Top Fuel Final Qualifying Results from the Holley NHRR in Bowling Green, KY:
First pair: Adam Sorokin vs. Rick White. Sorokin’s CSS mount has enough nitro percentage to make a Surfer smile. He thunders down the drag strip with another 5.64 — the same number he established his #1 qualifier status earlier today — while Rick White improves slightly with a 5.81 at 231…
Next Up: It’s nervous time for Points Leader Rick Williamson, who is not qualified. He is going to pull the mag retard early, he says and then reach for the brake if it starts to shake or smoke…. No need for the brake: He posts a stellar 5.74 at 247 mph — numbers good enough for the top half of the field and bumping out Dave Miller — while his opponent, Tyler Hilton gives chase with a 6.48 at 211 mph. Good News: Team Craig is in. Bad News: Tyler Hilton and the Great Expectation’s team do not qualify.
On the bump: Tim Cullinan, who is now #8 with a 6.25 from earlier today. On that pass Cullinan’s automatic shut-off device mis-fired, leaning out the motor and windowing the block. He’s done and have left the premises.
Paul Schultz and Diamond Dave Miller are the next pair, and are trying to bump their way into Cullinan’s spot. No luck. Schultz’s “Spirit of Tulsa” goes 6.67 and Millers turns a 6.42.
Many thought Bartone would be content with a #2 spot on the 8-car ladder. Not even. Against Jason Greenwood, Bartone rockets to Low ET and the #1 spot with a 5.60 at 237 mph. Greenwood gives chase, but his 6.51 fails to penetrate the Top 8.
And finally, Jim Murphy lays down a 5.85 at 222, failing to improve on his #4 spot.