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Sat, 22 Oct 2005, 02:57 PM

Competition Eliminator Round 1 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan





LAS VEGAS - Results of round 1 eliminations in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, Fifth annual ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 3737 Jacklyn Gebhardt                       76 Michael Stone                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.058  6.791 198.67                     0.044  7.527 163.87
       A/ED Index: 7.39 (+/-): -0.599            C/ED Index: 8.08 (+/-): -0.553
 Qualified:            #26  6.820 -0.570                       #10  7.472 -0.608
11:28 a.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 72 degrees, relative humidity 37 percent, barometer 28.35 inches, adjusted altitude 2,902 feet, track temperature 103 degrees.

This was huge! Jacklyn Gebhardt's MOV: 0.0325 seconds (approximately 8 feet) and ends Stone's hopes of winning the Lucas Oil championship. She took a huge event CIC to do so, 0.09 seconds off her index for the rest of the event. That clinches the 2005 title for Jeff Taylor - congratulations to the champ.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
    2 Tony Stephenson                        64 Dave Barcelon                
E1                   0.011  8.069 166.35     ****WINNER****  0.036  8.320 161.94
       B/EA Index: 8.58 (+/-): -0.511             F/A Index: 8.91 (+/-): -0.590
 Qualified:            #29  8.021 -0.559                       #13  8.309 -0.601
Dave Barcelon's MOV: 0.0548 seconds (approximately 13 feet). The big hitters in the Lucas Oil championship appear to be making early exits today!

