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Sun, 14 Nov 2010, 04:36 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 2 Eliminations
By David Gerard





POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster 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
 7599 Megan Mc Kernan                      4843 Monroe Guest                 
E2                   0.370  5.493 262.85     ****WINNER****  0.034  5.306 269.46
 Prior rounds:
E1    (C Copeland  ) 0.183  5.730 261.78      (M Austin    ) 0.038  5.340 272.83
 Qualified:            #16  5.416 243.28                        #9  5.348 266.06
1:17 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 7625 degrees, relative humidity 25 percent, barometer 28.90 inches, adjusted altitude 2,654 feet, track temperature 101 degrees.

Interestingly, none of these racers have met each other in prior round two action.

McKernan is 0.307 at the green and Guest gets a easy win.

Megan Mc Kernan's incremental times: 60ft-0.992 sec., 330ft-2.521, 660ft-3.673/218.12 mph, 1,000ft-4.647.
Monroe Guest's incremental times: 60ft-0.952 sec., 330ft-2.431, 660ft-3.537/226.35 mph, 1,000ft-4.482.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    1 Bill Reichert                           9 Michael Manners              
E2                   0.056  5.447 251.25     ****WINNER****  0.057  5.358 267.69
 Prior rounds:
E1    (L Miersch   ) 0.046  5.494 253.47      (B Pierce    ) 0.071  5.330 270.81
 Qualified:            #12  5.362 260.91                        #4  5.286 273.72
Reichert is 3 - 0 against Manners in prior events. Reichert takes the long way down. The two cars left almost together and Reichert leads until after mid-track. Manners drives on by and takes the close win. He will give up lane choice to Guest next round.

Michael Manners' incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.037), 330 ft(-0.048), 660ft(-0.015), 1,000ft(0.036). MOV: 0.0883 seconds (approximately 33 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    2 Jim Whiteley                         703D Kyle Rizzoli                 
E2   ****WINNER****  0.057  5.471 265.53                     0.041  5.548 265.48
 Prior rounds:
E1    (J Ahten     ) 0.065  5.306 270.59      (D Nicholson ) 0.054  5.403 266.64
 Qualified:             #2  5.266 270.43                       #10  5.362 270.32
This is the first time Whiteley and Rizzoli have faced each other in eliminations.

Rizzoli gets off the line first and then sounded like he had to pump the throttle down track. Whiteley is off pace, but gets the win.

Jim Whiteley's incremental margins: 60ft(0.053), 330 ft(0.083), 660ft(0.092), 1,000ft(0.071). MOV: 0.0613 seconds (approximately 24 feet).

Jim Whiteley's incremental times: 60ft-0.901 sec., 330ft-2.453, 660ft-3.631/212.03 mph, 1,000ft-4.626.
Kyle Rizzoli's incremental times: 60ft-0.970 sec., 330ft-2.552, 660ft-3.739/215.27 mph, 1,000ft-4.713.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    4 Shawn Cowie                             7 Chris Demke                  
E2   ****WINNER****  0.053  5.339 265.12                     0.064  5.368 240.42
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D St Arnaud ) 0.069  5.384 267.06      (J Severance ) 0.013  5.299 272.23
 Qualified:             #6  5.307 268.54                        #3  5.273 273.55
Cowie and Demke have each won 2 times against the other in prior events, but have never met in round two.

Another Must Win round for Demke and he loses all of the numbers to Cowie. It sounded like a Big Blower Bang near the lights and Bill Reichert is the 2010 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion.

Shawn Cowie's incremental margins: 60ft(0.026), 330 ft(0.023), 660ft(0.017), 1,000ft(0.007). MOV: 0.0406 seconds (approximately 14 feet).

Shawn Cowie's incremental times: 60ft-0.927 sec., 330ft-2.365, 660ft-3.507/215.89 mph, 1,000ft-4.494.
Chris Demke's incremental times: 60ft-0.942 sec., 330ft-2.377, 660ft-3.513/218.02 mph, 1,000ft-4.490.

1:29 p.m. Cowie will have lane choice over Whiteley in the next round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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