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Fri, 20 Apr 2018, 16:52 PM

Top Fuel Harley Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Bob Orme

BAYTOWN, Texas - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Top Fuel Harley at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 31st annual NHRA SpringNationals listing lane, rider name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Left Lane: Ben Stevens Runs 8.000/160.77, Now #1
Right Lane: Brian Jernigan Runs 8.597/108.64, Now #2

3:29 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 73 degrees, relative humidity 44 percent, barometer 30.12 inches, adjusted altitude 1,282 feet, track temperature 98 degrees.

Jernigan was skating around on the top half of the track. Stevens was a little sluggish for most of this run.

Left Lane: Chris Smith Runs 7.197/155.74, Now #2
Right Lane: Tracy Kile Runs 6.550/216.79, Now #1

Smith was a little to the left of the groove. Kile made a decent looking run.

Left Lane: Lyle Newton No Time, Now #5
Right Lane: Mike Scott No Time, Now #6

Scott was drifting toward the centerline early. He crossed the centerline and took out the finish line timing blocks. His time is DQ'd and Newton will receive no time.

Left Lane: Randal Andras Runs 6.601/181.01, Now #2
Right Lane: Beau Layne Runs 6.703/208.94, Now #3

Andras was wiggling around on the top end and he lifted before the finish.

Left Lane: Jay Turner Runs 8.805/116.38, Now #8
Right Lane: Tii Tharpe Runs 6.296/214.69, Now #1

Turner was off the throttle before half track. Tharpe makes a strong pass. Tii Tharpe's incremental times: 60ft-1.116 sec., 330ft-2.830, 660ft-4.152/209.98 mph, 1,000ft-5.293.

Left Lane: Doug Vancil Runs 6.698/214.79, Now #4
Right Lane: Rickey House Runs 6.723/213.54, Now #6

Vancil pedaled just after the hit, but otherwise there were no visible problems for either rider.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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