Drag Race Central - NHRA
Fri, 23 Feb 2007, 07:42 PM

Top Fuel Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Rick Green



CHANDLER, Ariz. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Top Fuel at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 23rd annual Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals presented by Castrol 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: Doug Kalitta Runs 4.995/201.97, Now #7; Best prior run: 11.330/78.94, Was #19

Weather conditions: air temperature 59 degrees, relative humidity 24 percent, barometer 28.82 inches, adjusted altitude 1,405 feet, track temperature 82 degrees.

Kalitta with a great looking pass until half track and then the car lost traction and he clicked it off.


Left Lane: J.R. Todd Runs 4.510/323.43, Now #2; Best prior run: 8.768/101.48, Was #14
Right Lane: David Grubnic Runs 10.520/80.56, Now #19; Best prior run: 11.173/78.29, Was #19

Grubnic lost traction early and clicked it off. Todd with a real nice pass to go to the number two spot and then had problems with the chutes, but got the car stopped. J.R. Todd's incremental times: 60ft-0.827 sec., 330ft-2.135, 660ft-3.046/277.60mph, 1,000ft-3.823

Left Lane: Clay Millican Runs 4.603/317.05, Now #6; Best prior run: 8.723/80.36, Was #14
Right Lane: Whit Bazemore Runs 10.521/73.97, Now #18; Best prior run: 10.217/73.51, Was #18

Bazemore with a dropped cylinder right off the starting line and then smoked the tires before he clicked it off. Millican with a nice pass to get into the top half of the show. Clay Millican's incremental times: 60ft-0.858 sec., 330ft-2.180, 660ft-3.110/270.00mph, 1,000ft-3.904

Left Lane: Mike Strasburg Runs 9.854/86.69, Now #15; Best prior run: 8.716/96.51, Was #14
Right Lane: Hillary Will Runs 4.546/323.89, Now #4; Best prior run: 10.139/81.13, Was #17

Strasburg lost traction early and he clicked it off. Will with a great looking pass, straight down Broadway to get into the top half of the show. Hillary Will's incremental times: 60ft-0.852 sec., 330ft-2.169, 660ft-3.084/274.61mph, 1,000ft-3.862 She bumps out Cory Mac. Alan Bradshaw is on the bump spot at 9.883.

Left Lane: Bob Vandergriff Runs 4.523/329.58, Now #4; Best prior run: 8.622/82.21, Was #14
Right Lane: Cory McClenathan Runs 12.269/75.66, Now #17; Best prior run: 9.924/80.70, Was #17

Cory Mac struck the tires right off the starting line. He will go into Saturday not qualified. Vandergriff with a real nice pass, but it appeared to get close to the wall on the top end. He still runs his fastest pass in his career. He moves into the number four spot.

Left Lane: Doug Herbert Runs 4.594/309.06, Now #8; Best prior run: 7.246/150.90, Was #14
Right Lane: Alan Bradshaw Runs 10.843/79.54, Now #16; Best prior run: 9.883/76.95, Was #16

Bradshaw lost traction right off the starting line, and clicked it off. Herbert with a nice pass moves into the top half of the show. Doug Herbert's incremental times: 60ft-0.868 sec., 330ft-2.190, 660ft-3.100/275.45mph, 1,000ft-3.889

Left Lane: Tony Schumacher Runs 4.430/328.22, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.150/137.41, Was #14
Right Lane: Joe Hartley Runs 4.605/330.88, Now #11; Best prior run: 5.075/207.69, Was #13

This is a great pass for Schumacher with the fourth quickest pass in the history of Top Fuel. Tony Schumacher's incremental times: 60ft-0.833 sec., 330ft-2.118, 660ft-3.009/283.25mph, 1,000ft-3.763 This is a track E.T. record. Hartley with a good pass, too a career best speed mark for him.

Left Lane: Melanie Troxel Runs 4.495/331.12, Now #3; Best prior run: 4.710/268.49, Was #12
Right Lane: Morgan Lucas Runs 4.555/325.92, Now #8; Best prior run: 4.764/254.14, Was #13

This was a very good drag race here. Troxel was straight down the groove and into the number three spot. Melanie Troxel's incremental times: 60ft-0.856 sec., 330ft-2.157, 660ft-3.062/279.15mph, 1,000ft-3.826 Lucas with a clean pass to get into the top half of the show, this a run that team is looking, nice and clean.

Left Lane: Doug Foley Runs 8.094/92.64, Now #9; Best prior run: 4.560/326.16, Was #9
Right Lane: Larry Dixon Runs 9.218/98.54, Now #10; Best prior run: 4.583/314.53, Was #10

Dixon lost traction right off the starting line and clicked it off. Foley started to make a move toward the centerline and clicked it off.

Left Lane: Rod Fuller Runs 9.928/81.78, Now #2; Best prior run: 4.471/331.61, Was #2
Right Lane: Brandon Bernstein Runs 11.852/69.82, Now #5; Best prior run: 4.512/328.30, Was #5

Bernstein lost traction right off the starting line and clicked it off. Fuller dropped a cylinder right at the hit and then smoked the tires.

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