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Sat, 02 Mar 2013, 16:20 PM

Competition Eliminator Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By David Gerard

CHANDLER, Ariz. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division, event at Firebird International Raceway listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, amount over/under index, and position in order following run, class and class index:
Left Lane: Bill Kent Runs 6.745/200.44/-0.525, Now #2 B/D Index: 7.27
Right Lane: Tyler Hogan Runs 7.021/189.34/-0.579, Now #1 C/DA Index: 7.60

2:04 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 76 degrees, relative humidity 19 percent, barometer 28.88 inches, adjusted altitude 2,540 feet, track temperature 108 degrees.

This is the worst weather of the weekend, so far.

Two clean passes to start the session. Kent looks to have fixed his problems from yesterday and makes a good tune up pass.

Hogan's little small block runs stong!

Left Lane: Jeff Lane Runs 8.094/155.19/-0.526, Now #2 B/SMA Index: 8.62
Right Lane: Joe Mozeris Runs 7.122/186.82/-0.398, Now #4 B/ED Index: 7.52

Left Lane: Ross Wilson Runs 8.252/164.85/-0.508, Now #5 C/SM Index: 8.76
Right Lane: Lou Ficco Jr. Runs 7.006/197.88/-0.564, Now #2 B/AA Index: 7.57

All of the cars are considerably slower than yesterday.

Left Lane: Tom Mettler Runs 7.424/182.45/-0.566, Now #2 PST Index: 7.99
Right Lane: Art Hodges Runs 7.744/175.98/-0.186, Now #8 C/A Index: 7.93

Hodges slows down track again.

Left Lane: Mark Lelchook Runs 7.999/123.62/0.059, Now #9 D/DA Index: 7.94
Right Lane: Kurt Hugger Runs 15.116/55.32/7.126, Now #10 PST Index: 7.99

Hugger's pickup moves hard off the line, shakes the tires, and coasts on down.

Lelchook gets to just past mid-track before going quiet.

No joy for these two!

Left Lane: Dale Giroux Runs 7.116/178.26/-0.454, Now #8 B/AA Index: 7.57
Right Lane: Randy Jones Runs 8.518/156.46/-0.512, Now #6 C/TA Index: 9.03

Left Lane: Dean Carter Runs 7.039/187.21/-0.521, Now #6 B/ND Index: 7.56
Right Lane: Brian Fitzpatrick Runs 6.656/215.82/-0.274, Now #11 H/D Index: 6.93

Fitzpatrick continues to search for hook. The car is initially lazy and then goes into shake and spin. He drives through it to finish the pass. Much better than yesterday.

Clean pass for Carter into the current top eight.

2:16 p.m. Tyler Hogan stays #1 and no bump spot.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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