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Results for Qualifying Round 1
LAS VEGAS - LAS VEGAS 2 - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Top Fuel at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Ninth annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
 
      Left Lane: Stig Neergaard   Runs 5.494/121.56, Now #1
     Right Lane: Lex Joon         Runs 6.791/93.12, Now #2
Joon is up in smoke as he hits the throttle and then pitches the blower belt off it. Neergaard makes a quick move toward the centerline and reeled it back into his lane.
      Left Lane: Rob Passey       Runs 6.132/109.10, Now #3
     Right Lane: Thomas Nataas    Runs 4.078/258.27, Now #1
Nataas makes a real nice clean pass. Passey starts to loose traction and then bangs the blower with a big bang.
      Left Lane: Tim Cullinan     Runs 6.582/100.10, Now #5
     Right Lane: Terry McMillen   Runs 4.097/276.52, Now #2
Cullinan is up in smoke right off the starting line and clicks it off. McMillen is dropping cylinders right at the hit and the with a big bang and quick fireball..
      Left Lane: David Grubnic    Runs 9.193/89.19, Now #8
     Right Lane: Steve Torrence   Runs 3.831/314.17, Now #1
Grubnic with problems a soon as he hit the throttle. Torrence with a great looking pass, he started to get out of the groove, but reeled it in. He goes to the number one spot...Steve Torrence's incremental times: 60ft-0.849 sec., 330ft-2.154, 660ft-3.062/277.49 mph.
      Left Lane: Urs Erbacher     Runs 3.991/301.33, Now #3
     Right Lane: Bob Vandergriff  Runs 3.881/304.60, Now #2 

Urs Erbacher's incremental times: 60ft-0.877 sec., 330ft-2.238, 660ft-3.190/266.16 mph.
Bob Vandergriff's incremental times: 60ft-0.865 sec., 330ft-2.184, 660ft-3.099/277.20 mph.
      Left Lane: Mike Strasburg   Runs 3.996/305.91, Now #4
     Right Lane: Steven Chrisman  Runs 6.267/108.54, Now #9 

660ft-3.205/267.16 mph.
      Left Lane: Troy Buff        Runs 4.043/262.23, Now #5
     Right Lane: Doug Kalitta     Runs 5.295/132.93, Now #8
Kalitta launched hard and then was up in smoke by 400 feet and clicked it off. Buff with a real nice pass until right in the lights when something let go. Troy Buff's incremental times: 60ft-0.862 sec., 330ft-2.203, 660ft-3.163/257.24 mph.
      Left Lane: Spencer Massey   Runs 4.312/190.59, Now #9
     Right Lane: Shawn Langdon    Runs 3.855/313.29, Now #2
Massey starts to spin the tires around 600 feet and he clicks it off. Langdon with a great pass to go to the number two spot. Shawn Langdon's incremental times: 60ft-0.851 sec., 330ft-2.172, 660ft-3.088/277.94 mph.
      Left Lane: Morgan Lucas     Runs 4.389/276.29, Now #11
     Right Lane: B. Bernstein     Runs 3.863/315.27, Now #3
Lucas starts to lose traction and then drop a bunch of cylinders before he clicks it off. Bernstein launched hard and was straight down the groove to go to the number three spot. Brandon Bernstein's incremental times: 60ft-0.867 sec., 330ft-2.186, 660ft-3.097/277.60 mph.
      Left Lane: Antron Brown     Runs 4.277/259.21, Now #11
     Right Lane: Cory McClenathan Runs 3.860/315.86, Now #3 

      Left Lane: Larry Dixon      Runs 10.636/74.69, Now #22
     Right Lane: Tony Schumacher  Runs 3.887/293.09, Now #6 

660ft-3.098/273.05 mph.

       

Friday

Order for Qualifying Round 1
LAS VEGAS - SUMMIT FastNews - Order after one round of qualifying in Top Fuel at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Ninth annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals:
 Psn  Driver               Vehicle                            ET   Speed
   1. Steve Torrence       Colorfast Dragster              3.831  314.17 
   2. Shawn Langdon        Lucas Oil/Dixie Chopper Dragst  3.855  313.29 
   3. Cory McClenathan     Fram Tough Guard Dragster       3.860  315.86 
   4. Brandon Bernstein    Budweiser/Lucas Oil Dragster    3.863  315.27 
   5. Bob Vandergriff      C&J Energy Services Dragster    3.881  304.60 
   6. Tony Schumacher      U.S. Army Dragster              3.887  293.09 
   7. Urs Erbacher         Midland Oil Dragster            3.991  301.33 
   8. Mike Strasburg       B & J Transmissions Dragster    3.996  305.91 
   9. Troy Buff            Bill Miller Racing/Okuma Drags  4.043  262.23 
  10. Thomas Nataas        Dragster                        4.078  258.27 
  11. Terry McMillen       Amalie Oil Dragster             4.097  276.52 
  12. Antron Brown         Matco Tools Dragster            4.277  259.21 
          --------- Not Qualified ---------
  13. Spencer Massey       US Smokeless Dragster           4.312  190.59 
  14. Morgan Lucas         Geico Powersport/ Lucas Oil Dr  4.389  276.29 
  15. Doug Kalitta         Technicoat Dragster             5.295  132.93 
  16. Stig Neergaard       Dragster                        5.494  121.56 
  17. Rob Passey           MSP Motorsports/Mattinson Race  6.132  109.10 
  18. Steven Chrisman      Chrisman Driveline Dragster     6.267  108.54 
  19. Tim Cullinan         Dragster                        6.582  100.10 
  20. Lex Joon             Dragster                        6.791   93.12 
  21. David Grubnic        Hawaiian Industrial Dragster    9.193   89.19 
  22. Larry Dixon          Al-Anabi Racing Dragster       10.636   74.69 

