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Sun, 15 Oct 2006, 03:07 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 3 Eliminations
By Dan Bennett





DINWIDDIE, Va. - Results of round 3 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, Inaugural Torco Racing Fuels NHRA Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    4 Bill Reichert                           5 Marty Thacker                
E3                   0.106  5.255 276.01     ****WINNER****  0.035  5.270 268.28
 Prior rounds:
E2    (M Kosky     ) 0.091  5.251 275.17      (J Bohr      ) 0.046  5.282 270.21
E1    (D Hedges Jr ) 0.109  5.293 273.83      (D DeAngelis ) 0.121  5.283 268.54
 Qualified:             #2  5.209 276.63                        #3  5.265 269.83
Two fuel cars line up here, both among the strongest in the land. While Reichert has been receiving all the attention due to his championship run, Thacker still holds quick time of the weekend.

The Torco car welds the champ to the tree and turns in an exceptional holeshot victory.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   19 John Finke                             35 Ken Perry                    
E3   ****WINNER****  0.051  5.253 276.29                     0.052  5.262 264.13
 Prior rounds:
E2    (R Bourke    ) 0.096  5.198 278.12      (R Samsel    ) 0.009  5.255 265.17
E1    (W Morris    ) 0.400  5.298 275.00      (D Hirata    ) 0.079  5.258 265.33
 Qualified:             #1  5.183 277.26                        #5  5.274 258.86
These guys, though technically sportsmen, have travelled farther than a lot of the Pro teams. Perry is from Ontario,Canada and Finke hails from New York.

It's a great drag race with the Steve Boggs horsepower just shooting the Finke car to the lead at the finish line. Perry was ahead almost the entire track.

John Finke's incremental times: 60ft-0.945 sec., 330ft-2.399, 660ft-3.509/226.28mph, 1,000ft-4.446
Ken Perry's incremental times: 60ft-0.872 sec., 330ft-2.304, 660ft-3.435/218.41mph, 1,000ft-4.417

John Finke's MOV: 0.0102 seconds (approximately 4 feet).

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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