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Sun, 21 Sep 2008, 04:48 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 3 Eliminations
By Rick Green





ENNIS, Texas - Results of round 3 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
 7444 Del Cox Jr.                           440 Kate Harker                  
E3                   0.040  5.949 245.72     ****WINNER****  0.049  5.664 258.52
 Prior rounds:
E2    (M Thacker   ) 0.036  5.367 268.54      (D Martinets ) 0.077  5.551 256.60
E1    (J Hamelink  ) 0.055  5.602 257.48      (M Manners   ) 0.087  5.612 256.45
 Qualified:             #6  5.338 271.24                        #2  5.306 261.12
Weather conditions: air temperature 91 degrees, relative humidity 41 percent, barometer 29.50 inches, adjusted altitude 3,293 feet, track temperature 126 degrees.

Cox with the starting line advantage, but then it just labored through with his slowest pass during eliminations. Harker had holes out on the right side right from the hit, but still takes the win light.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    4 Jim Whiteley                           10 Brandon Pierce               
E3   ****WINNER****  0.052  5.315 268.76                     0.041  5.390 261.17
 Prior rounds:
E2    (C Force     ) 0.057  5.326 270.10      (S Massey    ) 0.069  5.361 259.66
E1    (D Brounkowsk) 0.066  5.275 270.16      (K Buff Pesz ) 0.050  5.230 280.14
 Qualified:             #1  5.278 271.08                        #5  5.330 274.78
Pierce had problems after his last round win when the rear end locked up, but he is here and ready to race. Pierce with the starting line advantage and never trailed even though he had a puff of tire smoke around half track. Pierce had a couple whisp of tire smoke, but stayed with him. Whiteley will have lane choice over Harker in the final. With this round win Whiteley takes the Top Alcohol Dragster point lead.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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