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Sun, 6 Nov 2005, 06:27 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 3 Eliminations
By Dave Rowe





POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 3 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
    2 Bill Reichert                        717M Aaron Olivarez               
E3   ****WINNER****  0.066  5.236 272.50                     0.006  5.327 268.81
 Prior rounds:
E2    (M Austin    ) 0.087  5.280 274.27      (S Federlin  ) 0.052  5.302 266.74
E1    (B Perkins   ) 0.099  5.273 274.27      (J Haley     ) 0.144  5.342 267.91
 Qualified:             #2  5.289 271.13                        #3  5.300 269.56
3:14 p.m. Olivarez does his job, leaving way before Reichert, but Reichert starts gaining ground as soon as they leave the line. Olivarez stays out in front until half-track, then Reichert goes around and pulls away for the win. Bill Reichert's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.058), 330 ft(-0.037), 660ft(-0.007), 1,000ft(0.015). MOV: 0.0315 seconds (approximately 12 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    4 Ashley Force                          475 Steve Torrence               
E3                   0.085  5.388 249.35     ****WINNER****  0.097  5.343 264.44
 Prior rounds:
E2    (J Windham   ) 0.028  5.352 265.27      (H Will      ) 0.074  5.257 267.80
E1    (D Shields   ) 0.045  5.371 263.31      (B Johnson   ) 0.076  5.300 269.03
 Qualified:             #4  5.302 268.65                        #1  5.273 268.22
Force gets the hole-shot and starts pulling away. She extends her lead for the first 330-feet, then Torrence starts to reel her in. Torrence drives around Force just past the 1000-foot mark and moves on to the next round. Reichert will have lane choice over Torrence in the final round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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