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Thu, 1 Sep 2005, 06:43 PM

Competition Eliminator Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Larry Sullivan





CLERMONT, Ind. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 51st annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed this round, amount over/under index this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time, speed & over/under Index, and position in order prior to run:
Left Lane: Doug Stewart Runs 8.291/161.19/-0.499, Now #31; B/SMA Index: 8.79, Prior Best: 8.321/161.15/-0.469, Was #37
Right Lane: Patrick Stewart Runs 7.477/175.73/-0.463, Now #41; C/ED Index: 7.94, Prior Best: 7.476/175.32/-0.464, Was #41

5:29 p.m. One Stewart improved, one didn't.

Left Lane: Bert Dawson Runs 8.042/166.85/-0.378, Now #43; B/EA Index: 8.42, Prior Best: 8.021/167.18/-0.399, Was #43
Right Lane: Eddie Smith Runs 11.259/81.99/2.509, Now #69; C/AA Index: 8.75, Prior Best: 8.989/151.43/0.239, Was #69

Smith's problems continue, slowing around half track.

Left Lane: Al Ackerman Runs 8.325/159.42/-0.415, Now #51; F/D Index: 8.74, No Prior Run
Right Lane: Mike Schaefer Runs 7.526/183.17/-0.454, Now #43; B/AP Index: 7.98, Prior Best: 7.539/183.19/-0.441, Was #46



Left Lane: Jason Coan Runs 8.499/152.40/-0.491, Now #26; F/ED Index: 8.99, Prior Best: 8.479/153.81/-0.511, Was #26
Right Lane: Vinny Barone Runs 7.992/162.04/-0.548, Now #10; A/SR Index: 8.54, Prior Best: 7.987/165.23/-0.553, Was #10



Left Lane: Ernie Price Runs 9.189/146.30/-0.261, Now #60; H/A Index: 9.45, Prior Best: 9.166/144.72/-0.284, Was #59
Right Lane: Jesse Plant Runs 7.495/176.14/-0.505, Now #29; D/ED Index: 8.00, Prior Best: 7.758/174.77/-0.242, Was #65

Big improvement for Plant.

Left Lane: Dale Spencer Runs 8.516/154.10/-0.474, Now #38; F/ED Index: 8.99, Prior Best: 8.580/154.78/-0.410, Was #53
Right Lane: Michael Hazlett Runs 7.318/187.34/-0.422, Now #47; B/A Index: 7.74, Prior Best: 7.291/188.41/-0.449, Was #46

Spencer found a few hundredths somewhere along the way.

Left Lane: Jeb Stewart Runs 8.665/153.96/-0.565, Now #7; E/SMA Index: 9.23, Prior Best: 8.695/153.89/-0.535, Was #16
Right Lane: Raymond Martin Runs 7.908/165.48/-0.482, Now #37; K/AA Index: 8.39, Prior Best: 7.923/164.97/-0.467, Was #41



Left Lane: Brian Seward Runs 7.119/187.18/-0.361, Now #56; B/ED Index: 7.48, Prior Best: 7.102/187.91/-0.378, Was #56
Right Lane: Tony Stephenson Runs 7.949/168.28/-0.521, Now #16; B/EA Index: 8.47, Prior Best: 7.927/167.80/-0.543, Was #16

Most drivers seem to be running almost the same numbers as earlier this afternoon.

Left Lane: Kevin Self Runs 8.581/129.93/-0.419, Now #6; F/EA Index: 9.00, Prior Best: 8.423/154.99/-0.577, Was #6
Right Lane: George Gallimore Jr Runs 6.984/193.02/-0.506, Now #23; A/AP Index: 7.49, Prior Best: 6.973/192.91/-0.517, Was #23

Self lost a tenth and 20 mph on the top end of this run.

Left Lane: Don Ksiezyk Runs 7.227/186.46/-0.183, Now #67; A/AA Index: 7.41, Prior Best: 7.204/186.67/-0.206, Was #67
Right Lane: Cordis Johnson Runs 9.207/145.85/-0.183, Now #61; F/SMA Index: 9.39, Prior Best: 9.109/147.17/-0.281, Was #61

Johnson also lost a tenth somewhere...

Left Lane: Michael Johnson No Time, Now #49; F/SMA Index: 9.39, Prior Best: 8.952/151.17/-0.438, Was #49
Right Lane: Jacklyn Gebhardt Runs 6.836/198.70/-0.434, Now #48; A/ED Index: 7.27, Prior Best: 6.827/198.93/-0.443, Was #48

Johnson broke on the burnout.

Left Lane: Rod Dorsey Runs 9.206/145.27/-0.514, Now #17; H/SMA Index: 9.72, Prior Best: 9.186/145.55/-0.534, Was #17
Right Lane: Jonathan Aloisio Runs 8.101/164.79/-0.409, Now #51; A/SM Index: 8.51, Prior Best: 8.082/169.15/-0.428, Was #51

There was a short delay to clean up a small trail of oil in Johnson's lane before these two could run.

