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Fri, Nov 13, 02:46 PM

POMONA - Top Fuel Qualifying Notes, Session # 1
By Larry Sullivan

Track's Still Green

POMONA, Calif. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Top Fuel at the 34th annual NHRA Winston Finals, listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, position in order following run:
Left Lane: Ray Stutz Runs 13.774/ 69.78 Psn # 2
Right Lane: Spike Gorr Runs 5.202/247.45 Psn # 1

3:22 PM Stutz lost traction at the hit of the throttle. Gorr drove about 1,600 feet, from centerline to guardrail, a very crooked run.

Left Lane: Bobby Baldwin Runs 4.877/286.25 Psn # 2
Right Lane: Don Lampus Runs 4.826/302.01 Psn # 1

Baldwin had a fire atop the engine from 1,000 feet on, looked like a head gasket. Nice clean pass for Lampus.

Left Lane: Terry Mullins Runs 4.706/306.43 Psn # 2
Right Lane: Cristen Powell Runs 4.615/305.70 Psn # 1

Mullins' car puffed the tires a couple times and he pedaled through in fine fashion. Powell's car made a clean pass, just a trace of tire smoke on the top end.

Left Lane: Allen Hartley Runs 16.451/ 74.57 Psn # 8
Right Lane: Bruce Sarver Runs 5.258/185.26 Psn # 6

Hartley boiled the rear tires immediately. Sarver shook, pedaled, and pushed out a head gasket, but completed the run.

Left Lane: Tony Schumacher Runs 4.693/302.62 Psn # 2
Right Lane: Shelly Anderson Runs 5.729/157.15 Psn # 8

Shelly was on a good run, but the fire went out at half track. Nice run by Schumacher, trailing tire smoke from half track onward.

Left Lane: Jim Head Runs 4.817/292.87 Psn # 5
Right Lane: Doug Herbert Runs 4.748/294.31 Psn # 4

Nice opening passes in both lanes, both cars trailing tire smoke from half track to the finish line.

Left Lane: Bob Vandergriff Runs 4.758/271.82 Psn # 5
Right Lane: Connie Kalitta Runs 10.920/ 75.05 Psn #12

Vandergriff trailed a lot of smoke, tire and otherwise, and the Safety Safari rolled to the rescue, cleaning up the oil trail. Kalitta lost traction almost immediately.

Left Lane: Cory McClenathan Runs 4.982/223.04 Psn # 9
Right Lane: Joe Amato Runs 8.565/ 96.03 Psn #13

You could hear the crowd go "Awww" with disappointment here, Amato losing traction after a couple hundred feet and Cory Mac with problems on the top end.

Left Lane: Mike Dunn Runs 4.637/310.77 Psn # 3
Right Lane: Doug Kalitta Runs 4.580/313.69 Psn # 1

And you could hear the crowd go "Ahhh" on this one, a nice side-by-side exhibition, the Kalitta dragster getting the edge on the top half of the run, both cars clean and dry all the way down the track.

Left Lane: Gary Scelzi Runs 4.678/314.90 Psn # 4
Right Lane: Larry Dixon Runs 11.891/ 77.04 Psn #18

Not a bad pass by Scelzi, considering he pedaled it a couple hundred feet out. Dixon lost traction early in the run, pedaled it, and lit them up again.

Left Lane: Kenny Bernstein Runs 4.703/305.70 Psn # 6
Right Lane: Eddie Hill Runs 8.959/ 84.25 Psn #18

Clean run by Bernstein, Louie making his final race aboard the Bud dragster at this event. Hey, it's time for a new advertising promotion (but don't tell Louie, he's very sensitive).

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