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Fri, 2 Sep 2005, 01:45 PM

Competition Eliminator Qualifying Notes, Session #3
By Larry Sullivan





CLERMONT, Ind. - Notes from round 3 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: James Winje Runs 8.912/153.61/-0.408, Now #59; E/SM Index: 9.32, Prior Best: 8.930/151.02/-0.390, Was #60
Right Lane: John Frech Runs 8.190/159.59/-0.550, Now #5; F/D Index: 8.74, Prior Best: 8.155/160.98/-0.585, Was #5

12:38 p.m. John Mischuch is on the bump spot at -0.351.

Left Lane: Ernie Price Runs 9.137/146.53/-0.313, Now #67; H/A Index: 9.45, Prior Best: 9.166/144.72/-0.284, Was #68
Right Lane: Michael Hazlett Runs 7.257/188.67/-0.483, Now #40; B/A Index: 7.74, Prior Best: 7.291/188.41/-0.449, Was #50

12:40 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 92 degrees, relative humidity 28 percent, barometer 29.72 inches, adjusted altitude 2,585 feet, track temperature 101 degrees.

Hazlett steps a little further up the ladder.


Left Lane: Steve Eckard Runs 7.900/125.96/0.100, Now #51; B/AA Index: 7.80, Prior Best: 7.355/179.11/-0.445, Was #51
Right Lane: Jesse Plant Runs 7.433/176.53/-0.567, Now #10; D/ED Index: 8.00, Prior Best: 7.495/176.14/-0.505, Was #33

Nice run by Plant to move into the top ten - for now, anyway.

Left Lane: Art Hodges Runs 7.566/180.26/-0.434, Now #55; C/A Index: 8.00, Prior Best: 7.577/179.85/-0.423, Was #56
Right Lane: Vinny Barone Runs 8.016/160.92/-0.524, Now #16; A/SR Index: 8.54, Prior Best: 7.987/165.23/-0.553, Was #16



Left Lane: Dale Spencer Runs 8.495/153.74/-0.495, Now #39; F/ED Index: 8.99, Prior Best: 8.516/154.10/-0.474, Was #43
Right Lane: Mike Lund No Time, Now #66; PST Index: 8.07, Prior Best: 7.757/174.23/-0.313, Was #66

There was some kind of problem, the starter signaling Lund to back out of the staging beam. Then the starting line pushed the truck back and to the side.

Left Lane: Doug Lambeck Runs 8.636/155.56/-0.504, Now #34; D/SMA Index: 9.14, Prior Best: 8.652/154.16/-0.488, Was #40
Right Lane: Michele Costa Runs 9.172/140.34/-0.498, Now #31; G/D Index: 9.67, Prior Best: 9.158/141.31/-0.512, Was #31

Lambeck turned a small improvement into six steps up the ladder.

Left Lane: Joe Carnasciale Runs 15.506/54.41/6.186, Now #46; E/SM Index: 9.32, Prior Best: 8.853/152.33/-0.467, Was #46
Right Lane: Greg Kamplain Runs 7.393/178.73/-0.547, Now #20; C/ED Index: 7.94, Prior Best: 7.445/176.97/-0.495, Was #39

Carnasciale shut it down almost immediately. Kamplain made a very nice run to move well into the top half of the field.

Left Lane: Doug Engels Runs 7.559/173.47/-0.441, Now #52; D/ED Index: 8.00, Prior Best: 7.628/172.92/-0.372, Was #63
Right Lane: Terry Smith Runs 8.527/154.97/-0.463, Now #47; D/EA Index: 8.99, Prior Best: 8.525/154.03/-0.465, Was #47

Nice run by Engels to move away from the bump spot.

Left Lane: Bert Dawson Runs 8.030/167.55/-0.390, Now #61; E/AA Index: 8.42, Prior Best: 8.021/167.18/-0.399, Was #61
Right Lane: David Billingsley Runs 7.533/179.90/-0.517, Now #31; C/AA Index: 8.05, Prior Best: 7.575/178.80/-0.475, Was #43

Billingsley also moved into the top half, but just barely.

