LAS VEGAS - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Top Alcohol Funny Car 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 this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time/speed, and position in order prior to run:
Left Lane: Ulf Leanders Runs 5.575/262.23, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.050/255.24, Was #11
Right Lane: Steve Gasparrelli Runs 6.908/194.66, Now #12; No Prior Run
1:18 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 80 degrees, relative humidity 25 percent, barometer 27.70 inches, adjusted altitude 4,380 feet.
Gasparrelli goes up in smoke at the hit
and gives up on the run. Leanders makes a clean pass and moves up to the fifth spot.
Left Lane: Steve Macklyn Runs 5.684/256.70, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.872/252.05, Was #11
Right Lane: Robert Turner Runs 12.869/64.39, Now #15; Best prior run: 12.110/69.93, Was #15
Turner rattles the tires at the hit, gets about 60 feet out and clicks it off. Macklyn improves and moves up to the ninth spot for now.
Left Lane: Nick Januik Runs 5.726/261.52, Now #11; Best prior run: 5.751/263.36, Was #10
Right Lane: Annie Whiteley Runs 5.508/269.67, Now #2; Best prior run: 10.641/89.42, Was #14
Whiteley goes right down the groove with a good pass and moves up to the second spot. Januik gets about 300 feet out, has to pedal, then goes on through with a decent pass but drops a spot as Whiteley goes around him.
Left Lane: Jirka Kaplan Runs 5.552/261.42, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.594/258.07, Was #9
Right Lane: Ray Martin Runs 5.684/254.04, Now #11; Best prior run: 8.247/147.31, Was #14
Kaplan moves around a little early in the run but improves to the sixth spot. Martin makes a clean pass and moves up to the 11th spot.
Left Lane: Shane Westerfield Runs 5.618/256.16, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.577/265.53, Was #8
Right Lane: Brian Hough Runs 5.541/265.74, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.753/261.88, Was #13
A good side-by-side, both right down the groove. Hough improves and gets in the show in the fifth spot. Westerfield doesn't improve and gets knocked out of the field as Hough goes around him.
Left Lane: Jay Payne Runs 13.755/103.59, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.538/267.22, Was #4
Right Lane: Chris Marshall Runs 7.685/124.55, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.547/253.33, Was #6
Payne hits the throttle and loses traction. he makes a move to the left, then back to the right and he backs off the throttle. Marshall gets out of the groove and makes a move to the right. he gets to half track, almost hits the wall and gives up on the run.
Left Lane: Doug Gordon Runs 5.523/267.91, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.493/269.03, Was #1
Right Lane: John Lombardo Jr. Runs 12.266/76.19, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.513/268.71, Was #3
Lombardo rattles the tires at the hit, pedals once, then gives up on the run. Gordon goes down the groove with the quickest pass of the round but doesn't improve.