Ulf did all he could. Nice reaction time again and a 5.60 round. But it wasn't enough to beat DJ Cox Jr. in the Bartone brothers superfast car.
We have seen multiple fast side by side races during the Carolina Nationals.
No Wally this time Ulf. But it'll come again.
Points standings after Carolina Nationals in Charlotte
(This is our own calculations and not the official numbers from the NHRA)
1. Jonnie Lindberg 681
2. Doug Gordon 594
3. John Lombardo Jr 593
4. Kris Hool 540
5. Ann Marie Whiteley 477
6. Jay Payne 432
7. Terry Ruckman 424
8. DJ Cox Jr. 422
9. Brian Hough 402
10. Nicholas Januik 390
Another 5.57 round for Ulf and a win over Steve Gasparelli. Ulf's on to the finals!
This is how close we where an all Swedish final. Jonnie lost this close race to DJ Cox Jr. Jonnie adds another 53 points to his earlier 628, and has now a total of 681 points.
Ulf makes no misstakes and eliminates Joshua Haskett out of the race. Ulf is through to the semifinal, where he will face Steve Gasparrelli.
Ulfs brother Jörgen Leanders is in charge!
Dan Pomponio with a slight advantage in the start didn't manage to keep Jonnie behind. Jonnie will have DJ Cox Jr. in the semi.
With a ATV the Safety Safari is pushing the contestants cars out of the way in the finish area.
The crazy dream of an all Swedish TAFC final is still alive...
Don't worry guys. When you're this good, you can have an ice-cream!
Most things went our way yesterday. We ended up number one qualifiers, and won the first round. On top of that, Ulf Leanders beat John Lombardo Jr. and is he to in round two later today.
This shows the importance of the reaction time. Ulfs .020 light gave him the win, despite a slightly less quicker car. Good job Ulf!
John Lombardo Jr. is out of this race, and will not gain any points in the Championship. (Photo: Stanley Mellström)
Missile launchers on a row. These cars just are the coolest!
Jonnie wins the first round, and will gain at least 42 points in the total counting for the Championship. (Photo: Stanley Mellström)
Here they are! The all Scandinavian Lindberg Bros. team of 2016 Carolina Nationals. From the left: Martin Holm, Jonnie Lindberg, Thomas Nataas and the mighty Karsten Egeland is on the floor.
Jonnie and Ulf is on opposite sides of the ladder and could theoretically get all the way to the final... Are we allowed to dream about an all Swedish final at this time?
Final results qualifications Carolina Nationals 2016
1. Jonnie Lindberg 5.469 270.75
2. Nick Januik 5.509 265.43
3. Kris Hool 5.511 265.64
4. Phil Burkart 5.514 267.00
5. DJ Cox Jr. 5.544 267.32
6. Steve Gasparrelli 5.554 263.36
7. Ulf Leanders 5.571 261.37
8. Matt Gill 5.581 261.67
9. Dan Pomponio 5.606 256.65
10. John Lombardo Jr. 5.609 266.74
11. Steve Burck 5.688 254.18
12. Tony Bogolo 5.723 256.31
13. Clint Thompson 5.757 259.66
14. Marie Ferriolo 5.770 250.27
15. Joshua Haskett 5.833 249.16
16. Melinda Green-King 5.926 239.02
This weekend we're in Charlotte, North Carolina. In the team this time we have the dane Karsten Egelund and Tomas Nataas from Norway. Go Scandinavia!
Jonnie did good in the first of todays two qualifying rounds. 5.51 sec, was enough for a third place. And the 269.24 mph is so far high speed of the event. In the second round Jonnie didn't get it right. He wheelied pretty spectacular, and had to step of the throttle cruising on idle to the finish line.
Number three in points in the Championship, John Lombardo Jr, suffered of both bad luck and severe tire shake. In round one, both of his shutes popped right after the burnout and had to shut off. In the second round, he shook the tires right at the hit. John is right now not qualified. He has one more chance to morrow.
Ulf Leanders got two pretty good rounds. 5.60 in the first and 5.57 in the second. He's right now on the number six spot.
Result after two qualifying rounds
1. Nick Januik 5.509 265.43
2. Phil Burkart 5.514 267.00
3. Jonnie Lindberg 5.519 269.24
4. DJ Cox Jr. 5.544 267.32
5. Steve Gasparrelli 5.554 263.36
6. Ulf Leanders 5.571 261.37
7. Matt Gill 5.581 261.67
8. Kris Hool 5.617 263.56
9. Dan Pomponio 5.641 256.65
10. Steve Burck 5.716 254.18
11. Tony Bogolo 5.723 256.31
12. Marie Ferriolo 5.947 248.20
13. Melinda Green-King 6.018 238.85
14. John Headley 6.101 227.23
15. Joshua Haskett 6.250 187.31
16. Bill Naves 6.320 195.93
--------- Not Qualified ---------
17. Clint Thompson 8.834 108.92
18. Jeff Jones 11.328 88.84
19. John Lombardo Jr. 13.401 77.78