SONOMA, Calif. - Notes from round 3 qualifying in Top Fuel at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 27th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals 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:
Right Lane: Steve Torrence Runs 3.909/304.25, Now #11; Best prior run: 3.898/314.24, Was #11
Weather conditions: air temperature 74 degrees, relative humidity 42 percent, barometer 29.88 inches, adjusted altitude 1,554 feet, track temperature 123 degrees.
Torrence is straight
down the groove with a good pass, but he will not improve. Steve Torrence's incremental times:
60ft-0.847 sec., 330ft-2.187, 660ft-3.118/272.89 mph.
Left Lane: Steven Chrisman Runs 4.164/260.81, Now #13; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Shawn Langdon Runs 6.681/101.77, Now #10; Best prior run: 3.890/313.37, Was #10
Chrisman with a clean pass and runs his quickest pass of the weekend to get a number on the board. Langdon starts to lose traction and clicks it off.
Left Lane: Clay Millican Runs 6.435/95.45, Now #15; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Terry McMillen Runs 5.726/116.80, Now #14; No Prior Run
Millican is up in smoke early and clicks it off. McMillen starts to lose traction a little farther down track and clicks it off.
Left Lane: Troy Buff Runs 16.496/20.83, Now #16; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Mike Salinas Runs 4.285/200.77, Now #12; Best prior run: 3.905/287.96, Was #12
Buff is up in smoke right off the starting line and clicks it off and coast on down the track. Salinas was on a good pass until just past half track when it started to haze the tires and he clicked it off.
Left Lane: Spencer Massey Runs 4.504/177.51, Now #14; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Billy Torrence Runs 4.968/150.63, Now #9; Best prior run: 3.886/314.31, Was #9
Massey is up in smoke around 400 feet and Torrence is up in smoke by 300 feet. They both click'em off and coast on down the track.
Left Lane: J.R. Todd Runs 4.749/156.92, Now #8; Best prior run: 3.836/316.82, Was #8
Right Lane: Khalid alBalooshi Runs 3.886/310.77, Now #7; Best prior run: 3.828/316.52, Was #7
Todd dropped a cylinder early and then started to shake and drop more cylinders before he clicked it off. alBalooshi launched hard and was straight down the groove with the quickest pass of the day, but will not improve. Khalid alBalooshi's incremental times: 60ft-0.838 sec., 330ft-2.171, 660ft-3.110/270.86 mph.
Left Lane: Richie Crampton Runs 4.232/202.45, Now #5; Best prior run: 3.799/324.05, Was #5
Right Lane: Bob Vandergriff Runs 6.782/87.98, Now #6; Best prior run: 3.806/319.60, Was #6
Crampton is up in smoke around 400 feet and clicked it off. Vandergriff is up in smoke early and clicks it off.
Left Lane: Antron Brown Runs 4.367/190.03, Now #4; Best prior run: 3.796/319.60, Was #4
Right Lane: Doug Kalitta Runs 4.006/242.36, Now #2; Best prior run: 3.791/324.20, Was #2
Brown starts to lose traction and clicks it off. Kalitta makes it a little farther down track before he starts to smoke the tires and clicks it off.
Left Lane: Tony Schumacher Runs 3.895/310.55, Now #3; Best prior run: 3.793/323.43, Was #3
Right Lane: Brittany Force Runs 3.914/285.35, Now #1; Best prior run: 3.762/325.53, Was #1
This was a great side-by-side drag race to wrap up round three...Schumacher was straight down the groove with the second quickest pass of the round. Tony Schumacher's incremental times: 60ft-0.844 sec., 330ft-2.180, 660ft-3.116/273.72 mph. Force was on a good pass until she started to haze the tires on the top end. She still has the fourth quickest pass of the round. Brittany Force's incremental times: 60ft-0.841 sec., 330ft-2.176, 660ft-3.111/273.33 mph.