LAS VEGAS - Notes from final, round 3 qualifying in Top Alcohol Funny Car 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: Sean Bellemeur Runs 5.608/264.13, Now #10; Best prior run: 9.622/94.25, Was #14
Right Lane: Jay Payne Runs 5.553/263.36, Now #8; Best prior run: 9.616/108.72, Was #13
4:15 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 83 degrees, relative humidity 15 percent, barometer 27.89 inches, adjusted altitude 4,243 feet, track temperature 99 degrees.
Bellemeur makes his first full pass of the weekend but he doesn't make the show.
Payne makes a full pass and gets in the eighth spot.
Left Lane: Bret Williamson Runs 8.560/118.02, Now #14; Best prior run: 6.254/243.37, Was #14
Right Lane: Robert Turner Runs 5.904/243.63, Now #13; Best prior run: 6.008/218.55, Was #13
Williamson has problems early in the run and was out of power by the 330 foot mark. Turner makes his quickest pass of the weekend but doesn't make the show.
Left Lane: Doug Gordon Runs 5.450/270.48, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.640/266.79, Was #12
Gordon goes right down the groove with an impressive pass to move into the top spot.
Left Lane: Ulf Leanders Runs 5.472/266.42, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.531/265.59, Was #8
Right Lane: Ray Martin No Time, Now #10; Best prior run: 5.590/258.47, Was #10
Martin does his burnout and breaks. He pulls over to the side and climbs out of the car. Leanders goes right down the groove with his quickest pass of the weekend and he moves up to the second spot.
Left Lane: Jirka Kaplan Runs 5.535/263.92, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.530/263.77, Was #8
Right Lane: Steve Burck Runs 5.564/263.72, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.518/264.08, Was #6
Kaplan makes another clean pass but doesn't improve and he stays on the bump. Burck makes a clean pass but doesn't improve.
Left Lane: Annie Whiteley Runs 5.517/268.54, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.524/267.37, Was #7
Right Lane: Shane Westerfield Runs 5.514/267.53, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.512/267.48, Was #5
A good side-by-side, both right down the groove with good passes. Whiteley improves and moves up a spot in the order. Westerfield doesn't improve.
Left Lane: John Lombardo Jr. Runs 5.476/268.28, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.484/268.17, Was #3
Right Lane: Chris Marshall Runs 7.683/138.88, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.485/267.27, Was #4
Marshall rattles the tires early, pedals, then gives up on the run. Lombardo goes down the groove with another good pass but he stays in the third spot.