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Sun, 14 Sep 2008, 12:34 PM

Top Fuel Round 1 Eliminations
By Rick Green





CONCORD, N.C. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Fuel 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
   44 David Grubnic                           1 Tony Schumacher              
E1                   0.082  4.423 291.57     ****WINNER****  0.067  3.873 315.93
 Qualified:             #8  3.876 311.92                        #9  3.879 306.19
Weather conditions: air temperature 87 degrees, relative humidity 56 percent, barometer 29.27 inches, adjusted altitude 3,541 feet, track temperature 106 degrees.

Schumacher is 26 - 7 against Grubnic in prior events, and 11 - 5 in round one meetings. Schumacher is first out of the gate and never looks back as Grubnic has problems early. Schumacher runs top speed of the event with his quickest pass of the weekend.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    3 Brandon Bernstein                       7 J.R. Todd                    
E1                   0.081  4.366 231.83     ****WINNER****  0.055  4.335 236.55
 Qualified:             #7  3.875 309.49                       #10  3.883 312.93
Bernstein and Todd have each won 4 times against the other in prior events. Todd with a starting line advantage and he never trails in this race. Todd was hazing the tires on the top end, but held on for the win. Bernstein's car started hazing the tires and mixing up cylinders on the top end.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    6 Doug Herbert                          743 Morgan Lucas                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.032  3.930 314.39                     0.045  5.251 147.07
 Qualified:             #5  3.870 311.49                       #12  3.894 309.42
Herbert and Lucas have each won 7 times against the other in prior events, and Herbert holds a 4 -3 advantage in round one meetings. Lucas is up in smoke right off the starting line. Herbert blast on down the quarter mile for the win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  123 Antron Brown                          497 Troy Buff                    
E1   ****WINNER****  0.053  3.915 302.28                     0.088  5.903 109.73
 Qualified:             #3  3.865 311.20                       #14  3.923 303.50
This is the first time Brown and Buff have faced each other in eliminations. Brown with the starting line advantage and never looks back as Buff smoke the tires by 150 feet.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  255 Clay Millican                         796 Cory McClenathan             
E1                   0.036  4.032 308.28     ****WINNER****  0.096  3.877 314.24
 Qualified:            #15  3.931 305.77                        #2  3.863 312.13
McClenathan is 3 - 1 against Millican in prior events. Cory Mac is the first of the higher qualified car to take the right lane. Millican with a great light, but McClenathan has made up the difference by 150 feet and just blast on down the 1000 feet for the win light. McClenathan the second quickest pass of the round behind his teammate Schumacher. McClenathan will have lane choice over Todd in the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   48 Hillary Will                            5 Bob Vandergriff              
E1   ****WINNER****  0.097  3.945 310.55                     0.071  4.054 289.88
 Qualified:             #4  3.869 315.12                       #13  3.898 306.95
Will is 4 - 3 against Vandergriff in prior events. Vandergriff with the starting line advantage, but Will has the difference made up by half track and takes the win light. Will will give up lane choice to Herbert in round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   22 Doug Kalitta                            2 Rod Fuller                   
E1                   0.070  3.965 307.58     ****WINNER****  0.045  3.942 308.35
 Qualified:             #6  3.872 309.77                       #11  3.889 304.60
Fuller is 10 - 7 against Kalitta in prior events. Fuller is out of the gate first and never trails all the way down the 1000 feet. Fuller will give up lane choice to his teammate in the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   91 Larry Dixon                          1301 Doug Foley                   
E1   ****WINNER****  0.054  3.887 307.93                     0.085  3.863 313.58
 Qualified:             #1  3.846 310.20                       #16  3.975 302.55
Dixon won the Full Throttle award this weekend, and he qualified number one for the 30th time in his career. Dixon is 4 - 0 against Foley in prior events. Dixon with the starting line advantage and the power to hold on for the hole shot win by three feet. Foley with the quickest pass in the opening round in the losing effort. Dixon will give up lane choice to Schumacher in round two.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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