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Sun, 4 Sep 2005, 09:19 PM

Competition Eliminator Round 3 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan





CLERMONT, Ind. - Results of round 3 eliminations in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 51st annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
    2 Tony Stephenson                       390 Dale Spencer                 
E3                   0.103  7.878 168.62     ****WINNER****  0.040  8.473 154.74
       B/EA Index: 8.42 (+/-): -0.542            F/ED Index: 8.99 (+/-): -0.517
 Prior rounds:
E2    (M Smith     ) 0.050  7.938 -0.482      (D Eaton     ) 0.075  8.496 -0.494
E1    (L Zane      ) 0.010  7.918 -0.552      (J Plant     ) 0.039  8.613 -0.377
 Qualified:             #9  7.882 -0.588                       #49  8.495 -0.495
7:54 p.m. A couple competitors have gotten this far without incurring any CIC penalties, but most have given up a few hundredths and a few have gone deeply in debt, all in search of an elusive U.S. Nationals championship.

Tony Stephenson has a 0.05 CIC penalty; Dale Spencer has no CIC penalty. Stephenson wanted to win here, the last national event he could claim, because it pays more points for a win - six rounds instead of the usual five. However, he was late on the tree and all that strategy is meaningless. Dale Spencer's MOV: 0.0381 seconds (approximately 9 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  211 Glen Treadwell                       5601 Mike Nahan                   
E3   ****WINNER****  0.064  9.046 106.18                    -0.017  9.075 100.38
       E/EA Index: 9.02 (+/-):  0.026             E/D Index: 8.10 (+/-):  0.975
 Prior rounds:
E2    (J Aloisio   ) 0.037  9.004 -0.016      (C Bourgeois ) 0.039  7.646 -0.454
E1    (D Lambeck   ) 0.115 13.550  4.530      (B Massel    ) 0.226  7.600 -0.560
 Qualified:            #13  8.441 -0.579                       #21  7.599 -0.561
Glen Treadwell has no CIC penalty; Mike Nahan has a 0.06 CIC penalty. Treadwell goes to the quarterfinals with no penalty, Nahan going red.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 4440 Kevin Self                            388 Brian Stufflebeam            
E3                  -0.043  8.460 133.10     ****WINNER****  0.014  8.360 109.82
       F/EA Index: 8.84 (+/-): -0.380            B/AA Index: 7.71 (+/-):  0.650
 Prior rounds:
E2    (S Biondo    ) 0.032  8.337 -0.613      (D Rampy     ) 0.026  7.202 -0.598
E1    (A Wilson    ) 0.161  8.446 -0.554      (M Rose      ) 0.043 10.433  2.633
 Qualified:            #14  8.423 -0.577                       #22  7.240 -0.560
Kevin Self has a 0.16 CIC penalty; Brian Stufflebeam has a 0.09 CIC penalty. Again, no further penalty because of the red bulb.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 1780 Gerry Russo                          707M John Mihovetz                
E3                  -0.384  8.946 124.74     ****WINNER****  0.182  7.397 123.09
      E/SMA Index: 9.11 (+/-): -0.164           BB/AT Index: 7.41 (+/-): -0.013
 Prior rounds:
E2    (V Barone    ) 0.075  8.609 -0.551      (J Stewart   ) -0.009  7.994  0.584
E1    (J Coan      ) 0.020  8.654 -0.576      (L Pritchett ) 0.028  7.106 -0.304
 Qualified:            #10  8.644 -0.586                        #2  6.749 -0.661
Gerry Russo has a 0.12 CIC penalty; John Mihovetz has no CIC penalty. The turbo car goes to the quarterfinals, still with his index untouched.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   33 Robert Bailey                        5250 Todd Patterson               
E3   ****WINNER****  0.038  6.666 199.11                     0.090  8.018 159.04
       A/ED Index: 7.16 (+/-): -0.494            B/SR Index: 8.55 (+/-): -0.532
 Prior rounds:
E2    (C Stull     ) 0.025  6.694 -0.466      (D Billingsle) 0.033  8.042 -0.558
E1    (B Zaskowski ) 0.029  6.655 -0.615      (R Vierheller) 0.129  8.242 -0.358
 Qualified:            #16  6.701 -0.569                       #24  8.044 -0.556
Robert Bailey has a 0.11 CIC penalty; Todd Patterson has a 0.05 CIC penalty. Robert Bailey's MOV: 0.0143 seconds (approximately 3 feet). And no additional penalty.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  240 Fred Allen                            220 Jeff Taylor                  
E3                   0.022  7.743 186.51     ****WINNER****  0.089  8.766 139.60
       B/ED Index: 7.48 (+/-):  0.263            E/SM Index: 9.21 (+/-): -0.444
 Prior rounds:
E2    (D Stewart   ) 0.068  6.981 -0.499      (M Stone     ) 0.020  8.702 -0.538
E1    (B Morse     ) 0.028  7.085 -0.395      (G Gallimore ) 0.015  8.736 -0.584
 Qualified:            #63  7.060 -0.420                        #7  8.704 -0.616
Fred Allen has no CIC penalty; Jeff Taylor has a 0.11 CIC penalty. Allen spun the tires hard and had to backpedal on the launch. By then, Taylor was out of sight and Allen could not catch him.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 3308 John Frech                           4025 Joey Tanksley                
E3                   0.143  8.124 160.79     ****WINNER****  0.100  6.893 188.81
        F/D Index: 8.74 (+/-): -0.616            B/ED Index: 7.48 (+/-): -0.587
 Prior rounds:
E2    (D Eberly    ) 0.029  9.111  0.371      (M Schaefer  ) 0.079  7.299 -0.181
E1    (M Costa     ) 0.184  9.156  0.416      (M Hazlett   ) 0.070 12.049  4.569
 Qualified:            #11  8.155 -0.585                       #19  6.916 -0.564
Neither driver has a CIC penalty. Tanksley had the better of two bad lights and Frech took a permanent 0.01 hit in a losing effort. Joey Tanksley's MOV: 0.0147 seconds (approximately 3 feet) and he earned a 0.08 CIC to get it.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
    5 Vinnie Deceglie                        11 Al Ackerman                  
E3   ****WINNER****  0.008  9.972  89.95                    -0.016 11.749  69.93
        A/A Index: 7.10 (+/-):  2.872             F/D Index: 8.64 (+/-):  3.109
 Prior rounds:
E2    (S Ambrose   ) 0.100  6.594 -0.516      (B Butner    ) 0.018  8.133 -0.607
E1    (M Johnson   ) 0.060  6.606 -0.584      (M Farrell   ) 0.040  8.408 -0.332
 Qualified:            #12  6.605 -0.585                       #20  8.177 -0.563
Vinnie Deceglie has a 0.09 CIC penalty; Al Ackerman has a 0.10 CIC penalty. Red light, Deceglie saves the rest of his index for tomorrow.

Tomorrow it will be Spencer vs Treadwell, Tanksley vs Taylor, Mihovetz vs Stufflebeam, and Deceglie vs Bailey.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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