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Fri, 17 May 2013, 17:54 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Rick Green

TOPEKA, Kan. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 25th annual NHRA Kansas Nationals 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: Mark Taliaferro Runs 5.514/262.13, Now #6; No Prior Run

Weather conditions: air temperature 84 degrees, relative humidity 63 percent, barometer 28.72 inches, adjusted altitude 3,805 feet, track temperature 125 degrees.

Taliaferro with a quick pedal just before half track, but gets into the top half of the show. Mark Taliaferro's incremental times: 60ft-0.968 sec., 330ft-2.439, 660ft-3.637/206.83 mph, 1,000ft-4.655.

Left Lane: Alan Bradshaw Runs 5.482/261.32, Now #5; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Aaron Tatum Runs 5.891/252.90, Now #15; No Prior Run

Bradshaw launch hard and keep it hooked up to get into the top half of the show. Alan Bradshaw's incremental times: 60ft-0.976 sec., 330ft-2.511, 660ft-3.653/219.01 mph, 1,000ft-4.631. Tatum drove through tire shake and gets a number on the board. His first pass was tossed out because it didn't pass fuel check.

Left Lane: Larry Miersch Runs 5.737/256.50, Now #15; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Forrest Fair Runs 5.509/250.78, Now #7; Best prior run: 5.760/245.05, Was #14

Miersch with problems on the burnout and was pushed back to the starting line and staged...he make a clean pass to get a number on the board. Fair with a good looking pass to get into the top half of the show. Forrest Fair's incremental times: 60ft-0.948 sec., 330ft-2.469, 660ft-3.634/214.18 mph, 1,000ft-4.630.

Left Lane: Buddy Domingue Runs 5.460/258.96, Now #4; Best prior run: 13.970/82.62, Was #17
Right Lane: Edwin Schmeeckle Runs 10.507/84.77, Now #15; Best prior run: 5.674/245.58, Was #14

Schmeeckle was up in smoke as soon as he hit the throttle. Domingue with a great looking pass to go from outside the show to the number four spot. Buddy Domingue's incremental times: 60ft-0.942 sec., 330ft-2.470, 660ft-3.623/217.25 mph, 1,000ft-4.606.

Left Lane: Michael Manners Runs 5.648/259.36, Now #14; Best prior run: 5.564/262.23, Was #14
Right Lane: Monroe Guest Runs 5.477/251.91, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.537/246.57, Was #11

No help here for Manners as he slows from his time earlier today. Guest with a real nice pass to move into the top half of the show. Monroe Guest's incremental times: 60ft-0.957 sec., 330ft-2.475, 660ft-3.613/219.04 mph, 1,000ft-4.598.

Left Lane: Duane Shields Runs 5.549/246.53, Now #13; Best prior run: 5.551/250.64, Was #13
Right Lane: Rich McPhillips Runs 5.598/250.92, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.490/258.42, Was #8

Shields improves on this run, but will stay in the number 13 spot. McPhillips with anther good pass, but will not improve on his run from earlier today. Duane Shields' incremental times: 60ft-0.967 sec., 330ft-2.513, 660ft-3.682/214.76 mph, 1,000ft-4.671.
Rich McPhillips' incremental times: 60ft-0.998 sec., 330ft-2.555, 660ft-3.718/214.76 mph, 1,000ft-4.719.

Left Lane: Gord Gingles Runs 5.591/259.91, Now #12; Best prior run: 5.549/259.96, Was #12
Right Lane: Aaron Olivarez Runs 5.474/247.07, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.477/257.43, Was #5

Olivarez with another good pass, improves on his earlier time but will stay in the number seven position. Aaron Olivarez's incremental times: 60ft-0.954 sec., 330ft-2.457, 660ft-3.598/218.44 mph, 1,000ft-4.589. Gingles with another good pass, but doesn't improve. Gord Gingles' incremental times: 60ft-1.027 sec., 330ft-2.574, 660ft-3.744/214.01 mph, 1,000ft-4.734.

Left Lane: Shayne Lawson Runs 5.514/253.09, Now #11; Best prior run: 5.536/252.85, Was #11
Right Lane: Brandon Pierce Runs 5.471/261.93, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.424/266.69, Was #3

Lawson improves on his earlier time, but will stay in the number 11 spot. Shayne Lawson's incremental times: 60ft-0.945 sec., 330ft-2.476, 660ft-3.635/214.96 mph, 1,000ft-4.638. Pierce with another good looking pass, but will not improve. Brandon Pierce's incremental times: 60ft-0.974 sec., 330ft-2.498, 660ft-3.653/217.32 mph, 1,000ft-4.626.

Left Lane: Chris Demke Runs 5.411/265.17, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.413/266.42, Was #2
Right Lane: James Thompson Runs 5.469/263.10, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.396/267.80, Was #1

Demke with the quickest pass of the round, but will stay in the number two spot. Chris Demke's incremental times: 60ft-0.940 sec., 330ft-2.407, 660ft-3.565/213.20 mph, 1,000ft-4.564. Thompson was dropping cylinders from half track on, but still has a another good pass. James Thompson's incremental times: 60ft-0.942 sec., 330ft-2.462, 660ft-3.623/214.86 mph, 1,000ft-4.615. He holds on to the number one spot.

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