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Sat, 11 Jul 2020, 17:23 PM

Top Fuel Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By Rick Green





BROWNSBURG, Ind. - Notes from final, round 2 qualifying in Top Fuel at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Inaugural E3 Spark Plugs NHRA 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: Terry McMillen Runs 3.812/316.75, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.362/129.19, Was #13
Right Lane: Luigi Novelli Runs 8.836/91.78, Now #15; No Prior Run

Weather conditions: air temperature 81 degrees, relative humidity 58 percent, barometer 28.98 inches, adjusted altitude 3,376 feet, track temperature 119 degrees.

McMillen launched hard and kept it hooked up and hitting on all eight to go to the number one spot. Terry McMillen's incremental times: 60ft-0.852 sec., 330ft-2.157, 660ft-3.057/281.83 mph.

Novelli rattled the tires early and pedaled it, but couldn't get it to hook up. He does get a number on the board.

Left Lane: Antron Brown Runs 5.173/139.46, Now #12; Best prior run: 4.397/185.82, Was #12
Right Lane: Lex Joon Runs 5.221/135.63, Now #14; No Prior Run

Brown lost traction early and he will not improve.

Joon started to lose traction early and clicks it off, he gets in the show.

Right Lane: Doug Foley Runs 3.999/268.28, Now #9; Best prior run: 8.750/76.65, Was #15

Foley was ona good looking pass, he clicked it early. He still makes the second quickest pass of the session. Doug Foley's incremental times: 60ft-0.906 sec., 330ft-2.259, 660ft-3.180/277.37 mph.

Left Lane: Cory McClenathan Runs 4.403/183.34, Now #11; Best prior run: 4.120/228.58, Was #10
Right Lane: Shawn Langdon Runs 3.919/314.02, Now #6; Best prior run: 4.444/198.00, Was #14

McClenathan started to lose traction around half track and clicked it off.

Langdon launched hard and kept it hitting on all eight to move into the top half of the show. The second quickest pass of the session. Shawn Langdon's incremental times: 60ft-0.859 sec., 330ft-2.202, 660ft-3.145/271.52 mph.

Left Lane: T.J. Zizzo Runs 3.862/310.41, Now #2; Best prior run: 3.980/278.52, Was #8
Right Lane: Leah Pruett Runs 3.934/306.33, Now #9; Best prior run: 4.363/188.46, Was #13

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

Zizzo kept it hooked up and hitting on all eight to got to the number two spot. T.J. Zizzo's incremental times: 60ft-0.847 sec., 330ft-2.157, 660ft-3.084/272.67 mph.

Pruett with a good looking pass to move up the ladder four spots. Leah Pruett's incremental times: 60ft-0.852 sec., 330ft-2.199, 660ft-3.145/268.76 mph.

Left Lane: Steve Torrence Runs 3.779/321.19, Now #1; Best prior run: 3.886/317.05, Was #6
Right Lane: Billy Torrence Runs 3.859/316.08, Now #3; Best prior run: 3.994/263.82, Was #10

It is the Torrence family team up now.

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

Steve kept it hooked up and hitting on all eight all the way down the track to go to the number one spot. Steve Torrence's incremental times: 60ft-0.841 sec., 330ft-2.142, 660ft-3.031/285.11 mph.

Billy was right there with him to go to the number three spot. Billy Torrence's incremental times: 60ft-0.848 sec., 330ft-2.183, 660ft-3.102/279.73 mph.

Left Lane: Doug Kalitta Runs 3.804/316.30, Now #2; Best prior run: 3.883/302.41, Was #7
Right Lane: Justin Ashley Runs 3.922/270.64, Now #9; Best prior run: 3.924/311.49, Was #9

Kalitta launched hard and kept it hitting on all eight to go to the number two spot. Doug Kalitta's incremental times: 60ft-0.851 sec., 330ft-2.157, 660ft-3.050/285.05 mph.

Ashley was on a good looking pass, straight down the groove, but clicked it off early. Justin Ashley's incremental times: 60ft-0.867 sec., 330ft-2.200, 660ft-3.105/279.15 mph.

Left Lane: Clay Millican No Time, Now #6; Best prior run: 3.866/314.02, Was #6
Right Lane: Tony Schumacher No Time, Now #7; Best prior run: 3.877/292.90, Was #7

These two were backing up from their burnouts and it started to rain.

The track is soaked and the NHRA officials have called the day.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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