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Sun, 17 Mar 2013, 12:32 PM

Pro Stock Round 1 Eliminations
By Rick Green





GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Pro Stock at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 44th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 4264 Chris McGaha                            3 Vincent Nobile               
E1                   0.104  6.548 211.63     ****WINNER****  0.025  6.545 211.79
 Qualified:             #9  6.515 212.59                        #8  6.513 212.86
Weather conditions: air temperature 70 degrees, relative humidity 48 percent, barometer 29.92 inches, adjusted altitude 1,277 feet, track temperature 85 degrees.

Nobile is 3 - 0 against McGaha in prior events. Nobile with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   11 Shane Gray                              4 Erica Enders-Stevens         
E1                   0.055 15.139  54.57     ****WINNER****  0.015  6.505 212.96
 Qualified:            #10  6.518 211.33                        #7  6.505 212.66
Enders-Stevens is 7 - 2 against Gray in prior events. Enders-Stevens with a big starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. She matched her qualifying time in the win. Gray with a lot of tire shake and pushed in the clutch.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  317 Rickie Jones                            7 V. Gaines                    
E1                   0.023  6.526 212.09     ****WINNER****  0.042  6.505 212.63
 Qualified:            #11  6.530 212.33                        #6  6.504 213.47
This is the first time Jones and Gaines have faced each other in eliminations. Jones with the starting line advantage, but Gaines is able to chase him down right in the lights for the win. V. Gaines' MOV: 0.0027 seconds (approximately 10 inches). Gaines just a tick off his qualifying time. Jones with his quickest pass of the weekend in the losing effort.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   21 Kurt Johnson                            5 Greg Anderson                
E1                   0.045  6.757 209.59     ****WINNER****  0.027  6.504 212.16
 Qualified:            #12  6.535 211.59                        #5  6.493 212.03
Anderson is 39 - 18 against Johnson in prior events. Anderson with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. Anderson just off his qualifying time in the win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   41 Rodger Brogdon                          2 Jason Line                   
E1                   0.032  6.549 211.10     ****WINNER****  0.029  6.492 212.59
 Qualified:            #14  6.549 211.39                        #3  6.483 213.10
Line is 5 - 1 against Brogdon in prior events. Line is out of the gate first and never trailed as he runs the quickest pass of the round. Jason Line's incremental times: 60ft-0.971 sec., 330ft-2.721, 660ft-4.178/169.06 mph, 1,000ft-5.434. He will have lane choice over Gaines in the next round. Brogdon matched his qualifying time in the losing effort.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  208 Warren Johnson                          6 Mike Edwards                 
E1                   0.157 14.395  63.47     ****WINNER****  0.072  6.473 213.57
 Qualified:            #16  6.569 211.10                        #1  6.473 214.31
This is Warren Johnson's 33rd Gainesville race and it's just the sixth time he has started from the bottom half of the field. He has won this race nine times and that's more than any other pro driver.

This is the second time that Mike Edwards has opened the year with three consecutive number one spots. The other time was 2010..Mike is the defending event champion.

Edwards with a big starting line advantage and never trailed as he matches his National record E.T. for the win. He will have lane choice over Nobile in the next round. WJ with violent tire shake and pushes in the clutch.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  666 Matt Hartford                           1 Allen Johnson                
E1                   0.063  6.593 210.70     ****WINNER****  0.033  6.514 212.49
 Qualified:            #15  6.566 211.59                        #2  6.481 213.64
Johnson is 3 - 0 against Hartford in prior events. Johnson with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. Johnson will give up lane choice to Enders-Stevens in the next round. Hartford got out of the groove, but reeled it in.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  445 Greg Stanfield                         25 Jeg Coughlin                 
E1                   0.008 13.912  60.90     ****WINNER****  0.025  6.510 212.83
 Qualified:            #13  6.537 211.73                        #4  6.487 213.23
Coughlin is 18 - 4 against Stanfield in prior events. Stanfield with a great light, but then had violent tire shake before he pushed in the clutch. Coughlin is straight down the groove with another good pass for the win. Coughlin will give up lane choice to Anderson in next round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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