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Sat, 27 Oct 2012, 21:57 PM

Competition Eliminator Round 1 Eliminations
By Dave Rowe





LAS VEGAS - Results of round 1 eliminations in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 12th annual Big O Tires NHRA Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  717 Mike DePalma                         6618 Dale Giroux                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.014  9.466 110.27                           No Time      
        I/SM Index: 9.73 (+/-): -0.264            B/AA Index: 7.62 (+/-): 92.379
 Qualified:            #13  9.098 -0.632                       #29  9.284  1.664
6:30 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 72 degrees, relative humidity 21 percent, barometer 27.85 inches, adjusted altitude 3,660 feet, track temperature 76 degrees.

Giroux is a no-show. DePalma makes a 1000 foot run and clicks it off.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  432 Barry Forrester                        62 Brandon Huhtala              
E1                  -0.155  7.832 167.14     ****WINNER****  0.005  8.159 112.32
        K/AA Index: 8.42 (+/-): -0.588             C/A Index: 8.03 (+/-):  0.129
 Qualified:            #22  7.833 -0.587                        #6  7.379 -0.651
Forrester turns on the red light giving Huhala the win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  430 Lloyd Wofford                          72 Alan Ellis                   
E1                  -0.111  8.453 161.96     ****WINNER**** -0.003  7.346 122.07
       B/SMA Index: 8.70 (+/-): -0.247            A/AA Index: 7.18 (+/-):  0.166
 Qualified:            #27  8.377 -0.323                       #11  6.543 -0.637
Wofford leaves way too soon and gives the win to Ellis.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 1214 Matt Hartford                        4799 Bill Kent                    
E1                   0.006  7.163 148.69     ****WINNER****  0.179  6.773 196.50
        B/DA Index: 7.44 (+/-): -0.277             B/D Index: 7.32 (+/-): -0.547
 Qualified:            #14  6.810 -0.630                       #30 10.182  2.862
Kent is really late off the line but Hartford clicks it early, not sure why.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7009 Ross Wilson                          751D Skip Dunn                    
E1                   0.091  8.367 147.20     ****WINNER****  0.070  7.105 186.18
        C/SM Index: 8.89 (+/-): -0.523            B/AA Index: 7.62 (+/-): -0.515
 Qualified:             #7  8.240 -0.650                       #23  7.065 -0.555
Wilson makes a quick move to the left at the hit but he never backs off the throttle. Dunn gets the advantage off the line and goes around Wilson just before they cross the finish line.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
    5 Clint Neff                             73 Steve Graham                 
E1                  -0.005  8.642 112.16     ****WINNER****  0.069  7.625 146.51
         K/A Index: 8.42 (+/-):  0.222             C/A Index: 8.03 (+/-): -0.405
 Qualified:             #8  7.770 -0.650                       #24  7.602 -0.428
Neff just misses the tree and gives the win to Graham.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  514 Clint Sallee                           74 Tom Mettler                  
E1                   0.025  9.206 105.05     ****WINNER****  0.123  7.817 150.87
         B/D Index: 7.32 (+/-):  1.886            PSTA Index: 8.33 (+/-): -0.513
 Qualified:             #2  6.650 -0.670                       #18  7.718 -0.612
Sallee's car stumbles off the line and gives up on the run early.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 4097 Pete Carbery                            6 Jeff Lane                    
E1                   0.171 14.041  92.22     ****WINNER****  0.075  8.336 130.97
         B/A Index: 7.60 (+/-):  6.441           B/SMA Index: 8.70 (+/-): -0.364
 Qualified:            #31 13.659  6.059                       #15  8.079 -0.621
Carbery has problems again and clicks it off early.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 5250 Todd Patterson                       6660 Adam Bowdish                 
E1                  -0.011  8.381 124.68     ****WINNER****  0.051  8.866 120.26
       A/SMA Index: 8.60 (+/-): -0.219           B/SMA Index: 8.70 (+/-):  0.166
 Qualified:            #19  7.988 -0.612                        #3  8.033 -0.667
Patterson leaves a little too soon and gives the win to Bowdish.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  710 Doug Lambeck                         7771 Ed Sigmon                    
E1   ****WINNER****  0.092  8.509 162.51                     0.105  8.624 150.66
       D/SMA Index: 9.08 (+/-): -0.571            C/SR Index: 9.18 (+/-): -0.556
 Qualified:             #9  8.431 -0.649                       #25  8.762 -0.418
Lambeck gets the advantage off the line and drives around Sigmon near the end of the run.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7298 Scott Hedlund                          10 Bo Butner                    
E1                  -0.012  8.656 117.46     ****WINNER****  0.076  9.423 102.52
        A/SM Index: 8.46 (+/-):  0.196            E/SM Index: 9.20 (+/-):  0.223
 Qualified:            #17  7.840 -0.620                        #1  8.517 -0.683
Hedlund turns on the red light and gives the win to Butner.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   34 Chuck Haubiel                           4 David Rampy                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.092  8.285 161.71                     0.098  7.359 178.05
        C/SM Index: 8.89 (+/-): -0.605            A/EA Index: 7.93 (+/-): -0.571
 Qualified:             #4  8.231 -0.659                       #20  7.326 -0.604


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   71 Justin Lamb                          7230 Randy Jones                  
E1                   0.041  8.792 145.58     ****WINNER****  0.078  8.561 154.67
       F/SMA Index: 9.31 (+/-): -0.518            C/TA Index: 9.18 (+/-): -0.619
 Qualified:            #21  8.717 -0.593                        #5  8.525 -0.655
Jones takes the win but will take a big CIC hit in the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  610 John Edwards                           77 Brian Fitzpatrick            
E1                  -0.144  7.922 137.86     ****WINNER****  0.062  8.501 102.89
        C/AA Index: 8.01 (+/-): -0.088             H/D Index: 6.95 (+/-):  1.551
 Qualified:            #16  7.389 -0.621                       #32 13.102  6.152
Edwards leaves way too early and gives the win to Fitzpatrick.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
    1 Lou Ficco                            7063 Mark Lelchook                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.042  7.191 185.10                     0.034  7.650 176.56
        B/AA Index: 7.62 (+/-): -0.429            D/ED Index: 8.01 (+/-): -0.360
 Qualified:            #10  6.980 -0.640                       #26  7.641 -0.369
Ficco gets out of shape off the line but gets it under control and takes the win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 1781 Dan Fletcher                          358 David Billingsley            
E1   ****WINNER****  0.054  7.964 154.05                     0.011  9.314 108.78
        B/EA Index: 8.40 (+/-): -0.436            L/AA Index: 9.49 (+/-): -0.176
 Qualified:            #28  8.519  0.119                       #12  8.857 -0.633
Billingsley gets the holeshot but has problems near the end of the run and slows.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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