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Fri, 12 Nov 2010, 02:50 PM

Competition Eliminator Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By David Gerard





POMONA, Calif. - Notes from final, round 3 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 46th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed this round, amount over/under index this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time, speed & over/under Index, and position in order prior to run:
Left Lane: Justin Lamb Runs 8.677/154.12/-0.623, Now #10; G/SMA Index: 9.30, Prior Best: 8.671/154.71/-0.629, Was #10
Right Lane: Steven Kent Runs 7.643/177.56/-0.667, Now #2; E/A Index: 8.31, Prior Best: 7.635/178.02/-0.675, Was #2

11:02 a.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 70 degrees, relative humidity 25 percent, barometer 29.20 inches, adjusted altitude 1,889 feet, track temperature 92 degrees.

Last chance to qualify for the year. Frank Cervelli is on the bump spot at -0.441.

Kent's Vette has a little wiggle off the line and he stays #2 for now.

Lamb runs close to his prior best, but doesn't improve.


Left Lane: Dan Fletcher Runs 7.702/175.64/-0.638, Now #10; B/EA Index: 8.34, Prior Best: 7.728/158.52/-0.612, Was #16
Right Lane: Bob Marshall Runs 7.014/195.65/-0.556, Now #21; B/AA Index: 7.57, Prior Best: 6.983/195.99/-0.587, Was #21

Nice pass for Fletcher and he picks up six spots on the ladder.

Marshall slows a little.

Left Lane: Phil Cocuzza Runs 7.862/173.05/-0.618, Now #14; A/SMA Index: 8.48, Prior Best: 7.873/174.37/-0.607, Was #18
Right Lane: Mark Wolfe Runs 6.530/220.80/-0.510, Now #29; AA/AT Index: 7.04, Prior Best: 6.656/210.70/-0.384, Was #34

Two good passes and Cocuzza moves into the top half of the field.

Wolfe's car is a little snaky off the line, but he finally bumps into the 29th spot for now.

Left Lane: Mike Trumble Runs 8.212/164.91/-0.478, Now #30; C/SMA Index: 8.69, Prior Best: 8.181/166.11/-0.509, Was #30
Right Lane: Adam Bowdish Runs 8.368/141.22/-0.262, Now #27; B/SMA Index: 8.63, Prior Best: 8.089/167.26/-0.541, Was #27

Gary Ross is on the bump spot at -0.446.

No joy here, as both cars slow.

Left Lane: Craig Johnson Runs 9.605/91.70/2.535, Now #36; AA/AM Index: 7.07, Prior Best: 9.315/132.37/2.245, Was #36
Right Lane: Tyler Hogan Runs 7.098/186.33/-0.462, Now #32; C/DA Index: 7.56, Prior Best: 7.412/185.49/-0.148, Was #35

Johnson's altered bounces up and down going down the track and slows.

Hogan gets a pass this time and just bumps into the field for now.

Left Lane: Terry Spargo Runs 6.731/205.10/-0.439, Now #31; A/AP Index: 7.17, Prior Best: 6.685/206.80/-0.485, Was #31
Right Lane: Chris Rado No Time, Now #37; AA/AF Index: 7.88, Prior Best: 22.644/64.29/14.764, Was #37

Rado is running a turbo charged front wheel drive Scion. He has trouble staging and is pushed back.

Spargo will stay #31.

Left Lane: Gary Ross Runs 6.711/205.63/-0.399, Now #33; A/AA Index: 7.11, Prior Best: 6.664/207.18/-0.446, Was #33
Right Lane: Scott Hedlund Runs 7.771/174.41/-0.589, Now #19; A/SM Index: 8.36, Prior Best: 7.754/175.64/-0.606, Was #19

Neither car can improve.

Left Lane: Ross Wilson Runs 11.214/88.57/2.584, Now #16; B/SMA Index: 8.63, Prior Best: 8.017/170.56/-0.613, Was #16
Right Lane: John Edwards Runs 7.529/151.29/-0.431, Now #4; C/AA Index: 7.96, Prior Best: 7.295/187.08/-0.665, Was #4

Both Wilson and Edwards slow down track.

