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Sun, 20 May 2012, 13:30 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 1 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan

NORWALK, Ohio - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, North Central Division, B'laster Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser:

  390 Paul Fishburn                           8 Marty Thacker                
E1                   0.073  5.448 261.72     ****WINNER****  0.022  5.478 257.97
 Qualified:             #4  5.436 260.86                        #5  5.450 262.28
1:10 p.m. Thacker won this one at the starting line, winning on a holeshot.

Marty Thacker's incremental margins: 60ft(0.042), 330 ft(0.038), 660ft(0.035), 1,000ft(0.030). MOV: 0.0213 seconds (approximately 8 feet).

  326 Robin Samsel                          185 Mike Kosky                   
E1                   0.166 18.683  37.96     ****WINNER****  0.053  5.776 239.87
 Qualified:             #6  5.473 261.17                        #3  5.372 263.26
Samsel "loaded 'er up" trying to make up the apparent tenth-of-a-second performance edge Kosky showed in qualifying, but that may have cost him the race because Samsel was up in smoke immediately, while Kosky made his slowest run of the weekend.

 3422 Ken Perry                              53 Jared Dreher                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.039  5.421 263.67                     0.093  5.564 244.12
 Qualified:             #2  5.370 264.80                        #7  5.479 246.84
Perry was better at both ends of the track, away first and quicker, for an easy win. He will have lane choice against Kosky in the semifinals.

    2 Bill Reichert                          37 Jerry Powell                 
E1                   0.085 12.303  68.95     ****WINNER****  0.264  5.699 259.46
 Qualified:             #1  5.284 264.23                        #8  5.503 265.33
The announcers were calling this a "David vs Goliath" matchup, and it came out just like the Biblical version - David slew Goliath in this one too. Well, actually, Goliath beat himself, up in smoke, and David came up and went from A to B for the win. Powell was very late, but Reichert was unable to recover from a complete loss of traction as soon as he launched the car. Powell faces Thacker in round 2.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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