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Fri, 20 Apr 2018, 22:02 PM

Top Fuel Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Rick Green

BAYTOWN, Texas - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Top Fuel at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 31st annual NHRA SpringNationals 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: Kebin Kinsley Runs 5.365/148.17, Now #10; No Prior Run

Kinsley starts to lose traction and pedals it a couple times and never gets it to hook up.

Left Lane: Terry Brian Runs 4.739/284.62, Now #9; Best prior run: 17.117/31.15, Was #17
Right Lane: Terry Haddock No Time, Now #13; Best prior run: 7.362/96.07, Was #12

Brian loses traction right at the hit, he gives it time to settle down and gets back on the throttle to go to the number nine spot. Terry Brian's incremental times: 60ft-0.922 sec., 330ft-2.785, 660ft-3.888/239.31 mph.

When Haddock goes to start, there is a big bang and the car is pushed off the starting line.

Left Lane: Mike Salinas Runs 4.944/145.36, Now #11; Best prior run: 8.762/80.53, Was #16
Right Lane: Clay Millican Runs 5.092/173.49, Now #12; Best prior run: 6.785/90.23, Was #12

Salinas starts to lose traction and clicks it off.

Millican starts to shake and clicks it off.

Left Lane: Brittany Force Runs 3.701/313.80, Now #1; Best prior run: 8.642/69.01, Was #16
Right Lane: Billy Torrence Runs 3.737/317.87, Now #2; Best prior run: 3.874/264.34, Was #6

Force launched hard and kept it hooked up to go to the number one spot. Brittany Force's incremental times: 60ft-0.834 sec., 330ft-2.106, 660ft-2.962/295.27 mph. She sets the track E.T. record.

Torrence is right there with her to go to the number two spot. Billy Torrence's incremental times: 60ft-0.828 sec., 330ft-2.115, 660ft-2.990/289.69 mph.

Left Lane: Steve Torrence Runs 3.892/313.88, Now #8; Best prior run: 8.442/79.27, Was #16
Right Lane: Terry McMillen Runs 7.335/94.61, Now #7; Best prior run: 3.849/311.63, Was #7

Torrence starts to lose traction and pedals it to get in the top half of the show. He got out of the groove and real close to the centerline. Steve Torrence's incremental times: 60ft-0.836 sec., 330ft-2.229, 660ft-3.134/284.15 mph.

McMillen loses traction and clicks it off.

Left Lane: Antron Brown Runs 3.740/324.98, Now #3; Best prior run: 4.922/132.93, Was #12
Right Lane: Richie Crampton Runs 3.774/316.23, Now #5; Best prior run: 3.824/312.13, Was #6

This was a great looking side-by-side drag race...

Brown with the header flames shooting high into the air and hooked up goes to the number three spot. Antron Brown's incremental times: 60ft-0.843 sec., 330ft-2.132, 660ft-3.000/290.63 mph.

Crampton was right there with him to go to the number five spot. Richie Crampton's incremental times: 60ft-0.843 sec., 330ft-2.139, 660ft-3.020/286.25 mph.

Left Lane: Leah Pritchett Runs 9.039/78.42, Now #11; Best prior run: 4.142/204.60, Was #11
Right Lane: Scott Palmer Runs 3.761/316.08, Now #4; Best prior run: 3.783/314.90, Was #7

Pritchett started lose traction and clicked it off.

Palmer launched hard and was straight down the groove with his quickest pass of the season. He goes to the number four spot. Scott Palmer's incremental times: 60ft-0.839 sec., 330ft-2.131, 660ft-3.009/287.66 mph. Eord from the top end is there is oil on the track in Palmer's lane. Scott Palmer was charged with an oildown, #3 for the season. That will cost 15 points.

Left Lane: Doug Kalitta Runs 5.200/138.88, Now #6; Best prior run: 3.772/320.05, Was #5
Right Lane: Tony Schumacher Runs 3.711/322.73, Now #2; Best prior run: 3.777/318.99, Was #7

Kalitta started to haze the tires and clicked it off.

Schumacher with header flames shooting high over the rear wing all the way down the track to go to the number two spot. Tony Schumacher's incremental times: 60ft-0.840 sec., 330ft-2.112, 660ft-2.973/292.65 mph.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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