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Roger Gorringe has yet again provided us with a
great report. This time from the NHRA Tire Kingdom
Gatornationals from the Auto Plus Raceway at
Gainesville, Florida.
The third round of the Full
Throttle Drag Racing Series
contained the first round for the
two wheelers, the Pro Stock
Motorcycles and the fabulous
NHRA Get Screened America
Pro Mod Series as well as all
the Sportsman categories in the
Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. It
was a spectacular event that
suffered almost the same
weather problems that befell
the first event at Pomona, hot
dry, sunny conditions that
developed into a cool, cloudy
and rainy scenario with each
attempt at track drying being
thwarted by another light rain
shower meaning that a lot of
both Pro and Sportsman
eliminations had to be run on
the sunny Monday.
Top Fuel
qualifying had three
leaders during the four sessions,
Tony Schumacher kicked off with
a 3.851/317 only to be bounced to
fourth by a 3.800/322 from Shawn
Langdon but then Morgan Lucas
found favour once more delivering
a track record 3.766/321 in the
Geico/Lucas Oil car to remain on
pole. Below Lucas were Tony
Schumacher with a 3.790/322,
Shawn Langdon on a 3.797/323,
Brandon Bernstein with a
3.813/319 and in fifth was Khalid
alBalooshi with a 3.833/322 and
down on bump spot was Brady
Kalivoda with a 3.925/291 leaving
six DNQs.
The first round saw a returning
Hillary Will who managed to get to
number five in qualifying go out to
Spencer Massey who powered
ahead, alBalooshi fell to Clay
Millican’s holeshot and Brandon
Bernstein’s day ended when
Doug Kalitta beat him. Brady
Kalivoda luckily for Mogan Lucas
went up in smoke as Lucas’s
chute came out and was dragged
to the win from one hundred feet
out. Tony Schumacher won by a
half car length as Terry McMillen
torched a head and lost. Shawn
Langdon managed to win by a car
as TJ Zizzo chased and Bob
Vandergriff came from behind to
beat Steve Torrence whilst last
Morgan Lucas