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Sun, 07 Jul 2013, 16:38 PM

Top Dragster Round 3 Eliminations
By Dave Rowe





NORWALK, Ohio - Results of round 3 eliminations in Top Dragster at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Seventh annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 323F Bob Mandell III                       333 Marco Abruzzi                
E3                   0.014  9.905  89.68     ****WINNER****  0.009  6.732 167.99
         T/D  Dial: 6.61 (+/-):  3.295             T/D  Dial: 6.58 (+/-):  0.152
 Prior rounds:
E2    (B J Sexton  ) 0.070  6.618  0.038      (P Biondo    ) 0.008  6.585  0.035
E1    (T Elliott   ) 0.021  6.624  0.084      (S Wildgust  ) 0.018  6.533  0.013
 Qualified:            #22  6.566 205.91                       #18  6.549 209.07
4:28 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 82 degrees, relative humidity 57 percent, barometer 29.10 inches, adjusted altitude 3,275 feet.

Mandell has problems early and backs off the throttle.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   32 Rick Forish                          3645 Chris Ray                    
E3                   0.014 28.791  21.12     ****WINNER****  0.036  7.619 150.30
         T/D  Dial: 6.41 (+/-): 22.381             T/D  Dial: 6.38 (+/-):  1.239
 Prior rounds:
E2    (R Moser     ) 0.025  6.444  0.014      (T Antinora  ) -0.020  6.610  0.260
E1    (D Restauri J) 0.012  6.420  0.020      (A Constantin) 0.113  6.471  0.121
 Qualified:             #9  6.427 210.77                       #21  6.558 211.39
Forish has problems right off the line and clicks it off. Ray stumbled a couple of times during his pass but gets the win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 1332 Vince Musolino                         31 James Monroe                 
E3   ****WINNER****  0.016  6.768 188.12                     0.014  6.930 159.63
         T/D  Dial: 6.67 (+/-):  0.098             T/D  Dial: 6.46 (+/-):  0.470
 Prior rounds:
E2    (J White     ) 0.035  6.690  0.000      (C Sullivan  ) 0.027  6.471  0.021
E1    (K Smith     ) 0.064  6.667 -0.003      (T Martino   ) 0.016  6.506  0.066
 Qualified:            #32  6.689 200.08                       #12  6.462 210.87
Musolino gets the win and will take on Abruzzi in the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 3991 JB Strassweg                          170 Alan O'Brien                 
E3   ****WINNER****  0.019  6.558 205.10                    -0.008  6.782 197.39
         T/D  Dial: 6.54 (+/-):  0.018             T/D  Dial: 6.77 (+/-):  0.012
 Prior rounds:
E2    (S Furr      ) 0.020  6.543  0.013      (P Oakley    ) 0.011  6.784  0.024
E1    (M Smith     ) 0.007  6.515 -0.005      (A Travis    ) 0.013  6.764  0.044
 Qualified:            #19  6.551 207.34                       #31  6.675 199.91
o'Brien leaves a little too quickly and gives the win to Strassweg. It will be Strassweg taking on Ray in the next round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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