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Sun, 20 May 2012, 15:53 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 2 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan

NORWALK, Ohio - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, North Central Division, B'laster Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser:

    8 Marty Thacker                          37 Jerry Powell                 
E2   ****WINNER****  0.069  5.664 248.48                     0.138  5.672 260.26
 Prior rounds:
E1    (P Fishburn  ) 0.022  5.478 257.97      (B Reichert  ) 0.264  5.699 259.46
 Qualified:             #5  5.450 262.28                        #8  5.503 265.33
3:43 p.m. Thacker has been consistently quick on all four of his runs at this event, Powell was about a tenth slower on three of his four.

Thacker left first, but slowed on the top end and made his slowest run of the event. The two cars ran almost the same ET, Thacker's better light accounting for most of the difference at the stripe.

Marty Thacker's incremental margins: 60ft(0.108), 330 ft(0.155), 660ft(0.153), 1,000ft(0.114). MOV: 0.0777 seconds (approximately 30 feet).

 3422 Ken Perry                             185 Mike Kosky                   
E2   ****WINNER****  0.231  5.387 266.95                     0.183  6.216 152.85
 Prior rounds:
E1    (J Dreher    ) 0.039  5.421 263.67      (R Samsel    ) 0.053  5.776 239.87
 Qualified:             #2  5.370 264.80                        #3  5.372 263.26
On paper, this was a very close matchup and the race started out to be just that, but there was a flash and a puff of smoke from Kosky's car, followed by both chutes coming out.

Perry will have lane choice against Thacker in the final round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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