LAS VEGAS - Notes from final, round 3 qualifying in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division, event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway 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: Kim Parker Runs 5.224/272.06, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.520/259.56, Was #9
Weather conditions: air temperature 83 degrees, relative humidity 15 percent, barometer 27.89 inches, adjusted altitude 4,243 feet, track temperature 99 degrees.
Parker launched hard and kept it hooked up to go to the number one spot. Kim Parker's incremental times: 60ft-0.946 sec., 330ft-2.375, 660ft-3.468/227.61 mph, 1,000ft-4.408.
Left Lane: Mike Burns Runs 10.183/72.90, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.413/272.56, Was #9
Right Lane: Brandon Greco Runs 20.222/35.05, Now #11; Best prior run: 13.810/55.41, Was #11
Burns with severe tire shake and the chuts come out before half track. He will not get into the show.
Greco is up in smoke right at the hit and clicked it off.
Left Lane: Dan Mercier Runs 5.359/273.16, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.388/272.83, Was #8
Right Lane: Fred Hanssen Runs 5.514/265.85, Now #10; Best prior run: 11.132/72.06, Was #10
Mercier drives through tire shake right at the hit and makes his quickest pass of the weekend. He will hold on to the bump spot and will start tomorrow from the number eight spot. Dan Mercier's incremental times: 60ft-0.951 sec., 330ft-2.460, 660ft-3.593/222.18 mph, 1,000ft-4.543.
Hanssen with his first full pass of the weekend, but he will not get in the show. Fred Hanssen's incremental times: 60ft-0.938 sec., 330ft-2.466, 660ft-3.656/208.36 mph, 1,000ft-4.666.
Left Lane: Matt Sackman Runs 5.379/267.96, Now #7; Best prior run: 5.356/271.73, Was #7
Right Lane: Duane Shields Runs 5.279/270.21, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.342/265.90, Was #6
Sackman was straight down the groove with another good pass, but will stay in the number seven spot. Matt Sackman's incremental times: 60ft-0.964 sec., 330ft-2.477, 660ft-3.602/223.14 mph, 1,000ft-4.553.
Shields launched hard and kept it hooked up to make his quickest pass of the weekend to move up to the number five spot. One of Shields' mud flaps came off and he drove over it. Duane Shields' incremental times: 60ft-0.942 sec., 330ft-2.413, 660ft-3.511/226.09 mph, 1,000ft-4.456.
Left Lane: Jackie Fricke Runs 5.324/260.61, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.265/268.87, Was #4
Right Lane: Johnny Ahten Runs 5.264/271.79, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.302/268.60, Was #6
Fricke kept it hooked up and hitting on all eight, but will not improve. Jackie Fricke's incremental times: 60ft-0.956 sec., 330ft-2.448, 660ft-3.545/227.46 mph, 1,000ft-4.487.
Ahten launched hard and kept it hooked up to make his quickest pass of the weekend to move into the top half of the show. This is his quickest and fastest pass of the season. He will have lane choice over Fricke in round one tomorrow. Johnny Ahten's incremental times: 60ft-0.947 sec., 330ft-2.421, 660ft-3.514/228.23 mph, 1,000ft-4.448.
Left Lane: Joey Severance Runs 14.844/80.32, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.247/276.41, Was #3
Right Lane: Shawn Cowie Runs 5.230/276.13, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.226/276.29, Was #2
Severance with severe tire shake right at the hit and clicked it off.
Cowie launched hard and kept it hooked up and hitting on all for another great pass. He will start Sunday from the number two spot. Shawn Cowie's incremental times: 60ft-0.912 sec., 330ft-2.347, 660ft-3.463/221.02 mph, 1,000ft-4.418.