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Mon, 3 Sep 2007, 12:42 PM

Competition Eliminator Round 4 Eliminations
By Dan Bennett





CLERMONT, Ind. - Results of round 4 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
 3004 Don Winget                           3629 Jason Coan                   
E4                  -0.005  8.577 155.63     ****WINNER****  0.027  8.492 132.17
      E/SMA Index: 9.03 (+/-): -0.453            G/EA Index: 8.89 (+/-): -0.398
 Prior rounds:
E3    (A Martel    ) 0.030  8.582 -0.448      (J Caliendo  ) 0.029  8.389 -0.501
E2    (G Kamplain  ) 0.089  8.554 -0.476      (P Hanratty  ) 0.060  8.381 -0.589
E1    (R Freeman   ) 0.030  8.554 -0.476      (S Vincent   ) 0.026  8.467 -0.523
 Qualified:            #48  0.000  0.000                       #58  0.000  0.000
12:30 p.m. and we move into Comp. The track crew is doing a quick clean up and groom after the Pro Motorcycles.

It's a very sunny summer day here in Indianapolis. This is already the warmest day we've had since the race began. There are probably still those who will be able to sacrifice indexes at will, but I have a feeling that the number is down to less than a handful.

Weather conditions: air temperature 92 degrees, relative humidity 29 percent, barometer 29.19 inches, adjusted altitude 3,051 feet, track temperature 108 degrees.

Winget lines his bright red Cavalier up in the left lane. Coan makes a long burnout and Winget waits for him to get back to the line.

We start with our tradional red light and Coan returns.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 4171 Rodger Brogdon                         15 Charlie Greco                
E4   ****WINNER****  0.043  8.356 160.58                     0.107  7.718 174.87
       D/SM Index: 8.88 (+/-): -0.524            D/AA Index: 8.23 (+/-): -0.512
 Prior rounds:
E3    (C Watson    ) 0.079  8.609 -0.451      (D Beckley   ) 0.013  7.722 -0.588
E2    (P Pittman   ) 0.041  8.371 -0.549      (C Neff      ) 0.541  7.852 -0.458
E1    (J Plant     ) 0.030  8.420 -0.640      (S Holloway  ) 0.053  7.986 -0.324
 Qualified:            #66  0.000  0.000                        #6  0.000  0.000
Lots of people about how much performance Brogdon is still holding at this point. He's up against a very tough Greco so we're probably about to find out if there's anything left.

Brogdon leaves on Greco but gets pushed to going 524 under. We still don't know what's there.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   37 Robert Bailey                        3098 Douglas Stewart              
E4   ****WINNER**** -0.104  7.242 135.39                    -0.022  8.314 145.00
       A/ED Index: 7.15 (+/-):  0.092           B/SMA Index: 8.70 (+/-): -0.386
 Prior rounds:
E3    (L Pritchett ) 0.073  6.696 -0.454      (J Arnold    ) 0.048  8.227 -0.473
E2    (B Morse     ) 0.010  6.642 -0.518      (D Gruninger ) 0.113  8.191 -0.509
E1    (F Aragona Jr) 0.020  6.657 -0.563      (D Billingsle) 0.027  8.194 -0.576
 Qualified:            #11  0.000  0.000                       #50  0.000  0.000
Big handicap on this one and it's always tough for the fast car to wait.

The big rail is in the left lane.

Stewart bulbs and it's over quickly.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 2933 Scott Richardson                       21 Glen Treadwell               
E4   ****WINNER****  0.010  8.003 154.40                     0.063  8.112 162.72
       B/SR Index: 8.43 (+/-): -0.427            G/ED Index: 8.59 (+/-): -0.478
 Prior rounds:
E3    (M Farrell   ) 0.009  7.979 -0.451      (B Massel    ) 0.086  8.136 -0.454
E2    (J Tanksley  ) 0.021  7.956 -0.474      (B Riemenapp ) 0.094  8.085 -0.575
E1    (F Allen     ) 0.046  7.925 -0.615      (D Spencer   ) 0.039  8.158 -0.502
 Qualified:            #46  0.000  0.000                        #7  0.000  0.000
Two very good drivers match up in this pair.

Both wait in the water for a couple of quick wipes of the track and then do their burnouts.

Barone was pretty sharp putting Scotty in that beautiful roadster. The reaction times say it all as Richardson takes the win in a very close race.

In the Semis, Brogdon meets Coan while Richardson meets Bailey.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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