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Sat, 13 Sep 2008, 10:46 AM

Competition Eliminator Round 1 Eliminations
By Jason Murray





CONCORD, N.C. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, Inaugural NHRA Carolinas Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 2229 Lonnie Johnson                       1423 Jake Crimmins                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.009  7.239 191.08                     0.102  6.626 214.96
       B/AA Index: 7.64 (+/-): -0.401           AA/AM Index: 7.07 (+/-): -0.444
 Qualified:            #30  7.186 -0.454                       #14  6.534 -0.536
Weather conditions: air temperature 87 degrees, relative humidity 61 percent, barometer 29.39 inches, adjusted altitude 3,470 feet, track temperature 102 degrees.

10:15 a.m. There are a few clouds showing their faces over head. It is already warmer today than it has been all weekend. Crimmins didn't have enough horsepower to chase down Johnson.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 308R Jeff Wright                          2000 Lee Sharp                    
E1                  -0.006 12.286  82.83     ****WINNER****  0.162  8.872 115.84
       B/AA Index: 7.64 (+/-):  4.646           D/SMA Index: 9.00 (+/-): -0.128
 Qualified:            #32  7.202 -0.438                       #16  8.468 -0.532
Wright is red. Sharp goes a 1000ft and lifts.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   23 Larry Pritchett                       330 Brian Browell                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.130  7.902 169.15                    -0.042  7.957 126.27
       A/SM Index: 8.43 (+/-): -0.528             D/D Index: 7.82 (+/-):  0.137
 Qualified:            #20  7.908 -0.522                        #4  7.191 -0.629
Browell turns on the red light in this match-up.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  373 Ray Vierheller III                   143Y Doug Doll Jr.                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.106  7.449 172.30                     0.047  8.375 156.97
       D/ED Index: 7.99 (+/-): -0.541            F/ED Index: 8.83 (+/-): -0.455
 Qualified:            #10  7.425 -0.565                       #26  8.351 -0.479
Vierheller comes from behind and is able to drive around Doll.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  357 Rick Brown                           3015 Bill Yates                   
E1   ****WINNER****  0.003  8.467 137.08                    -0.029  6.731 195.45
       B/TA Index: 8.88 (+/-): -0.413            A/ED Index: 7.22 (+/-): -0.489
 Qualified:             #7  8.308 -0.572                       #23  6.722 -0.498
Yates is red in first round, Brown and his truck will move on.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 1571 Michele Costa                         353 Bruno Massel                 
E1                  -0.016  9.472 117.13     ****WINNER****  0.021  8.208 119.07
        G/D Index: 9.64 (+/-): -0.168           DD/AT Index: 7.94 (+/-):  0.268
 Qualified:            #18  9.112 -0.528                        #2  7.233 -0.707
Costa throws away this round with a big old red light. Massel and his turbo charged car move into 2nd round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 2347 Tony Terry                           1484 Allen Stanfield              
E1                  -0.041  9.740 101.26     ****WINNER****  0.036  8.926 152.04
       F/AA Index: 8.64 (+/-):  1.100            G/SM Index: 9.38 (+/-): -0.454
 Qualified:             #8  8.072 -0.568                       #24  8.882 -0.498
Stanfield moves on to the next round, with the help of Terry's red light start.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 2126 Michael Hardee                        211 Glen Treadwell               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.026  8.551 157.93                     0.118  8.190 142.09
       E/SM Index: 9.14 (+/-): -0.589            F/EA Index: 8.69 (+/-): -0.500
 Qualified:            #21  8.620 -0.520                        #5  8.093 -0.597
Here we go, both are green. Hardee got the head start and had the horsepower to stay out in front, but did eat some index for next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
    1 Frank Aragona Jr.                     252 Jerry Hemmingson             
E1   ****WINNER****  0.029  8.874 115.77                    -0.010  7.230 175.73
       G/EA Index: 8.88 (+/-): -0.006             B/A Index: 7.64 (+/-): -0.410
 Qualified:            #11  8.323 -0.557                       #27  7.168 -0.472
The defending world champ will move into the next round. Hemmingson leaves just a bit too earlier.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  199 Gary Wisecarver                        14 Stephen Szupka               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.051  9.197 147.79                     0.075  8.517 158.93
       H/SM Index: 9.56 (+/-): -0.363            F/ED Index: 8.83 (+/-): -0.313
 Qualified:            #34  9.131 -0.429                       #15  8.296 -0.534
Wisecarver is as an alternate and takes advantage of it and he will head into the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 1867 Richard Schonberger                  5450 Steve Matusek                
E1                   0.032  8.406 161.42     ****WINNER****  0.102  6.716 213.98
        I/A Index: 8.82 (+/-): -0.414           BB/AT Index: 7.37 (+/-): -0.654
 Qualified:            #17  8.289 -0.531                        #1  6.498 -0.872
Matusek takes the win and a big hit to his index.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 3718 Terry Smith                            17 Al Ackerman                  
E1                   0.162  7.521 175.21     ****WINNER****  0.025  8.171 156.61
       D/ED Index: 7.99 (+/-): -0.469             F/D Index: 8.65 (+/-): -0.479
 Qualified:            #29  7.524 -0.466                       #13  8.108 -0.542
Ackerman is able to hold off the harding charging Smith, to take the round victory.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   25 Van Puckett                          213A Anthony Bertozzi             
E1                   0.109  8.251 164.27     ****WINNER****  0.039  7.627 163.59
       F/AA Index: 8.64 (+/-): -0.389            D/ED Index: 7.99 (+/-): -0.363
 Qualified:            #35  8.226 -0.414                        #9  7.422 -0.568
Bertozzi launches hard, pulls the wheels up and drives around Puckett for the win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 2885 David Rampy                            16 Arnie Martel                 
E1                   0.032  7.373 160.42     ****WINNER****  0.057  7.847 168.01
       A/EA Index: 7.87 (+/-): -0.497            B/SR Index: 8.44 (+/-): -0.593
 Qualified:            #22  7.359 -0.511                        #6  7.863 -0.577
Martel holds off Rampy in this big first round match-up. Martel though kills some index.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 3002 Pat Ross                             1136 Peter Biondo                 
E1                   0.008  8.182 164.85     ****WINNER****  0.039  9.156 141.19
        F/A Index: 8.68 (+/-): -0.498           I/SMA Index: 9.74 (+/-): -0.584
 Qualified:            #19  8.155 -0.525                        #3  9.108 -0.632
Biondo pulls the wheels up on the start, Ross has the better reaction time, but not the horsepower to chase Biondo down. Biondo goes to round two but lose some index for the rest of the weekend.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 2467 Jim Kimbrough                        7910 Frank Cervelli               
E1                   0.023  7.194 184.88     ****WINNER****  0.016  7.156 178.50
       C/DA Index: 7.63 (+/-): -0.436            C/DA Index: 7.63 (+/-): -0.474
 Qualified:            #28  7.158 -0.472                       #12  7.074 -0.556
Cervelli takes the win in this heads-up match-up.. Cervelli will makes his way into the 2nd round.

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