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Sun, 14 Sep 2008, 01:40 PM

Pro Stock Motorcycle Round 1 Eliminations
By Jason Murray

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

  235 Hector Arana                            6 Craig Treble                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.011  7.059 189.07                     0.044  7.045 186.28
 Qualified:             #8  7.038 189.28                        #9  7.044 191.02
Weather conditions: air temperature 88 degrees, relative humidity 52 percent, barometer 29.24 inches, adjusted altitude 3,606 feet, track temperature 121 degrees.

The wind has started to pick up as we head into Pro Stock Motorcycle. Treble is 5 - 2 against Arana in prior events and 3 - 0 in first round meetings. Treble is competing in the Countdown, Arana just missed out back at Indy, Arana leaves first has to really fight to keep his bike off the centerline, he never lifted which is what he knew he had to do. All Treble could do was watch. Arana takes the win on a holeshot MOV 0.0192 seconds (approximately 5 feet).

    8 Karen Stoffer                           5 Angelle Sampey               
E1                   0.021  7.030 190.22     ****WINNER****  0.015  7.018 189.84
 Qualified:             #7  7.037 189.71                       #10  7.056 178.76
Both riders are in the Countdown, Sampey is 10 - 4 against Stoffer in prior events and 4 - 2 in first round. Sampey gets out of the gate first and never trailed in this race. Sampey will move into the second round.

Angelle Sampey's incremental times: 60ft-1.078 sec., 330ft-2.904, 660ft-4.471/156.21mph, 1,000ft-5.842

   25 Matt Guidera                            3 Chip Ellis                   
E1   ****WINNER****  0.048  7.080 186.61                    -0.014  7.002 189.07
 Qualified:            #11  7.060 187.16                        #6  7.036 191.19
Ellis is 2 - 0 against Guidera in first round. Ellis is red, Guidera will take the win before he even leaves the line. Ellis goes out and runs low ET of the round, but will not be around for 2nd round.

   44 Chris Rivas                           310 Joe DeSantis                 
E1                         No Time           ****WINNER****  0.845  7.100 190.89
 Qualified:             #2  6.968 191.19                       #15  7.114 190.19
Rivas's bike won't fire, #2 qualifier is not go to even be able to make an attempt to race. DeSantis makes a very good run and he will race Sampey next round, but won't have lane choice.

    2 Andrew Hines                          371 Wes Wells                    
E1                  -0.017  7.010 191.24     ****WINNER****  0.081  7.745 132.75
 Qualified:             #4  7.007 191.24                       #13  7.072 189.68
We have another red light, as Hines throws it away at the start. Wells will take this round win and he will move into the 2nd round, Wells' bike though has trouble down track and he will have to wait to see who he races next round.

   77 Angie McBride                           9 Steve Johnson                
E1                   0.013  7.083 187.78     ****WINNER****  0.035  7.035 192.08
 Qualified:            #12  7.066 187.99                        #5  7.029 189.07
Angie leaves on Indy champ Johnson and she was out in front all the way to 1000ft, thats were Johnson is able to go around her, and he will go to the 2nd round with lane choice over Wells. Steve Johnson's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.027), 330 ft(-0.035), 660ft(-0.018), 1,000ft(0.003). MOV: 0.0264 seconds (approximately 7 feet).

  202 Junior Pippin                           7 Eddie Krawiec                
E1                  -0.001  7.045 185.77     ****WINNER****  0.006  6.975 192.66
 Qualified:            #14  7.098 184.47                        #3  6.981 192.30
Krawiec is the Full Throttle winner this weekend. Pippen couldn't wait until the green, as he turns on the red light. Krawiec runs low ET of the round by a bunch and he will add more points to his total. Krawiec will have lane choice over Guidera in 2nd round.

    1 Matt Smith                            205 Shawn Gann                   
E1   ****WINNER****  0.039  6.984 190.73                     0.003  7.101 190.00
 Qualified:             #1  6.952 192.08                       #16  7.189 186.51
Both riders are from North Carolina, and both consider this their home track. Gann gets out in front for about 200ft and then Smith's horsepower is just too much for him, as Smith goes around and makes a great run. Smith will have lane choice over Arana in the next round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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