Joey Severance Runs 5.463/261.47, Now #2
Right Lane: Chris Demke Runs 5.521/265.12, Now #4

Derik Milanesio is on the bump spot at 7.888.

Severance is away first and makes a full pass, matching Hunter's #1 ET to the thousandth. MPH give him the #2 spot for now.

Demke's car is too strong off the line and he has do a quick pump to gather it back up. He finishes the pass and makes the fastest run of the session.

Joey Severance's incremental times: 60ft-0.920 sec., 330ft-2.410, 660ft-3.591/208.59 mph, 1,000ft-4.604.
Chris Demke's incremental times: 60ft-0.948 sec., 330ft-2.480, 660ft-3.668/208.78 mph, 1,000ft-4.672.

Left Lane: Ray Martin Runs 5.435/266.32, Now #2
Right Lane: Jim Whiteley Runs 5.387/268.17, Now #1

William Litton is on the bump spot at 5.864.

These were are finalists at the first Regional race at Phoenix. This time Whiteley gets there first and takes the final number one spot of the session. Our only thirty pass and another big MPH.

Martin is strong too and runs right behind him to the finish line and into the number two spot. Nice pass.

Ray Martin's incremental times: 60ft-0.975 sec., 330ft-2.447, 660ft-3.602/213.81 mph, 1,000ft-4.593.
Jim Whiteley's incremental times: 60ft-0.945 sec., 330ft-2.415, 660ft-3.566/214.86 mph, 1,000ft-4.550.

4:06 p.m. Megan McKernan is on the bump spot at 5.558.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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