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Fri, 18 May 2012, 18:27 PM

Competition Eliminator Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Larry Sullivan

NORWALK, Ohio - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, North Central Division, B'laster Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, amount over/under index, and position in order following run, class and class index:
Left Lane: Jim Primozic Runs 8.813/142.73/-0.057, Now #2 G/AA Index: 8.87
Right Lane: Jerry Arnold Runs 9.390/138.30/-0.230, Now #1 H/EA Index: 9.62

5:57 p.m. We are a few minutes behind schedule, with big fields in all the Sportsman categories this weekend.

Primozic had the chutes out early. Arnold appeared to make a full pass, but the numbers are off his usual pace.

Left Lane: David Billingsley Runs 8.809/149.00/-0.531, Now #1 L/AA Index: 9.34
Right Lane: Chris Bozic Runs 7.006/192.55/-0.354, Now #2 C/D Index: 7.36

Billingsley made a good run, Bozic made a full pass, but needs to find a couple tenths somewhere.

Left Lane: Rick Brown Runs 8.253/163.41/-0.527, Now #2 B/TA Index: 8.78
Right Lane: Jake Savani Runs 10.540/92.86/2.310, Now #6 B/SM Index: 8.23

Brown has clinched his spot as the All-Stars representative in Competition Eliminator this year.

Savani shut off around half track. Good opening run by Brown.

Left Lane: Jim Greenheck Runs 7.408/183.37/-0.502, Now #3 C/AA Index: 7.91
Right Lane: Bert Dawson Runs 8.128/163.55/-0.182, Now #6 B/EA Index: 8.31

Left Lane: Jason Coan Runs 8.145/159.42/-0.565, Now #1 F/ED Index: 8.71
Right Lane: Terry Smith Runs 7.473/175.46/-0.447, Now #5 D/DA Index: 7.92

Coan made a good pass to go to the #1 spot for now. Smith's run looked okay, but the numbers were disappointing.

Left Lane: Mike Graves Runs 7.797/174.53/-0.433, Now #7 D/A Index: 8.23
Right Lane: Brian Browell Runs 7.303/178.47/-0.487, Now #5 D/D Index: 7.79

Left Lane: Al Ackerman Runs 8.049/166.17/-0.551, Now #2 F/D Index: 8.60
Right Lane: Tony Pontillo Runs 6.898/193.13/-0.462, Now #7 B/DA Index: 7.36

So far, there have been a number of good-looking runs that came up short of the -.5 benchmark, but Ackerman managed to move around all but Coan

Left Lane: Pat Ross Runs 8.069/167.84/-0.511, Now #5 F/A Index: 8.58
Right Lane: Ed Bennett Runs 6.773/200.38/-0.257, Now #12 A/D Index: 7.03

Left Lane: Jeremy Bailey Runs 7.170/175.98/-0.380, Now #11 C/DA Index: 7.55

Left Lane: Larry Pritchett Runs 8.099/152.06/-0.541, Now #3 B/SM Index: 8.64
Right Lane: Mike Farrell Runs 13.624/67.83/5.784, Now #19 A/EA Index: 7.84

Farrell slowed almost immediately. Nice run by Prichett to move into the third spot.

Left Lane: Steve Ambrose Runs 7.875/163.49/-0.515, Now #6 J/AA Index: 8.39
Right Lane: Michael Lyons Runs 7.787/132.48/0.307, Now #19 B/ED Index: 7.48

Lyons slowed on the top end.

Left Lane: Robert Bailey Runs 6.647/196.02/-0.513, Now #7 A/ED Index: 7.16
Right Lane: John Frech Runs 8.244/158.13/-0.356, Now #15 F/D Index: 8.60

Left Lane: Frank Affronti Runs 7.768/171.77/-0.542, Now #3 B/EA Index: 8.31
Right Lane: Greg Kamplain Runs 7.011/190.19/-0.469, Now #12 B/ED Index: 7.48

Nice pass by Affronti to move to third spot.

Left Lane: Chuck Haubiel Runs 8.141/162.86/-0.619, Now #1 C/SM Index: 8.76
Right Lane: Ray Skillman Runs 8.602/158.74/-0.338, Now #20 E/SMA Index: 8.94

Haubiel made a very nice run, under the national record, and he's now #1.

Left Lane: Dan Fletcher Runs 7.793/154.56/-0.517, Now #8 B/EA Index: 8.31

Fletcher closed the session with what looked and sounded like an early shutoff, still good enough for eighth.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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