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Sat, 06 Apr 2013, 22:15 PM

Competition Eliminator Round 1 Eliminations
By Bob Orme





LAS VEGAS - Results of round 1 eliminations in Competition Eliminator 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
  514 Clint Sallee                               Bye
E1   ****WINNER****  0.018  7.313 141.05     
         B/D Index: 7.35 (+/-): -0.037    
 Qualified:             #1  6.705 -0.645                     Bye
6:28 p.m. Sallee was off the throttle at about 700 feet.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   78 Steve Graham                           62 Aaron Strong                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.080  8.659 116.86                           No Time      
         C/A Index: 8.03 (+/-):  0.629             B/T Index: 8.88 (+/-): 91.119
 Qualified:            #14  7.497 -0.533                       #27 12.151  3.271
Strong was a no show. Graham shut it off at half track.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7522 Brian Fitzpatrick                    6660 Adam Bowdish                 
E1                  -0.063  6.634 205.85     ****WINNER****  0.001  9.023 113.86
         H/D Index: 6.96 (+/-): -0.326           B/SMA Index: 8.74 (+/-):  0.283
 Qualified:            #24  6.657 -0.303                       #11  8.184 -0.556


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
    7 Mike DePalma                         7189 Dean Carter                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.072  9.154 148.72                     0.005  7.678 130.48
        I/SM Index: 9.69 (+/-): -0.536            B/ND Index: 7.65 (+/-):  0.028
 Qualified:             #2  9.070 -0.620                       #15  7.119 -0.531
Mike DePalma's incremental times: 60ft-1.251 sec., 330ft-3.745, 660ft-5.826/117.86 mph, 1,000ft-7.629.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7700 Clarence Thomas                         8 Jeff Lane                    
E1                   0.615  7.601 183.10     ****WINNER****  0.048  8.350 140.88
        B/AA Index: 7.66 (+/-): -0.059           B/SMA Index: 8.74 (+/-): -0.390
 Qualified:            #25  7.564 -0.096                       #12  8.193 -0.547


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 6990 Howie Stevens                          64 Brandon Huhtala              
E1                   0.245  7.521 180.74     ****WINNER****  0.043  7.538 168.32
         C/A Index: 8.03 (+/-): -0.509             C/A Index: 8.03 (+/-): -0.492
 Qualified:            #18  7.527 -0.503                        #5  7.421 -0.609
Heads-up! Brandon Huhtala's MOV: 0.1859 seconds (approximately 49 feet). He'll face Lane in round two.

Howie Stevens' incremental times: 60ft-1.066 sec., 330ft-3.085, 660ft-4.796/143.80 mph, 1,000ft-6.273.
Brandon Huhtala's incremental times: 60ft-1.060 sec., 330ft-3.062, 660ft-4.755/144.95 mph, 1,000ft-6.226.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7298 Scott Hedlund                        7063 Mark Lelchook                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.070  7.935 157.01                     0.039  7.679 147.18
        A/SM Index: 8.47 (+/-): -0.535            D/ED Index: 8.02 (+/-): -0.341
 Qualified:             #4  7.861 -0.609                       #17  7.506 -0.514
Hedlund made a hard left turn after the finish line, sending his car into the retaining wall. He's okay, but it is very unlikely that he'll be back to face Bowdish in round two tomorrow.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 6857 Ralph Van Paepeghem                   610 John Edwards                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.022  7.681 142.15                    -0.039  8.359 116.28
        A/EA Index: 7.94 (+/-): -0.259            C/AA Index: 8.01 (+/-):  0.349
 Qualified:            #19  7.442 -0.498                        #6  7.415 -0.595


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7023 Tyler Hogan                          7009 Ross Wilson                  
E1                   0.054  8.439 112.13     ****WINNER****  0.115  8.570 136.40
        C/DA Index: 7.69 (+/-):  0.749            C/SM Index: 8.89 (+/-): -0.320
 Qualified:            #10  7.127 -0.563                       #23  8.566 -0.324
Hogan was off the throttle way early, the reason not apparent from here.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   10 Alan Ellis                           7771 Ed Sigmon                    
E1   ****WINNER****  0.075  6.687 190.97                     0.050  8.531 152.42
        A/AA Index: 7.22 (+/-): -0.533            D/EA Index: 8.95 (+/-): -0.419
 Qualified:            #13  6.681 -0.539                       #26  9.159  0.209
Alan Ellis' MOV: 0.0894 seconds (approximately 20 feet). He'll face Van Paepeghem in round two.

Alan Ellis' incremental times: 60ft-1.002 sec., 330ft-2.768, 660ft-4.257/164.01 mph, 1,000ft-5.558.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7098 Tom Mettler                          7980 Joe Roubicek                 
E1                   0.014 25.344  33.02     ****WINNER****  0.126  7.101 135.82
         PST Index: 8.09 (+/-): 17.254            A/AA Index: 7.22 (+/-): -0.119
 Qualified:            #16  7.571 -0.519                        #3  6.601 -0.619
Mettler had severe tire shake on the hit and he lifted. Roubicek will face Wilson in round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  500 Lou Ficco Jr.                         703 Joe Mozeris                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.053  7.335 158.50                     0.183  7.273 180.26
        B/AA Index: 7.66 (+/-): -0.325            B/ED Index: 7.61 (+/-): -0.337
 Qualified:             #9  7.089 -0.571                       #22  7.242 -0.368
Weather conditions: air temperature 81 degrees, relative humidity 18 percent, barometer 27.66 inches, adjusted altitude 4,450 feet, track temperature 88 degrees.

Lou Ficco Jr.'s MOV: 0.1187 seconds (approximately 31 feet). He'll face DePalma in round two.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 765A Ron Weems                             710 Doug Lambeck                 
E1                  -0.177  6.760 206.83     ****WINNER****  0.161  9.120 111.20
         A/A Index: 7.18 (+/-): -0.420           D/SMA Index: 9.09 (+/-):  0.030
 Qualified:            #21  6.792 -0.388                        #8  8.517 -0.573
Lambeck will face Sallee in round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 751D Skip Dunn                            1781 Dan Fletcher                 
E1                  -0.015  7.187 190.38     ****WINNER****  0.022  8.671 125.35
        B/AA Index: 7.66 (+/-): -0.473            C/EA Index: 8.78 (+/-): -0.109
 Qualified:            #20  7.166 -0.494                        #7  8.188 -0.592
Fletcher will face Graham in round two.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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