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Sun, 7 Sep 2003, 04:19 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 3 Eliminations
By Keith Burgan





CLERMONT, Ind. - Results of round 3 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 49th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals: Current weather conditions: 79 degrees, 42 percent relative humidity, the barometer 30.08 inches, with a track temperature of 114 degrees.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    8 Shelly Howard                          33 Jeff Wilson
E3   ****WINNER****  0.043  5.429 257.73                     0.043  5.524 264.03
 Prior rounds:
E2    (M Kosky     ) 0.054  5.424 257.28      (T Datweiler ) 0.099  5.567 259.51
E1    (K Stark     ) 0.048  5.499 250.04      (D Nicholson ) 0.059  5.454 259.61
 Qualified:            #11  5.470 258.57                        #7  5.406 259.31
Howard takes the left lane and leaves Wilson where he was in round one earlier today. .The reaction timmes were identical but Howard outpowered Wilson to lead by two car lengths in the traps.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 7438 Morgan Lucas                            7 Marty Thacker
E3   ****WINNER****  0.044  5.405 262.69                     0.028  5.473 261.37
 Prior rounds:
E2    (M Gunderson ) 0.036  5.324 263.98      (B Reichert  ) 0.021  5.397 263.20
E1    (J Haley     ) 0.059  5.350 265.22      (G Kelly     ) 0.048  5.350 264.18
 Qualified:             #1  5.314 264.80                        #4  5.380 262.79
The last surviving nitro car takes the left lane as both drivers attempt to join the long list of Indy winners in what is also the 400th event for the alcohol cars. Thacker's brother flew in from Singapore to be here today along with their dad but that day ended here despite Thacker leaving first. Marty's car appeared to be trying to shed some body panels on the run and he was a car length in arrears in the traps. Lucas will have lane choice over Howard in the final.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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