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Fri, 07 Feb 2020, 20:50 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By Rick Green





POMONA, Calif. - Notes from final, round 3 qualifying in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 60th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com 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: Nick Childers Runs 5.696/235.06, Now #8; Best prior run: 7.037/114.22, Was #12

Weather conditions: air temperature 69 degrees, relative humidity 39 percent, barometer 28.89 inches, adjusted altitude 2,318 feet, track temperature 79 degrees.

Childers was dropping cylinders all the way down the track, but he still runs a career quickest and fastest pass. He moves up to the number eight spot... Nick Childers' incremental times: 60ft-0.946 sec., 330ft-2.491, 660ft-3.692/204.05 mph, 1,000ft-4.756.

Left Lane: Casey Grisel Runs 15.816/47.88, Now #12; Best prior run: 6.536/161.69, Was #12
Right Lane: James Stevens Runs 5.793/203.80, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.395/267.59, Was #6

Grissel with severe tire shake right at the hit and clicked it off.

Stevens with a lot of tire shake on the top end and clicked it off.

Left Lane: Dusty Green Runs 10.072/76.65, Now #11; Best prior run: 6.074/220.55, Was #11
Right Lane: Johnny Ahten Runs 5.490/265.22, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.369/264.70, Was #5

Green started dropping cylinders early and clicked it off.

Ahten with early tire shake and pedaled it, he got it to hook up. He will not improve and stays in the number five spot. He has the quickest pass of the session. Johnny Ahten's incremental times: 60ft-0.931 sec., 330ft-2.531, 660ft-3.685/218.72 mph, 1,000ft-4.654.

Left Lane: Duane Shields Runs 13.075/54.79, Now #10; Best prior run: 6.044/254.66, Was #10
Right Lane: Chris Demke Runs 5.231/277.26, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.289/269.35, Was #4

Shields with tire shake right at the hit and clicked it off.

Demke launched hard and kept it hooked up to go to the number two spot. Chris Demke's incremental times: 60ft-0.926 sec., 330ft-2.351, 660ft-3.466/221.60 mph, 1,000ft-4.421.

Left Lane: Jerry Kumre Runs 5.508/253.95, Now #7; Best prior run: 5.560/261.17, Was #7
Right Lane: Garrett Bateman Runs 5.189/277.77, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.251/276.01, Was #3

Kumre is straight down the groove with a nice pass, but will stay in the number seven spot. Jerry Kumre's incremental times: 60ft-0.953 sec., 330ft-2.453, 660ft-3.622/212.19 mph, 1,000ft-4.633.

Bateman launched hard and kept it hitting on all eight and hooked up to go to the number two spot. He runs his career fastest pass and was just off his career quickest pass. Garrett Bateman's incremental times: 60ft-0.922 sec., 330ft-2.372, 660ft-3.458/230.37 mph, 1,000ft-4.385.

Left Lane: Joey Severance Runs 10.176/94.43, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.269/236.13, Was #4
Right Lane: Shawn Cowie Runs 5.186/278.75, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.181/280.08, Was #1

Severance with severe tire shake right at the hit and clicked it off.

Cowie with another great pass, he runs the quickest pass of the session. He is just off his qualifying pass from yesterday. He will start from the number one spot for the 14th time in his career. He won this event last year starting from the number one spot. This the fourth time he has qualified number one at the Winternationals.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink





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