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Sat, 23 Feb 2013, 19:25 PM

Top Sportsman Round 1 Eliminations
By David Gerard





CHANDLER, Ariz. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Sportsman at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 29th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 G233 Frank Gostilla                       4147 Greg Lair                    
E1                   0.085  7.402 174.50     ****WINNER****  0.036  6.711 192.03
          TS  Dial: 7.34 (+/-):  0.062              TS  Dial: 6.68 (+/-):  0.031
 Qualified:            #17  7.333 186.30                        #2  6.668 209.30
4:58 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 69 degrees, relative humidity 26 percent, barometer 28.61 inches, adjusted altitude 2,507 feet, track temperature 98 degrees.

TS was originally scheduled to run right after round one of the Pro's.

Gostilla is late and gives Lair an easy win.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  550 Ed Olpin                               53 Rick Wilson                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.016  7.421 187.11                    -0.500  6.855 189.36
          TS  Dial: 7.37 (+/-):  0.051              TS  Dial: 6.32 (+/-):  0.535
 Qualified:            #19  7.346 188.57                        #4  6.813 201.55
Wilson has problems staging, tries again, and then is way early. Ed Olpin gets the win. MOV: opponent's red light.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 721W Clyde Williams                         72 Richard Okerman              
E1                         No Time           ****WINNER****  0.028  7.289 187.08
          TS  Dial: 7.98 (+/-): 92.019              TS  Dial: 7.30 (+/-): -0.011
 Qualified:            #29  8.286 163.28                       #14  7.282 187.70
Williams car won't start initially and when it finally does, gets shut off with fluids leaking.

Okerman gets a free pass to round three.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7256 Mera Silvia                          7875 Roy Cracraft                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.262  7.283 189.58                           No Time      
          TS  Dial: 7.28 (+/-):  0.003              TS  Dial: 7.72 (+/-): 92.279
 Qualified:            #12  7.220 191.05                       #27  7.699 177.67
5:05 p.m. Just a brief time out for a water box clean up.

Cracraft gets the willies and jumps the light at the first yellow. Silvia gets an easy win.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 6718 Shane Molinari                       7282 Doug Watts                   
E1                   0.055  7.503 182.85     ****WINNER****  0.025  6.980 197.74
          TS  Dial: 7.46 (+/-):  0.043              TS  Dial: 6.97 (+/-):  0.010
 Qualified:            #23  7.446 184.09                        #8  7.139 195.36
Watts makes it look easy, as Molinari slows on the top end.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7980 Joe Roubicek                         7639 Roger Hall                   
E1                   0.046  6.576 210.54     ****WINNER****  0.005  7.401 185.82
          TS  Dial: 6.56 (+/-):  0.016              TS  Dial: 7.40 (+/-):  0.001
 Qualified:             #1  6.569 211.49                       #16  7.333 188.81
Hall is taking no prisoners and will get the win and the Bye Run next round.

Roger Hall's package: 0.006.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7728 Kelly Harper                         6636 Ray Martin                   
E1                   0.051  7.807 176.84     ****WINNER****  0.027  7.320 178.87
          TS  Dial: 7.78 (+/-):  0.027              TS  Dial: 7.29 (+/-):  0.030
 Qualified:            #28  7.769 177.67                       #13  7.278 187.50
Martin gets the five foot hole shot win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  796 Tom Ticer                            7840 Gary Forkner                 
E1                   0.010  7.488 184.30     ****WINNER****  0.028  7.035 193.16
          TS  Dial: 7.45 (+/-):  0.038              TS  Dial: 7.03 (+/-):  0.005
 Qualified:            #22  7.436 186.07                        #7  7.005 196.53
Forker runs closer to his dial for the four foot win. Nice 0.010 light for Ticer.

He will face Okerman next round.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  542 JR Lobner                              54 Monte Green                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.014  7.509 176.86                     0.065  7.026 194.97
          TS  Dial: 7.47 (+/-):  0.039              TS  Dial: 7.05 (+/-): -0.024
 Qualified:            #21  7.433 182.50                        #6  6.999 195.99
JR Lobner has a nice 0.014 light and gets the win. MOV: Opponent broke out.

He races Martin in round three.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 777C Doug Bracey                          6646 Mike Williams                
E1                  -0.013  7.752 174.14     ****WINNER****  0.029  7.228 190.32
          TS  Dial: 7.74 (+/-):  0.012              TS  Dial: 7.22 (+/-):  0.008
 Qualified:            #26  7.680 175.16                       #11  7.198 191.10
Williams goes on, as Bracey red lights.

Olpin will be in the other lane next round.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7157 Dave Deadman                          730 Bryan LaFlam                 
E1                   0.133  7.724 168.11     ****WINNER****  0.013  7.376 173.43
          TS  Dial: 7.64 (+/-):  0.084              TS  Dial: 7.25 (+/-):  0.126
 Qualified:            #25  7.622 180.77                       #10  7.188 189.47
Deadman is dead late and LaFlam takes the easy win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  429 Jimmie Dickey                        7746 Patrick McHenry              
E1   ****WINNER****  0.051  7.560 153.16                     0.015  7.354 181.28
          TS  Dial: 7.07 (+/-):  0.490              TS  Dial: 7.37 (+/-): -0.016
 Qualified:            #30 28.730  26.33                       #15  7.291 187.89
Dickey car is a little loose off the line and then gets way loose right near the lights. He gathers it back up and saves the shiney and the race. Mc Henry broke out.

Next round match up with Watts.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 D712 Phil Dion                             789 Lynsi Torres                 
E1                  -0.200 12.802  62.41     ****WINNER****  0.005  7.383 161.98
          TS  Dial: 7.50 (+/-):  5.302              TS  Dial: 7.21 (+/-):  0.173
 Qualified:            #24  7.475 184.80                        #9  7.178 191.13
Dion can't wait and is significantly early. Torres gets the easy win with a great 0.005 light.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 5899 Ron Williams                         721P Raul Perez                   
E1                   0.074  7.507 183.22     ****WINNER****  0.043  6.871 191.40
          TS  Dial: 7.52 (+/-): -0.013              TS  Dial: 6.86 (+/-):  0.011
 Qualified:            #20  7.426 185.95                        #5  6.854 201.40
Raul Perez's MOV: Took the stripe by 0.0070 seconds (approximately 23 inches), opponent broke out.

He races Silvia in the next round.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  516 Doug Woody                           757T Ted Carli                    
E1                   0.052  7.792 141.92     ****WINNER****  0.021  6.779 187.05
          TS  Dial: 7.43 (+/-):  0.362              TS  Dial: 6.74 (+/-):  0.039
 Qualified:            #18  7.335 184.62                        #3  6.671 206.10
Carli gets the win, as Woody slows.

He faces LaFlam later.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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