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Fri, 2 Sep 2005, 04:39 PM

Competition Eliminator Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By Larry Sullivan





CLERMONT, Ind. - Notes from final, round 4 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: Gary Merrick Runs 7.729/171.53/-0.271, Now #68; D/ED Index: 8.00, Prior Best: 7.654/172.25/-0.346, Was #68
Right Lane: Don Ksiezyk Runs 7.180/186.38/-0.230, Now #75; A/AA Index: 7.41, Prior Best: 7.204/186.67/-0.206, Was #76

3:45 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 89 degrees, relative humidity 25 percent, barometer 29.66 inches, adjusted altitude 2,474 feet, track temperature 121 degrees.

At the start of the final session, Bert Dawson is on the bump spot at -0.399. No help for these two.


Left Lane: Jacklyn Gebhardt Runs 8.721/100.21/1.451, Now #33; A/ED Index: 7.27, Prior Best: 6.739/199.91/-0.531, Was #33
Right Lane: Bruno Massel Runs 6.955/199.76/-0.455, Now #52; BB/AT Index: 7.41, Prior Best: 6.937/199.97/-0.473, Was #52

Gebhardt's dragster got out of the groove and made a move toward the wall, so she lifted.

Left Lane: Tina Stull Runs 13.789/61.99/4.559, Now #29; E/SMA Index: 9.23, Prior Best: 8.694/154.92/-0.536, Was #29
Right Lane: Kevin Self Runs 8.509/152.57/-0.491, Now #13; F/EA Index: 9.00, Prior Best: 8.423/154.99/-0.577, Was #13

Stull slowed early in the run.

Left Lane: Patrick Stewart Runs 7.483/174.77/-0.457, Now #55; C/ED Index: 7.94, Prior Best: 7.476/175.32/-0.464, Was #55
Right Lane: Dale Spencer Runs 8.574/152.74/-0.416, Now #49; F/ED Index: 8.99, Prior Best: 8.495/153.74/-0.495, Was #49



Left Lane: Tony Stephenson Runs 7.985/146.11/-0.485, Now #8; B/EA Index: 8.47, Prior Best: 7.882/168.79/-0.588, Was #8
Right Lane: Ernie Price Runs 9.161/144.72/-0.289, Now #71; H/A Index: 9.45, Prior Best: 9.137/146.53/-0.313, Was #71

No help here...

Left Lane: Vinny Barone Runs 8.041/163.71/-0.499, Now #24; A/SR Index: 8.54, Prior Best: 7.987/165.23/-0.553, Was #24
Right Lane: Mike Nahan Runs 7.947/133.66/-0.213, Now #20; E/D Index: 8.16, Prior Best: 7.599/162.67/-0.561, Was #20



Left Lane: Jonathan Aloisio Runs 11.224/74.57/2.714, Now #61; A/SM Index: 8.51, Prior Best: 8.082/169.15/-0.428, Was #61
Right Lane: Jeb Stewart Runs 8.676/153.56/-0.554, Now #17; E/SMA Index: 9.23, Prior Best: 8.665/153.96/-0.565, Was #17

Aloisio slowed before half track.

Left Lane: David Rampy Runs 7.503/148.59/-0.467, Now #5; A/EA Index: 7.97, Prior Best: 7.352/173.18/-0.618, Was #5
Right Lane: Brian Stufflebeam Runs 7.345/156.44/-0.455, Now #21; B/AA Index: 7.80, Prior Best: 7.240/181.79/-0.560, Was #21



Left Lane: Russ Kelly Runs 7.579/177.35/-0.221, Now #76; B/AA Index: 7.80, Prior Best: 7.585/177.70/-0.215, Was #76
Right Lane: Jason Coan Runs 8.475/151.94/-0.515, Now #41; F/ED Index: 8.99, Prior Best: 8.479/153.81/-0.511, Was #43

Kelly improved - but not enough to make any difference. Coan, however, actually moved a couple rungs up the ladder.

Left Lane: David Billingsley Runs 7.575/178.73/-0.475, Now #39; C/AA Index: 8.05, Prior Best: 7.533/179.90/-0.517, Was #39
Right Lane: Michael Johnson Runs 8.974/150.41/-0.416, Now #44; F/SMA Index: 9.39, Prior Best: 8.884/151.07/-0.506, Was #44



Left Lane: Raymond Martin Runs 7.866/165.13/-0.524, Now #34; K/AA Index: 8.39, Prior Best: 7.869/166.09/-0.521, Was #35
Right Lane: Brad Zaskowski Runs 9.346/131.18/-0.394, Now #48; H/SM Index: 9.74, Prior Best: 9.243/140.21/-0.497, Was #48

Martin improved three thousandths and moved one spot closer to the middle of the field.

