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Sun, 22 Apr 2018, 14:33 PM

Top Fuel Harley Round 1 Eliminations
By Bob Orme

BAYTOWN, Texas - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Fuel Harley at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 31st annual NHRA SpringNationals:

  204 Randal Andras                        1059 Brian Jernigan               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.075  6.336 221.05                     0.087  6.649 209.49
 Qualified:             #5  6.347 216.00                        #4  6.345 216.27
12:52 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 66 degrees, relative humidity 68 percent, barometer 29.97 inches, adjusted altitude 1,089 feet, track temperature 86 degrees.

Andras was to the right of the groove for much of this pass, but he was able to get the win.

Jernigan got out of shape in the shut down area and he tagged the retaining wall. The bike didn't go down and he was able to bring it to a stop before being attended to by on-site safety personnel. He is being transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.

   13 Tracy Kile                             40 Doug Vancil                  
E1                   0.062  6.988 223.54     ****WINNER****  0.131  6.336 224.02
 Qualified:             #6  6.373 202.73                        #3  6.310 225.18
Kile was on and off the throttle a couples early in the run. Vancil makes a solid pass for the win. Doug Vancil's incremental times: 60ft-1.132 sec., 330ft-2.834, 660ft-4.174/184.17 mph, 1,000ft-5.338.

    2 Rickey House                          911 Tii Tharpe                   
E1   ****WINNER****  0.157  6.750 213.27                     0.061  7.911 134.67
 Qualified:             #7  6.400 218.51                        #2  6.296 214.69
Tharpe had a hard time keeping his bike in the groove. House will give lane choice to Vancil in round two.

  201 Chris Smith                             1 Jay Turner                   
E1                   0.049 13.930  93.29     ****WINNER****  0.063  6.308 225.30
 Qualified:             #8  6.416 216.10                        #1  6.279 224.55
Smith was sluggish off the line and he never got up to full power. Turner will have lane choice over Andras in round two.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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