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7737 Ken Justice Sr.                      7767 Alan Ellis                   
E1   ****WINNER****  0.163  7.389 186.72                     0.085  7.081 172.08
       B/AA Index: 7.93 (+/-): -0.541            A/AA Index: 7.54 (+/-): -0.459
 Qualified:            #20  7.341 -0.589                        #4  6.903 -0.637
Ken Justice Sr.'s MOV: 0.0043 seconds (approximately 13 inches) and lops 0.04 off his index for the event.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 5250 Todd Patterson                        220 Jeff Taylor                  
E1                   0.063  8.146 160.42     ****WINNER****  0.008  8.871 150.61
       B/SR Index: 8.75 (+/-): -0.604            E/SM Index: 9.43 (+/-): -0.559
 Qualified:             #6  8.128 -0.622                       #22  8.852 -0.578
Taylor is the 2005 Lucas Oil champion, his fourth title, first in Competition Eliminator. He sawed the tree down here and still had to take a 0.05 index adjustment to get the win. Jeff Taylor's MOV: 0.0108 seconds (approximately 3 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   11 Al Ackerman                           433 Bill Morse                   
E1                  -0.007  8.287 159.91     ****WINNER****  0.006 10.130  95.73
        F/D Index: 8.87 (+/-): -0.583            G/SM Index: 9.72 (+/-):  0.410
 Qualified:            #16  8.278 -0.592                       #32  9.187 -0.533
Morse had an excellent light and Ackerman went red.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
    5 Vinnie Deceglie                        13 Sal Biondo                   
E1   ****WINNER****  0.010  6.681 202.70                     0.074  7.960 168.96
        A/A Index: 7.31 (+/-): -0.629            E/AA Index: 8.56 (+/-): -0.600
 Qualified:             #3  6.654 -0.656                       #19  7.971 -0.589
So far, four upsets in five pairs...this wasn't an upset, but Deceglie gave up 0.12 for the rest of the event to get the win. Vinnie Deceglie's MOV: 0.0935 seconds (approximately 23 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  596 Paul Anderson                         600 Jeff Lane                    
E1                   0.086  7.495 175.46     ****WINNER****  0.030  8.180 153.40
       A/EA Index: 8.09 (+/-): -0.595            B/SR Index: 8.75 (+/-): -0.570
 Qualified:            #21  7.507 -0.583                        #5  8.116 -0.634
Jeff Lane's MOV: 0.0318 seconds (approximately 8 feet) and another index adjustment for the winner.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  751 Tom Huggins                          7098 Tom Mettler                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.001  7.318 169.19                     0.036  7.664 176.70
        B/A Index: 7.87 (+/-): -0.552             PST Index: 8.21 (+/-): -0.546
 Qualified:             #8  7.261 -0.609                       #24  7.633 -0.577
Huggins was almost perfect on the tree. Tom Huggins' MOV: 0.0412 seconds (approximately 11 feet) and a 0.05 index adjustment for the rest of the weekend.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   55 Richard Freeman                      6660 Adam Bowdish                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.010  8.812 148.64                     0.136  8.832 151.75
      D/SMA Index: 9.25 (+/-): -0.438            D/SM Index: 9.36 (+/-): -0.528
 Qualified:            #11  8.643 -0.607                       #27  8.790 -0.570
Richard Freeman's MOV: 0.0363 seconds (approximately 8 feet), Freeman saving his index for later rounds.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7298 Scott Hedlund                           7 Brian Browell                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.136  8.511 161.81                     0.034  8.066 151.78
       B/SM Index: 8.92 (+/-): -0.409             D/D Index: 7.97 (+/-):  0.096
 Qualified:            #31  8.385 -0.535                       #15  7.376 -0.594
Browell slowed past half track, giving Hedlund an easy win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7771 Ed Sigmon                              53 Clint Sallee                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.058  9.534 131.29                    -0.018  7.116 155.24
       C/SR Index: 9.39 (+/-):  0.144             B/D Index: 7.43 (+/-): -0.314
 Qualified:            #30  8.843 -0.547                       #14  6.830 -0.600
Sigmon's roadster made a hard right turn on the launch and he did a good job of getting it back to the groove without losing momentum - by then, the win light was on in his lane.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  411 Colt Mikel                            717 Mike DePalma                 
E1                   0.086  8.486 158.43     ****WINNER****  0.003  7.326 185.36
       B/TA Index: 9.10 (+/-): -0.614             B/A Index: 7.87 (+/-): -0.544
 Qualified:            #12  8.497 -0.603                       #28  7.300 -0.570
Nice light by DePalma to set up the win. Mike DePalma's MOV: 0.0133 seconds (approximately 3 feet). He will give up 0.04 on his index for the event, however.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
    1 Dean Carter                           464 Daniel Mikel                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.000  7.080 177.63                     0.026  8.517 158.30
       A/ND Index: 7.67 (+/-): -0.590            B/TA Index: 9.10 (+/-): -0.583
 Qualified:             #7  7.056 -0.614                       #23  8.523 -0.577
Carter notched a perfect light and still had to dig deep into his index to insure the win. Dean Carter's MOV: 0.0331 seconds (approximately 8 feet). He will lose 0.09 on his index for the rest of the event.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 707M John Mihovetz                          10 Bo Butner III                
E1                   0.120  6.852 211.93     ****WINNER****  0.024  8.761 143.38
      AA/AT Index: 7.24 (+/-): -0.388            D/SM Index: 9.36 (+/-): -0.599
 Qualified:            #18  6.650 -0.590                        #2  8.703 -0.657
Mihovetz' Cougar made a hard right turn on the launch and he lost a lot of time black-tracking over next to the centerline. Butner gave up 0.09 in a winning cause. Bo Butner III's MOV: 0.3076 seconds (approximately 96 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 4025 Joey Tanksley                        3112 Mike Smith                   
E1   ****WINNER****  0.038  7.262 148.59                    -0.027  8.644 143.03
       B/ED Index: 7.61 (+/-): -0.348            G/AA Index: 9.17 (+/-): -0.526
 Qualified:            #25  7.037 -0.573                        #9  8.561 -0.609


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   45 Craig Bourgeois                         8 David Rampy                  
E1                  -0.006  7.617 132.63     ****WINNER****  0.027  7.829 134.56
       A/ND Index: 7.67 (+/-): -0.053            A/EA Index: 8.09 (+/-): -0.261
 Qualified:            #17  7.079 -0.591                        #1  7.432 -0.658
Last pair. Rampy got a gift and saved his index for later rounds - not good news for the rest of the competitors.

In round two Rampy races Tanksley, Lane faces Barcelon, Deceglie takes on Freeman, Carter tries Hedlund, Butner tests Gebhardt, Taylor meets Sigmon, Justice tackles DePalma, and Huggins challenges Morse.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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