GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 51st annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals 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: Mick Steele Runs 5.395/262.79, Now #4; Best prior run: 14.234/71.46, Was #11
Right Lane: Cherissa Griffis-Smallwood Runs 9.457/86.23, Now #9; Best prior run: 15.555/65.62, Was #12
Steele is straight down the groove with a good clean pass to move into the top half of the show. Mick Steele's incremental times: 60ft-0.951 sec., 330ft-2.467, 660ft-3.600/221.27 mph, 1,000ft-4.557.
Griffis-Smallwood was loose at the hit and clicked it off.
Left Lane: Matthew Cummings Runs 5.677/258.12, Now #7; Best prior run: 9.804/93.06, Was #11
Right Lane: Jackie Fricke Runs 12.228/61.38, Now #12; Best prior run: 13.057/83.24, Was #12
Cummings started to loose traction and pedaled it.
Fricke was up in smoke right at the hit.
Left Lane: Duane Shields Runs 5.264/278.75, Now #2; Best prior run: 9.737/124.12, Was #11
shields launched hard and kept it hooked up to go to the number two spot. Duane Shields' incremental times: 60ft-0.945 sec., 330ft-2.431, 660ft-3.529/227.65 mph, 1,000ft-4.462.
Left Lane: Julie Nataas Runs 5.313/276.52, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.297/275.84, Was #4
Right Lane: Joey Severance Runs 5.359/268.97, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.388/164.81, Was #9
This was a good side-by-side drag race.
Nataas with another good clean pass, straight down the groove, but she will not improve. Julie Nataas' incremental times: 60ft-0.960 sec., 330ft-2.466, 660ft-3.575/226.47 mph, 1,000ft-4.508.
Severance had it hooked up all the way down the track to go to the number five spot. Joey Severance's incremental times: 60ft-0.949 sec., 330ft-2.402, 660ft-3.541/216.51 mph, 1,000ft-4.524.
Left Lane: Josh Hart Runs 5.305/270.10, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.267/276.75, Was #3
Right Lane: Shawn Cowie Runs 5.250/276.75, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.490/272.56, Was #8
Hart with another good clean pass, but will not improve. Josh Hart's incremental times: 60ft-0.933 sec., 330ft-2.426, 660ft-3.542/224.66 mph, 1,000ft-4.485.
Cowie launched hard and kept it hitting on all eight all the way down the track to go to the number one spot. Shawn Cowie's incremental times: 60ft-0.929 sec., 330ft-2.365, 660ft-3.483/221.67 mph, 1,000ft-4.438.
Left Lane: Megan Meyer Runs 5.350/278.06, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.257/272.67, Was #2
Right Lane: Krista Baldwin Runs 5.433/266.00, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.437/258.47, Was #8
Meyer with a nice pass, straight down the groove, but will not improve. Megan Meyer's incremental times: 60ft-1.007 sec., 330ft-2.519, 660ft-3.625/227.80 mph, 1,000ft-4.553.
Baldwin with another good pass running quicker than this morning, but will stay in the number seven spot. Krista Baldwin's incremental times: 60ft-0.955 sec., 330ft-2.496, 660ft-3.638/220.40 mph, 1,000ft-4.600.