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Sun, 21 Oct 2012, 15:52 PM

Nostalgia Top Fuel Round 2 Eliminations
By David Gerard

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Nostalgia Top Fuel at the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series, California Hot Rod Reunion XXI:

 7131 Rick White                            766 Adam Sorokin                 
E2                   0.118  5.690 259.26     ****WINNER****  0.042  5.697 244.03
 Prior rounds:
E1    (B Murry     ) 0.147  5.763 256.50      (T Cox       ) 0.050  5.867 227.96
 Qualified:             #2  5.787 249.67                        #8  5.906 202.88
12:06 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 71 degrees, relative humidity 44 percent, barometer 29.24 inches, adjusted altitude 1,853 feet.

If Sorokin wins the round he is the 2012 TF Champion.

Adam Sorokin gets a big starting line advantage and takes the hole shot win and the Championship.

They run only 0.007 seconds different from each other and White cards a big speed in his effort to catch the little Chevy.

Adam Sorokin's incremental margins: 60ft(0.073), 330 ft(0.098), 660ft(0.110), 1,000ft(0.101). MOV: 0.0692 seconds (approximately 26 feet).

Rick White's incremental times: 60ft-1.035 sec., 330ft-2.615, 660ft-3.819/207.94 mph, 1,000ft-4.829.
Adam Sorokin's incremental times: 60ft-1.038 sec., 330ft-2.593, 660ft-3.785/209.04 mph, 1,000ft-4.804.

  701 Rick McGee                            457 Tony Bartone                 
E2                   0.129  5.658 253.56     ****WINNER****  0.072  5.692 268.33
 Prior rounds:
E1    (H Haight    ) 0.121  5.825 201.10      (B Dunlap    ) 0.128  5.861 264.39
 Qualified:             #4  5.845 201.25                        #5  5.857 251.53
It's Bartone from start to finish, with a new quick ET and fastest MPH in the decisive win.

McGee gave it all that he could with his best times of the weekend by far, but to no avail.

Tony Bartone's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(0.008), 330 ft(0.003), 660ft(-0.002), 1,000ft(0.002). MOV: 0.0238 seconds (approximately 9 feet).

Rick McGee's incremental times: 60ft-1.032 sec., 330ft-2.612, 660ft-3.807/210.34 mph, 1,000ft-4.802.
Tony Bartone's incremental times: 60ft-1.081 sec., 330ft-2.666, 660ft-3.866/209.46 mph, 1,000ft-4.857.

  774 Jim Murphy                            337 Paul Romine                  
E2                   0.127  5.810 227.38     ****WINNER****  0.066  5.694 235.84
 Prior rounds:
E1    (M Fry       ) 0.155  5.817 245.00      (J Rasmussen ) 0.173  5.876 231.28
 Qualified:             #3  5.792 226.01                        #6  5.883 207.69
Both cars make good passes in round one yesterday.

Romine gets away first and has the power to pull further ahead going down the track. The car is 212.16 MPH at half track, but joins Murphy near the 1000 foot lights with a ton of smoke from the engine.

It's reported that the car got loose and hit the left guard rail after the finish line. He's OK and will take lane choice over Sorokin in round three by just 0.003, if they can make the call.

Murphy gave it a valiant try, but the parts gave up too soon.

12:20 p.m. Time to check the top end for oil and check out Romine.

Paul Romine's incremental margins: 60ft(0.062), 330 ft(0.089), 660ft(0.128), 1,000ft(0.157). MOV: 0.1773 seconds (approximately 59 feet).

Jim Murphy's incremental times: 60ft-1.029 sec., 330ft-2.616, 660ft-3.838/203.74 mph, 1,000ft-4.879.
Paul Romine's incremental times: 60ft-1.028 sec., 330ft-2.588, 660ft-3.771/212.16 mph, 1,000ft-4.783.

  772 Rick Williamson                            Bye
E2   ****WINNER****  0.155  5.716 259.26     
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D Horan     ) 0.235  7.001 141.89   
 Qualified:             #1  5.750 261.02                     Bye
12:38 p.m. Back from a big time clean up after the lights and all the way to the turn out.

Williams gets the bye run to round three, after a lucky win last round. He leaves in a cloud of clutch smoke and makes a strong pass to near the light, where the engine starts to make small pieces out of large ones. A good try, but Bartone will have lane choice next round.

Oh, yeah: More oil on the top end!

Rick Williamson's incremental times: 60ft-1.041 sec., 330ft-2.649, 660ft-3.859/207.88 mph, 1,000ft-4.863.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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