LAS VEGAS - Notes from round 2 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: Hunter Jones Runs 14.244/66.69, Now #12; Best prior run: 16.155/65.14, Was #12
Right Lane: Chris Marshall Runs 5.714/257.43, Now #8; Best prior run: 7.348/150.35, Was #10
1:40 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 84 degrees, relative humidity 12 percent, barometer 27.93 inches, adjusted altitude 4,212 feet, track temperature 100 degrees.
Jones rattles the tires at the hit, gets about 100 feet out and clicks it off. Marshall gat loose around half track, the car makes a move toward the wall, then back to the left, then back to the right again. He improves and moves up to the eighth spot.
Left Lane: Annie Whiteley Runs 5.524/268.60, Now #4; Best prior run: 9.615/102.65, Was #11
Whiteley goes right down the groove with a clean pass and moves up to the fourth spot.
Annie Whiteley's incremental times: 60ft-0.965 sec., 330ft-2.517, 660ft-3.694/211.20 mph, 1,000ft-4.687.
Left Lane: Tyson Parker Runs 5.821/251.02, Now #10; Best prior run: 5.763/252.95, Was #10
Right Lane: Terry Ruckman Runs 10.269/95.62, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.591/264.65, Was #8
Ruckman has traction problems right off the line and gives up on the run quickly. Parker makes a clean pass but doesn't improve.
Left Lane: Steve Gasparrelli Runs 5.582/261.83, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.569/261.67, Was #6
Right Lane: Ray Martin Runs 5.602/261.37, Now #7; Best prior run: 5.588/260.61, Was #7
A good side-by-side, both right down the groove with clean, straight passes. Gasparrelli stays in the sixth spot, Martin right behind in seventh.
Steve Gasparrelli's incremental times: 60ft-0.975 sec., 330ft-2.509, 660ft-3.706/207.18 mph, 1,000ft-4.724.
Ray Martin's incremental times: 60ft-0.976 sec., 330ft-2.517, 660ft-3.719/205.94 mph, 1,000ft-4.740.
Left Lane: Ulf Leanders Runs 5.510/264.13, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.508/265.33, Was #3
Right Lane: Jay Payne Runs 5.537/264.91, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.562/265.59, Was #5
Leanders was a little loose early in the run but was able to stay with it and make the quickest pass of the round so far. Payne improves but stays in the fifth spot.
Ulf Leanders' incremental times: 60ft-0.958 sec., 330ft-2.471, 660ft-3.652/209.17 mph, 1,000ft-4.660.
Jay Payne's incremental times: 60ft-0.952 sec., 330ft-2.482, 660ft-3.676/208.07 mph, 1,000ft-4.687.
Left Lane: Brian Hough Runs 10.892/84.86, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.508/265.64, Was #2
Right Lane: Sean Bellemeur Runs 11.466/72.42, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.478/267.00, Was #1
0-for-2 on this one. Hough and Bellemeur hit the throttle, they get about 100 feet out, then both have traction problems and click it off.