Left Lane: Sal Biondo Runs 7.877/170.28/-0.543, Now #23; E/AA Index: 8.42, Prior Best: 7.886/170.13/-0.534, Was #24
Right Lane: Mike Farrell Runs 7.573/173.27/-0.397, Now #44; A/EA Index: 7.97, Prior Best: 7.497/174.82/-0.473, Was #44



Left Lane: Robert Bailey Runs 6.701/200.74/-0.569, Now #11; A/ED Index: 7.27, Prior Best: 6.706/201.28/-0.564, Was #12
Right Lane: Gerry Russo Runs 8.644/155.69/-0.586, Now #5; E/SMA Index: 9.23, Prior Best: 8.762/140.58/-0.468, Was #45

Bailey made another strong run, but it was Russo who really stepped up, moving from the basement to the top five.

Left Lane: Bruno Massel Runs 6.937/199.97/-0.473, Now #46; BB/AT Index: 7.41, No Prior Run
Right Lane: Tony Stephenson Runs 7.882/168.79/-0.588, Now #5; B/EA Index: 8.47, Prior Best: 7.927/167.80/-0.543, Was #23

This was Massel's first run of the event. He got well into the field, bumping Miscuch. Stephenson made a very nice run to move Bailey down a notch and replace him in the top five.

Left Lane: Jason Coan Runs 8.506/152.04/-0.484, Now #35; F/ED Index: 8.99, Prior Best: 8.479/153.81/-0.511, Was #35
Right Lane: Steve Ambrose Runs 7.917/163.73/-0.523, Now #28; J/AA Index: 8.44, Prior Best: 7.922/164.19/-0.518, Was #30

Now Brian Seward is on the bump spot at -0.378.

Left Lane: Brian Seward Runs 7.209/185.74/-0.271, Now #64; B/ED Index: 7.48, Prior Best: 7.102/187.91/-0.378, Was #64
Right Lane: Mike Schaefer Runs 7.446/184.67/-0.534, Now #27; B/AP Index: 7.98, Prior Best: 7.526/183.17/-0.454, Was #51

No help for Seward, he stays on the bump. Nice improvement by Schaefer to move into the top half of the field.

Left Lane: Doug Stewart Runs 8.782/153.70/-0.008, Now #40; B/SMA Index: 8.79, Prior Best: 8.291/161.19/-0.499, Was #40
Right Lane: Jonathan Aloisio Runs 13.340/64.22/4.830, Now #58; A/SM Index: 8.51, Prior Best: 8.082/169.15/-0.428, Was #58



Left Lane: Don Ksiezyk Runs 7.215/186.36/-0.195, Now #74; A/AA Index: 7.41, Prior Best: 7.204/186.67/-0.206, Was #74
Right Lane: Vinnie Deceglie Runs 6.632/209.69/-0.558, Now #8; A/A Index: 7.19, Prior Best: 6.605/210.28/-0.585, Was #8



Left Lane: Rod Dorsey Runs 9.290/136.44/-0.430, Now #25; H/SMA Index: 9.72, Prior Best: 9.186/145.55/-0.534, Was #25
Right Lane: Patrick Stewart Runs 7.478/175.39/-0.462, Now #50; C/ED Index: 7.94, Prior Best: 7.476/175.32/-0.464, Was #50



Left Lane: Fred Allen Runs 7.297/184.07/-0.183, Now #59; B/ED Index: 7.48, Prior Best: 7.060/185.49/-0.420, Was #59
Right Lane: Gary Merrick Runs 7.690/172.12/-0.310, Now #66; D/ED Index: 8.00, Prior Best: 7.654/172.25/-0.346, Was #66



Left Lane: Brian Stufflebeam Runs 7.240/181.79/-0.560, Now #16; B/AA Index: 7.80, Prior Best: 7.252/183.92/-0.548, Was #21
Right Lane: Allen Wilson Runs 7.078/185.97/-0.502, Now #39; A/ND Index: 7.58, Prior Best: 7.084/186.90/-0.496, Was #42

Both improved, Stufflebeam joining the sweet sixteen.

Left Lane: Kevin Self Runs 8.559/151.14/-0.441, Now #11; F/EA Index: 9.00, Prior Best: 8.423/154.99/-0.577, Was #11
Right Lane: Bill Morse Runs 9.004/146.96/-0.546, Now #23; G/SM Index: 9.55, Prior Best: 9.049/149.36/-0.501, Was #40

Nice improvement by Morse to move into the top half.

