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Fri, 20 Apr 2018, 19:02 PM

Top Fuel Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Rick Green

BAYTOWN, Texas - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Top Fuel at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 31st annual NHRA SpringNationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Right Lane: Terry Brian Runs 17.117/31.15, Now #1

Weather conditions: air temperature 70 degrees, relative humidity 48 percent, barometer 30.07 inches, adjusted altitude 1,131 feet, track temperature 92 degrees.

Brian is making his NHRA Top Fuel debut, he is up in smoke as soon as he hits the throttle.

Left Lane: Bill Litton Runs 3.927/306.60, Now #1
Right Lane: Kebin Kinsley No Time, Now #3

Litton making his season debut and he has a good clean pass to start the weekend. Bill Litton's incremental times: 60ft-0.869 sec., 330ft-2.208, 660ft-3.141/271.68 mph.

Kinsley is making his second appearance on the tour this season...he makes a great pass, running a 3.778 second pass at 317.42 mph, but a part came off the car and took out the 1,000 foot timing cone, so his run was DQ'ed.

Left Lane: Terry Haddock Runs 7.362/96.07, Now #2
Right Lane: Terry Totten Runs 10.009/53.67, Now #3

Haddock started to shake and clicked it off. Totten lost traction right at the hit and clicked it off.

Left Lane: Billy Torrence Runs 3.874/264.34, Now #1
Right Lane: Mike Salinas Runs 8.762/80.53, Now #4

Torrence launched hard and was on a good pass until it slowed on the top end. Billy Torrence's incremental times: 60ft-0.836 sec., 330ft-2.140, 660ft-3.046/278.58 mph.

Salinas lost traction early and clicked it off.

Left Lane: Terry McMillen Runs 3.849/311.63, Now #1
Right Lane: Brittany Force Runs 8.642/69.01, Now #5

McMillen was straight down the groove with a good looking pass to go to the number one spot. Terry McMillen's incremental times: 60ft-0.859 sec., 330ft-2.175, 660ft-3.077/279.09 mph.

Force with a new car and she loses traction early and clicks it off.

Left Lane: Scott Palmer Runs 3.783/314.90, Now #1
Right Lane: Leah Pritchett Runs 4.142/204.60, Now #5

Palmer kept it hitting on all eight to go to the number one spot. Scott Palmer's incremental times: 60ft-0.842 sec., 330ft-2.141, 660ft-3.029/286.92 mph.

Pritchett started to lose traction just past half track and clicked it off.

Left Lane: Richie Crampton Runs 3.824/312.13, Now #3
Right Lane: Doug Kalitta Runs 3.772/320.05, Now #1

Crampton is straight down the groove to go to the number three spot. Richie Crampton's incremental times: 60ft-0.848 sec., 330ft-2.165, 660ft-3.060/281.83 mph.

Kalitta had the header flames shooting high into the air all the way down the track to go to the number one spot. Doug Kalitta's incremental times: 60ft-0.844 sec., 330ft-2.144, 660ft-3.023/288.46 mph.

Left Lane: Clay Millican Runs 6.785/90.23, Now #9
Right Lane: Antron Brown Runs 4.922/132.93, Now #8

Millican lost traction right at the hit and clicked it off...

Brown's engine let go with a big bang early in the run and he coasted on down the track.

Left Lane: Tony Schumacher Runs 3.777/318.99, Now #2
Right Lane: Steve Torrence Runs 8.442/79.27, Now #12

Schumacher launched hard and kept it hooked up to go to the number two spot. when he lifted at the finish line the engine banged. Tony Schumacher's incremental times: 60ft-0.854 sec., 330ft-2.154, 660ft-3.032/289.45 mph.

Torrence started to lose traction early and clicked it off.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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