Friday

Results for Qualifying Round 2
LAS VEGAS - LAS VEGAS 2 - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Top Fuel at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Ninth annual NHRA Las Vegas 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:
 
      Left Lane: Del Cox Jr       Runs 4.032/252.61, Now #9
                                  Best prior run: 4.032/252.61, Was #9
     Right Lane: Ron August       Runs 15.323/49.30, Now #24
                                  Best prior run: 15.323/49.30, Was #24 
Weather conditions: air temperature 66 degrees, relative humidity 24 percent, barometer 27.97 inches, adjusted altitude 3,136 feet, track temperature 72 degrees.

August goes silent as soon as he hits the throttle and coast on through the 1000 feet. Cox Jr. with a nice pass to get in the show...

      Left Lane: C. Karamesines   Runs 11.805/44.72, Now #25
                                  No Prior Run
     Right Lane: Scott Palmer     Runs 4.998/147.02, Now #16
                                  No Prior Run 
Karamesines with problems right off the starting line and coast on through the 1000 feet. Palmer starts to lose traction around half track and clicks it off.
      Left Lane: Lex Joon         Runs 3.933/270.16, Now #8
                                  Best prior run: 6.791/93.12, Was #22
     Right Lane: Larry Dixon      Runs 3.805/318.24, Now #1
                                  Best prior run: 10.636/74.69, Was #24 
dixon with a great looking pass to go to the number one spot. Larry Dixon's incremental times: 60ft-0.850 sec., 330ft-2.151, 660ft-3.048/281.89 mph. Joon was on a good pass until right before the lights when it appeared to push out a head gasket. Lex Joon's incremental times: 60ft-0.879 sec., 330ft-2.190, 660ft-3.107/271.57 mph.
      Left Lane: Steven Chrisman  Runs 3.998/291.95, Now #12
                                  Best prior run: 6.267/108.54, Was #22
     Right Lane: David Grubnic    Runs 3.978/301.74, Now #9
                                  Best prior run: 9.193/89.19, Was #24 
Chrisman with his career quickest and fastest pass to get in the show. Steven Chrisman's incremental times: 60ft-0.862 sec., 330ft-2.185, 660ft-3.169/255.15 mph. Grubnic is able to get it to hook up and gets in the show. David Grubnic's incremental times: 60ft-0.872 sec., 330ft-2.230, 660ft-3.175/265.59 mph.
      Left Lane: Doug Kalitta     Runs 3.863/311.34, Now #6
                                  Best prior run: 5.295/132.93, Was #21
     Right Lane: Tim Cullinan     Runs 6.967/86.51, Now #24
                                  Best prior run: 6.582/100.10, Was #24 
Cullinan is up in smoke by 330 feet and clicks it off. Kalitta launched hard and keep the Goodyears hooked up to get in the top half of the show. Doug Kalitta's incremental times: 60ft-0.854 sec., 330ft-2.170, 660ft-3.086/273.66 mph.
      Left Lane: Thomas Nataas    Runs 3.859/307.65, Now #4
                                  Best prior run: 4.078/258.27, Was #16
     Right Lane: Stig Neergaard   Runs 6.940/82.84, Now #22
                                  Best prior run: 5.494/121.56, Was #22 
Neergaard starts to lose traction and clicks it off. Nataas launches hard and blast on through the 1000 feet to get in the top half of the show. Thomas Nataas' incremental times: 60ft-0.846 sec., 330ft-2.147, 660ft-3.074/271.24 mph.
      Left Lane: Tony Schumacher  Runs 3.839/313.07, Now #3
                                  Best prior run: 3.887/293.09, Was #9
     Right Lane: Morgan Lucas     Runs 5.177/128.86, Now #20
                                  Best prior run: 4.389/276.29, Was #20 
Lucas starts to smoke the tires early and clicks it off. Schumacher with good looking pass, straight down the groove to go to the number three spot. Tony Schumacher's incremental times: 60ft-0.844 sec., 330ft-2.143, 660ft-3.064/273.88 mph.
      Left Lane: Bob Vandergriff  Runs 3.913/298.27, Now #9
                                  Best prior run: 3.881/304.60, Was #9
     Right Lane: Spencer Massey   Runs 3.884/309.84, Now #10
                                  Best prior run: 4.312/190.59, Was #19 
Vandergriff with a good clean pass, but didn't improve on his time from earlier today. Bob Vandergriff's incremental times: 60ft-0.863 sec., 330ft-2.195, 660ft-3.117/270.59 mph. Massey with a good clean pass, straight down the groove to get in the show. Spencer Massey's incremental times: 60ft-0.846 sec., 330ft-2.174, 660ft-3.103/272.56 mph.
      Left Lane: B. Bernstein     Runs 3.938/243.99, Now #8
                                  Best prior run: 3.863/315.27, Was #7
     Right Lane: Antron Brown     Runs 3.860/314.09, Now #7
                                  Best prior run: 4.277/259.21, Was #19 
Bernstein was on a good pass and then there was bang and Bernstein's engine went silent. Brown launched hard and was straight down the groove to get in the show. Antron Brown's incremental times: 60ft-0.861 sec., 330ft-2.180, 660ft-3.092/277.20 mph. That bumps out Grubnic and Lex Joon is on the bump spot at 3.933.
      Left Lane: Cory McClenathan Runs 11.886/66.92, Now #6
                                  Best prior run: 3.860/315.86, Was #6
     Right Lane: Troy Buff        Runs 4.989/146.61, Now #18
                                  Best prior run: 4.043/262.23, Was #18 
McClenathan is up in smoke as soon as he hits the throttle. Buff was up in smoke around half track and clicks it off.
      Left Lane: Shawn Langdon    Runs 3.887/312.13, Now #4
                                  Best prior run: 3.855/313.29, Was #4
     Right Lane: Mike Strasburg   Runs 4.010/300.26, Now #15
                                  Best prior run: 3.996/305.91, Was #15 
Langdon with a nice pass, but doesn't improve on his time from earlier today. Strasburg with a good clean pass, but doesn't improve.
      Left Lane: Steve Torrence   Runs 10.130/82.85, Now #2
                                  Best prior run: 3.831/314.17, Was #2
     Right Lane: Urs Erbacher     Runs 3.927/295.59, Now #12
                                  Best prior run: 3.991/301.33, Was #14 
Torrence is up in smoke as soon as he hits the throttle and clicks it off. Erbacher starts mixing up cylinders and the engine lets go with a quick flash of fire. Erbacher gets in the show and that bumps out Joon.

