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Sat, 17 Sep 2005, 05:41 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 1 Eliminations
By Jim Samuel





MOHNTON, Pa. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 21st annual Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  176 Jeff Veale                            149 Mark Albert                  
E1                   0.086  5.522 252.85     ****WINNER****  0.050  5.497 254.04
 Qualified:             #8  5.527 253.52                        #9  5.532 254.76
5:13 p.m. - Weather conditions: air temperature 78 degrees, relative humidity 49 percent, barometer 29.81 inches, adjusted altitude 1,685 feet, track temperature 105 degrees.

Albert was first off the starting line and extended his lead as he went down the track. Veale did not get his car stopped in time and went into the dirt at the end of the track.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 1482 Richard Bourke                        185 Mike Kosky                   
E1                   0.049  5.542 256.16     ****WINNER****  0.076  5.509 257.73
 Qualified:            #10  5.540 254.09                        #7  5.492 258.07
Bourke got off the starting line first and was leading at 60-feet but then Kosky got by him and pulled away for the win. Mike Kosky's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.015), 330 ft(0.045), 660ft(0.034), 1,000ft(0.012). MOV: 0.0067 seconds (approximately 3 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  110 Rich McPhillips                        13 Dan Mercier                  
E1                   0.052  5.647 235.06     ****WINNER****  0.150  5.532 266.21
 Qualified:            #11  5.574 256.26                        #6  5.477 267.48
McPhillips had the quicker reaction time and led this one past the 1,000 foot marker, but then Mercier got by him to take the win. Dan Mercier's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.062), 330 ft(-0.069), 660ft(-0.071), 1,000ft(-0.060). MOV: 0.0173 seconds (approximately 6 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   10 Steve Federlin                       1712 Dave DeAngelis               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.098  5.443 260.01                     0.073  5.709 208.46
 Qualified:             #5  5.439 259.61                       #12  5.595 257.19
DeAngelis was first out of the gate and had the early lead. But then Federlin got by him and pulled away to take the win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   33 Marty Thacker                          17 Karen Benkovich              
E1   ****WINNER****  0.037  5.414 264.55                     0.011  5.578 253.75
 Qualified:             #4  5.408 264.44                       #13  5.614 252.10
Benkovich was first off the starting line and was leading at 60 feet. She led the race at 60 feet but then Thacker powered by her and pulled away for the win. He'll have lane choice over Federlin in the second round of eliminations.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 1320 Wayne Morris                           36 Jeff Bohr                    
E1                   0.133  5.617 251.77     ****WINNER****  0.081  5.337 266.32
 Qualified:            #14  5.673 255.68                        #3  5.351 265.22
Bohr launched hard in this race and had the lead from start to finish. He'll have lane choice over Mercier in the second round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    6 Arthur Gallant                       1072 Bruce Horner                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.139  5.318 270.16                     0.147  5.844 221.09
 Qualified:             #2  5.336 258.52                       #15  5.682 242.50
This race was Gallant's from start to finish. He'll have lane choice over Kosky in round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    2 Bill Reichert                           4 Ashley Force                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.090  5.370 266.16                     0.064  5.547 257.38
 Qualified:             #1  5.331 270.05                       #16  5.715 247.29
Force was first off the starting line and lead by 0.001 seconds at 60 feet. But then Reichert got by her and pulled away for the win. He'll have lane choice over Albert in round two.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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