Left Lane: Greg Kamplain Runs 21.352/36.44/13.412, Now #26; C/ED Index: 7.94, Prior Best: 7.393/178.73/-0.547, Was #26
Right Lane: Paul Pittman Runs 7.361/187.34/-0.439, Now #59; B/AA Index: 7.80, Prior Best: 7.361/187.52/-0.439, Was #59

It sounded like something broke in Kamplain's driveline, the car launching, then nosing over and coasting.

Left Lane: Cordis Johnson Runs 9.072/147.25/-0.318, Now #70; F/SMA Index: 9.39, Prior Best: 9.109/147.17/-0.281, Was #72
Right Lane: Donald Eberly Runs 8.688/126.10/-0.022, Now #25; F/AA Index: 8.71, Prior Best: 8.157/163.43/-0.553, Was #25



Left Lane: John Mihovetz Runs 6.749/209.75/-0.661, Now #2; BB/AT Index: 7.41, Prior Best: 6.898/208.88/-0.512, Was #42
Right Lane: Bert Dawson Runs 8.011/167.41/-0.409, Now #63; E/AA Index: 8.42, Prior Best: 8.021/167.18/-0.399, Was #64

Mihovetz made a relatively calm, straight run this time to go from the bottom half to the #2 spot, with a 209.75 mph speed to go with it. The car wiggled a couple times about 200 feet out, then settled down.

Left Lane: George Gallimore Jr Runs 7.140/190.27/-0.350, Now #39; A/AP Index: 7.49, Prior Best: 6.973/192.91/-0.517, Was #39
Right Lane: Robert Bailey Runs 6.743/198.79/-0.527, Now #16; A/ED Index: 7.27, Prior Best: 6.701/200.74/-0.569, Was #16

Dawson improved, so James Winje is now on the bump spot at -0.408.

Gallimore was all over the lane.


Left Lane: Vinnie Deceglie Runs 8.398/210.28/1.208, Now #12; A/A Index: 7.19, Prior Best: 6.605/210.28/-0.585, Was #12
Right Lane: Joey Tanksley Runs 6.946/191.02/-0.534, Now #19; B/ED Index: 7.48, Prior Best: 6.916/192.80/-0.564, Was #19

Deceglie rolled the beams, getting a 210.28 mph speed to go with a relatively slow ET.

Left Lane: Mike Farrell Runs 7.691/140.12/-0.279, Now #51; A/EA Index: 7.97, Prior Best: 7.497/174.82/-0.473, Was #51
Right Lane: John Mischuch Runs 8.146/165.19/-0.324, Now #67; B/EA Index: 8.47, Prior Best: 8.119/165.88/-0.351, Was #67

Miscuch failed to improve and is through for the weekend unless they need a few alternates.

Left Lane: Larry Pritchett Runs 7.982/168.98/-0.528, Now #32; A/SM Index: 8.51, Prior Best: 7.976/170.28/-0.534, Was #32
Right Lane: Craig Bourgeois Runs 7.107/158.65/-0.473, Now #5; A/ND Index: 7.58, Prior Best: 6.958/190.78/-0.622, Was #5



Left Lane: Ralph Hope Runs 8.248/160.94/-0.292, Now #73; J/A Index: 8.54, Prior Best: 8.296/160.75/-0.244, Was #74
Right Lane: Al Ackerman Runs 8.194/151.22/-0.546, Now #20; F/D Index: 8.74, Prior Best: 8.177/152.40/-0.563, Was #20

Hope improved slightly, but he still came up way short of the bump time.

Left Lane: Todd Patterson Runs 8.100/161.21/-0.500, Now #23; B/SR Index: 8.60, Prior Best: 8.044/162.88/-0.556, Was #23
Right Lane: Doug Lambeck Runs 8.743/132.18/-0.397, Now #45; D/SMA Index: 9.14, Prior Best: 8.636/155.56/-0.504, Was #45



Left Lane: Mike Schaefer Runs 7.464/184.98/-0.516, Now #33; B/AP Index: 7.98, Prior Best: 7.446/184.67/-0.534, Was #33
Right Lane: Bo Butner Runs 8.667/140.99/-0.533, Now #4; D/SM Index: 9.20, Prior Best: 8.577/156.35/-0.623, Was #4



Left Lane: Steve Ambrose Runs 7.887/164.15/-0.553, Now #27; J/AA Index: 8.44, Prior Best: 7.917/163.73/-0.523, Was #36
Right Lane: Frank Aragona Jr Runs 9.234/105.59/0.064, Now #8; G/EA Index: 9.17, Prior Best: 8.575/137.90/-0.595, Was #8

Ambrose improved in a round where most went the other way.

