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Sun, 18 Aug 2013, 16:54 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Final, Round 4 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan

BRAINERD, Minn. - Results of final, round 4 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 32nd annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals:

  589 Gord Gingles                            1 Jim Whiteley                 
E4   ****WINNER****  0.061  5.313 264.65                     0.091  5.314 270.92
 Prior rounds:
E3    (R Meyer     ) 0.056  5.307 271.84      (A Bradshaw  ) 0.063  5.318 270.97
E2    (M Thacker   ) 0.026  5.289 267.91      (R Samsel    ) 0.109  5.277 271.62
E1    (J Powell    ) 0.069  5.473 261.37                     0.121  5.709 190.03
 Qualified:             #2  5.296 269.73                        #1  5.283 272.83
3:46 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 83 degrees, relative humidity 45 percent, barometer 28.68 inches, adjusted altitude 3,695 feet, track temperature 111 degrees.

Gingles is in his first-ever final round, in his fifth career national event, third event this year. He ran two events in 2011, skipped 2012. His best prior finish was the semifinals at Topeka this year and his three round wins so far this weekend doubled his career total. His car runs on injected nitromethane.

Whiteley has a long list of achievements. This is his 26th career final round, his third this year, with one win and one loss in 2013. He has 20 prior national event wins. His car is supercharged, running alcohol.

This is the first time these two have faced each other.

Nice drag race and we not only have a first-time winner, we have not had a repeat winner in TAD yet this season.

Gingles had a nice holeshot, but Whiteley made that up in the first 330 feet and then the race was on. Gingles slowly opened a half-car-length lead and held that to the stripe.

Gord Gingles' incremental margins: 60ft(0.029), 330 ft(0.001), 660ft(0.024), 1,000ft(0.043). MOV: 0.0312 seconds (approximately 12 feet).

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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