Left Lane: Paul Pittman Runs 7.361/187.52/-0.439, Now #54; B/AA Index: 7.80, Prior Best: 7.414/168.79/-0.386, Was #63
Right Lane: Ralph Hope Runs 8.588/158.32/0.048, Now #72; J/A Index: 8.54, Prior Best: 8.296/160.75/-0.244, Was #72

Pittman improved ten spots, but Hope continues to struggle. The track crew picked something up in the shutdown area in his lane, not sure which car it came off of.

Left Lane: Doug Stewart Runs 8.299/159.44/-0.491, Now #41; B/SMA Index: 8.79, Prior Best: 8.291/161.19/-0.499, Was #41
Right Lane: George Gallimore Jr Runs 9.891/112.26/2.401, Now #33; A/AP Index: 7.49, Prior Best: 6.973/192.91/-0.517, Was #33

Gallimore's car launched, shuddered, and slowed.

Left Lane: Michael Johnson Runs 8.884/151.07/-0.506, Now #39; F/SMA Index: 9.39, Prior Best: 8.952/151.17/-0.438, Was #55
Right Lane: Cordis Johnson Runs 9.111/147.62/-0.279, Now #70; F/SMA Index: 9.39, Prior Best: 9.109/147.17/-0.281, Was #70

The Johnson family took their shot - Michael improved, Cordis did not.

Left Lane: Mike Nahan Runs 7.599/162.67/-0.561, Now #17; E/D Index: 8.16, Prior Best: 7.615/166.83/-0.545, Was #24
Right Lane: Richard Freeman Runs 8.514/158.24/-0.626, Now #2; D/SMA Index: 9.14, Prior Best: 8.591/157.74/-0.549, Was #21

Nahan's great-looking dragster improved a bit and Freeman's great-looking Cavalier jumped way up into the #2 spot.

Left Lane: Mauri Rose Runs 7.212/186.61/-0.398, Now #65; C/D Index: 7.61, Prior Best: 7.323/184.55/-0.287, Was #69
Right Lane: Todd Patterson Runs 8.044/162.88/-0.556, Now #20; B/SR Index: 8.60, Prior Best: 9.959/91.56/1.359, Was #77

Patterson finally got down the track, bumping Seward. Rose improved and beat the old bump spot, but Patterson's run moved the bump to Bert Dawson's -0.399.

Left Lane: John Mischuch Runs 8.153/165.15/-0.317, Now #67; B/EA Index: 8.47, Prior Best: 8.119/165.88/-0.351, Was #67
Right Lane: Russ Kelly No Time, Now #74; B/AA Index: 7.80, Prior Best: 7.585/177.70/-0.215, Was #74

Kelly's problems continue, the great-looking Corvette pushed to the side to go back to the pits. He will get one more shot later today.

Left Lane: Ray Vierheller III Runs 11.404/81.11/2.504, Now #53; I/A Index: 8.90, Prior Best: 8.443/158.28/-0.457, Was #53
Right Lane: Tina Stull Runs 8.694/154.92/-0.536, Now #27; E/SMA Index: 9.23, Prior Best: 8.723/154.37/-0.507, Was #39

Nice run by Stull to move into the top half.

Left Lane: Joey Tanksley Runs 6.922/191.70/-0.558, Now #17; B/ED Index: 7.48, Prior Best: 6.916/192.80/-0.564, Was #16
Right Lane: Wayne Henderson Runs 6.697/200.68/-0.573, Now #13; A/ED Index: 7.27, Prior Best: 6.711/200.98/-0.559, Was #19



Left Lane: Frank Aragona Jr Runs 8.575/137.90/-0.595, Now #6; G/EA Index: 9.17, Prior Best: 8.617/132.57/-0.553, Was #23
Right Lane: Larry Pritchett Runs 8.038/167.86/-0.472, Now #29; A/SM Index: 8.51, Prior Best: 7.976/170.28/-0.534, Was #29

Aragona nailed this one, right down the groove.

