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Fri, 15 Feb 2013, 17:57 PM

Competition Eliminator Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Larry Sullivan

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Southeast Division, Prelude to the Gators at Auto Plus Raceway at Gainesville listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, amount over/under index, and position in order following run, class and class index:
Left Lane: Rob Carpenter Runs 8.746/152.87/-0.434, Now #1 F/SMA Index: 9.18
Right Lane: Rodney Rosenstiel Runs 6.809/208.75/-0.201, Now #2 AA/AM Index: 7.01

5:08 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 67 degrees, relative humidity 38 percent, barometer 29.77 inches, adjusted altitude 1,113 feet, track temperature 81 degrees.

Both cars went right down the center of the groove with no obvious problems.

Rob Carpenter's incremental times: 60ft-1.208 sec., 330ft-3.564, 660ft-5.557/123.43 mph, 1,000ft-7.277.
Rodney Rosenstiel's incremental times: 60ft-1.282 sec., 330ft-3.065, 660ft-4.489/171.40 mph, 1,000ft-5.739.

Left Lane: Michael Hardee Runs 8.394/160.86/-0.596, Now #1 D/SM Index: 8.99
Right Lane: Pat Williams Runs 7.133/199.85/-0.087, Now #4 A/AP Index: 7.22

Nice, quick pass by Hardee to go to the top spot, the first more than .500 under his index. Williams was barely under his, should be quicker next time out.

Left Lane: Kevin Houghtaling Runs 8.657/157.61/-0.633, Now #1 H/A Index: 9.29
Right Lane: Jeff Adkinson No Time, Now #6 H/AA Index: 8.92

Adkinson made his burnout, shut it off. Houghtaling made a very nice run, going to the top spot.

Left Lane: Danny Holt Runs 8.137/165.03/-0.513, Now #4 C/EA Index: 8.65
Right Lane: Tony Terry Runs 8.236/163.81/-0.614, Now #2 G/AA Index: 8.85

Terry went right down the groove.

Left Lane: Lonnie Johnson Runs 7.157/189.95/-0.413, Now #7 B/AA Index: 7.57
Right Lane: Lee Sharp Runs 8.288/161.52/-0.662, Now #1 D/SMA Index: 8.95

Last pair, only ten Competition Eliminator cars showing up for today's qualifying session.

Johnson's car kept trying to go to the right and was well right of the groove at the stripe. Sharp's car went right down the middle and he took the top spot away from Houghtaling by a couple hundredths.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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