       

Friday

Order for Qualifying Round 2
LAS VEGAS - SUMMIT FastNews - Order after 2 rounds of qualifying in Top Fuel at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Ninth annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals:
 Psn  Driver               Vehicle                            ET   Speed
   1. Larry Dixon          Al-Anabi Racing Dragster        3.805  318.24 
   2. Steve Torrence       Colorfast Dragster              3.831  314.17 
   3. Tony Schumacher      U.S. Army Dragster              3.839  313.07 
   4. Shawn Langdon        Lucas Oil/Dixie Chopper Dragst  3.855  313.29 
   5. Thomas Nataas        Dragster                        3.859  307.65 
   6. Cory McClenathan     Fram Tough Guard Dragster       3.860  315.86 
   7. Antron Brown         Matco Tools Dragster            3.860  314.09 
   8. Brandon Bernstein    Budweiser/Lucas Oil Dragster    3.863  315.27 
   9. Doug Kalitta         Technicoat Dragster             3.863  311.34 
  10. Bob Vandergriff      C&J Energy Services Dragster    3.881  304.60 
  11. Spencer Massey       US Smokeless Dragster           3.884  309.84 
  12. Urs Erbacher         Midland Oil Dragster            3.927  301.33 
          --------- Not Qualified ---------
  13. Lex Joon             Dragster                        3.933  270.16 
  14. David Grubnic        Hawaiian Industrial Dragster    3.978  301.74 
  15. Mike Strasburg       B & J Transmissions Dragster    3.996  305.91 
  16. Steven Chrisman      Chrisman Driveline Dragster     3.998  291.95 
  17. Del Cox Jr           LA King's/RG Industries DRA Dr  4.032  252.61 
  18. Troy Buff            Bill Miller Racing/Okuma Drags  4.043  262.23 
  19. Terry McMillen       Amalie Oil Dragster             4.097  276.52 
  20. Morgan Lucas         Geico Powersport/ Lucas Oil Dr  4.389  276.29 
  21. Scott Palmer         Dragster                        4.998  147.02 
  22. Stig Neergaard       Dragster                        5.494  121.56 
  23. Rob Passey           MSP Motorsports/Mattinson Race  6.132  109.10 
  24. Tim Cullinan         Dragster                        6.582  100.10 
  25. Chris Karamesines    Strange/Chizler Dragster       11.805   44.72 
  26. Ron August           Dragster                       15.323   49.30 

Saturday

Results for Qualifying Round 3
LAS VEGAS - LAS VEGAS 2 - Notes from round 3 qualifying in Top Fuel at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Ninth annual NHRA Las Vegas 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:
 
      Left Lane: Terry McMillen   Runs 10.268/76.24, Now #13
                                  No Prior Run 
Weather conditions: air temperature 74 degrees, relative humidity 25 percent, barometer 28.00 inches, adjusted altitude 3,619 feet, track temperature 91 degrees.

McMillen is is up in smoke right off the starting line and clicks it off.