Left Lane: Donald Eberly Runs 8.157/163.43/-0.553, Now #24; F/AA Index: 8.71, Prior Best: 8.178/163.16/-0.532, Was #31
Right Lane: Raymond Martin Runs 7.869/166.09/-0.521, Now #33; K/AA Index: 8.39, Prior Best: 7.908/165.48/-0.482, Was #47

Martin just missed the top half, putting him in position to run the #1 qualifier if he does not improve again this afternoon.

Left Lane: Brad Zaskowski Runs 9.287/131.63/-0.453, Now #45; H/SM Index: 9.74, Prior Best: 9.243/140.21/-0.497, Was #45
Right Lane: Wayne Hutton Runs 8.945/109.30/1.205, Now #72; B/A Index: 7.74, Prior Best: 7.473/182.21/-0.267, Was #72



Left Lane: Craig Bourgeois Runs 7.127/155.60/-0.453, Now #3; A/ND Index: 7.58, Prior Best: 6.958/190.78/-0.622, Was #3
Right Lane: Lee Zane Runs 9.255/143.19/-0.515, Now #38; L/AA Index: 9.77, Prior Best: 9.334/142.39/-0.436, Was #57

Hutton's car was smoking and left some "stuff" in the top end of the lane, so these two got to sit in the sunshine for a few minutes before running. Bourgeois slowed on the top end, running 156 mph at half track.

Left Lane: Bo Butner Runs 8.577/156.35/-0.623, Now #3; D/SM Index: 9.20, Prior Best: 8.586/156.37/-0.614, Was #5
Right Lane: Jeff Taylor Runs 8.704/151.54/-0.616, Now #6; E/SM Index: 9.32, Prior Best: 8.743/152.97/-0.577, Was #12

Two nice runs.

Left Lane: Al Ackerman Runs 8.177/152.40/-0.563, Now #19; F/D Index: 8.74, Prior Best: 8.325/159.42/-0.415, Was #62
Right Lane: David Rampy Runs 7.453/148.18/-0.517, Now #5; A/EA Index: 7.97, Prior Best: 7.352/173.18/-0.618, Was #5

Ackerman finally made the kind of run expected of him and moved way up in the top half of the field.

Left Lane: Michael Stone Runs 7.633/178.54/-0.307, Now #36; C/ED Index: 7.94, Prior Best: 7.421/178.73/-0.519, Was #36
Right Lane: Eddie Smith Runs 8.413/156.05/-0.337, Now #69; C/AA Index: 8.75, Prior Best: 8.989/151.43/0.239, Was #77

Smith improved half a second and still came up short of the bump.

Left Lane: John Berberich Jr Runs 7.877/166.70/-0.063, Now #77; C/ED Index: 7.94, Prior Best: 7.895/167.66/-0.045, Was #77
Right Lane: Glen Treadwell Runs 8.982/113.25/-0.038, Now #12; E/EA Index: 9.02, Prior Best: 8.441/143.92/-0.579, Was #12

Treadwell looked like he was on a good run, but he slowed on the top end.

Left Lane: Mike Smith Runs 8.514/141.15/-0.516, Now #23; G/AA Index: 9.03, Prior Best: 8.475/158.20/-0.555, Was #23
Right Lane: Jacklyn Gebhardt Runs 6.739/199.91/-0.531, Now #33; A/ED Index: 7.27, Prior Best: 6.836/198.70/-0.434, Was #59

Nice improvement by Gebhardt - now she is in position to run the #1 qualifier tomorrow.

Right Lane: John Mihovetz Runs 7.360/204.82/-0.050, Now #41; BB/AT Index: 7.41, Prior Best: 6.898/208.88/-0.512, Was #41

Just a couple of very quick singles to wrap this round up.,Mihovetz' car made a wicked right turn on the launch. He drove through it, but lost a lot of time doing so.

Right Lane: David Eaton Runs 6.821/197.51/-0.669, Now #1; A/AP Index: 7.49, Prior Best: 6.859/195.14/-0.631, Was #1

Eaton stayed #1 through the round and upped the ante here on a very nice run, smooth and straight.

With one round of qualifying remaining, Eaton is #1 and Bert Dawson is on the bump spot at -0.399.

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