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Sat, 02 Nov 2013, 17:06 PM

Top Fuel Harley Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Larry Sullivan

LAS VEGAS - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Top Fuel Harley at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division, Las Vegas Gambler Showdown Division 7 Finale listing lane, rider 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: Ron Gledhill Runs 6.577/212.29, Now #8; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Damian Cownden Runs 6.473/218.97, Now #5; Best prior run: 14.341/97.08, Was #15

1:46 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 73 degrees, relative humidity 25 percent, barometer 27.83 inches, adjusted altitude 3,709 feet, track temperature 103 degrees.

Nice runs by both riders after struggling yesterday.

We just found out that it will be an eight-bike ladder. That wll make for a very quick field.

Left Lane: Douglas Lidgett No Time, Now #15; Best prior run: 8.105/189.07, Was #14
Right Lane: Mike Ruggerio Runs 7.404/139.39, Now #12; Best prior run: 9.325/145.39, Was #16

Lidgett launched, smoked the tire, then the engine went silent. Ruggerio's engine appeared to be cutting in and out.

Left Lane: Steve Heidner Runs 8.648/106.24, Now #14; Best prior run: 7.750/125.73, Was #14
Right Lane: Kevin Boyer No Time, Now #16; Best prior run: 9.197/108.34, Was #16

Boyer lost power early in the run, stopping about 1,000 feet down the track. Heidner looked okay to about half track, then slowed.

Left Lane: Steve Ruggiero No Time, Now #12; Best prior run: 7.249/164.61, Was #11
Right Lane: Randal Andras Runs 6.495/220.73, Now #7; Best prior run: 7.731/130.22, Was #13

Ruggerio left before the tree was activated. Nice run by Andras, putting Mike Pelrine on the bump at 6.551.

Left Lane: Craig Pelrine Runs 6.569/216.79, Now #9; Best prior run: 6.736/169.04, Was #10
Right Lane: Andy Beauchemin No Time, Now #11; Best prior run: 6.967/231.08, Was #11

Beauchemin made the burnout, pulled up to stage, then shut it off. Pelrine made a good run, but the bump is quicker and he just missed.

Left Lane: Mike Pelrine Runs 6.553/224.28, Now #8; Best prior run: 6.551/208.14, Was #8
Right Lane: Mike Scott Runs 7.146/199.64, Now #6; Best prior run: 6.478/205.13, Was #6

Pelrine made a good run, did not improve. Scott was on and off the throttle several times.

Left Lane: Jay Turner Runs 6.452/225.00, Now #4; Best prior run: 6.374/217.21, Was #4
Right Lane: Mark Cox Runs 6.384/220.01, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.361/214.86, Was #3

Both made good runs today, the two quickest so far, but neither improved over yesterday's run.

Jay Turner's incremental times: 60ft-1.133 sec., 330ft-2.896, 660ft-4.235/178.87 mph, 1,000ft-5.430.
Mark Cox's incremental times: 60ft-1.116 sec., 330ft-2.866, 660ft-4.186/187.65 mph, 1,000ft-5.369.

Left Lane: Tommy Grimes Runs 6.191/227.42, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.309/233.92, Was #2
Right Lane: Doug Horne Runs 6.287/223.65, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.295/227.50, Was #1

Last pair and they were the quickest two yesterday. They repeated, but Grimes was the quicker today with an awesome run. Horne improved over yesterday's #1 ET, but lost a spot on the ladder.

Tommy Grimes' incremental times: 60ft-1.101 sec., 330ft-2.796, 660ft-4.097/190.27 mph, 1,000ft-5.215.
Doug Horne's incremental times: 60ft-1.128 sec., 330ft-2.853, 660ft-4.141/187.03 mph, 1,000ft-5.291.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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