      Left Lane: Cory McClenathan Runs 3.862/318.47, Now #6
                                  Best prior run: 3.860/315.86, Was #6
     Right Lane: Ron August       Runs 4.191/289.32, Now #13
                                  No Prior Run 
McClenathan with another good pass...Cory McClenathan's incremental times: 60ft-0.855 sec., 330ft-2.180, 660ft-3.098/275.67 mph. August making only his second pass of the weekend and he gets in the show for now. Ron August's incremental times: 60ft-0.929 sec., 330ft-2.347, 660ft-3.356/253.66 mph.
      Left Lane: C. Karamesines   Runs 4.599/178.85, Now #14
                                  No Prior Run
     Right Lane: Tim Cullinan     Runs 6.886/91.34, Now #15
                                  No Prior Run 
Cullinan is up smoke by 300 feet. Karamesines starts to smoke the tires and clicks it off.
      Left Lane: Steve Torrence   Runs 4.082/235.06, Now #2
                                  Best prior run: 3.831/314.17, Was #2
     Right Lane: Stig Neergaard   Runs 3.963/299.40, Now #13
                                  No Prior Run 
Torrence starts to spin the tires and clicks it off early. Neergaard with a quick flash of flames right in the lights...Stig Neergaard's incremental times: 60ft-0.869 sec., 330ft-2.213, 660ft-3.159/266.64 mph.
      Left Lane: Del Cox Jr       Runs 4.054/302.62, Now #15
                                  No Prior Run
     Right Lane: Morgan Lucas     Runs 3.978/298.01, Now #14
                                  No Prior Run 
Lucas dropped a cylinder or two on the right side, but still gets in the show. Morgan Lucas' incremental times: 60ft-0.879 sec., 330ft-2.222, 660ft-3.168/264.70 mph. Cox Jr. not as quick as he was yesterday, but still gets in the show for now. Del Cox Jr's incremental times: 60ft-0.904 sec., 330ft-2.285, 660ft-3.251/263.26 mph.
      Left Lane: Steven Chrisman  Runs 4.073/288.15, Now #16
                                  No Prior Run
     Right Lane: Scott Palmer     Runs 5.941/114.20, Now #19
                                  No Prior Run 
Palmer is up in smoke by 330 feet. Chrisman slows from his time yesterday, but still gets in the show for now. Steven Chrisman's incremental times: 60ft-0.889 sec., 330ft-2.225, 660ft-3.229/249.26 mph.
      Left Lane: B. Bernstein     Runs 3.853/317.27, Now #4
                                  Best prior run: 3.863/315.27, Was #8
     Right Lane: Troy Buff        Runs 4.035/290.38, Now #15
                                  No Prior Run 
Buff with his quickest pass of the weekend and he moves into the show. That bumps out Chrisman. Troy Buff's incremental times: 60ft-0.890 sec., 330ft-2.247, 660ft-3.208/260.41 mph. Bernstein launched hard and keep it hooked up to go to the number four spot. Brandon Bernstein's incremental times: 60ft-0.856 sec., 330ft-2.173, 660ft-3.089/276.92 mph.
      Left Lane: Lex Joon         Runs 5.819/110.63, Now #21
                                  No Prior Run
     Right Lane: Mike Strasburg   Runs 3.990/307.02, Now #15
                                  No Prior Run 
Joon starts to spin the tires and then throws the blower belt off by 300 feet. Strasburg with his quickest pass of the weekend and he gets in the show and that bumps out Cox Jr.
      Left Lane: Bob Vandergriff  Runs 3.920/307.44, Now #10
                                  Best prior run: 3.881/304.60, Was #10
     Right Lane: David Grubnic    Runs 6.294/95.34, Now #23
                                  No Prior Run 
Grubnic loses traction early and clicks it off. He will be down to one last attempt to get in the show. Vandergriff with another good looking pass, but will not improve. Bob Vandergriff's incremental times: 60ft-0.869 sec., 330ft-2.207, 660ft-3.134/271.52 mph.
      Left Lane: Shawn Langdon    Runs 3.888/314.02, Now #5
                                  Best prior run: 3.855/313.29, Was #5
     Right Lane: Urs Erbacher     Runs 4.057/283.19, Now #12
                                  Best prior run: 3.927/295.59, Was #12 
Erbacher slows from his time yesterday. Langdon with another good looking pass, straight down the groove. Shawn Langdon's incremental times: 60ft-0.850 sec., 330ft-2.185, 660ft-3.115/273.83 mph.
      Left Lane: Doug Kalitta     Runs 4.765/152.40, Now #9
                                  Best prior run: 3.863/311.34, Was #9
     Right Lane: Spencer Massey   Runs 3.865/312.86, Now #10
                                  Best prior run: 3.884/309.84, Was #11 
Kalitta starts to lose traction and clicks it off. Massey is straight down the groove with his quickest pass of the weekend, and moves up the ladder one spot. Spencer Massey's incremental times: 60ft-0.845 sec., 330ft-2.166, 660ft-3.092/273.88 mph.
      Left Lane: Thomas Nataas    Runs 3.937/307.37, Now #6
                                  Best prior run: 3.859/307.65, Was #6
     Right Lane: Antron Brown     Runs 4.978/141.89, Now #8
                                  Best prior run: 3.860/314.09, Was #8 
Brown starts to smoke the tires around 400 feet and clicks it off. Nataas with another good looking pass, but doesn't improve. Thomas Nataas' incremental times: 60ft-0.890 sec., 330ft-2.213, 660ft-3.148/268.87 mph.
      Left Lane: Tony Schumacher  Runs 3.865/312.21, Now #3
                                  Best prior run: 3.839/313.07, Was #3
     Right Lane: Larry Dixon      Runs 3.837/313.00, Now #1
                                  Best prior run: 3.805/318.24, Was #1 
This was a great drag race to wrap up this qualifying session. Dixon with the quickest pass of the round. Larry Dixon's incremental times: 60ft-0.850 sec., 330ft-2.156, 660ft-3.068/277.83 mph. Schumacher with a real nice pass and tied Massey for third quickest of the round, but Massey will get the points because of his faster mph.