Left Lane: Richard Freeman Runs 8.524/158.11/-0.616, Now #3; D/SMA Index: 9.14, Prior Best: 8.514/158.24/-0.626, Was #3
Right Lane: Fred Allen Runs 7.089/186.95/-0.391, Now #62; B/ED Index: 7.48, Prior Best: 7.060/185.49/-0.420, Was #62



Left Lane: Michele Costa Runs 9.335/139.46/-0.335, Now #43; G/D Index: 9.67, Prior Best: 9.158/141.31/-0.512, Was #43
Right Lane: Michael Stone Runs 7.381/179.23/-0.559, Now #23; C/ED Index: 7.94, Prior Best: 7.421/178.73/-0.519, Was #38

Stone also bucked the tide, moving into the top half of the field.

Left Lane: Wayne Henderson Runs 7.156/149.43/-0.114, Now #15; A/ED Index: 7.27, Prior Best: 6.697/200.68/-0.573, Was #15
Right Lane: Doug Engels Runs 7.576/173.03/-0.424, Now #58; D/ED Index: 8.00, Prior Best: 7.559/173.47/-0.441, Was #58

Henderson lifted around the 1,000-foot marker.

Left Lane: Lee Zane Runs 9.450/118.70/-0.320, Now #41; L/AA Index: 9.77, Prior Best: 9.255/143.19/-0.515, Was #41
Right Lane: James Winje Runs 8.895/150.03/-0.425, Now #62; E/SM Index: 9.32, Prior Best: 8.912/153.61/-0.408, Was #64

Winje improved enough to move off the bump spot. Now Bert Dawson is on the bump spot at -0.409.

Left Lane: Allen Wilson Runs 7.131/185.21/-0.449, Now #46; A/ND Index: 7.58, Prior Best: 7.078/185.97/-0.502, Was #46
Right Lane: Steve Eckard Runs 7.433/162.76/-0.367, Now #57; B/AA Index: 7.80, Prior Best: 7.355/179.11/-0.445, Was #57

Wilson is in Brian Olson's "Circus City Flier." No improvement for either driver, like most of them this round.

Left Lane: Glen Treadwell Runs 8.498/136.29/-0.522, Now #13; E/EA Index: 9.02, Prior Best: 8.441/143.92/-0.579, Was #13
Right Lane: John Berberich Jr Runs 7.936/167.80/-0.004, Now #77; C/ED Index: 7.94, Prior Best: 7.877/166.70/-0.063, Was #77






Left Lane: Jesse Plant Runs 7.457/176.21/-0.543, Now #17; D/ED Index: 8.00, Prior Best: 7.433/176.53/-0.567, Was #17
Right Lane: Mauri Rose Runs 7.242/185.64/-0.368, Now #65; C/D Index: 7.61, Prior Best: 7.212/186.61/-0.398, Was #65

Rose fails to improve and stays in the first-alternate position.

Left Lane: John Frech No Time, Now #11; F/D Index: 8.74, Prior Best: 8.155/160.98/-0.585, Was #11
Right Lane: Mike Lund Runs 7.784/172.87/-0.286, Now #71; PST Index: 8.07, Prior Best: 7.757/174.23/-0.313, Was #71

Lund was pushed away from the starting line last round. This time it was the car in the other lane that was pushed away, Frech's engine going silent after the burnout. Rose made a good-looking run, but it was not quick enough.

Left Lane: David Eaton Runs 9.334/91.58/1.844, Now #1; A/AP Index: 7.49, Prior Best: 6.821/197.51/-0.669, Was #1
Right Lane: Ray Vierheller III Runs 8.453/158.74/-0.447, Now #56; I/A Index: 8.90, Prior Best: 8.443/158.28/-0.457, Was #56

Eaton launched hard, but slowed before half track. No help for Vierheller.

Left Lane: Wayne Hutton Runs 8.729/113.95/0.989, Now #74; B/A Index: 7.74, Prior Best: 7.473/182.21/-0.267, Was #74
Right Lane: Brian Seward Runs 7.165/185.26/-0.315, Now #66; B/ED Index: 7.48, Prior Best: 7.102/187.91/-0.378, Was #66

Weather conditions: air temperature 85 degrees, relative humidity 24 percent, barometer 29.66 inches, adjusted altitude 2,212 feet, track temperature 116 degrees.

Hutton slowed around half track. nSoward made a full pass, failed to improve and stayed in the second alternate spot.


Right Lane: Sal Biondo Runs 7.873/170.32/-0.547, Now #30; E/AA Index: 8.42, Prior Best: 7.877/170.28/-0.543, Was #31

Four thousandths equals one spot on the ladder...

Right Lane: Joe Carnasciale Runs 8.835/152.37/-0.485, Now #50; E/SM Index: 9.32, Prior Best: 8.853/152.33/-0.467, Was #53

Carnasciale improved 18 thousandths and that was good for a three-rung jump to close out qualifying.

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