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The latest update as of February 25, 2019

The 35th annual Magic Dry Absorbent Arizona Nationals - Sunday Eliminations (Chandler, AZ)

As has been the standard since the beginning of time, TOP FUEL opened the show on Sunday morning at Wild Horse Motorsports Park. With the single, abbreviated qualifying session on Friday, and only two full rounds of qualifying on Saturday, many of the teams were still struggling to refine their tuneups before the all-important first round of eliminations.

Scott Palmer vs Mike Salinas TF --- Jordan Vandergriff vs Brittany Force TF

(LEFT) It's Scott Palmer (left side) vs Mike Salinas (right side) in the 1st round of Top Fuel. As you can see, Palmer is starting to smoke the tires as he passes the tree. He ended up crossing the centerline, taking out the 330' cones while Salinas had his engine go south and left him coasting to a 5-second pass for the round win.

(RIGHT) Making his competition debut in a Top Fuel car, Jordan Vandergriff (left side) leaves first against Brittany Force and drives away from her with a new career best of 3.69 at 33.41 for Top Speed of The Meet. Adding injury to insult, Force oiled the track for the second race in a row, taking an early lead in the "OilDown" standings.

Jim Maroney TF --- Doug Kaliita vs Jim Maroney TF

(LEFT) It's local racer Jim Maroney in deep against one of the big guns. (RIGHT) It's Doug Kalitta on the left side, launching hard enroute to a 3.74 - 322 mph pass against Maroney's early shutoff 6-second pass.

Antron Brown vs Steve Torrence TF --- Terry McMillen vs Richie Crampton TF

(LEFT) In what might be considered a bit of an upset, Antron Brown easily defeated the 2018 World Champion Steve Torrence, with a 3.728 - 330.63 clocking, to Torrence's 3.93 - 256.50 pass. However, with Torrence qualifying 14th and Brown in the #3 slot, the result wasn't entirely unexpected.

(RIGHT) The only upset factor in the next pair was Terry McMillen's (left side) career best qualifying position (#2) and e.t. and mph numbers at 3.695 - 330.96, giving him lane choice by a decided margin over Richie Crampton (right side), and it carried over into the first round as McMillen pounded out a very good 3.726 - 329.02 to run away from Crampton's early shutoff 4.06 - 215.79 losing effort.

Billy Torrence vs Terry Totten TF --- Austin Prock vs Clay Millican TF

(LEFT) No upsets in this pairing, as Billy Torrence (left) easily took care of Terry Totten (right) by a 3.736 - 329.42 to a "no time" result. Totten instantly smoked the tires and crossed the centerline to DQ his time. (RIGHT)

Leah Pritchett vs Cameron Ferre TF --- Tim Wilkerson vs Jack Beckman FC

John Force vs Ron Capps FC --- J.R. Todd vs Terry Haddock FC

Robert Hight FC --- Matt Hagan vs Phil Burkart FC

Tommy Johnson Jr vs Jim Campbell FC --- Blake Alexander FC

Cruz Pedregon FC

Ray Martin burnout TS --- Ray Martin launch TS

(LEFT) and (RIGHT) Here's two shots of Alaska's Ray Martin burning out and launching in his first round race. He qualified in the #6 spot in the Top Sportsman field with a solid 6.72 - 204.23 pass, but he slowed to a 6.84 (on his 6.75 dial-in) to bow out early in eliminations.

Kevin Boyer TFH

Billy Torrence TF --- Jordan Vandergriff TF

Leah Pritchett TF --- Antron Brown TF

Robert Hight vs John Force FC

Robert Hight FC --- Jack Beckman FC

Shawn Langdon FC --- Under the hood of the electric COPO Camaro

Beau Layne TFH --- Beau Layne TFH

Doug Vancil vs Bob Malloy TFH --- Doug Vancil vs Bob Malloy TFH

Leah Pritchett vs Antron Brown TF --- Leah Pritchett vs Antron Brown TF

Billy Torrence vs Jordan Vandergriff TF

Matt Hagan vs Bob Tasca III FC --- Robert Hight vs JR Todd FC