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Sat, 5 Nov 2005, 05:25 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 1 Eliminations
By Dave Rowe





POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 41st annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 7470 Hillary Will                         7384 Sean O'Bannon                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.070  5.352 269.78                     0.106  5.332 266.32
 Qualified:             #8  5.393 268.76                        #9  5.398 265.53
1:47 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 71 degrees, relative humidity 31 percent, barometer 29.31 inches, adjusted altitude 1,705 feet, track temperature 92 degrees.

A great race here, Will left the line first, then O'Bannon drive around before they reached the 60 foot mark. He continued to lead until just past half-track, then Will drove around and pulled away for the hole-shot win. Hillary Will's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.010), 330 ft(-0.015), 660ft(-0.007), 1,000ft(0.005). MOV: 0.0163 seconds (approximately 6 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  672 Mike Austin                           405 Carl Magee                   
E1   ****WINNER****  0.059  5.404 265.27                     0.085  5.620 225.41
 Qualified:             #7  5.390 264.86                       #10  5.411 228.85
Austin gets the hole-shot and starts pulling away. He extends his lead, then Magee's engine starts going away about 900 feet down.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   10 Steve Federlin                        613 Joey Severance               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.055  5.369 262.69                     0.021  5.474 245.81
 Qualified:             #6  5.372 264.86                       #11  5.419 260.66
Severance leaves first and starts to pull away. Federlin reels him in at the 330-foot mark, then pulls away for the win. Steve Federlin's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.026), 330 ft(0.001), 660ft(0.020), 1,000ft(0.040). MOV: 0.0714 seconds (approximately 26 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  712 Larry Miersch                        7116 Joe Windham                  
E1                   0.054  5.427 248.16     ****WINNER****  0.047  5.345 267.80
 Qualified:            #12  5.430 258.67                        #5  5.307 269.51
Windham gets the hole-shot, but Miersch quickly drives by him. He hangs on to the lead past half-track, then Windham pulls back around and takes the win. Joe Windham's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.011), 330 ft(-0.023), 660ft(-0.007), 1,000ft(0.035). MOV: 0.0896 seconds (approximately 33 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   74 Duane Shields                           4 Ashley Force                 
E1                   0.065  5.451 258.57     ****WINNER****  0.045  5.371 263.31
 Qualified:            #13  5.433 264.55                        #4  5.302 268.65
Force gets the hole-shot, goes right down the groove, and takes the win. She will give up lane choice to Windham in round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  518 John Haley                           717M Aaron Olivarez               
E1                         No Time           ****WINNER****  0.144  5.342 267.91
 Qualified:            #14  5.433 241.02                        #3  5.300 269.56
Haley rolls through the lights trying to stage and gives the win to Olivarez. Olivarez will have lane choice over Federlin in round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    2 Bill Reichert                         751 Bob Perkins                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.099  5.273 274.27                     0.030 No Time      
 Qualified:             #2  5.289 271.13                       #15  5.456 257.33
Perkins gets the hole-shot and starts pulling away. He gets out of the groove and starts moving around, getting close to the center-line at half-track, then finally crossing and taking out the cones at the end of the track. Reichert drove around at half-track and tied the quickest pass of the weekend. He will have lane choice over Austin in round two. Bill Reichert's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.048), 330 ft(-0.053), 660ft(0.022), 1,000ft(0.122). MOV: 0.2187 seconds (approximately 58 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 6610 Brandon Johnson                       475 Steve Torrence               
E1                   0.060  5.398 266.11     ****WINNER****  0.076  5.300 269.03
 Qualified:            #16  5.488 261.93                        #1  5.273 268.22
Johnson leaves first and starts to pull away. Torrence starts making up ground, then drives around at half-track. Torrence will have lane choice over Will in round two.

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