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Fri, 23 Feb 2018, 20:09 PM

Top Fuel Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Rick Green

CHANDLER, Ariz. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Top Fuel at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 34th annual NHRA Arizona 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: Terry Haddock No Time, Now #17; No Prior Run

Weather conditions: air temperature 67 degrees, relative humidity 22 percent, barometer 28.76 inches, adjusted altitude 2,182 feet, track temperature 82 degrees.

Haddock did his burnout and then had problems getting the car to stage and clicked it off.

Left Lane: Clay Millican Runs 3.664/335.23, Now #2; Best prior run: 10.483/73.49, Was #16
Right Lane: Billy Torrence Runs 3.697/331.45, Now #4; Best prior run: 8.662/74.11, Was #14

Millican launched hard and kept it hooked up to go to the number two spot. He runs the fastest speed ever in the 1000-foot era to set the National speed record. Clay Millican's incremental times: 60ft-0.823 sec., 330ft-2.084, 660ft-2.944/295.92 mph.

Torrence with a great pass, his career quickest to go to the number four spot. Billy Torrence's incremental times: 60ft-0.827 sec., 330ft-2.099, 660ft-2.971/291.70 mph.

Left Lane: Kebin Kinsley Runs 9.187/74.21, Now #16; Best prior run: 9.454/64.69, Was #16
Right Lane: Troy Buff Runs 8.578/85.10, Now #15; Best prior run: 4.560/164.53, Was #15

Kinsley is dropping cylinders right at the hit and clicked it off.

Buff with problems on the starting line and clicked it off.

Left Lane: Brittany Force Runs 15.152/43.45, Now #13; Best prior run: 4.454/172.72, Was #13
Right Lane: Greg Carrillo Runs 8.151/75.54, Now #14; Best prior run: 4.553/176.49, Was #14

Force is up in smoke as soon as she hits the throttle and clicks it off.

Carrillo with tire shake right at the hit and clicked it off.

Left Lane: Doug Kalitta Runs 5.288/132.96, Now #11; Best prior run: 3.786/321.42, Was #11
Right Lane: Scott Palmer Runs 6.613/88.76, Now #12; Best prior run: 3.788/326.63, Was #12

Kalitta with a quick pedal job right at the hit and didn't get it to hook up and clicked it off.

Palmer was up in smoke right off the starting line and clicked it off.

Left Lane: Mike Salinas Runs 3.737/326.32, Now #7; Best prior run: 3.764/321.04, Was #10
Right Lane: Leah Pritchett Runs 4.098/225.03, Now #10; Best prior run: 3.755/291.07, Was #9

Salinas was straight down the groove with his career quickest pass to move into the top half of the show. He dropped a cylinder right in the lights. Mike Salinas' incremental times: 60ft-0.835 sec., 330ft-2.122, 660ft-3.001/288.77 mph.

Pritchett was on a good looking pass until just past half track when the engine started eating itself up and she clicked it off.

Left Lane: Terry McMillen Runs 14.512/66.85, Now #9; Best prior run: 3.740/316.45, Was #8
Right Lane: Richie Crampton Runs 3.683/323.27, Now #3; Best prior run: 3.755/325.30, Was #9

McMillen was up in smoke right at the hit and clicked it off.

Crampton was on a great looking pass until right in the lights when the engine let go with a huge fireball. He goes to the number three spot and he ties his career quickest pass. The word from the top end is there is oil on the track. Richie Crampton was charged with an oildown, #2 for the season. That will cost 10 points.

Left Lane: Blake Alexander Runs 9.043/82.31, Now #6; Best prior run: 3.705/329.58, Was #6
Right Lane: Antron Brown Runs 7.773/88.53, Now #7; Best prior run: 3.717/333.66, Was #7

Alexander is up in smoke right at the hit and clicked it off.

Brown loses traction early and clicks it off

Left Lane: Steve Torrence Runs 3.655/331.45, Now #2; Best prior run: 3.692/331.85, Was #4
Right Lane: Tony Schumacher Runs 3.667/336.57, Now #1; Best prior run: 3.649/334.65, Was #1

This is a great side-by-side drag race...

Torrence launched hard and kept it hooked up to go to the number two spot with his career quickest pass. Steve Torrence's incremental times: 60ft-0.815 sec., 330ft-2.080, 660ft-2.933/295.85 mph.

Schumacher with another great pass... he had it hitting on all eight and runs the fastest pass in the history of the 1000-foot era to set the National MPH record.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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