       

Saturday

Order for Qualifying Round 3
LAS VEGAS - SUMMIT FastNews - Order after 3 rounds of qualifying in Top Fuel at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Ninth annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals:
 Psn  Driver               Vehicle                            ET   Speed
   1. Larry Dixon          Al-Anabi Racing Dragster        3.805  318.24 
   2. Steve Torrence       Tuttle Motorsports Dragster     3.831  314.17 
   3. Tony Schumacher      U.S. Army Dragster              3.839  313.07 
   4. Brandon Bernstein    Budweiser/Lucas Oil Dragster    3.853  317.27 
   5. Shawn Langdon        Lucas Oil/Dixie Chopper Dragst  3.855  314.02 
   6. Thomas Nataas        Dragster                        3.859  307.65 
   7. Cory McClenathan     Fram Tough Guard Dragster       3.860  318.47 
   8. Antron Brown         Matco Tools Dragster            3.860  314.09 
   9. Doug Kalitta         Technicoat Dragster             3.863  311.34 
  10. Spencer Massey       US Smokeless Dragster           3.865  312.86 
  11. Bob Vandergriff      C&J Energy Services Dragster    3.881  307.44 
  12. Urs Erbacher         Midland Oil Dragster            3.927  301.33 
  13. Stig Neergaard       Persaker Speeds Dragster        3.963  299.40 
  14. Morgan Lucas         Geico Powersport/ Lucas Oil Dr  3.978  298.01 
  15. Mike Strasburg       B & J Transmissions Dragster    3.990  307.02 
  16. Troy Buff            Bill Miller Racing/Okuma Drags  4.035  290.38 
          --------- Not Qualified ---------
  17. Del Cox Jr           LA King's/RG Industries DRA Dr  4.054  302.62 
  18. Steven Chrisman      Chrisman Driveline Dragster     4.073  291.95 
  19. Ron August           Lescure Company Dragster        4.191  289.32 
  20. Chris Karamesines    Strange/Chizler Dragster        4.599  178.85 
  21. Lex Joon             MPM Oil Dragster                5.819  270.16 
  22. Scott Palmer         Tigerflow Dragster              5.941  147.02 
  23. David Grubnic        Hawaiian Industrial Dragster    6.294  301.74 
  24. Tim Cullinan         JP Phillips Dragster            6.886  100.10 
  25. Terry McMillen       Amalie Oil Dragster            10.268  276.52 
  26. Rob Passey           MSP Motorsports/Mattinson Race   NT   

Saturday

Results for Qualifying Round 4
LAS VEGAS - LAS VEGAS 2 - Notes from final, round 4 qualifying in Top Fuel at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Ninth annual NHRA Las Vegas 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:
 
