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Sat, 03 Nov 2012, 20:42 PM

Competition Eliminator Round 1 Eliminations
By David Gerard





LAS VEGAS - Results of round 1 eliminations 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:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   76 Tyler Hogan                          7667 Randy Goff                   
E1   ****WINNER****  0.055  7.127 166.64                     0.167  8.368 158.89
        C/DA Index: 7.64 (+/-): -0.513             B/T Index: 8.83 (+/-): -0.462
 Qualified:            #10  7.064 -0.576                       #25  8.395 -0.435
5:14 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 78 degrees, relative humidity 21 percent, barometer 27.92 inches, adjusted altitude 3,909 feet, track temperature 103 degrees.

The sun is starting to get low in the west, but the air and track temperatures are still up there.

Goff is way too late to have a chance and Hogan just nibbles at the CIC in getting the easy win.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7009 Ross Wilson                          768M Brian Moscini                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.030  8.290 154.39                     0.097  7.549 179.80
        C/SM Index: 8.89 (+/-): -0.600            C/AA Index: 8.01 (+/-): -0.461
 Qualified:             #9  8.312 -0.578                       #24  7.571 -0.439
Wilson gets a big starting line advantage and still runs -.600 under his index in the easy win.

Moscini improves a little, but not enough.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  717 Mike DePalma                           73 Steve Graham                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.091  9.173 139.53                     0.087  7.482 181.74
        I/SM Index: 9.73 (+/-): -0.557             C/A Index: 8.03 (+/-): -0.548
 Qualified:             #1  9.040 -0.690                       #16  7.490 -0.540
Really close at the finish line, as both cars run mid fifty under ET's

Mike DePalma's MOV: 0.0056 seconds (approximately 18 inches).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
    5 Clint Neff                           4165 Dick Maris                   
E1   ****WINNER****  0.020  7.882 154.99                     0.041  7.108 187.31
         K/A Index: 8.42 (+/-): -0.538            C/DA Index: 7.64 (+/-): -0.532
 Qualified:             #2  7.789 -0.631                       #17  7.112 -0.528
Maris can't catch Neff in a close finish. Another COIC hit for next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 6618 Dale Giroux                          7298 Scott Hedlund                
E1                  -0.012  7.091 195.25     ****WINNER****  0.033  8.286 128.62
        B/AA Index: 7.62 (+/-): -0.529            A/SM Index: 8.46 (+/-): -0.174
 Qualified:            #22  7.104 -0.516                        #7  7.868 -0.592
Giroux is just a little too quick on the lights. Scott Hedlund's MOV: opponent's -0.012 red light.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7777 Phil Cocuzza                          432 Barry Forrester              
E1                  -0.027  8.064 169.64     ****WINNER****  0.308  9.026  97.95
       A/SMA Index: 8.60 (+/-): -0.536            K/AA Index: 8.42 (+/-):  0.606
 Qualified:            #21  8.083 -0.517                        #6  7.820 -0.600
Another right lane red light. Forrester sees the red and slows.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 4310 Marty Ladwig                           66 Aaron Strong                 
E1                  -0.012  8.571 122.53     ****WINNER****  0.040  9.847 102.80
       AA/AF Index: 7.92 (+/-):  0.651             G/A Index: 9.04 (+/-):  0.807
 Qualified:            #30  7.941  0.021                       #15  8.484 -0.556
That's three. Ladwig misses by -0.012 and Strong coasts on down for the easy pass.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7230 Randy Jones                            77 Brian Fitzpatrick            
E1                   0.057  8.626 145.20     ****WINNER****  0.060  6.356 216.97
        C/TA Index: 9.18 (+/-): -0.554             H/D Index: 6.95 (+/-): -0.594
 Qualified:             #5  8.577 -0.603                       #20  6.433 -0.517
Two close RT's and Fitzpatrick finally finds the tune up and powers on past Jones, running 216.97 MPH in the eight foot win. Big CIC for next round too.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 751D Skip Dunn                               4 David Rampy                  
E1                   0.182  7.141 192.52     ****WINNER****  0.020  7.455 156.52
        B/AA Index: 7.62 (+/-): -0.479            A/EA Index: 7.93 (+/-): -0.475
 Qualified:            #23  7.177 -0.443                        #8  7.351 -0.579
Dunn's RT starts with a one and Rampy lifts early for the win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  469 Clark Smiley                          610 John Edwards                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.009  7.672 148.89                     0.134  7.599 164.25
        BB/A Index: 8.01 (+/-): -0.338            C/AA Index: 8.01 (+/-): -0.411
 Qualified:            #27  7.582 -0.428                       #12  7.444 -0.566
Greg Anderson used to drive the car in the left lane and Darryl alterman used to drive the car in the right lane. It's a heads up race, but Smiley nails the tree with a great 0.009 RT and Edwards misses with a 0.134 RT.

Hole shot win for Smiley.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7189 Dean Carter                            72 Alan Ellis                   
E1                   0.073  7.117 183.10     ****WINNER****  0.051  6.711 193.35
        A/ND Index: 7.50 (+/-): -0.383            A/AA Index: 7.18 (+/-): -0.469
 Qualified:            #28  7.194 -0.306                       #13  6.619 -0.561
Carter finds some ET, but it's not enough. Ellis was off the line first and takes the easy win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 4650 Dennis Smiley                        406D Don Thomas                   
E1                         No Time           ****WINNER****  0.022  7.965 125.37
       BB/AM Index: 7.44 (+/-): 92.559            C/ED Index: 7.96 (+/-):  0.005
 Qualified:            #26  7.011 -0.429                       #11  7.390 -0.570
Smiley's Corvette springs a leak in the burnout and has to shut off. Thomas goes to round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 4799 Bill Kent                              10 Bo Butner                    
E1                   0.156  7.208 187.18     ****WINNER****  0.068  8.711 129.90
         B/D Index: 7.32 (+/-): -0.112            E/SM Index: 9.19 (+/-): -0.479
 Qualified:            #18  6.795 -0.525                        #3  8.571 -0.619
Butner won Comp Eliminator here last weekend at the National Event.

Kent is late and then slows form earlier. Butner goes on to round two.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 1214 Matt Hartford                          71 Justin Lamb                  
E1                  -0.074  6.815 198.61     ****WINNER****  0.023  8.962 122.79
        B/DA Index: 7.44 (+/-): -0.625           F/SMA Index: 9.31 (+/-): -0.348
 Qualified:             #4  6.829 -0.611                       #19  8.786 -0.524
Hartford has the B/DA National Record, but goes red to give the easy win to Lamb.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
    6 Jeff Lane                             430 Lloyd Wofford                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.037  8.259 138.64                           No Time      
       B/SMA Index: 8.70 (+/-): -0.441           B/SMA Index: 8.70 (+/-): 91.299
 Qualified:            #14  8.140 -0.560                       #29  8.471 -0.229
Heads-up, but Wofford is a no show. Lane gets the free pass to round two.

5:39 p.m. In round two: DePalma gets the bye run; Fitzpatrick vs. Smiley; Neff vs. Wilson; Forrester vs. Ellis; Rampy vs. Strong; Hogan vs. Butner; Thomas vs. Lamb; and Hedlund vs. Lane.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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