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Sun, 21 Sep 2008, 02:36 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 2 Eliminations
By Rick Green





ENNIS, Texas - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 23rd annual O'Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    7 Spencer Massey                         10 Brandon Pierce               
E2                   0.033  5.425 261.83     ****WINNER****  0.069  5.361 259.66
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D Hitchman  ) 0.059  5.396 265.06      (K Buff Pesz ) 0.050  5.230 280.14
 Qualified:             #4  5.328 270.16                        #5  5.330 274.78
Weather conditions: air temperature 87 degrees, relative humidity 46 percent, barometer 29.54 inches, adjusted altitude 3,028 feet, track temperature 109 degrees.

This was a real good drag race with Massey getting the starting line advantage, but Pierce has the difference made up by 200 feet. Brandon Pierce's MOV: 0.0286 seconds (approximately 11 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    6 Marty Thacker                        7444 Del Cox Jr.                  
E2                   0.008  5.574 219.65     ****WINNER****  0.036  5.367 268.54
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D Hegge     ) 0.029  5.320 269.40      (J Hamelink  ) 0.055  5.602 257.48
 Qualified:             #3  5.322 270.81                        #6  5.338 271.24
Thacker with a near perfect light, but then it hiked the front end and carried it out about 200 feet. He then slowed on the top end. Cox with a great light, and then chased Thacker down around 800 feet. Cox with a real nice pass for the win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    4 Jim Whiteley                          744 Courtney Force               
E2   ****WINNER****  0.057  5.326 270.10                     0.027  5.659 257.97
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D Brounkowsk) 0.066  5.275 270.16      (B Lewis     ) 0.085  5.443 265.48
 Qualified:             #1  5.278 271.08                        #8  5.348 269.56
Force is out of the gate first, but is dropping cylinders right off the starting line and that is the end of her weekend. Whitely with another great looking pass, the quickest of the round. Jim Whiteley's incremental times: 60ft-0.918 sec., 330ft-2.375, 660ft-3.515/217.49mph, 1,000ft-4.495 He will have lane choice over Pierce in the semifinal.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  469 Darvin Martinets                      440 Kate Harker                  
E2                   0.081  5.871 191.10     ****WINNER****  0.077  5.551 256.60
 Prior rounds:
E1    (A Tatum     ) 0.054  5.407 263.56      (M Manners   ) 0.087  5.612 256.45
 Qualified:            #10  5.414 264.60                        #2  5.306 261.12
Harker with a slight starting line advantage, but then Martinets has the lead as they go by the Christmas Tree. He then bang the blower just past half track, and Harker was dropping cylinders all the way down the tack but was able to drive by him around 800 feet. She takes the win light, but will give up lane choice to Cox in the semifinal.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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