LAS VEGAS - Notes from round 1 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, and position in order following run:
Left Lane: Hunter Jones Runs 16.155/65.14, Now #2
Right Lane: Robert Turner Runs 5.960/213.98, Now #1
3:11 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 80 degrees, relative humidity 14 percent, barometer 28.02 inches, adjusted altitude 3,865 feet, track temperature 99 degrees.
Jones hits the throttle and goes up in smoke. Turner was on a clean, straight pass, then looks like he loses an engine a little before he went through the lights.
Left Lane: Tyson Parker Runs 5.763/252.95, Now #2
Right Lane: Ray Martin Runs 5.588/260.61, Now #1
A good side-by-side, both right down the groove with clean straight passes. Martin gets to the line first and takes the top spot for now. Parker makes a good pass to start the weekend and he gets in the second spot for now.
Left Lane: Ulf Leanders Runs 5.508/265.33, Now #1
Right Lane: Terry Ruckman Runs 5.591/264.65, Now #3
Leanders goes down the groove with a good, clean pass and he takes the top spot for now. Ruckman makes a good pass and moves into the third spot for now.
Ulf Leanders' incremental times: 60ft-0.968 sec., 330ft-2.477, 660ft-3.655/209.36 mph, 1,000ft-4.660.
Terry Ruckman's incremental times: 60ft-0.969 sec., 330ft-2.527, 660ft-3.728/206.89 mph, 1,000ft-4.740.
Left Lane: Steve Gasparrelli Runs 5.569/261.67, Now #3
Right Lane: Jay Payne Runs 5.562/265.59, Now #2
Gasparrelli rattles the tires a little off of the line, drives through it, then goes on through with a good pass to get in the third spot for now. Payne got a little out of the groove but held on for a decent pass to get in the second spot for now.
Left Lane: Annie Whiteley Runs 9.615/102.65, Now #9
Right Lane: Chris Marshall Runs 7.348/150.35, Now #8
Whiteley is still in contention for the Central Region TAFC Championship.
Whiteley rattles the tires early, gets about 100 feet out and backs off of the throttle. Marshall gets about 300 feet out, has traction problems and gives up on the run.
Left Lane: Brian Hough Runs 5.508/265.64, Now #2
Right Lane: Sean Bellemeur Runs 5.478/267.00, Now #1
Hough is in the lead in the points for the West Region TAFC Championship.
Bellemeur goes right down the groove with an impressive pass and he takes the top spot to end this session. Hough makes a clean, straight pass and gets in the second spot.
Brian Hough's incremental times: 60ft-0.971 sec., 330ft-2.484, 660ft-3.663/210.05 mph, 1,000ft-4.662.
Sean Bellemeur's incremental times: 60ft-0.945 sec., 330ft-2.459, 660ft-3.635/211.20 mph, 1,000ft-4.635.