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Sun, 23 Sep 2007, 03:48 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 2 Eliminations
By Dave Rowe





ENNIS, Texas - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 22nd annual O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 7334 Shawn Langdon                         469 Darvin Martinets             
E2                   0.059  5.410 271.95     ****WINNER****  0.045  5.422 263.46
 Prior rounds:
E1    (B Reichert  ) 0.057  5.391 267.75      (J Hamelink  ) 0.021  5.474 261.27
 Qualified:            #16  5.549 257.78                        #8  5.502 260.76
2:30 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 82 degrees, relative humidity 57 percent, barometer 29.37 inches, adjusted altitude 2,495 feet, track temperature 101 degrees.

Martinets gets the hole-shot and makes his quickest pass of the weekend to take the close win.

Darvin Martinets' incremental margins: 60ft(0.005), 330 ft(0.058), 660ft(0.048), 1,000ft(0.022). MOV: 0.0024 seconds (approximately 11 inches).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   33 Marty Thacker                           9 Aaron Olivarez               
E2                   0.064  5.506 257.92     ****WINNER****  0.079  5.326 271.46
 Prior rounds:
E1    (T Buff      ) 0.066  5.559 249.03      (J Thompson  ) 0.099  5.384 271.24
 Qualified:            #10  5.509 259.11                        #2  5.306 274.55
Thacker leaves first but Olivarez runs hims down and drives around just past the 330-foot mark, then pulls away for the win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  440 Kate Harker                          7942 Thomas Bayer                 
E2                   0.114  9.443  82.08     ****WINNER****  0.078  5.382 263.82
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D Shields   ) 0.095  5.359 261.88      (D Hirata    ) 0.087  5.376 263.92
 Qualified:             #3  5.340 267.11                        #6  5.428 262.64
Harker rattle the tires right off the line, gets about 300 feet out and clicks it off. Bayer makes another good run, right down the groove to take the win.

Olivarez will have lane choice over Bayer in the next round.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   74 Jim Whiteley                          471 Aaron Tatum                  
E2                         No Time           ****WINNER****  0.065  5.334 274.89
 Prior rounds:
E1    (B Pierce    ) 0.088  5.419 262.90      (R Meyer     ) 0.077  5.457 271.35
 Qualified:             #5  5.384 264.60                        #4  5.345 276.29
Whiteley completes his burnout and can't get the car in reverse. he finally motors on down the track, giving Tatun the single. Tatum makes the most of it, going right down the groove with his quickest pass of the weekend. Tatum will have lane choice over Martinets in the next round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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