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Sun, 2 Oct 2005, 02:35 PM

Top Fuel Round 2 Eliminations
By Dave Rowe





JOLIET, Ill. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Fuel 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
    8 Doug Herbert                          104 Clay Millican                
E2   ****WINNER****  0.111  4.583 324.44                     0.049 10.027  72.89
 Prior rounds:
E1    (J Smith     ) 0.084  4.581 323.74      (R Fuller    ) 0.073  4.606 321.88
 Qualified:             #3  4.480 325.30                       #11  4.553 319.98
1:16 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 76 degrees, relative humidity 65 percent, barometer 29.90 inches, adjusted altitude 1,445 feet, track temperature 98 degrees.

Millican is 4-1 in career match-ups with Herbert.

Millican leaves first, but strikes the tires about 200 feet out. Herbert goes right down the groove and takes the win.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    4 Scott Kalitta                        3000 Tim Cullinan                 
E2   ****WINNER****  0.095  4.617 324.75                     0.081 10.196  78.77
 Prior rounds:
E1    (L Dixon     ) 0.079  4.541 327.35      (C McClenatha) 0.106  4.669 312.35
 Qualified:            #10  4.548 324.75                       #15  4.669 308.64
Cullinan had only won two rounds in competition before this race, one in '03 and one in '04, now one in '05. He won't win another one this race, he gets about 300 feet out, strikes the tires, makes a move to the right, then back to the left, crosses the centerline, and falls in behind Kalitta in the left lane. Kalitta goes right down the groove but will give up lane choice to Herbert in round three.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    3 Brandon Bernstein                       5 David Grubnic                
E2   ****WINNER****  0.100  4.507 325.22                     0.116  4.568 322.73
 Prior rounds:
E1    (J Beckman   ) 0.089  4.540 328.22      (D Kalitta   ) 0.077  4.557 322.04
 Qualified:             #5  4.492 322.65                       #13  4.578 325.61
Grubnic makes a decent pass, but this one was Bernstein all the way. The Budweiser dragster goes right down the groove on an almost flawless pass, and makes the quickest pass in eliminations so far.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    1 Tony Schumacher                       743 Morgan Lucas                 
E2   ****WINNER****  0.086  4.508 327.03                     0.062  9.399  88.64
 Prior rounds:
E1    (B Lagana Jr ) 0.100  4.526 328.46      (M Troxel    ) 0.033  4.540 322.65
 Qualified:             #1  4.437 331.77                        #8  4.513 326.79
Schumacher is 8-1 in match-ups with Lucas.

Lucas was off the line first, then he strikes the tires about 300 feet out, pedals once, then gives up on the run. Schumacher goes right down the groove but gives up lane choice to Bernstein in round three.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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