      Left Lane: Tim Cullinan     Runs 4.023/281.07, Now #17
                                  Best prior run: 6.886/91.34, Was #24
     Right Lane: Terry McMillen   Runs 3.968/304.87, Now #14
                                  Best prior run: 10.268/76.24, Was #25 
Cullinan with his quickest pass of the weekend and he gets in the show because he was across the finish line first, but then McMillen crosses second and bumps out Cullinan. Tim Cullinan's incremental times: 60ft-0.884 sec., 330ft-2.216, 660ft-3.180/259.16 mph.
Terry McMillen's incremental times: 60ft-0.886 sec., 330ft-2.237, 660ft-3.174/269.56 mph.
      Left Lane: David Grubnic    Runs 3.912/309.84, Now #12
                                  Best prior run: 6.294/95.34, Was #25
     Right Lane: Lex Joon         Runs 6.244/101.82, Now #24
                                  Best prior run: 5.819/110.63, Was #23 
Joon starts to spin the tires again and pitches the blower belt like the previous round. Grubnic with his quickest pass of the weekend to get in the show. David Grubnic's incremental times: 60ft-0.866 sec., 330ft-2.200, 660ft-3.131/269.03 mph. That bumps out Strasburg and Morgan Lucas is on the bump spot at 3.978.
      Left Lane: Scott Palmer     Runs 4.473/200.14, Now #23
                                  Best prior run: 5.941/114.20, Was #25
     Right Lane: Steven Chrisman  Runs 4.683/163.28, Now #21
                                  Best prior run: 4.073/288.15, Was #21 
Chrisman starts to lose traction and clicks it off...Palmer starts to spin the tires around half track and he clicks it off early.
      Left Lane: Ron August       Runs 4.420/188.49, Now #22
                                  Best prior run: 4.191/289.32, Was #22
     Right Lane: Del Cox Jr       Runs 4.177/236.09, Now #20
                                  Best prior run: 4.054/302.62, Was #20 
August was on a good pass, until around half track when it got real loose and made a quick move toward the wall. Cox Jr. was on a good pass until it started mixing up cylinders and then the engine let go with a huge fireball.
      Left Lane: Troy Buff        Runs 3.994/282.72, Now #18
                                  Best prior run: 4.035/290.38, Was #19
     Right Lane: Bob Vandergriff  Runs 4.024/237.00, Now #11
                                  Best prior run: 3.881/304.60, Was #11 
Buff with his quickest pass of the weekend, but is just a little short of getting into the show. No help for Vandergriff...Troy Buff's incremental times: 60ft-0.864 sec., 330ft-2.197, 660ft-3.152/259.66 mph.
Bob Vandergriff's incremental times: 60ft-0.882 sec., 330ft-2.204, 660ft-3.121/274.16 mph.
      Left Lane: Mike Strasburg   Runs 4.015/298.67, Now #17
                                  Best prior run: 3.990/307.02, Was #17
     Right Lane: Doug Kalitta     Runs 3.897/314.53, Now #9
                                  Best prior run: 3.863/311.34, Was #9 
Strasburg with a good clean pass, but he will not get in the show. Kalitta launched hard and was straight down the groove with the quickest pass of the round so far. Doug Kalitta's incremental times: 60ft-0.868 sec., 330ft-2.205, 660ft-3.125/274.89 mph.
      Left Lane: Morgan Lucas     Runs 6.690/96.99, Now #16
                                  Best prior run: 3.978/298.01, Was #16
     Right Lane: Cory McClenathan Runs 3.841/315.42, Now #4
                                  Best prior run: 3.860/315.86, Was #7 
Lucas drops a cylinder as soon as he hits and then is up in smoke, so he will stay in the number 16 spot. McClenathan launches hard and is straight down the groove with his quickest pass of the weekend...Cory McClenathan's incremental times: 60ft-0.858 sec., 330ft-2.177, 660ft-3.079/280.49 mph.
      Left Lane: Stig Neergaard   Runs 3.970/292.84, Now #14
                                  Best prior run: 3.963/299.40, Was #14
     Right Lane: Thomas Nataas    Runs 3.931/265.33, Now #7
                                  Best prior run: 3.859/307.65, Was #7 
A couple of the European visitors and they will both race tomorrow. Neergaard with a nice pass until right before the finish line when the engine lets go with a big fireball. Stig Neergaard's incremental times: 60ft-0.859 sec., 330ft-2.193, 660ft-3.153/261.93 mph. Nataas with another good pass, but it appears he was trailing fluids as the Safety Safari is rolling. Thomas Nataas' incremental times: 60ft-0.853 sec., 330ft-2.154, 660ft-3.087/264.96 mph.
      Left Lane: Urs Erbacher     Runs 3.950/297.75, Now #13
                                  Best prior run: 3.927/295.59, Was #13
     Right Lane: Shawn Langdon    Runs 3.870/313.37, Now #6
                                  Best prior run: 3.855/313.29, Was #6 
Langdon with a real nice pass, straight down the groove...Shawn Langdon's incremental times: 60ft-0.856 sec., 330ft-2.175, 660ft-3.098/274.89 mph. Erbacher with another nice pass. Urs Erbacher's incremental times: 60ft-0.876 sec., 330ft-2.211, 660ft-3.146/268.76 mph.
      Left Lane: Spencer Massey   Runs 3.864/313.66, Now #10
                                  Best prior run: 3.865/312.86, Was #10
     Right Lane: B. Bernstein     Runs 3.898/300.06, Now #5
                                  Best prior run: 3.853/317.27, Was #5 
Massey with his quickest and fastest pass of the weekend, but will stay in the number 10 spot. Spencer Massey's incremental times: 60ft-0.858 sec., 330ft-2.178, 660ft-3.095/276.24 mph.
Bernstein started to drift toward the centerline and then got out of the groove and spun the tires right on the top end. Apparently the engine was leaking some fluids on the top end as the trucks roll again. Brandon Bernstein's incremental times: 60ft-0.869 sec., 330ft-2.180, 660ft-3.099/270.27 mph.
      Left Lane: Antron Brown     Runs 3.834/317.42, Now #3
                                  Best prior run: 3.860/314.09, Was #8
     Right Lane: Tony Schumacher  Runs 3.847/315.05, Now #4
                                  Best prior run: 3.839/313.07, Was #3 
Brown launched hard and keep it hooked up to move up ladder one spot with the quickest pass of the round. Antron Brown's incremental times: 60ft-0.856 sec., 330ft-2.168, 660ft-3.075/276.97 mph. When he popped the chute it came flying off, but he got the car stopped with no problems. Schumacher with a real nice pass and the third quickest pass of the session. Tony Schumacher's incremental times: 60ft-0.847 sec., 330ft-2.159, 660ft-3.078/275.39 mph.
      Left Lane: Larry Dixon      Runs 3.849/314.02, Now #1
                                  Best prior run: 3.805/318.24, Was #1
     Right Lane: Steve Torrence   Runs 8.883/84.17, Now #2
                                  Best prior run: 3.831/314.17, Was #2 
Torrence is up in smoke as soon as he hits the throttle and clicks it off. Dixon was straight down the groove with the fourth quickest pass of the session. Larry Dixon's incremental times: 60ft-0.857 sec., 330ft-2.168, 660ft-3.081/276.58 mph. Dixon holds on to the the number one spot and he will cut Schumacher's lead to 41 points going into eliminations.

