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Mon, 3 Sep 2007, 02:54 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 3 Eliminations
By Dan Bennett





CLERMONT, Ind. - Results of round 3 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster 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
   35 Dave Hirata                             3 Spencer Massey               
E3   ****WINNER****  0.092  5.392 263.20                     0.037 13.591  62.30
 Prior rounds:
E2    (T Datweiler ) 0.116  5.283 265.59      (N Condo     ) 0.042  9.064  88.64
E1    (T Bowgren   ) 0.124  5.314 261.22      (S Umphries  ) 0.052  5.320 267.32
 Qualified:             #5  5.301 261.07                        #1  5.233 272.94
Massey once again has problems off the line and boils the tires early.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   33 Marty Thacker                          34 Jeff Bohr                    
E3   ****WINNER****  0.058  5.909 182.50                     0.037  6.840 233.28
 Prior rounds:
E2    (A Olivarez  ) 0.044  5.362 266.74      (K Perry     ) 0.057  5.451 263.05
E1    (K Harker    ) 0.023  5.368 267.32      (D Shields   ) 0.074  5.494 262.39
 Qualified:             #7  5.337 267.00                       #11  5.371 267.48
Thacker hopes to put a blown car into the finals.

And he does. Bohr has heavy tire spin but is still accelerating. He wacks the throttle trying to get caught up, but after almost crossing the centerline at 330 and 1000 feet, finally gives up.

Thacker will meet the fuel car of Hirata in the finals.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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