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Fri, 05 Apr 2013, 15:57 PM

Competition Eliminator Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Bob Orme

LAS VEGAS - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 14th annual NHRA Nationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, amount over/under index, and position in order following run, class and class index:
Left Lane: Brandon Huhtala Runs 7.538/157.82/-0.492, Now #2 C/A Index: 8.03
Right Lane: Clint Sallee Runs 6.705/201.70/-0.645, Now #1 B/D Index: 7.35

12:00 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 82 degrees, relative humidity 26 percent, barometer 27.77 inches, adjusted altitude 4,486 feet, track temperature 112 degrees.

Perkin moved to the right of the groove on the launch.

Clint Sallee's incremental times: 60ft-1.047 sec., 330ft-2.796, 660ft-4.287/164.25 mph, 1,000ft-5.591.

Left Lane: Skip Dunn Runs 7.226/189.73/-0.434, Now #3 B/AA Index: 7.66
Right Lane: Clarence Thomas Runs 7.569/169.27/-0.091, Now #4 B/AA Index: 7.66

Thomas was to the left of the groove for most of this pass.

Left Lane: Dan Fletcher Runs 8.239/145.77/-0.541, Now #3 C/EA Index: 8.78
Right Lane: Adam Bowdish Runs 8.184/164.65/-0.556, Now #2 B/SMA Index: 8.74

Dan Fletcher's incremental times: 60ft-1.113 sec., 330ft-3.311, 660ft-5.174/131.36 mph, 1,000ft-6.787.
Adam Bowdish's incremental times: 60ft-1.133 sec., 330ft-3.332, 660ft-5.203/131.14 mph, 1,000ft-6.816.

Left Lane: Howie Stevens Runs 7.531/180.67/-0.499, Now #5 C/A Index: 8.03
Right Lane: Dean Carter Runs 7.138/184.35/-0.512, Now #4 B/ND Index: 7.65

Stevens was very close to the centerline at half track.

Left Lane: Ralph Van Paepeghem Runs 7.494/175.82/-0.446, Now #8 A/EA Index: 7.94
Right Lane: Mark Lelchook Runs 7.564/175.84/-0.456, Now #7 D/DA Index: 8.02

Paepeghem wiggled a little bit off the line.

Left Lane: Tyler Hogan Runs 7.173/185.49/-0.517, Now #4 C/DA Index: 7.69
Right Lane: Ross Wilson Runs 8.566/140.25/-0.324, Now #11 C/SM Index: 8.89

Tyler Hogan's incremental times: 60ft-1.055 sec., 330ft-2.943, 660ft-4.558/151.48 mph, 1,000ft-5.966.

Left Lane: Tom Mettler Runs 7.571/180.02/-0.519, Now #4 PST Index: 8.09
Right Lane: Steve Graham Runs 7.551/180.89/-0.479, Now #9 C/A Index: 8.03

Mettler was a little to the right of the groove at half track.

Left Lane: Mike DePalma Runs 9.070/148.40/-0.620, Now #2 I/SM Index: 9.69
Right Lane: Alan Ellis Runs 6.734/195.51/-0.486, Now #10 A/AA Index: 7.22

Ellis was skating around early in the run. A solid pass for DePalma.

Mike DePalma's incremental times: 60ft-1.250 sec., 330ft-3.707, 660ft-5.766/118.87 mph, 1,000ft-7.555.

Left Lane: Scott Hedlund Runs 7.910/171.23/-0.560, Now #4 A/SM Index: 8.47
Right Lane: Doug Lambeck Runs 8.517/152.47/-0.573, Now #3 D/SMA Index: 9.09

Scott Hedlund's incremental times: 60ft-1.152 sec., 330ft-3.264, 660ft-5.051/137.27 mph, 1,000ft-6.599.
Doug Lambeck's incremental times: 60ft-1.177 sec., 330ft-3.460, 660ft-5.400/130.68 mph, 1,000ft-7.091.

Left Lane: Jeff Lane Runs 8.193/164.19/-0.547, Now #6 B/SMA Index: 8.74
Right Lane: Aaron Strong Runs 12.151/76.40/3.271, Now #20 B/T Index: 8.88

Strong was sluggish off the line and he never got up to full power.

Jeff Lane's incremental times: 60ft-1.146 sec., 330ft-3.349, 660ft-5.208/130.03 mph, 1,000ft-6.822.

Left Lane: Brian Fitzpatrick Runs 6.744/204.73/-0.216, Now #19 H/D Index: 6.96
Right Lane: Ed Sigmon Runs 9.168/110.89/0.218, Now #21 D/EA Index: 8.95

Sigmon was slowing well before the finish.

Left Lane: John Edwards Runs 7.556/182.60/-0.454, Now #17 C/AA Index: 8.01
Right Lane: Lou Ficco Jr. Runs 7.105/193.29/-0.555, Now #6 B/AA Index: 7.66

Lou Ficco Jr.'s incremental times: 60ft-1.052 sec., 330ft-2.966, 660ft-4.566/153.74 mph, 1,000ft-5.943.

Left Lane: Joe Roubicek Runs 6.619/208.65/-0.601, Now #3 A/AA Index: 7.22
Right Lane: Ron Weems Runs 6.792/206.86/-0.388, Now #21 A/A Index: 7.18

Roubicek was to the left of the groove for most of this pass.

Joe Roubicek's incremental times: 60ft-0.993 sec., 330ft-2.773, 660ft-4.257/165.21 mph, 1,000ft-5.538.

Left Lane: Joe Mozeris Runs 7.242/183.15/-0.368, Now #22 B/ED Index: 7.61

Mozeris drove through some early tire shake.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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