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Sun, 17 Feb 2013, 19:08 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 3 Eliminations
By David Gerard





POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 3 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 53rd annual O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 6067 Don St. Arnaud                          2 Chris Demke                  
E3                   0.071  7.494 115.90     ****WINNER****  0.056  5.496 243.50
 Prior rounds:
E2    (F Hanssen   ) 0.051  5.374 269.51      (J Ahten     ) 0.037  5.359 267.32
E1    (D Shields   ) 0.054  5.360 256.80      (G Bateman   ) 0.044  5.287 268.97
 Qualified:             #3  5.309 274.16                        #2  5.273 270.92
3:55 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 68 degrees, relative humidity 37 percent, barometer 28.80 inches, adjusted altitude 2,338 feet, track temperature 89 degrees.

St. Arnaud is 1 - 0 against Demke in prior events.

Demke gets the starting line advantage and pulls steadily ahead going down the the track. It gets expensive near the lights, as the engine goes bang right before the 1320.

St.Arnaud's car gets out of the groove and slows.

Chris Demke's incremental margins: 60ft(0.034), 330 ft(0.124), 660ft(0.426), 1,000ft(1.109). MOV: 2.0137 seconds (more than 100 feet).

Don St. Arnaud's incremental times: 60ft-0.936 sec., 330ft-2.500, 660ft-3.985/145.22 mph, 1,000ft-5.694.
Chris Demke's incremental times: 60ft-0.917 sec., 330ft-2.391, 660ft-3.574/207.15 mph, 1,000ft-4.600.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  613 Joey Severance                          1 Jim Whiteley                 
E3                   0.027  9.227 115.96     ****WINNER****  0.028  5.286 271.84
 Prior rounds:
E2    (R Martin    ) 0.037  5.393 264.39      (L Miersch   ) 0.083  5.310 269.62
E1    (E Schmeeckle) 0.050  5.397 263.92      (B Brown     ) 0.047  5.281 272.28
 Qualified:             #5  5.330 265.33                        #1  5.251 273.27
Severance and Whiteley have each won 1 times against the other in prior events.

Severance power is too strong for the track and he spins the tires hard at the hit.

Whiteley runs another five twenty and will face Demke in the final round with lane choice.

Jim Whiteley's incremental times: 60ft-0.922 sec., 330ft-2.359, 660ft-3.490/219.04 mph, 1,000ft-4.460.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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