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Sun, 17 Feb 2013, 20:28 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Final, Round 4 Eliminations
By David Gerard

POMONA, Calif. - Results of final, round 4 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 53rd annual O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries:

    2 Chris Demke                             1 Jim Whiteley                 
E4                   0.043  5.271 270.86     ****WINNER****  0.036  5.245 273.39
 Prior rounds:
E3    (D St.Arnaud ) 0.056  5.496 243.50      (J Severance ) 0.028  5.286 271.84
E2    (J Ahten     ) 0.037  5.359 267.32      (L Miersch   ) 0.083  5.310 269.62
E1    (G Bateman   ) 0.044  5.287 268.97      (B Brown     ) 0.047  5.281 272.28
 Qualified:             #2  5.273 270.92                        #1  5.251 273.27
5:22 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 67 degrees, relative humidity 42 percent, barometer 28.83 inches, adjusted altitude 2,257 feet, track temperature 74 degrees.

Whiteley is 10 - 4 against Demke in prior events and each has won 2 times against the other in final rounds. Whiteley comes in as the number one qualifier and already has nineteen National Event wins. Demke was number two and has nine wins, so far.

Whiteley gets a small 0.007 advantage at the green and then both cars had identical sixty foot times. He pulls steadily ahead going down the track and makes the quickest and fastest pass of the weekend to take the close win.

Jim Whiteley's incremental margins: 60ft(0.007), 330 ft(0.009), 660ft(0.015), 1,000ft(0.024). MOV: 0.0334 seconds (approximately 13 feet).Chris Demke's incremental times: 60ft-0.905 sec., 330ft-2.332, 660ft-3.466/217.84 mph, 1,000ft-4.441.
Jim Whiteley's incremental times: 60ft-0.905 sec., 330ft-2.330, 660ft-3.458/219.94 mph, 1,000ft-4.424.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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