LAS VEGAS - Notes from final, round 3 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division, Short Line Express Gambler Shootout at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed this round, amount over/under index this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time, speed & over/under Index, and position in order prior to run:
Left Lane: Matt Hartford Runs 6.829/198.12/-0.611, Now #4; B/DA Index: 7.44, Prior Best: 6.841/196.93/-0.599, Was #5
Right Lane: Clint Neff Runs 8.385/120.25/-0.035, Now #2; K/A Index: 8.42, Prior Best: 7.789/163.02/-0.631, Was #2
5:41 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 80 degrees, relative humidity 18 percent, barometer 27.80 inches, adjusted altitude 4,162 feet, track temperature 98 degrees.
Nice pass by Hartford to move into the top four.
Left Lane: Brian Fitzpatrick Runs 6.746/213.67/-0.204, Now #17; H/D Index: 6.95, Prior Best: 6.433/216.24/-0.517, Was #17
Right Lane: Dale Giroux Runs 7.104/194.69/-0.516, Now #19; B/AA Index: 7.62, Prior Best: 7.148/193.32/-0.472, Was #22
Much better leave by Fitzpatrick, but the little Toyota slows on the top end.
Giroux finds a little ET to move three spots up the ladder.
Left Lane: Dean Carter Runs 7.859/115.47/0.359, Now #28; B/ND Index: 7.50, Prior Best: 7.194/181.89/-0.306, Was #28
Right Lane: Marty Ladwig Runs 7.941/194.86/0.021, Now #30; AA/AF Index: 7.92, Prior Best: 16.048/39.59/8.128, Was #30
Much better pass for Ladwig, but he will stay at the bottom of the ladder
Good leave for Carter and he slows on the top end.
Left Lane: Skip Dunn Runs 7.265/163.83/-0.355, Now #23; B/AA Index: 7.62, Prior Best: 7.177/190.51/-0.443, Was #23
Right Lane: Randy Goff Runs 8.395/158.65/-0.435, Now #25; B/T Index: 8.83, Prior Best: 8.460/158.11/-0.370, Was #27
Dunn can't improve, but Goff has the power to move up the ladder two spots.
Left Lane: Phil Cocuzza Runs 12.978/85.41/4.378, Now #19; A/SMA Index: 8.60, Prior Best: 8.083/166.68/-0.517, Was #18
Right Lane: Dick Maris Runs 7.112/187.36/-0.528, Now #15; C/DA Index: 7.64, Prior Best: 7.129/186.82/-0.511, Was #21
Cocuzza car rolls thought the light and he gives it up early.
Good clean pass for Maris and he moves all the way up to the top sixteen.
Left Lane: Brian Moscini Runs 8.652/145.52/0.642, Now #24; C/AA Index: 8.01, Prior Best: 7.571/179.61/-0.439, Was #24
Right Lane: Alan Ellis Runs 6.625/203.22/-0.555, Now #12; A/AA Index: 7.18, Prior Best: 6.619/203.46/-0.561, Was #12
Huge move towards the wall by Moscini. He jerks the front end back and runs on down the track for a while.
No joy for Ellis.
Left Lane: Dennis Smiley Runs 7.268/166.03/-0.172, Now #26; BB/AM Index: 7.44, Prior Best: 7.011/199.88/-0.429, Was #26
Right Lane: Bill Kent Runs 9.261/95.43/1.941, Now #17; B/D Index: 7.32, Prior Best: 6.795/197.94/-0.525, Was #17
Smiley gets a strong leave and snakes on down the track. He clicks it early.
Kent is done early too.
Left Lane: Steve Graham Runs 7.490/181.67/-0.540, Now #14; C/A Index: 8.03, Prior Best: 7.518/181.35/-0.512, Was #21
Right Lane: Ross Wilson Runs 8.522/135.67/-0.368, Now #9; C/SM Index: 8.89, Prior Best: 8.312/162.47/-0.578, Was #9
Nice looking pass for Graham and he finds some power to move into the top half of the field.
Wilson slows on the top end.
Left Lane: Scott Hedlund Runs 8.871/115.97/0.411, Now #6; A/SM Index: 8.46, Prior Best: 7.868/172.25/-0.592, Was #6
Right Lane: Mike DePalma Runs 9.040/147.94/-0.690, Now #1; I/SM Index: 9.73, Prior Best: 9.067/148.20/-0.663, Was #1
Hedlung's car is a little darty [Is that a word?] off the line and give it up early.
DePalma puts another nail in the coffin with a huge pass, almost into the seventy under territory.
Mike DePalma's incremental times: 60ft-1.244 sec., 330ft-3.677, 660ft-5.729/119.15 mph, 1,000ft-7.521.
Left Lane: David Rampy Runs 7.381/178.92/-0.549, Now #8; A/EA Index: 7.93, Prior Best: 7.351/179.88/-0.579, Was #8
Right Lane: Aaron Strong Runs 8.484/160.37/-0.556, Now #14; G/A Index: 9.04, Prior Best: 8.513/160.63/-0.527, Was #17
Rampy makes another strong pass, but doesn't improve.
Strong did a little tune up and moves into the top half of the field.
Left Lane: Randy Jones Runs 8.722/133.21/-0.458, Now #5; C/TA Index: 9.18, Prior Best: 8.577/154.55/-0.603, Was #5
Right Lane: John Edwards Runs 7.444/181.94/-0.566, Now #12; C/AA Index: 8.01, Prior Best: 7.474/182.75/-0.536, Was #16
It's Edwards turn to move up into the top half of the field and he does so.
Jones run is off the pace.
Left Lane: Jeff Lane Runs 10.898/84.41/2.198, Now #14; B/SMA Index: 8.70, Prior Best: 8.140/164.27/-0.560, Was #14
Right Lane: Barry Forrester Runs 7.820/166.50/-0.600, Now #6; K/AA Index: 8.42, Prior Best: 7.837/166.46/-0.583, Was #7
Lane's Cobalt moves hard toward the tree at the green and he has to work to get it back in the groove. He lifts right after that.
Forrester continues to improve and moves up a spot to the number six spot.
Left Lane: Justin Lamb Runs 8.786/152.42/-0.524, Now #19; F/SMA Index: 9.31, Prior Best: 8.809/151.87/-0.501, Was #22
Right Lane: Tyler Hogan Runs 7.106/187.31/-0.534, Now #10; C/DA Index: 7.64, Prior Best: 7.064/181.98/-0.576, Was #10
Lamb's car is still off the pace and is only able to move up to the #19 spot.
Hogan slows just a little.
Left Lane: Don Thomas Runs 13.530/71.93/5.570, Now #11; C/ED Index: 7.96, Prior Best: 7.390/177.95/-0.570, Was #11
Right Lane: Bo Butner Runs 8.628/137.13/-0.562, Now #3; E/SM Index: 9.19, Prior Best: 8.571/156.44/-0.619, Was #3
Butner's car move towards the wall at the green and it costs him some ET.
Thomas may have spun the tires at the green, as the car is lazy off the line. He quickly gives it up.
6:02 p.m. DePalma is number one at -0.690 under his index. Field not filled, no bump spot.