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Mon, 5 Sep 2005, 03:13 PM

Pro Modified Round 2 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan





CLERMONT, Ind. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Pro Modified 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
  710 Jay Payne                            1853 Thomas Patterson             
E2   ****WINNER****  0.061  6.183 233.64                     0.078  6.235 225.52
 Prior rounds:
E1    (B Bray      ) 0.085  6.167 234.13      (S Engel     ) 0.072  6.395 180.16
 Qualified:             #2  6.105 235.93                       #10  6.176 227.84
1:59 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 77 degrees, relative humidity 38 percent, barometer 29.83 inches, adjusted altitude 1,529 feet, track temperature 118 degrees.

Neither of the two driver in this matchup like to lift, preferring to drive through problems like tire shake and handling problems. That can lead to some exciting racing. Payne was out of the groove slightly in the middle of the run, but neither car was in trouble and Payne's BAE horsepower was enough to come from behind on the top end and give him the win. Jay Payne's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.006), 330 ft(-0.021), 660ft(0.001), 1,000ft(0.037). MOV: 0.0693 seconds (approximately 23 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  671 Glen Kerunsky                         314 Rick Stivers                 
E2                   0.071  6.210 230.41     ****WINNER****  0.082  6.147 231.48
 Prior rounds:
E1    (S Jenkins   ) 0.082  6.145 231.87      (B Seward    ) 0.105  6.194 232.11
 Qualified:             #5  6.144 226.47                        #4  6.141 233.92
Stivers also trailed early in the race, driving by before half track and pulling away for the win with low ET of the round so far.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    1 Mike Ashley                            77 Troy Coughlin                
E2   ****WINNER****  0.057  6.142 230.29                     0.077  6.134 230.10
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D Palmer    ) 0.045  6.147 231.00      (T Critchley ) 0.165  6.148 231.04
 Qualified:             #3  6.127 231.95                        #6  6.147 231.36
On a holeshot, Ashley put Coughlin in the trailer. It was extremely close all the way down the track. Ashley was quick enough to earn lane choice against Payne in the semifinals. Mike Ashley's incremental margins: 60ft(0.023), 330 ft(0.014), 660ft(0.014), 1,000ft(0.012). MOV: 0.0122 seconds (approximately 4 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  247 Mike Bell                              57 Joshua Hernandez             
E2                  -0.015  6.195 230.17     ****WINNER****  0.080  6.085 231.44
 Prior rounds:
E1    (E Hoover    ) 0.016  6.236 230.33      (Z Barklage  ) 0.093  6.119 230.57
 Qualified:             #8  6.158 232.11                        #1  6.089 231.40
Bell went red and Hernandez was late - but it probably didn't matter, Hernandez ran low ET of the weekend to get lane choice against Stivers in the semifinals.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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