LAS VEGAS - Notes from 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:
Right Lane: Hunter Jones Runs 14.799/75.41, Now #12; Best prior run: 14.244/66.69, Was #12
4:36 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 79 degrees, relative humidity 13 percent, barometer 27.88 inches, adjusted altitude 3,982 feet, track temperature 92 degrees.
Jones goes up in smoke at the hit and has to give up on the run.
Left Lane: Chris Marshall Runs 6.297/168.18, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.714/257.43, Was #9
Right Lane: Tyson Parker Runs 5.868/242.28, Now #10; Best prior run: 5.763/252.95, Was #10
Marshall gets out of the groove and the car makes a move toward the centerline. He gets close to it about 700 feet down, makes a move toward the wall, then finally backs off of the throttle. Parker was on a decent pass but was out of power just a little early.
Left Lane: Terry Ruckman Runs 5.861/249.35, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.591/264.65, Was #8
Right Lane: Steve Gasparrelli Runs 5.531/263.67, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.569/261.67, Was #6
Ruckman was on a decent pass but the car nosed over a little early, not sure why. Gasparrelli makes his quickest pass of the weekend and moves up to the fifth spot.
Left Lane: Ray Martin Runs 5.563/259.96, Now #7; Best prior run: 5.588/260.61, Was #7
Right Lane: Annie Whiteley Runs 9.414/94.73, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.524/268.60, Was #4
Martin goes down the groove with his quickest pass of the weekend but he stays in the seventh spot. Whiteley rattles the tires early and backs off of the throttle.
Left Lane: Jay Payne Runs 5.523/265.27, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.537/264.91, Was #6
Right Lane: Ulf Leanders Runs 14.046/71.87, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.508/265.33, Was #3
Leanders goes up in smoke at the hit and has to give up on the run. Payne goes down the groove with his quickest pass of the weekend and he moves up to the fourth spot.
Left Lane: Sean Bellemeur Runs 5.453/267.53, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.478/267.00, Was #1
Right Lane: Brian Hough Runs 12.800/80.76, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.508/265.64, Was #2
Hough leaves the line and goes up in smoke. Bellemeur drifted to the right, then back to the left, but he hangs on and improves on his top qualifying time.
Sean Bellemeur's incremental times: 60ft-0.939 sec., 330ft-2.448, 660ft-3.619/211.63 mph, 1,000ft-4.614.