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Sun, 2 Sep 2007, 07:56 PM

Competition Eliminator Round 3 Eliminations
By David Gerard





CLERMONT, Ind. - Results of round 3 eliminations in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 53rd annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 3000 Jerry Arnold                         3098 Douglas Stewart              
E3                   0.029  8.188 160.31     ****WINNER****  0.048  8.227 162.72
       G/ED Index: 8.63 (+/-): -0.442           B/SMA Index: 8.70 (+/-): -0.473
 Prior rounds:
E2    (T Patterson ) 0.029  8.122 -0.538      (D Gruninger ) 0.113  8.191 -0.509
E1    (R Vierheller) 0.057  8.186 -0.474      (D Billingsle) 0.027  8.194 -0.576
 Qualified:            #26  8.100 -0.560                       #18  8.194 -0.576
7:26 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 84 degrees, relative humidity 30 percent, barometer 29.17 inches, adjusted altitude 2,785 feet, track temperature 108 degrees.Jerry Arnold has a 0.03 CIC penalty; Douglas Stewart has a 0.07 CIC penalty.

Arnold gets the screaming yellow dragster off the fine first, but Douglas Stewart takes the win. MOV: 0.0127 seconds (approximately 3 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 2933 Scott Richardson                      346 Mike Farrell                 
E3   ****WINNER****  0.009  7.979 155.96                     0.041  8.797 153.56
       B/SR Index: 8.43 (+/-): -0.451           F/SMA Index: 9.28 (+/-): -0.483
 Prior rounds:
E2    (J Tanksley  ) 0.021  7.956 -0.474      (G Lewis     ) 0.217  9.792  0.512
E1    (F Allen     ) 0.046  7.925 -0.615      (R Bamond    ) 0.116  9.757  0.477
 Qualified:            #24  7.976 -0.564                       #32  8.734 -0.546
Scott Richardson has a 0.11 CIC penalty.Great 0.009 light for Richardson and a very close finish. Scott Richardson's MOV: 0.0002 seconds (approximately 1 inches).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 3629 Jason Coan                            144 John Caliendo Jr             
E3   ****WINNER****  0.029  8.389 151.20                     0.157  7.901 170.64
       G/EA Index: 8.89 (+/-): -0.501            D/AA Index: 8.31 (+/-): -0.409
 Prior rounds:
E2    (P Hanratty  ) 0.060  8.381 -0.589      (B Book      ) 0.040  7.817 -0.493
E1    (S Vincent   ) 0.026  8.467 -0.523      (W Henderson ) 0.034  7.812 -0.498
 Qualified:            #19  8.416 -0.574                       #59  7.877 -0.433
Jason Coan has a 0.10 CIC penalty. Caliendo is way late and can't catch Coan. Coan saves anymore CIC in this round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 4171 Rodger Brogdon                         48 Charles Watson               
E3   ****WINNER****  0.079  8.609 133.83                     0.056  9.861 109.25
       D/SM Index: 9.06 (+/-): -0.451            D/SM Index: 9.06 (+/-):  0.801
 Prior rounds:
E2    (P Pittman   ) 0.041  8.371 -0.549      (B Browell   ) 0.027  9.416  0.356
E1    (J Plant     ) 0.030  8.420 -0.640      (M Johnson   ) 0.033  8.591 -0.469
 Qualified:             #1  8.371 -0.689                       #57  8.620 -0.440
Brogdon leave second in the heads-up race, but has the luck to take the easy win. Watson has some significant traction problems off the line and slows. Looks like it was self-inflicted, as he leaves some stuff on the track right off the starting line.

7:33 p.m. We will now have a dusting and cleaning dance on the starting line. Time to take a turn around the line with your brooms.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 1052 Arnie Martel                         3004 Don Winget                   
E3                   0.028  7.513 165.50     ****WINNER****  0.030  8.582 155.52
       C/AA Index: 7.94 (+/-): -0.427           E/SMA Index: 9.03 (+/-): -0.448
 Prior rounds:
E2    (R Freeman   ) 0.007  7.440 -0.600      (G Kamplain  ) 0.089  8.554 -0.476
E1    (J Gebhardt  ) 0.032  7.437 -0.603      (R Freeman   ) 0.030  8.554 -0.476
 Qualified:             #7  7.433 -0.607                       #63  8.617 -0.413
Don Winget's MOV: 0.0194 seconds (approximately 5 feet).7:39 p.m. Party time is over, time to go racing. Martel switches lanes before the burnouts. He has a 0.10 CIC penalty.

Almost identical identical RT's and Winglet stays in front to the finish line. Don Winget's MOV: 0.0194 seconds (approximately 5 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   21 Glen Treadwell                         58 Bruno Massel                 
E3   ****WINNER****  0.086  8.136 161.94                     0.090  7.502 175.41
       G/ED Index: 8.59 (+/-): -0.454           DD/AT Index: 7.95 (+/-): -0.448
 Prior rounds:
E2    (B Riemenapp ) 0.094  8.085 -0.575      (R Brown     ) 0.376 10.847  2.897
E1    (D Spencer   ) 0.039  8.158 -0.502      (L Johnson   ) 0.016  7.443 -0.607
 Qualified:            #20  8.086 -0.574                       #12  7.454 -0.596
Glen Treadwell has a 0.07 CIC penalty; Bruno Massel has a 0.10 CIC penalty. Small advantage off the line for Treadwell and he holds off a charging Massel. Glen Treadwell's MOV: 0.0106 seconds (approximately 3 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   37 Robert Bailey                          23 Larry Pritchett              
E3   ****WINNER****  0.073  6.696 184.98                     0.091  7.898 171.58
       A/ED Index: 7.15 (+/-): -0.454            A/SM Index: 8.33 (+/-): -0.432
 Prior rounds:
E2    (B Morse     ) 0.010  6.642 -0.518      (S Matusek   ) 0.084  8.305 -0.025
E1    (F Aragona Jr) 0.020  6.657 -0.563      (M Smith     ) 0.020  7.829 -0.631
 Qualified:            #38  6.694 -0.526                       #46  7.961 -0.499
Robert Bailey has a 0.07 CIC penalty; Larry Pritchett has a 0.13 CIC penalty. Bailey gets a better light and chases Pritchett down and wheel races him to the finish line.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   77 David Beckley                          15 Charlie Greco                
E3                   0.058  6.661 208.62     ****WINNER****  0.013  7.722 174.30
       A/AA Index: 7.16 (+/-): -0.499            D/AA Index: 8.31 (+/-): -0.588
 Prior rounds:
E2    (D Engels    ) 0.061  6.656 -0.534      (C Neff      ) 0.541  7.852 -0.458
E1    (D Maris     ) 0.006  6.856 -0.334      (S Holloway  ) 0.053  7.986 -0.324
 Qualified:            #13  6.596 -0.594                       #21  7.739 -0.571
David Beckley has a 0.03 CIC penalty; Charlie Greco had no CIC penalty, but he does now. A great leave and much better performance gives him the win.

7:48 p.m. He will race Brogdon in round four tomorrow. In other races: Coan vs. Winget; Stewart vs.Bailey; and Treadwell will face Richardson.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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