Left Lane: James Winje Runs 8.930/151.02/-0.390, Now #56; E/SM Index: 9.32, Prior Best: 8.944/149.38/-0.376, Was #57
Right Lane: Greg Kamplain Runs 7.462/178.17/-0.478, Now #35; C/ED Index: 7.94, Prior Best: 7.445/176.97/-0.495, Was #35



Left Lane: Fred Allen Runs 7.060/185.49/-0.420, Now #52; B/ED Index: 7.48, Prior Best: 7.078/187.26/-0.402, Was #54
Right Lane: Brian Browell Runs 7.334/180.48/-0.496, Now #21; D/D Index: 7.83, Prior Best: 7.310/181.76/-0.520, Was #21



Left Lane: John Mischuch Runs 8.141/165.31/-0.329, Now #58; B/EA Index: 8.47, Prior Best: 8.119/165.88/-0.351, Was #58
Right Lane: Ralph Hope Runs 21.031/33.38/12.491, Now #65; J/A Index: 8.54, Prior Best: 8.296/160.75/-0.244, Was #65

Hope's car hopped a couple times and then slowed.

Left Lane: Brian Stufflebeam Runs 7.269/182.30/-0.531, Now #14; B/AA Index: 7.80, Prior Best: 7.252/183.92/-0.548, Was #14
Right Lane: Russ Kelly Runs 7.585/177.70/-0.215, Now #67; B/AA Index: 7.80, Prior Best: 8.143/125.23/0.343, Was #71

The bump, by the way, is Gary Merrick's -0.253. Kelly got a full pass out of the Corvette this time around, still came up just short of the bump.

Left Lane: Mauri Rose Runs 7.323/184.55/-0.287, Now #60; C/D Index: 7.61, Prior Best: 7.595/150.56/-0.015, Was #70
Right Lane: Bill Morse Runs 9.058/147.15/-0.492, Now #31; G/SM Index: 9.55, Prior Best: 9.049/149.36/-0.501, Was #31

Rose found the two tenths he needed to get in, bumping Merrick. That put David Eaton on the bubble at -0.259.

Left Lane: Joey Tanksley Runs 6.957/191.00/-0.523, Now #9; B/ED Index: 7.48, Prior Best: 6.916/192.80/-0.564, Was #9
Right Lane: Terry Smith Runs 8.570/154.16/-0.420, Now #42; D/EA Index: 8.99, Prior Best: 8.525/154.03/-0.465, Was #42



Left Lane: Mike Nahan Runs 7.687/160.04/-0.473, Now #15; E/D Index: 8.16, Prior Best: 7.615/166.83/-0.545, Was #15
Right Lane: Lee Zane Runs 9.334/142.39/-0.436, Now #50; L/AA Index: 9.77, No Prior Run

Zane was a DNQ in Stock Eliminator, so this is now his only game this weekend. His first pass in Competition Eliminator was good enough to bump Eaton, putting Wayne Hutton on the bubble at -0.267.

Left Lane: Donald Eberly Runs 8.216/162.65/-0.494, Now #20; C/EA Index: 8.71, Prior Best: 8.178/163.16/-0.532, Was #20
Right Lane: Mike Farrell Runs 7.521/174.57/-0.449, Now #40; A/EA Index: 7.97, Prior Best: 7.497/174.82/-0.473, Was #40



Left Lane: Mike Lund Runs 7.759/173.83/-0.311, Now #61; PST Index: 8.07, Prior Best: 7.757/174.23/-0.313, Was #60
Right Lane: Gary Merrick Runs 7.654/172.25/-0.346, Now #60; D/ED Index: 8.00, Prior Best: 7.747/171.25/-0.253, Was #66

Merrick was bumped a few pairs ago. He came back with a nice run to pick up more than a tenth and bump Hutton. That put Cordis Johnson on the bubble at -0.281.

Left Lane: Joe Carnasciale Runs 8.853/152.33/-0.467, Now #42; E/SM Index: 9.32, Prior Best: 8.886/151.49/-0.434, Was #51
Right Lane: Michele Costa Runs 9.185/141.19/-0.485, Now #25; G/D Index: 9.67, Prior Best: 9.158/141.31/-0.512, Was #25

Carnasciale stepped up slightly and moved almost ten rungs up the ladder.

Left Lane: Ray Vierheller III Runs 8.670/157.65/-0.230, Now #45; I/A Index: 8.90, Prior Best: 8.443/158.28/-0.457, Was #45
Right Lane: Wayne Henderson Runs 6.711/200.98/-0.559, Now #10; A/ED Index: 7.27, Prior Best: 6.761/200.32/-0.509, Was #27

Nice run by Henderson to move into the top ten. Vierheller lost a couple tenths, the problem not evident.

Left Lane: Bo Butner Runs 8.704/136.77/-0.496, Now #2; D/SM Index: 9.20, Prior Best: 8.586/156.37/-0.614, Was #2
Right Lane: Vinnie Deceglie Runs 6.605/210.28/-0.585, Now #4; A/A Index: 7.19, No Prior Run

Deceglie was unable to get the engine fired in his first try. He made up for it with this run, straight down the groove. That bumped Johnson, putting Ernie Price on the bubble at -0.284. Butner fell way off his earlier pace, mostly on the top end.

