Fuel Qualifying Session Two
opened up with the second session of Top Fuel qualifying pairing
Bill Dunlap and Pete Kaiser.
On only the second
run in the new car Dunlap carded a solid 5.72 at only 223.02.
Kaiser improved with a 5.848 at 221.56.
pair was Bret Williamson and Tony Bartone.
notice that he was here to win going to the top with a 5.574
at 239.06. Williamson improved with a 5.93 at 234.86.
it was Rick McGee and Phil Ruskowski.
McGee had problems
and clicked it early to a 6.57 at 152.07 while Ruskowski coasted
through with a 6.700 at 196.50.
pair through the water box was Terry Cox and Rick Williamson.
car continued to be plagued with clutch problems.
had piston issues and shut off to a 5.92 at 157.42.
up was Jim Murphy and Tyler Hilton.
at 231.28 did not improve on his earlier 5.626 at 264.18. If
you judge by the speed on this pass Murphy didn't have a full
pull, data showed it probably would have run a 5.58 or .59.
a 6.66 and 212 which didn't improve his previous 6.20.
pair featured Brendan Murry and Adam Sorokin.
the front end about 100' then legged to the lights where things
got even more interesting.
Going into the
lights the engine lit up, big time. This would be one of the
longest fires ever in a NTF car.
The fire didn't
go completely out untiil the safety crew quickly arrived on the
scene to finish it off. Adam was fine but the car suffered serious
burns on the cowl and windscreen. The whole mess was not a quick
fix. The only good news was that they had a 5.779 at 220.26 and
were solidly in the show.
a short clean up John Rasmussen and Dusty Green did their burnouts.
Just as he pulled
the chutes Green had one of the worst oil downs in recent memory.
He was literally driving blind at 250. Green did a masterful
job of staying calm and keeping the car going straight until
he could wipe his visor enough to get his bearings.