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Sat, 15 Jun 2019, 18:17 PM

Top Fuel Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By Rick Green

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Notes from final, round 4 qualifying in Top Fuel at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 19th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals 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: Audrey Worm Runs 4.010/280.25, Now #13; Best prior run: 4.978/144.50, Was #14

Weather conditions: air temperature 82 degrees, relative humidity 45 percent, barometer 28.47 inches, adjusted altitude 3,855 feet, track temperature 122 degrees.

Worm was on a good pass until right in the lights when the engine went silent. She makes her quickest pass of the weekend to move up the ladder one spot. Audrey Worm's incremental times: 60ft-0.890 sec., 330ft-2.264, 660ft-3.193/273.72 mph.

Left Lane: Scott Palmer Runs 3.883/317.34, Now #12; Best prior run: 3.834/311.77, Was #12

Palmer was on a good looking pass and then as it crossed the finish line the car dropped a cylinder or two. It pushed the car out of the groove and over by the wall.

Left Lane: Brittany Force Runs 3.834/319.60, Now #7; Best prior run: 3.790/325.45, Was #7

Force launched hard and kept it hooked up to make the quickest pass of the session. Brittany Force's incremental times: 60ft-0.877 sec., 330ft-2.190, 660ft-3.085/285.83 mph.

Left Lane: Austin Prock Runs 3.868/315.64, Now #6; Best prior run: 3.783/325.92, Was #6
Right Lane: Richie Crampton Runs 3.884/309.84, Now #9; Best prior run: 3.807/320.13, Was #9

This was a good side-by-side drag race.

Prock is straight down the groove. Austin Prock's incremental times: 60ft-0.867 sec., 330ft-2.188, 660ft-3.107/278.63 mph.

Crampton was right there with him...Richie Crampton's incremental times: 60ft-0.865 sec., 330ft-2.199, 660ft-3.109/276.69 mph.

Left Lane: Mike Salinas Runs 3.801/323.43, Now #5; Best prior run: 3.774/325.69, Was #5
Right Lane: Terry McMillen Runs 3.849/322.34, Now #8; Best prior run: 3.795/312.78, Was #8

Salinas launched hard and kept it hooked up to make the quickest pass of the session. Mike Salinas' incremental times: 60ft-0.845 sec., 330ft-2.159, 660ft-3.057/286.19 mph.

McMillen is straight down the groove with the third quickest pass of the session. Terry McMillen's incremental times: 60ft-0.871 sec., 330ft-2.193, 660ft-3.099/282.13 mph.

Left Lane: Steve Torrence Runs 3.805/320.28, Now #3; Best prior run: 3.768/326.00, Was #3
Right Lane: Antron Brown Runs 3.882/308.64, Now #4; Best prior run: 3.768/325.14, Was #4

Torrence had it hitting on all eight and hooked up with the second quickest pass of the session. Steve Torrence's incremental times: 60ft-0.854 sec., 330ft-2.166, 660ft-3.060/286.13 mph.

Brown with a good clean pass and the sixth quickest pass of the session. Antron Brown's incremental times: 60ft-0.860 sec., 330ft-2.179, 660ft-3.105/274.61 mph.

Left Lane: Leah Pritchett Runs 6.389/107.68, Now #2; Best prior run: 3.757/323.04, Was #2
Right Lane: Doug Kalitta Runs 3.842/319.29, Now #1; Best prior run: 3.755/324.67, Was #1

Pritchett started to haze the tires early and clicked it off.

Kalitta had an electrical problem in the previous round. Kalitta was straight down the groove with a good clean pass. He holds on to the number number one spot for the first time this season and the 50th time in his career.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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