Left Lane: Paul Pittman Runs 7.414/168.79/-0.386, Now #59; B/AA Index: 7.80, Prior Best: 7.561/161.34/-0.239, Was #69
Right Lane: Allen Wilson Runs 7.108/186.85/-0.472, Now #35; A/ND Index: 7.58, Prior Best: 7.084/186.90/-0.496, Was #35

Pittman bumped Price, putting Mauri Rose on the bubble at -0.287.

Left Lane: Michael Stone Runs 7.477/177.07/-0.463, Now #24; C/ED Index: 7.94, Prior Best: 7.421/178.73/-0.519, Was #24
Right Lane: Steve Ambrose Runs 7.922/164.19/-0.518, Now #25; J/AA Index: 8.44, Prior Best: 7.938/164.69/-0.502, Was #31

Ambrose stepped up a bit on a nice run.

Left Lane: Craig Bourgeois Runs 6.979/189.28/-0.601, Now #1; A/ND Index: 7.58, Prior Best: 6.958/190.78/-0.622, Was #1
Right Lane: David Billingsley Runs 7.575/178.80/-0.475, Now #40; C/AA Index: 8.05, Prior Best: 8.596/114.03/0.546, Was #74

Billingsley made a nice run to bump Rose. That put Mike Lund on the bubble at -0.313.

Left Lane: Doug Lambeck Runs 8.659/154.92/-0.481, Now #37; D/SMA Index: 9.14, Prior Best: 8.652/154.16/-0.488, Was #37
Right Lane: Gerry Russo Runs 8.827/144.27/-0.403, Now #43; E/SMA Index: 9.23, Prior Best: 8.762/140.58/-0.468, Was #43



Left Lane: Doug Engels Runs 7.628/172.92/-0.372, Now #62; D/ED Index: 8.00, Prior Best: 22.957/27.93/14.957, Was #76
Right Lane: Richard Freeman Runs 8.592/157.03/-0.548, Now #15; D/SMA Index: 9.14, Prior Best: 8.591/157.74/-0.549, Was #15

Engels got his problems sorted out and bumped Lund.

Left Lane: Art Hodges Runs 7.577/179.85/-0.423, Now #55; C/A Index: 8.00, Prior Best: 7.577/179.85/-0.423, Was #55
Right Lane: David Rampy Runs 7.352/173.18/-0.618, Now #2; A/EA Index: 7.97, Prior Best: 7.352/173.18/-0.618, Was #2



Left Lane: John Berberich Jr Runs 7.919/166.62/-0.021, Now #74; C/ED Index: 7.94, Prior Best: 7.895/167.66/-0.045, Was #74
Right Lane: Todd Patterson Runs 9.959/91.56/1.359, Now #76; B/SR Index: 8.60, Prior Best: 16.823/77.02/8.223, Was #76



Left Lane: Brad Zaskowski Runs 9.249/145.31/-0.491, Now #35; H/SM Index: 9.74, Prior Best: 9.243/140.21/-0.497, Was #35
Right Lane: John Frech Runs 8.188/159.46/-0.552, Now #4; F/D Index: 8.74, Prior Best: 8.155/160.98/-0.585, Was #4



Left Lane: Steve Eckard Runs 7.355/179.11/-0.445, Now #52; B/AA Index: 7.80, Prior Best: 7.402/179.68/-0.398, Was #58
Right Lane: David Eaton Runs 6.859/195.14/-0.631, Now #1; A/AP Index: 7.49, Prior Best: 7.231/157.95/-0.259, Was #70

Eaton went from the outhouse to the penthouse on this run, bumping Merrick. That put John Mischuch on the bump spot at -0.351.

Left Lane: Sal Biondo Runs 7.924/169.74/-0.496, Now #22; E/AA Index: 8.42, Prior Best: 7.886/170.13/-0.534, Was #22
Right Lane: Jeff Taylor Runs 8.770/150.75/-0.550, Now #8; E/SM Index: 9.32, Prior Best: 8.743/152.97/-0.577, Was #8



Left Lane: Robert Bailey Runs 6.720/200.50/-0.550, Now #11; A/ED Index: 7.27, Prior Best: 6.706/201.28/-0.564, Was #11
Right Lane: Tina Stull Runs 8.763/154.21/-0.467, Now #32; E/SMA Index: 9.23, Prior Best: 8.723/154.37/-0.507, Was #32



Right Lane: Wayne Hutton Runs 12.097/72.49/4.357, Now #70; B/A Index: 7.74, Prior Best: 7.473/182.21/-0.267, Was #70

Hutton had problems early and lifted.

Right Lane: Larry Pritchett Runs 8.008/169.23/-0.502, Now #23; A/SM Index: 8.51, Prior Best: 7.976/170.28/-0.534, Was #23



Right Lane: John Mihovetz Runs 6.999/160.14/-0.411, Now #29; BB/AT Index: 7.41, Prior Best: 6.898/208.88/-0.512, Was #29

Mihovetz' car made a big move toward the wall and he drove through it.

This was the last run of the day - Thursday of the 51st U.S. Nationals is in the books.

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