GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Notes from final, round 2 qualifying in Top Fuel 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: Arthur Allen Runs 4.952/153.30, Now #11; Best prior run: 7.650/77.00, Was #15
Allen launched hard, but was up in smoke by 330 feet and clicked it off.
Left Lane: Tony Schumacher No Time, Now #12; Best prior run: 5.391/127.68, Was #12
Schumacher was changing the blower pulley and had problems and ran out of time.
Left Lane: Doug Kalitta Runs 3.869/300.13, Now #5; Best prior run: 4.452/179.37, Was #8
Right Lane: Doug Foley Runs 3.868/321.19, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.716/103.66, Was #13
This is a great side-by-side drag race.
Kalitta was on a great looking pass until right in the lights when it dropped a cylinder or two. He goes to the number five spot. Doug Kalitta's incremental times: 60ft-0.849 sec., 330ft-2.165, 660ft-3.078/274.78 mph.
foley launched hard and kept it hooked up to go to the number four spot. Doug Foley's incremental times: 60ft-0.873 sec., 330ft-2.202, 660ft-3.114/280.37 mph.
Left Lane: Antron Brown Runs 3.831/320.36, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.163/221.52, Was #8
Right Lane: Justin Ashley Runs 4.118/203.06, Now #9; Best prior run: 4.818/151.99, Was #11
Brown launched hard and kept it hooked up to go to the number one spot. Antron Brown's incremental times: 60ft-0.854 sec., 330ft-2.177, 660ft-3.080/282.54 mph.
Ashley was right there with Brown early on, but then chutes came out. He still moves up the ladder a couple spots.
Left Lane: Steve Torrence Runs 5.893/106.53, Now #4; Best prior run: 3.867/318.54, Was #4
Right Lane: Terry McMillen Runs 5.111/137.40, Now #11; Best prior run: 4.724/162.96, Was #11
Torrence is up in smoke early and clicks it off.
McMillen also is up in smoke early and clicked it off.
Left Lane: Clay Millican Runs 3.821/313.51, Now #1; Best prior run: 3.842/316.90, Was #3
Right Lane: Leah Pruett Runs 3.922/315.64, Now #8; Best prior run: 4.347/187.63, Was #10
Millican kept it hooked up, but then right in the lights it started to mix up cylinders. He still goes to the number one spot. Clay Millican's incremental times: 60ft-0.840 sec., 330ft-2.141, 660ft-3.051/276.24 mph. the word is there is oil on the track, Millican was charged with an oildown, #1 for the season. That will cost 5 points.
Pruett is straight down the groove with a good clean pass to move into the top half of the show. Leah Pruett's incremental times: 60ft-0.863 sec., 330ft-2.209, 660ft-3.153/272.06 mph.
Left Lane: Billy Torrence Runs 3.828/320.28, Now #2; Best prior run: 3.832/318.02, Was #3
Right Lane: Shawn Langdon Runs 4.527/170.39, Now #7; Best prior run: 3.880/315.93, Was #7
Torrence kept it hitting on all eight and hooked up to move up the ladder one spot. Billy Torrence's incremental times: 60ft-0.852 sec., 330ft-2.169, 660ft-3.075/280.84 mph.
Langdon started to haze the tires and clicked it off.