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Mon, 22 Sep 2003, 02:33 PM

Top Fuel Round 2 Eliminations
By Rick Green





MILLINGTON, Tenn. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Fuel at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 16th annual O'Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals presented by Pennzoil:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    6 Darrell Russell                       797 David Baca
E2   ****WINNER****  0.056  4.671 305.22                     0.162  4.695 289.63
 Prior rounds:
E1    (S Kalitta   ) 0.063  4.613 320.81      (R Hartman-Sm) 0.113  4.774 302.35
 Qualified:             #8  4.604 321.04                        #1  4.533 319.75
Current weather conditions: 76 degrees, 65 percent relative humidity, the barometer 29.94 inches, with a track temperature of 102 degrees under sunny skies.

Russell has beat Baca the three out the four time these two have race including at the last race in round two. Russell is out of the gate first and never looked back to move into the semifinals. Baca dropped a cylinder on the top end.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    2 Kenny Bernstein                         4 Doug Kalitta
E2                   0.055 11.478  81.10     ****WINNER****  0.045  5.283 207.46
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D Herbert   ) 0.066  4.590 321.19      (J Smith     ) 0.053  4.677 306.12
 Qualified:             #7  4.592 323.43                        #2  4.542 327.90
Bernstein has a 17 to 11 advantage over Kalitta in head to head match ups. Kalitta with the starting line advantage, but then Bernstein blistered the Goodyears and lifts about the same time Kalitta smokes the hides. Kalitta is able to ge his dragster to hook back up and take the win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    1 Larry Dixon                             5 Cory McClenathan
E2   ****WINNER****  0.070  4.624 320.13                     0.065  4.638 314.31
 Prior rounds:
E1    (S Weis      ) 0.068  4.589 319.90      (S Palmer    ) 0.095  4.594 321.81
 Qualified:             #5  4.586 322.19                        #4  4.570 307.93
Dixon has a 20 to 13 head to head advantage over McClenathan. McClenathan is out of the gate first, but dixon has the difference made up by 60 feet and win this drag race. Larry Dixon's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(0.007), 330 ft(-0.008), 660ft(-0.015), 1,000ft(-0.007). MOV: 0.0097 seconds (approximately 4 feet).

Dixon will have lane choice over Russell in round two.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    3 Tony Schumacher                       104 Clay Millican
E2   ****WINNER****  0.043  4.571 324.36                     0.047  4.636 315.56
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D Grubnic   ) 0.065  4.560 326.40      (P Romine    ) 0.041  4.683 311.70
 Qualified:             #3  4.551 321.65                        #6  4.587 315.34
This is only the second time these two have raced and Schumacher won the first time they meet. Schumacher is out of the gate first and never looked back running low E.T. of the round and he will have lane choice over Kalitta in the semifinal.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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