       

Saturday

Order for Qualifying Round 4
LAS VEGAS - SUMMIT FastNews - Final order after 4 rounds of qualifying in Top Fuel at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Ninth annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals:
 Psn  Driver               Vehicle                            ET   Speed
   1. Larry Dixon          Al-Anabi Racing Dragster        3.805  318.24 
   2. Steve Torrence       Tuttle Motorsports Dragster     3.831  314.17 
   3. Antron Brown         Matco Tools Dragster            3.834  317.42 
   4. Tony Schumacher      U.S. Army Dragster              3.839  315.05 
   5. Cory McClenathan     Fram Tough Guard Dragster       3.841  318.47 
   6. Brandon Bernstein    Budweiser/Lucas Oil Dragster    3.853  317.27 
   7. Shawn Langdon        Lucas Oil/Dixie Chopper Dragst  3.855  314.02 
   8. Thomas Nataas        Dragster                        3.859  307.65 
   9. Doug Kalitta         Technicoat Dragster             3.863  314.53 
  10. Spencer Massey       US Smokeless Dragster           3.864  313.66 
  11. Bob Vandergriff      C&J Energy Services Dragster    3.881  307.44 
  12. David Grubnic        Hawaiian Industrial Dragster    3.912  309.84 
  13. Urs Erbacher         Midland Oil Dragster            3.927  301.33 
  14. Stig Neergaard       Persaker Speeds Dragster        3.963  299.40 
  15. Terry McMillen       Amalie Oil Dragster             3.968  304.87 
  16. Morgan Lucas         Geico Powersport/ Lucas Oil Dr  3.978  298.01 
          --------- Not Qualified ---------
  17. Mike Strasburg       B & J Transmissions Dragster    3.990  307.02 
  18. Troy Buff            Bill Miller Racing/Okuma Drags  3.994  290.38 
  19. Tim Cullinan         JP Phillips Dragster            4.023  281.07 
  20. Del Cox Jr           LA King's/RG Industries DRA Dr  4.054  302.62 
  21. Steven Chrisman      Chrisman Driveline Dragster     4.073  291.95 
  22. Ron August           Lescure Company Dragster        4.191  289.32 
  23. Scott Palmer         Tigerflow Dragster              4.473  200.14 
  24. Chris Karamesines    Strange/Chizler Dragster        4.599  178.85 
  25. Lex Joon             MPM Oil Dragster                5.819  270.16 
  26. Rob Passey           MSP Motorsports/Mattinson Race   NT   

Sunday

Results for Elimination Round 1
LAS VEGAS - SUMMIT FastNews - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Fuel at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Ninth annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals:
 W/L  Driver                                     R-Time    E-Time  Speed
 
 (W) Doug Kalitta (Technicoat Dragster)          0.081      3.889 309.56
 (L) Thomas Nataas (Dragster)                    0.100     NT-Broke After Staging
Kalitta is out of the gate first and is straight down the groove for the easy win when Nataas smoked the tires and then the engine let go right off the starting line. When the engine let go the chute automatically deployed.
 (W) Spencer Massey (US Smokeless Dragster)      0.040      3.836 316.38
 (L) Shawn Langdon (Lucas Oil/Dixie Chopper Drag 0.055      3.932 298.73
Massey is 2 - 0 against Langdon in prior events. Here is the battle between two Rookie of the Year candidates. A couple good lights with Massey getting a slight starting line advantage. Langdon had a hole or two hole early and never got them to pick back up. Massey with his quickest pass of the event for the win.
 (W) Brandon Bernstein (Budweiser/Lucas Oil Drag 0.073      3.890 310.98
 (L) Bob Vandergriff (C&J Energy Services Dragst 0.088      6.710 102.81
Bernstein who is suffering from the flu this weekend, but still gets the slight starting line advantage and never trails as Vandergriff is up in smoke as soon as he hits the throttle.
 (W) Cory McClenathan (Fram Tough Guard Dragster 0.080      3.865 316.75
 (L) David Grubnic (Hawaiian Industrial Dragster 0.093      4.855 186.02
McClenathan is 15 - 11 against Grubnic in prior events. McClenathan is out of the gate first and is straight down the groove for the win. Grubnic starts to shake the tires right off the starting line and is then up in smoke.
 (W) Larry Dixon (Al-Anabi Racing Dragster)      0.049      3.834 318.24
 (L) Morgan Lucas (Geico Powersport/ Lucas Oil D 0.032      5.188 134.63
Dixon is 10 - 5 against Lucas in prior events. Lucas is out of the gate first but then starts to haze the tires around 250 feet and then it pitches the blower belt off. Dixon launches hard and keeps it hooked up all the way down the 1000 feet and runs the quickest pass of the round for the win. Larry Dixon's incremental times: 60ft-0.853 sec., 330ft-2.166, 660ft-3.074/279.27 mph. Dixon will have lane choice over Kalitta in the next round
 (W) Steve Torrence (Tuttle Motorsports Dragster 0.090      3.900 305.36
 (L) Terry McMillen (Amalie Oil Dragster)        0.078      5.977 105.80
McMillen with a slight starting line advantage, but then started to haze the tires. Torrence with a good clean pass to move in to round two, but will give up lane choice to Massey.
 (W) Antron Brown (Matco Tools Dragster)         0.076      4.012 247.66
 (L) Stig Neergaard (Persaker Speeds Dragster)   0.128      6.954  86.18
Neergaard was dropping a bunch of cylinders right at the hit and clicked it off. Brown with a nice pass until right before the finish line when the engine went away with a big fireball. Brown will give up lane choice to Bernstein in round two.
 (W) Tony Schumacher (U.S. Army Dragster)        0.073      3.844 319.07
 (L) Urs Erbacher (Midland Oil Dragster)         0.077      4.028 289.45
Schumacher with a slight starting line advantage and blast on through for the win. Schumacher with big top end speed, the sixth fastest in the 1000-foot era. Tony Schumacher's incremental times: 60ft-0.855 sec., 330ft-2.169, 660ft-3.081/277.09 mph. Erbacher is able to get down the left lane, but just not quick enough.

