GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Notes from final, round 3 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: Jackie Fricke Runs 5.259/276.18, Now #3; Best prior run: 12.228/61.38, Was #12
Right Lane: Matthew Cummings Runs 5.321/269.73, Now #7; Best prior run: 5.677/258.12, Was #9
Fricke gets the car to hook up and makes a great pass to go to the number three spot. Jackie Fricke's incremental times: 60ft-0.960 sec., 330ft-2.441, 660ft-3.532/230.10 mph, 1,000ft-4.456.
Cummings with a good looking pass to move up the ladder a couple spots. Matthew Cummings' incremental times: 60ft-0.960 sec., 330ft-2.446, 660ft-3.553/225.75 mph, 1,000ft-4.498.
Left Lane: Cherissa Griffis-Smallwood Runs 16.898/69.77, Now #12; Best prior run: 9.457/86.23, Was #12
Right Lane: Mick Steele Runs 14.922/62.57, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.395/262.79, Was #9
Griffis-Smallwood is up in smoke right at the hit and clicks it off.
Steele los traction early and clicked it off.
Left Lane: Tom Fox Jr. No Time, Now #11; Best prior run: 7.645/89.88, Was #11
Right Lane: Julie Nataas Runs 5.276/271.35, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.297/275.84, Was #6
Fox Jr.'s chute came out after the burnout and he is shut off.
Nataas was straight down the groove to improve on yesterday's E.T., but will stay in the number six spot. Julie Nataas' incremental times: 60ft-0.945 sec., 330ft-2.432, 660ft-3.537/228.11 mph, 1,000ft-4.464.
Left Lane: Krista Baldwin Runs 5.748/252.71, Now #10; Best prior run: 5.433/266.00, Was #10
Right Lane: Josh Hart Runs 5.234/274.50, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.267/276.75, Was #5
Baldwin started to lose traction, but stayed with it.
Hart launched hard and kept it hooked up to go to the number one spot. Josh Hart's incremental times: 60ft-0.918 sec., 330ft-2.380, 660ft-3.485/226.51 mph, 1,000ft-4.423.
Left Lane: Joey Severance Runs 5.279/272.89, Now #7; Best prior run: 5.359/268.97, Was #8
Right Lane: Duane Shields Runs 5.198/279.67, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.264/278.75, Was #5
This was a great side-by-side drag race.
Severance was straight down the groove with his quickest pass of the weekend to move up the ladder one spot. Joey Severance's incremental times: 60ft-0.912 sec., 330ft-2.362, 660ft-3.489/219.65 mph, 1,000ft-4.456.
Shields kept it hooked up and hitting on all eight to go to the number one spot. He makes his quickest and fastest pass this season. Duane Shields' incremental times: 60ft-0.926 sec., 330ft-2.386, 660ft-3.474/229.63 mph, 1,000ft-4.401.
Left Lane: Shawn Cowie Runs 5.209/278.52, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.250/276.75, Was #3
Right Lane: Megan Meyer Runs 15.006/71.10, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.257/272.67, Was #4
Cowie with a great pass, his quickest this weekend to go to the number two spot. Shawn Cowie's incremental times: 60ft-0.932 sec., 330ft-2.352, 660ft-3.457/223.50 mph, 1,000ft-4.403.
Meyer is up in smoke as soon as she hit the throttle and clicks it off.
Shields qualifies No. 1 for the 21st time in his career, for the first time this season and the third time here in Gainesville.