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Sat, 26 Oct 2013, 16:32 PM

Top Fuel Qualifying Notes, Session #3
By Rick Green

LAS VEGAS - Notes from round 3 qualifying in Top Fuel at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 13th annual NHRA Toyota 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: Steven Chrisman Runs 4.105/262.28, Now #13; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Paul Noakes Runs 11.488/63.30, Now #14; No Prior Run

Weather conditions: air temperature 82 degrees, relative humidity 22 percent, barometer 28.01 inches, adjusted altitude 4,132 feet.

Chrisman with a good looking pass, straight down the groove. This is quickest pass of the weekend to get in the show. Steven Chrisman's incremental times: 60ft-0.883 sec., 330ft-2.247, 660ft-3.246/252.61 mph. Noakes is up in smoke right at the hit.

Left Lane: T.J. Zizzo Runs 3.855/318.39, Now #11; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Steve Torrence Runs 3.822/323.81, Now #7; No Prior Run

Zizzo with his quickest pass of the weekend to get into the show. T.J. Zizzo's incremental times: 60ft-0.858 sec., 330ft-2.183, 660ft-3.098/278.52 mph. Torrence with a great looking pass after a couple tire smokers yesterday. Torrence gets into the top half of the show. Steve Torrence's incremental times: 60ft-0.841 sec., 330ft-2.161, 660ft-3.072/280.60 mph.

Left Lane: Billy Torrence Runs 3.844/316.30, Now #11; Best prior run: 3.862/317.87, Was #13
Right Lane: Morgan Lucas Runs 3.869/317.49, Now #15; No Prior Run

Torrence with his quickest pass of the weekend to move up the ladder a couple spots. Billy Torrence's incremental times: 60ft-0.843 sec., 330ft-2.160, 660ft-3.077/275.73 mph. Lucas gets down the track after struggling yesterday. Morgan Lucas' incremental times: 60ft-0.851 sec., 330ft-2.190, 660ft-3.111/278.58 mph.

Left Lane: Brittany Force Runs 3.859/318.39, Now #10; Best prior run: 3.834/317.64, Was #10
Right Lane: Sidnei Frigo Runs 4.830/139.85, Now #17; No Prior Run

Force with another good pass, but she will not improve. Brittany Force's incremental times: 60ft-0.862 sec., 330ft-2.192, 660ft-3.105/279.79 mph. Frigo starts to lose traction and pedals it and when he does the engine lets go with a quick fireball.

Left Lane: Bob Vandergriff Runs 3.828/319.90, Now #9; Best prior run: 3.827/316.97, Was #9
Right Lane: Doug Kalitta Runs 4.614/167.38, Now #13; Best prior run: 3.857/321.12, Was #13

Vandergriff with another good pass, just a tick slower from yesterday. Bob Vandergriff's incremental times: 60ft-0.848 sec., 330ft-2.167, 660ft-3.073/279.79 mph. Kalitta is up in smoke just past the 330-foot mark.

Left Lane: Clay Millican Runs 4.420/180.38, Now #8; Best prior run: 3.827/324.20, Was #8
Right Lane: Troy Buff Runs 4.788/152.42, Now #17; No Prior Run

Millican starts to lose traction around half track and clicks it off. Buff is up in smoke before half track and clicks it off.

Left Lane: Antron Brown Runs 3.813/321.88, Now #4; Best prior run: 3.820/317.94, Was #5
Right Lane: Terry McMillen Runs 4.375/191.24, Now #17; No Prior Run

Brown with his quickest pass of the weekend and the quickest of the session to move up the ladder one spot. Antron Brown's incremental times: 60ft-0.853 sec., 330ft-2.164, 660ft-3.062/282.24 mph. McMillen is up in smoke around 400 feet and clicked it off.

Left Lane: Spencer Massey Runs 3.838/320.74, Now #5; Best prior run: 3.818/321.65, Was #5
Right Lane: Khalid alBalooshi Runs 3.853/310.98, Now #12; Best prior run: 3.866/311.56, Was #14

Massey with another good looking pass, but will not improve. The fourth quickest pass of the session. Spencer Massey's incremental times: 60ft-0.874 sec., 330ft-2.193, 660ft-3.088/282.84 mph. alBalooshi with another good pass until right in the lights when it banged the blower. Khalid alBalooshi's incremental times: 60ft-0.855 sec., 330ft-2.178, 660ft-3.091/279.09 mph.

Left Lane: David Grubnic Runs 3.837/323.74, Now #3; Best prior run: 3.790/306.12, Was #3
Right Lane: Brandon Bernstein Runs 4.995/140.80, Now #6; Best prior run: 3.821/314.39, Was #6

No help here for Grubnic, but still another good pass the fourth quickest of the session. David Grubnic's incremental times: 60ft-0.855 sec., 330ft-2.172, 660ft-3.086/279.67 mph. Bernstein is up in smoke around 400 feet and clicked it off.

Left Lane: Shawn Langdon Runs 3.796/322.42, Now #1; Best prior run: 3.778/324.28, Was #1
Right Lane: Tony Schumacher Runs 3.831/323.66, Now #2; Best prior run: 3.784/324.59, Was #2

This was a great side-by-side drag race to wrap up the third session of qualifying. Langdon launched hard and keep it hooked up to run the quickest pass of the session. Shawn Langdon's incremental times: 60ft-0.848 sec., 330ft-2.153, 660ft-3.051/284.45 mph. No help here for Schumacher but the fifth quickest pass of the session. Tony Schumacher's incremental times: 60ft-0.849 sec., 330ft-2.179, 660ft-3.084/282.24 mph.

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