       

Sunday

Results for Elimination Round 2
LAS VEGAS - SUMMIT FastNews - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Fuel at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Ninth annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals:
 W/L  Driver                                     R-Time    E-Time  Speed
 
 (W) Brandon Bernstein (Budweiser/Lucas Oil Drag 0.053      3.882 311.85
 (L) Antron Brown (Matco Tools Dragster)         0.068      3.894 311.34
Weather conditions: air temperature 79 degrees, relative humidity 21 percent, barometer 27.92 inches, adjusted altitude 3,988 feet, track temperature 97 degrees.

Brown is 6 - 5 against Bernstein in prior events. Bernstein is out of the gate first and blasted on down the 1000 feet to take the win by 0.0275 seconds (approximately 13 feet). Brown with nice pass in the losing effort.

 (W) Cory McClenathan (Fram Tough Guard Dragster 0.078      3.860 316.67
 (L) Tony Schumacher (U.S. Army Dragster)        0.112      3.868 318.84
Schumacher is 26 - 13 against McClenathan in prior events. McClenathan with the big starting line advantage and then runs another great pass to take the win and put the point leader on the trailer. Cory McClenathan's MOV: 0.0422 seconds (approximately 20 feet).
 (W) Spencer Massey (US Smokeless Dragster)      0.060      3.878 314.02
 (L) Steve Torrence (Tuttle Motorsports Dragster 0.067      7.880 105.36
This is the first time Torrence and Massey have faced each other in eliminations. torrence is up in smoke as soon as he hits the throttle and clicks it off. Massey with another good looking pass to go to the semifinal against Bernstein and he will have lane choice.
 (W) Larry Dixon (Al-Anabi Racing Dragster)      0.047      3.849 315.34
 (L) Doug Kalitta (Technicoat Dragster)          0.052      3.909 313.22
Dixon is 28 - 26 against Kalitta in prior events. Dixon with a slight starting line advantage and then runs the quickest pass of the round for the win. Dixon moves with in 21 points of Schumacher. Kalitta with a good looking pass in the losing effort. Dixon will have lane choice over McClenathan in the semifinal.

       

Sunday

Results for Elimination Round 3
LAS VEGAS - SUMMIT FastNews - Results of round 3 eliminations in Top Fuel at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Ninth annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals:
 W/L  Driver                                     R-Time    E-Time  Speed
 
 (W) Spencer Massey (US Smokeless Dragster)      0.041      3.849 315.34
 (L) Brandon Bernstein (Budweiser/Lucas Oil Drag 0.056      3.898 311.41
Weather conditions: air temperature 84 degrees, relative humidity 21 percent, barometer 27.90 inches, adjusted altitude 4,392 feet, track temperature 89 degrees.

Bernstein is 5 - 0 against Massey in prior events. Massey with the starting line advantage and then runs another great looking pass to move into his fourth final round this year. Massey with the win will move into sixth place in the points ahead of Morgan Lucas. Bernstein with good looking pass in the losing effort.

 (W) Larry Dixon (Al-Anabi Racing Dragster)      0.073      3.845 314.61
 (L) Cory McClenathan (Fram Tough Guard Dragster 0.150      3.844 316.38
Dixon is 36 - 21 against McClenathan in prior events. Dixon with the starting line advantage and the power to hold on for the hole shot win. Dixon with the win moves within 1 point of Schumacher. Dixon will have lane choice in the final over Massey.

       

Sunday

Results for Final Round 
LAS VEGAS - SUMMIT FastNews - Results of final, round 4 eliminations in Top Fuel at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Ninth annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals:
 W/L  Driver                                     R-Time    E-Time  Speed
 
 (W) Spencer Massey (US Smokeless Dragster)      0.032      3.827 314.53
 (L) Larry Dixon (Al-Anabi Racing Dragster)      0.047      5.503 174.87
Weather conditions: air temperature 81 degrees, relative humidity 19 percent, barometer 27.89 inches, adjusted altitude 4,136 feet, track temperature 89 degrees.

Dixon is 3 - 2 against Massey in prior events and Dixon is 1 - 0 against Massey in prior final rounds. Massey is out of the gate first and never trails as Massey wins his second National event when Dixon is up in smoke before he gets to the Christmas tree. Dixon pedaled it one time, but couldn't get it to hook up so he will go into Pomona trailing Schumacher by one point. Massey runs his quickest pass of the weekend for the win.