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Sat, 18 Feb 2012, 16:37 PM

Competition Eliminator Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By Larry Sullivan

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Notes from final, round 2 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Southeast Division, event at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville 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: Calvin Hill Runs 8.194/163.53/-0.506, Now #6; I/AA Index: 8.70, Prior Best: 8.191/164.03/-0.509, Was #6
Right Lane: Rodney Rosenstiel Runs 7.406/179.85/0.396, Now #14; AA/AM Index: 7.01, Prior Best: 7.355/178.68/0.345, Was #14

4:22 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 75 degrees, relative humidity 63 percent, barometer 29.65 inches, adjusted altitude 2,132 feet, track temperature 87 degrees.

Rosentiel wadded the tires up on the launch, then had at least one dead cylinder on the run. Nice, consistent pass by Hill.

Left Lane: Pat Williams Runs 7.044/200.02/-0.126, Now #14; A/AP Index: 7.17, Prior Best: 7.003/200.95/-0.167, Was #13
Right Lane: Jonathan Gray Runs 7.046/196.59/-0.524, Now #5; E/AA Index: 7.57, No Prior Run

Williams continues to struggle. Gray didn't have any staging problems this time around, made a nice pass to get into the top part of the field to make it 16 cars.

Left Lane: Alan Rose Runs 8.409/160.04/-0.191, Now #13; C/EA Index: 8.60, Prior Best: 8.364/161.52/-0.236, Was #13
Right Lane: Jenny Treadwell Runs 8.344/157.63/-0.456, Now #9; E/ED Index: 8.80, Prior Best: 8.330/157.74/-0.470, Was #9

Rose is also struggling to run competitive times. Treadwell made a consistent pass, but failed to improve.

Left Lane: Lee Sharp Runs 8.614/158.71/-0.356, Now #4; E/SMA Index: 8.97, Prior Best: 8.436/159.10/-0.534, Was #4
Right Lane: Bert Dawson Runs 8.006/169.55/-0.304, Now #10; B/EA Index: 8.31, Prior Best: 7.958/169.51/-0.352, Was #10

Sharp was off-pace from the start.

Left Lane: Allen Stanfield Runs 8.842/152.93/-0.408, Now #10; F/SM Index: 9.25, Prior Best: 8.919/151.56/-0.331, Was #11
Right Lane: Pat Ross Runs 8.114/151.97/-0.466, Now #3; F/A Index: 8.58, Prior Best: 8.023/168.81/-0.557, Was #3

Ross's car kept drifting left and he had to fight it to stay in his own lane on the top end. Stanfield improved, still off the competitive pace.

Left Lane: Eddie Plybon Runs 7.619/181.59/-0.291, Now #12; C/AA Index: 7.91, Prior Best: 7.634/181.28/-0.276, Was #12
Right Lane: Michael Hardee Runs 9.484/105.93/0.724, Now #8; C/SM Index: 8.76, Prior Best: 8.284/163.06/-0.476, Was #8

Hardee's car kept trying to turn left. Plybon improved slightly, still has a long way to go.

Left Lane: Glen Treadwell Runs 7.944/169.13/-0.516, Now #6; G/ED Index: 8.46, No Prior Run
Right Lane: Jim Kimbrough Runs 7.240/190.27/-0.320, Now #7; C/DA Index: 7.56, Prior Best: 7.045/190.73/-0.515, Was #6

Treadwell came up light after a good run in the first session. He made another good run here, not quite as quick as the one he lost. Kimbrough's car joined several others making twitchy runs in the right lane.

Left Lane: Grant Lewis Runs 8.887/155.13/-0.613, Now #1; H/SMA Index: 9.50, Prior Best: 8.899/150.63/-0.601, Was #1
Right Lane: Arnie Martel Runs 7.672/175.68/-0.498, Now #2; D/AA Index: 8.17, Prior Best: 7.586/177.21/-0.584, Was #2

Lewis and Martel once again closed the session and Lewis improved his hold on the #1 spot. martel's speed was only off a couple mph, but he lost almost a tenth of a second somewhere along the way.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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