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Fri, 07 Nov 2014, 20:04 PM

Top Fuel Harley Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Rick Green

LAS VEGAS - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Top Fuel Harley at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division, Short Line Express Market Gambler Shootout listing lane, rider name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Left Lane: Tony Ruggiero Runs 15.692/47.63, Now #1
Right Lane: Randal Andras No Time, Now #2

Weather conditions: air temperature 76 degrees, relative humidity 26 percent, barometer 27.95 inches, adjusted altitude 3,815 feet, track temperature 85 degrees.

Andras with problems getting the bike to fire. Ruggiero gets to about half track when the engine lets go with a big bang.

Left Lane: Tii Tharpe Runs 6.575/219.12, Now #1
Right Lane: Mike Ruggiero Runs 13.608/76.14, Now #2

Tharpe with a real nice pass as he keep it hooked up...Tii Tharpe's incremental times: 60ft-1.119 sec., 330ft-2.879, 660ft-4.295/173.23 mph, 1,000ft-5.522. Ruggiero was out of power by 330 feet.

Left Lane: Lyle Newton Runs 29.239/24.18, Now #5
Right Lane: Tracy Kile Runs 7.120/156.68, Now #2

Newton with a lot of flames out of the header, but the bike didn't move on the launch. Kile with problems on the top end as he was going 176.93 mph at half track and only 156.80 mph at the finish line.

Left Lane: Ron Gledhill Runs 7.256/195.31, Now #4
Right Lane: Steve Dorn Runs 6.597/193.29, Now #2

Gledhill with clean pass. Ron Gledhill's incremental times: 60ft-1.189 sec., 330ft-3.086, 660ft-4.652/150.78 mph, 1,000ft-6.085. Dorn is straight down the groove...Steve Dorn's incremental times: 60ft-1.143 sec., 330ft-2.902, 660ft-4.281/179.66 mph, 1,000ft-5.477.

Left Lane: Julian Seaman Runs 8.110/173.16, Now #5

Seaman is hugging the centerline all the way down the 1320.

Left Lane: Brian Jernigan Runs 6.862/212.03, Now #4
Right Lane: Rickey House Runs 6.458/216.83, Now #1

Jernigan is out of the groove early and close to the centerline, but stays with it to get into the top half of the show. Brian Jernigan's incremental times: 60ft-1.221 sec., 330ft-3.091, 660ft-4.550/168.60 mph, 1,000ft-5.799.
House launched hard and keep it hooked up to go to the number one spot. Rickey House's incremental times: 60ft-1.138 sec., 330ft-2.878, 660ft-4.235/180.02 mph, 1,000ft-5.424.

Left Lane: Mike Pelrine Runs 6.326/215.79, Now #2
Right Lane: Damian Cownden Runs 6.290/224.92, Now #1

This is a great side-by-side drag race as they go to the number one and tweo spots. Mike Pelrine's incremental times: 60ft-1.092 sec., 330ft-2.781, 660ft-4.120/183.37 mph, 1,000ft-5.296.
Damian Cownden's incremental times: 60ft-1.124 sec., 330ft-2.814, 660ft-4.152/180.91 mph, 1,000ft-5.299.

Left Lane: Tommy Grimes Runs 11.302/102.94, Now #10

Grimes smokes the tire right at the hit...

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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