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Sat, 13 Nov 2010, 09:30 PM

Competition Eliminator Round 1 Eliminations
By David Gerard





POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 46th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
    3 Mike DePalma                         7298 Scott Hedlund                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.002  8.193 159.66                     0.004  7.794 170.23
        C/T Index: 8.76 (+/-): -0.567            A/SM Index: 8.36 (+/-): -0.566
 Qualified:             #5  8.095 -0.665                       #21  7.754 -0.606
5:32 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 73 degrees, relative humidity 24 percent, barometer 28.93 inches, adjusted altitude 2,424 feet.Two greta RT's and a really close finish. DePalma will take some CIC into the next round.

Mike DePalma's MOV: 0.0038 seconds (approximately 11 inches).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   75 Ross Wilson                          7023 Tyler Hogan                  
E1                  -0.016  8.263 137.46     ****WINNER****  0.005 11.789  86.09
      B/SMA Index: 8.63 (+/-): -0.367            C/DA Index: 7.56 (+/-):  4.229
 Qualified:            #17  8.017 -0.613                       #33  7.098 -0.462
Mihovetz is a No Show and Hogan is the alternate and has Wilson red light to advance him to round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7777 Phil Cocuzza                         6431 Terry Spargo                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.143  8.892 104.57                    -0.153  6.788 177.58
      A/SMA Index: 8.48 (+/-):  0.412            A/AP Index: 7.17 (+/-): -0.382
 Qualified:            #15  7.862 -0.618                       #31  6.685 -0.485
Phil Cocuzza wins on a red light and lifts

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 4337 Craig Bourgeois                       600 Jeff Lane                    
E1                   0.091  7.663 146.19     ****WINNER****  0.073  8.047 153.93
       B/DA Index: 7.39 (+/-):  0.273           B/SMA Index: 8.63 (+/-): -0.583
 Qualified:            #23  6.788 -0.602                        #7  7.977 -0.653
Bourgeois spins the slicks at the hit and slows.

Lane goes on with a big CIC hit.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   74 Steve Graham                           15 Al Ackerman                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.017  7.395 176.74                     0.010  8.090 163.95
        C/A Index: 7.94 (+/-): -0.545             F/D Index: 8.60 (+/-): -0.510
 Qualified:            #25  7.363 -0.577                        #9  7.951 -0.649
The 2010 Comp Champ is out in the first round, as Graham has the better package for the seven foot win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   77 Alan Ellis                           4006 Mike Trumble                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.036  6.597 177.32                     0.084  8.186 165.48
       A/AA Index: 7.11 (+/-): -0.513           C/SMA Index: 8.69 (+/-): -0.504
 Qualified:            #14  6.491 -0.619                       #30  8.181 -0.509
Ellis gets the starting line advantage and catches Trumble for the fourteen foot win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 1136 Peter Biondo                          670 Mark Wolfe                   
E1                   0.012 No Time           ****WINNER****  0.019  6.740 166.19
       I/AA Index: 8.76 (+/-): 91.239           AA/AT Index: 7.04 (+/-): -0.300
 Qualified:            #13  8.137 -0.623                       #29  6.530 -0.510
Biondo's car moves hard towards the wall and it looked like he may have got back on the throttle after straightening it out. It crosses over the centerline and tags the right wall hard. It's reported that the car was then on its roof and there was definitely a small fire. The top end NHRA officials are saying that Biondo is OK.

Wolfe had a good RT and slowed on the top end to take the automatic win.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 1913 Charlie Yannetti                      452 Steven Kent                  
E1                   0.208  8.900 148.09     ****WINNER****  0.107  7.813 152.19
       L/AA Index: 9.46 (+/-): -0.560             E/A Index: 8.31 (+/-): -0.497
 Qualified:            #18  8.847 -0.613                        #2  7.635 -0.675
6:07 p.m. After a long clean up, we are back to round one eliminations.

Yannetti's altered is waay late and then has a wiggle coming off the line. Kent's light wasn't a lot better, but he gets the eight foot win.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  610 John Edwards                           76 Dean Carter                  
E1                  -0.081  7.998 131.51     ****WINNER****  0.235  7.155 153.53
       C/AA Index: 7.96 (+/-):  0.038            B/ND Index: 7.51 (+/-): -0.355
 Qualified:             #4  7.295 -0.665                       #20  6.902 -0.608
Edwards goes red by -0.081. Carter goes on.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7235 Scott McClay                         7098 Tom Mettler                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.072  7.333 157.08                     0.060  7.575 150.30
       C/ED Index: 7.87 (+/-): -0.537             PST Index: 7.95 (+/-): -0.375
 Qualified:             #6  7.216 -0.654                       #22  7.345 -0.605
Big win for McClay with a little CIC hit, as Mettler slows down track.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7522 Brian Fitzpatrick                     255 Buddy Perkinson              
E1   ****WINNER****  0.009 16.334  45.24                    -0.054  7.491 131.79
        H/D Index: 6.97 (+/-):  9.364             B/A Index: 7.51 (+/-): -0.019
 Qualified:            #26  6.406 -0.564                       #10  6.870 -0.640
Perkinson goes red and Fitzpatrick shuts it down quickly after a 0.009 light.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7771 Ed Sigmon                               7 Doug Lambeck                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.023  8.492 153.33                     0.025  8.384 153.82
       C/SR Index: 9.09 (+/-): -0.598           D/SMA Index: 8.97 (+/-): -0.586
 Qualified:             #3  8.423 -0.667                       #19  8.358 -0.612
Both cars have close RT's and Sigmon stays out in front for the three foot win. He'll take a big CIC into round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   73 Justin Lamb                          6660 Adam Bowdish                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.011  8.753 148.58                     0.108  8.164 149.17
      G/SMA Index: 9.30 (+/-): -0.547           B/SMA Index: 8.63 (+/-): -0.466
 Qualified:            #12  8.671 -0.629                       #28  8.089 -0.541
Lamb gets the win after Bowdish is late and slows. Another CIC hit.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
    8 David Rampy                          7910 Frank Cervelli               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.012  8.352 111.88                           No Time      
       A/EA Index: 7.84 (+/-):  0.512            B/DA Index: 7.39 (+/-): 92.609
 Qualified:            #16  7.224 -0.616                       #32  6.911 -0.479
Cervelli is pushed away and Rampy gets a single for the easy win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
    2 Dan Fletcher                         7230 Randy Jones                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.047  8.417 119.97                     0.078 14.340  73.20
       B/EA Index: 8.34 (+/-):  0.077           A/SMA Index: 8.48 (+/-):  5.860
 Qualified:            #11  7.702 -0.638                       #27  7.931 -0.549
Jones is late after some starting line games and then slows. Fletcher gets an easy win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   13 Vinny Barone                         6944 Bob Marshall                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.078  8.002 134.39                     0.056  7.725 138.33
       A/SR Index: 8.38 (+/-): -0.378            B/AA Index: 7.57 (+/-):  0.155
 Qualified:             #8  7.730 -0.650                       #24  6.983 -0.587
Marshall gets a big advantage off the line and then slows. Barone goes on to round two.

6:23 p.m. In round two: Hogan vs. Graham; DePalma vs. Wolfe; Lane vs. Cocuzza; Sigmon vs. Fletcher; Kent vs. Fitzpatrick; McClay vs. Ellis; Carter vs. Lamb; and Barone vs. Rampy

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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