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Thu, 14 Mar 2013, 17:06 PM

Competition Eliminator Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Michael L. Jex

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 44th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, amount over/under index, and position in order following run, class and class index:
Left Lane: Chris Wentzel Runs 7.571/180.33/-0.269, Now #2 A/EA Index: 7.84
Right Lane: Jim Greenheck Runs 7.277/186.54/-0.633, Now #1 C/AA Index: 7.91

4:43 p.m. It's a beautiful day here in Sunny Gainesville. Greenheck's Camaro lays down a silky smooth and straight blast.

Left Lane: Tony Pontillo Runs 6.821/193.46/-0.569, Now #3 B/DA Index: 7.39
Right Lane: Van Puckett Runs 8.159/164.25/-0.691, Now #1 G/AA Index: 8.85

Pontillo left on Puckett's green, but it's all good in qualifying. Puckett vaults to the top of the heap. Van Puckett's incremental times: 60ft-1.146 sec., 330ft-3.330, 660ft-5.187/132.35 mph, 1,000ft-6.793.

Left Lane: Anthony Bertozzi Runs 7.771/163.49/-0.619, Now #4 B/SR Index: 8.39
Right Lane: Kevin Robb Runs 8.038/165.23/-0.782, Now #1 D/EA Index: 8.82

Left Lane: Terry Smith Runs 7.300/178.07/-0.620, Now #4 D/DA Index: 7.92
Right Lane: Fred Allen Runs 8.712/157.95/-0.328, Now #7 C/SR Index: 9.04

Allen's engine was not happy at the top end, he had some kind of misfire going on.

Left Lane: Ray Skillman Runs 8.394/161.09/-0.596, Now #7 E/SMA Index: 8.99
Right Lane: Steve Ambrose Runs 7.723/167.28/-0.667, Now #3 J/AA Index: 8.39

Left Lane: Rodney Rosenstiel Runs 6.196/223.65/-0.814, Now #1 AA/AM Index: 7.01
Right Lane: Pat Williams Runs 6.908/204.08/-0.312, Now #11 A/AP Index: 7.22

Side-by-side six second passes in comp, Rosenstiel low ET of the round by a bunch. Rodney Rosenstiel's incremental times: 60ft-1.042 sec., 330ft-2.657, 660ft-4.015/181.32 mph, 1,000ft-5.193.
Pat Williams' incremental times: 60ft-1.037 sec., 330ft-2.941, 660ft-4.488/160.19 mph, 1,000ft-5.804.

Left Lane: Rob Carpenter Runs 8.670/154.17/-0.510, Now #11 F/SMA Index: 9.18
Right Lane: Kevin Houghtaling Runs 8.714/138.37/-0.586, Now #9 H/A Index: 9.30

Left Lane: David Eaton Runs 11.368/90.21/4.148, Now #16 A/AP Index: 7.22
Right Lane: Bruno Massel Runs 6.698/178.28/-0.572, Now #10 I/D Index: 7.27

Sounded like Massel may have clicked it a little early...

Left Lane: Lee Sharp Runs 8.272/161.40/-0.678, Now #5 D/SMA Index: 8.95
Right Lane: Greg Kamplain Runs 6.831/182.90/-0.689, Now #4 B/ED Index: 7.52

Left Lane: Arnie Martel Runs 7.559/177.11/-0.771, Now #3 B/EA Index: 8.33
Right Lane: Robert Bailey Runs 7.401/143.87/0.191, Now #19 A/ED Index: 7.21

Nice pass for Martel, right down the groove. Bailey lifted early, the reason not clear from this vantage point.

Left Lane: Art Hodges Runs 7.563/170.06/-0.367, Now #16 C/A Index: 7.93
Right Lane: Grant Lewis Runs 8.706/154.55/0.236, Now #21 F/EA Index: 8.47

Left Lane: Jim Kimbrough Runs 6.908/193.02/-0.692, Now #4 C/DA Index: 7.60
Right Lane: Lonnie Johnson Runs 9.650/113.94/2.080, Now #23 B/AA Index: 7.57

Johnson hooked hard toward the tree on the launch, and had to pedal to get back over in the groove. The Neon didn't settle down, so he wisely lifted.

Left Lane: Tony Terry Runs 8.306/163.53/-0.544, Now #17 G/AA Index: 8.85
Right Lane: Glen Treadwell Runs 8.187/142.84/-0.753, Now #4 G/ED Index: 8.94

Treadwell ran under the current class record in EEA, but it's only good enough for the 4th spot... He holds the current class record btw...

Glen Treadwell's incremental times: 60ft-1.136 sec., 330ft-3.266, 660ft-5.096/133.08 mph, 1,000ft-6.713.

Left Lane: David Rampy Runs 7.199/182.48/-0.641, Now #11 A/EA Index: 7.84
Right Lane: Michael Hardee Runs 8.345/162.39/-0.645, Now #10 D/SM Index: 8.99

Left Lane: Jenny Treadwell Runs 7.944/147.89/-0.526, Now #21 F/ED Index: 8.47
Right Lane: Steve Szupka Runs 8.108/159.06/-0.652, Now #10 G/EA Index: 8.76

Left Lane: Frank Aragona Runs 8.013/157.50/-0.647, Now #11 F/ED Index: 8.66
Right Lane: Jeff Adkinson Runs 8.371/161.59/-0.579, Now #19 D/SMA Index: 8.95

Left Lane: Bo Butner Runs 8.354/149.45/-0.636, Now #14 E/SMA Index: 8.99

Butner cut a .004 light - Bo Butner's incremental times: 60ft-1.193 sec., 330ft-3.421, 660ft-5.296/131.48 mph, 1,000ft-6.931.

So round one of Comp ends with Rodney Rosenstiel's AA/A on top - and with low ET and top speed in the class to boot. 5:13 p.m.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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