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Sat, 23 Feb 2013, 21:11 PM

Top Dragster Round 1 Eliminations
By David Gerard





CHANDLER, Ariz. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Dragster 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
 7730 Mike MacBrair                        765M Jim Momjian                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.039  7.043 152.11                     0.002 12.594  59.81
         T/D  Dial: 6.87 (+/-):  0.173             T/D  Dial: 6.98 (+/-):  5.614
 Qualified:            #15  6.800 194.63                       #31  6.940 193.96
6:30 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 65 degrees, relative humidity 30 percent, barometer 28.60 inches, adjusted altitude 2,284 feet, track temperature 70 degrees.

Momjian nails the tree with a 0.002 light and then slows right after the 330 lights. MacBair goes on to round two.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7762 Chuck Hawk                           7102 Art Hoover                   
E1   ****WINNER****  0.015  6.922 191.59                     0.043  6.688 195.45
         T/D  Dial: 6.93 (+/-): -0.008             T/D  Dial: 6.70 (+/-): -0.012
 Qualified:            #25  6.924 195.93                        #9  6.679 201.40
6:32p.m. Momjian's dragster has stopped on the track after the finish line.

6:35 p.m. That didn't take long...

Chuck Hawk's MOV: Took the stripe by 0.0240 seconds (approximately 7 feet) in a double breakout.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7160 Andy Spiegel                         7208 Denny Hills                  
E1                   0.065  6.850 195.99     ****WINNER****  0.024  6.103 223.50
         T/D  Dial: 6.83 (+/-):  0.020             T/D  Dial: 6.08 (+/-):  0.023
 Qualified:            #17  6.822 196.10                        #1  6.070 223.99
Spiegel is late. Hills gets the eleven foot win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7219 Geneva Nash                          719R Russell Suyenaga             
E1                  -0.017  9.612  81.76     ****WINNER**** -0.003  6.559 209.43
         T/D  Dial: 6.90 (+/-):  2.712             T/D  Dial: 6.54 (+/-):  0.019
 Qualified:            #20  6.861 197.42                        #4  6.508 215.24
Russell Suyenaga goes on to round two MOV: opponent's red light.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 4885 Jimmy Lewis                          7498 Steve Casner                 
E1                   0.029  6.872 195.17     ****WINNER****  0.040  7.015 189.90
         T/D  Dial: 6.79 (+/-):  0.082             T/D  Dial: 6.95 (+/-):  0.065
 Qualified:            #14  6.781 198.00                       #30  6.934 192.85
Steve Casner holds off a charging Lewis for the win. MOV: 0.0061 seconds (approximately 21 inches).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7414 Johan Overland                       780V Val Torres Jr.               
E1                   0.059  6.901 192.71     ****WINNER****  0.007  6.718 193.88
         T/D  Dial: 6.87 (+/-):  0.031             T/D  Dial: 6.67 (+/-):  0.048
 Qualified:            #22  6.866 193.65                        #6  6.649 202.21
Val Torres Jr. scores a strong 0.007 light for the hole shot win. MOV: 0.0351 seconds (approximately 10 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7117 Jake Morris                           756 Robert Button                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.027  7.023 182.65                     0.231  6.838 200.65
         T/D  Dial: 6.97 (+/-):  0.053             T/D  Dial: 6.80 (+/-):  0.038
 Qualified:            #29  6.933 192.88                       #13  6.777 201.64
Button is way late and Jake Morris gets the win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7848 Jon Bradford                           58 Jeff Koron                   
E1   ****WINNER****  0.095  6.907 194.49                     0.203  6.654 206.86
         T/D  Dial: 6.87 (+/-):  0.037             T/D  Dial: 6.67 (+/-): -0.016
 Qualified:            #21  6.866 195.03                        #5  6.626 206.92
Koron is the late one this time and Jon Bradford goes on to round two. MOV: Took the stripe by 0.0550 seconds (approximately 17 feet), opponent broke out.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7026 George Nann                          7774 Rodger Comstock              
E1   ****WINNER****  0.060  6.793 199.26                    -0.002  6.957 196.96
         T/D  Dial: 6.74 (+/-):  0.053             T/D  Dial: 6.93 (+/-):  0.027
 Qualified:            #11  6.751 201.28                       #27  6.930 197.28
Comstock misses the green by just -0.002 and gives the win to Nann.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 5002 Kent Kroeker                         6591 Moe Trujillo                 
E1                   0.011  6.953 186.25     ****WINNER****  0.042  6.713 191.92
         T/D  Dial: 6.88 (+/-):  0.073             T/D  Dial: 6.68 (+/-):  0.033
 Qualified:            #24  6.887 194.72                        #8  6.674 203.98
Moe Trujillo's MOV: 0.0094 seconds (approximately 3 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7796 John Richardson                        72 Shane Molinari               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.052  6.989 180.00                     0.031  6.929 202.55
         T/D  Dial: 6.94 (+/-):  0.049             T/D  Dial: 6.81 (+/-):  0.119
 Qualified:            #28  6.930 194.97                       #12  6.756 202.55
Molinari slows and gives the win to Richardson.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  713 Tom Koenen                           5186 George Slatten               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.021  7.033 186.82                     0.017  6.773 184.12
         T/D  Dial: 7.00 (+/-):  0.033             T/D  Dial: 6.84 (+/-): -0.067
 Qualified:            #32  6.997 194.02                       #16  6.811 195.85
Tom Koenen's MOV: Opponent broke out.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7468 George Prather                         51 Phil Unruh                   
E1   ****WINNER****  0.019  6.870 192.30                     0.018  6.486 208.33
         T/D  Dial: 6.86 (+/-):  0.010             T/D  Dial: 6.49 (+/-): -0.004
 Qualified:            #19  6.853 192.52                        #3  6.448 214.52
Just 0.001 difference in RT's and George Prather gets the win. MOV: Opponent broke out.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 6541 Paul Snell                           6087 Mark Colton Sr.              
E1   ****WINNER****  0.053  6.749 192.80                     0.040  6.977 191.48
         T/D  Dial: 6.71 (+/-):  0.039             T/D  Dial: 6.92 (+/-):  0.057
 Qualified:            #10  6.695 200.89                       #26  6.927 191.81
Really close race at the finish line and Paul Snell just gets past Colton. MOV: 0.0051 seconds (approximately 17 inches).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7921 Gary Campbell                        5116 Dave Slatten                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.017  6.344 222.62                     0.023  6.883 200.26
         T/D  Dial: 6.23 (+/-):  0.114             T/D  Dial: 6.95 (+/-): -0.067
 Qualified:             #2  6.228 226.28                       #18  6.839 200.71
Two close lights and Gary Campbell will go on to round two. MOV: Opponent broke out.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 5822 John Lobner                          7256 Mera Silvia                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.005  6.883 195.48                     0.042  6.664 202.91
         T/D  Dial: 6.86 (+/-):  0.023             T/D  Dial: 6.68 (+/-): -0.016
 Qualified:            #23  6.875 196.13                        #7  6.658 203.71
Last pair for tonight. Great 0.005 light for Lobner for the win, as Silvia breaks out.

6:55 p.m. In Round two tomorrow: HIlls vs. Hawk; Bradford vs. Morris; Prather vs. Nann; Lobner vs. MacBrair; Campbell vs. Snell; Torres Jr. Vs. Casner; Suyenaga vs. Richardson; and Trujillo vs. Koenen.

NOTE: The balance of the planned class eliminations has been rescheduled until tomorrow morning starting at 8:00AM

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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