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Sun, 30 Jun 2013, 16:28 PM

Competition Eliminator Final, Round 5 Eliminations
By Dave Rowe





JOLIET, Ill. - Results of final, round 5 eliminations in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 16th annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 3308 John Frech                              7 Mike DePalma                 
E5                  -0.001  8.652 118.61     ****WINNER****  0.046 10.702  89.42
         F/D Index: 8.54 (+/-):  0.112            I/SM Index: 9.41 (+/-):  1.292
 Prior rounds:
E4    (S Szupka    ) 0.029  9.749  1.209      (K Cultrera  ) 0.053  8.902 -0.548
E3    (S Ambrose   ) 0.006  8.049 -0.491      (J Coan      ) 0.012  8.942 -0.508
E2    (C Haubiel   ) 0.059  8.035 -0.525      (C Neff      ) 0.014  8.944 -0.586
E1    (T Stalba    ) 0.064  8.053 -0.537      (D Engels    ) 0.048 10.714  1.184
 Qualified:            #13  8.013 -0.577                        #6  8.897 -0.633
3:21 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 83 degrees, relative humidity 46 percent, barometer 29.19 inches, adjusted altitude 3,153 feet, track temperature 113 degrees.

This is Frech's 12th final round and he has five wins. DePalma has been to seven final rounds and has three wins.

DePalma won the All Star event yesterday and is looking to double-up here.

DePalma gets a big break here. He hits the throttle and loses traction but Frech just misses the tree and gives him the win. DePalma goes on through and takes the win and becomes the 25th driver to double-up at this event.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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