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Sat, 06 Apr 2013, 21:07 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 1 Eliminations
By Rick Green





LAS VEGAS - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 14th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   75 Megan McKernan                        597 Greg Hunter                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.088  5.417 258.02                     0.061  5.550 257.28
 Qualified:             #7  5.483 250.55                        #8  5.509 261.12
Weather conditions: air temperature 83 degrees, relative humidity 18 percent, barometer 27.68 inches, adjusted altitude 4,581 feet, track temperature 96 degrees.

This is the first time McKernan and Hunter have faced each other in eliminations. Hunter with the starting line advantage, but McKeran has the lead by 400 feet and the runs here quickest pass of the weekend for the win. Hunter 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
   64 Ray Martin                            704 William Litton               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.151  5.408 264.86                     0.106  5.936 248.75
 Qualified:             #2  5.377 267.96                       #13  5.949 250.55
Martin is 1 - 0 against Litton in prior events. Litton with the starting line advantage, but Martin has the difference made up by the time they go by the Christmas tree and takes the win. Martin will get the bye in the next round. Litton 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
  613 Joey Severance                         79 Johnny Ahten                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.042  5.446 260.31                     0.064  5.544 253.61
 Qualified:             #3  5.385 265.22                       #12  5.702 252.14
Severance is 2 - 1 against Ahten in prior events. Severance is out of the gate first and never trailed for the win. Ahten 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
  611 Garrett Bateman                      7598 Scott Carroll                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.055  5.520 243.85                     0.032  5.544 256.70
 Qualified:             #6  5.459 251.16                        #9  5.514 258.86
This is the first time Bateman and Carroll have faced each other in eliminations. This was a great drag race. Carroll with the starting line advantage and the lead until just past half track. Bateman was able to drive around and hold on for the win by 0.0017 seconds (approximately 8 inches). Bateman will give up lane choice to Severance in the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    2 Chris Demke                           706 Ashley Sanford               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.043  5.389 264.49                     0.025 11.066  80.85
 Qualified:             #5  5.442 262.85                       #10  5.601 259.81
Sanford with the starting line advantage, but is up in smoke early and clicked it off. Demke with his quickest pass of the weekend and the round for the win. Chris Demke's incremental times: 60ft-0.930 sec., 330ft-2.387, 660ft-3.543/212.93 mph, 1,000ft-4.541.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 6067 Don St. Arnaud                        717 Aaron Olivarez               
E1                   0.070 11.773  45.43     ****WINNER****  0.054  5.682 243.06
 Qualified:             #4  5.414 267.43                       #11  5.693 223.69
This is the first time St. Arnaud and Olivarez have faced each other in eliminations. Olivarez with the starting line advantage and never trailed as St. Arnaud' chutes came out around 400 feet. Olivarez with his quickest pass of the weekend, but will give up lane choice to Demke in the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    1 Jim Whiteley                               Bye
E1   ****WINNER****  0.078  5.324 268.22     
 Qualified:             #1  5.340 265.80                     Bye
Whiteley with the quickest pass of the event and he will have lane choice over McKeran in the next round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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