Left Lane: Frank Cervelli Runs 6.911/189.10/-0.479, Now #32; B/DA Index: 7.39, Prior Best: 6.949/190.06/-0.441, Was #34
Right Lane: John Mihovetz Runs 6.409/220.87/-0.861, Now #1; BB/AT Index: 7.27, Prior Best: 6.333/231.20/-0.937, Was #1

Mihovetz is off the pace and ONLY runs a 0.861 under the index at almost 221 MPH. Looks like big damage, as the NHRA trucks are rolling. Most of the Stuff is after the lights.

Cervelli started the session on the bump and finally gets back in for now.

John Mihovetz's incremental times: 60ft-1.041 sec., 330ft-2.809, 660ft-4.200/177.93 mph, 1,000ft-5.393.

Left Lane: Dean Carter Runs 6.902/189.87/-0.608, Now #19; B/ND Index: 7.51, Prior Best: 6.973/190.70/-0.537, Was #28
Right Lane: Craig Bourgeois Runs 6.788/198.73/-0.602, Now #22; B/DA Index: 7.39, Prior Best: 6.843/199.64/-0.547, Was #26

11:24 a.m. Back to qualifying.

Big move byCarter, just missing the top half of the field, running into the sixty under range.

Bourgeois gets a full pass this time and Moves four spots up the ladder.

Left Lane: Randy Jones Runs 7.957/169.59/-0.523, Now #27; A/SMA Index: 8.48, Prior Best: 7.931/170.88/-0.549, Was #27
Right Lane: Scott McClay Runs 7.354/157.76/-0.516, Now #6; C/ED Index: 7.87, Prior Best: 7.216/182.43/-0.654, Was #6

Neither car can improve.

Left Lane: Steve Graham Runs 7.398/183.62/-0.542, Now #25; C/A Index: 7.94, Prior Best: 7.363/184.85/-0.577, Was #25
Right Lane: Doug Lambeck Runs 8.358/162.22/-0.612, Now #18; D/SMA Index: 8.97, Prior Best: 8.358/162.10/-0.612, Was #18

Lambeck matches his earlier ET and Graham is just a little slower.

Left Lane: Tom Mettler Runs 7.358/183.27/-0.592, Now #21; PST Index: 7.95, Prior Best: 7.345/184.42/-0.605, Was #21
Right Lane: Mike DePalma Runs 8.185/163.12/-0.575, Now #5; C/T Index: 8.76, Prior Best: 8.095/164.97/-0.665, Was #5

Truck vs. Truck.

No improvements here...

Left Lane: Ed Sigmon Runs 8.651/132.56/-0.439, Now #3; C/SR Index: 9.09, Prior Best: 8.423/154.94/-0.667, Was #3
Right Lane: Charlie Yannetti Runs 10.255/129.60/0.795, Now #17; L/AA Index: 9.46, Prior Best: 8.847/148.84/-0.613, Was #17

Yannetti gets away fine, but slows down track.

Left Lane: Alan Ellis Runs 6.669/173.12/-0.441, Now #14; A/AA Index: 7.11, Prior Best: 6.491/207.85/-0.619, Was #13
Right Lane: Al Ackerman Runs 7.951/160.40/-0.649, Now #9; F/D Index: 8.60, Prior Best: 8.022/161.61/-0.578, Was #24

Two clean passes, but only Ackerman improves. Big move from near the bottom of the ladder to near the top eight.

Left Lane: Buddy Perkinson Runs 6.976/180.98/-0.534, Now #10; B/A Index: 7.51, Prior Best: 6.870/201.82/-0.640, Was #10
Right Lane: David Rampy Runs 7.312/153.32/-0.528, Now #16; A/EA Index: 7.84, Prior Best: 7.224/171.55/-0.616, Was #16

Both cars slow from yesterday to stay in the top half of the field.

Left Lane: Jeff Lane Runs 8.159/143.35/-0.471, Now #7; B/SMA Index: 8.63, Prior Best: 7.977/169.06/-0.653, Was #7
Right Lane: Vinny Barone Runs 8.089/134.78/-0.291, Now #8; A/SR Index: 8.38, Prior Best: 7.730/169.38/-0.650, Was #8

Both cars leave hard and then slow down track.

Left Lane: Peter Biondo Runs 8.328/133.03/-0.432, Now #13; I/AA Index: 8.76, Prior Best: 8.137/164.35/-0.623, Was #13

Last car to qualify.

Biondo leaves with the front wheels up in the air. The power drives the car towards the guard rail and he has to pedal.

11:36 a.m. John Mihovetz is still number one at 0.937 and Frank Cervelli end up where he started on the bump spot at -0.479.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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