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Sun, 2 Oct 2005, 11:07 AM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 1 Eliminations
By Rick Green





JOLIET, Ill. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, Fifth annual Ameriquest Mortgage NHRA Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    2 Bill Reichert                        2155 Guy Kelly                    
E1   ****WINNER****  0.155  5.260 276.13                     0.027  5.515 254.28
 Qualified:             #2  5.182 280.66                       #15  5.424 260.21
Weather conditions: air temperature 66 degrees, relative humidity 64 percent, barometer 29.93 inches, adjusted altitude 685 feet, track temperature 74 degrees.

Kelly with a great light and the lead until around 800 feet when Reichert was able to chase him down.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  303 Todd Datweiler                         34 Ken Perry                    
E1   ****WINNER****  0.080  5.402 256.70                    -0.141  5.507 228.69
 Qualified:             #8  5.345 268.97                        #9  5.355 264.55
Perry turns on the red light and Datweiler with the easy win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  110 Rich McPhillips                        33 Marty Thacker                
E1                   0.050  5.496 257.97     ****WINNER****  0.049  5.443 263.15
 Qualified:             #7  5.337 253.52                       #10  5.362 266.27
Thacker with a good looking pass foir the win light, but will give up lane choice to Reichert in the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  318 Dave Hirata                           321 Timothy Bowgren              
E1   ****WINNER****  0.081  5.421 263.62                     0.095  5.674 242.19
 Qualified:             #1  5.165 276.35                       #16  5.445 259.26
Hirata slows from his fantanstic pass yester day, and will give up lane choice to Datweiller in the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 1015 John Finke                           717M Aaron Olivarez               
E1                   0.080  5.375 255.43     ****WINNER****  0.043  5.281 270.16
 Qualified:            #11  5.368 253.99                        #6  5.276 270.97
Olivarez with another great pass out run Finke, who had a good looking pass.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 6610 Brandon Johnson                        42 Gene Snow                    
E1   ****WINNER****  0.036  5.495 253.33                     0.112  8.018 106.60
 Qualified:            #12  5.392 263.72                        #5  5.261 260.61
Snow with a lot of tire shake right off the starting line and pedaled it and the pitched the blower belt. Johnson moves on to round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   32 Jeff Wilson                           475 Steve Torrence               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.028  5.453 260.51                     0.077  5.447 268.22
 Qualified:            #13  5.394 267.64                        #4  5.251 274.33
Wilson is out the gate first and has the power to hold on for the hole shot win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   53 Richard Putz                            3 Randy Meyer                  
E1                   0.089  5.683 252.85     ****WINNER****  0.053  5.324 262.90
 Qualified:            #14  5.404 264.03                        #3  5.240 264.34
Meyer is out of the gate first and the win light, he will give up lane choice to Olivarez in the next round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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