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Sat, 13 Apr 2013, 15:34 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 1 Eliminations
By Jim Samuel

DINWIDDIE, Va. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Northeast Division, event at Virginia Motorsports Park:

 1320 Wayne Morris                            6 Duane Shields                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.112  5.636 251.77                     0.126  6.039 261.88
 Qualified:             #6  5.526 257.73                        #3  5.438 256.16
3:15 p.m. - It's a beautiful day here at Virginia Motorsports Park. The stands are packed here for the start of alcohol eliminations, thanks to a free ticket giveaway that put plenty of fans in the stands.

Neither driver had a great reaction time but Shields shook and smoked the rear tires coming off the starting line, He pedaled it but it was already too late and Morris was long gone by then.

  596 Randy Meyer                            19 Jackie Fricke                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.063  5.880 235.47                     0.024  9.219 119.22
 Qualified:             #4  5.471 266.11                        #5  5.501 249.39
Fricke smoked the rear tires from the starting line to 330 feet before she shut it down. Meyer did not have a great run but he made ti down the track and got the win.

   13 John Finke                             12 Dan Mercier                  
E1                   0.090 15.586  59.92     ****WINNER****  0.071  6.174 248.80
 Qualified:             #7  5.565 255.92                        #2  5.431 258.22
Even though the two prior drivers went up in smoke, Mercier chose the right lane for this race. Finke was in a new car for this race.

This time, both drivers smoked the tired out of the gate. Mercier pedaled once and got the car hooked up to take the win. Finke smoked it, pedaled, got back on the throttle, then the car got loose and he had to click it off. Mercier will meet Morris in the next round and Morris will have lane choice.

 1900 Dan Page                              872 Rishi Kanick                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.182  5.389 260.61                     0.098  5.568 249.44
 Qualified:             #1  5.424 265.64                        #8  5.588 237.96
Kanick is from Trinidad and Tobago and is in his first Top Alcohol Dragster race here today. Kanick got out of the gate first and was leading the race to mid track, when his car did a wheelstand. He stayed on the throttle but Page got by him to take the win. Page will have lane choice over Meyer in round two.

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