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Mon, 02 Sep 2013, 13:28 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 2 Eliminations
By David Gerard





BROWNSBURG, Ind. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 59th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  323 Brandon Booher                        717 Aaron Olivarez               
E2                   0.018  8.180 105.30     ****WINNER****  0.066  5.382 268.60
 Prior rounds:
E1    (B Litton    ) 0.091  5.385 266.27      (D Page      ) 0.048  5.523 255.68
 Qualified:             #3  5.364 269.13                        #6  5.398 265.80
1:10 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 75 degrees, relative humidity 70 percent, barometer 28.99 inches, adjusted altitude 3,003 feet, track temperature 88 degrees.

This is the first time Booher and Olivarez have faced each other in eliminations.

Olivarez struggled early in qualifying, but found his pace at the end. Booher gets a big head start and then slowed after shaking hard. Olivarez flies on by and makes his best pass of the weekend in the easy win.

Aaron Olivarez's incremental margins: 60ft(0.014), 330 ft(0.149), 660ft(0.692), 1,000ft(1.619). MOV: 2.7501 seconds (more than 100 feet).

Brandon Booher's incremental times: 60ft-1.026 sec., 330ft-2.672, 660ft-4.345/129.78 mph, 1,000ft-6.225.
Aaron Olivarez's incremental times: 60ft-0.964 sec., 330ft-2.475, 660ft-3.605/222.00 mph, 1,000ft-4.558.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  681 Shawn Cowie                            36 Robin Samsel                 
E2   ****WINNER****  0.091  5.521 263.26                     0.126 22.650  27.13
 Prior rounds:
E1    (M Thacker   ) 0.080  5.432 265.33      (K Perry     ) 0.073  5.441 255.43
 Qualified:             #4  5.393 267.48                        #5  5.395 259.26
Cowie is 1 - 0 against Samsel in prior events.

Samsel is up in smoke at the hit and quickly shuts off. Cowie slows from his qualifying best in the easy win.

Shawn Cowie's incremental times: 60ft-0.963 sec., 330ft-2.457, 660ft-3.650/207.30 mph, 1,000ft-4.666.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    2 Chris Demke                             4 Rich McPhillips              
E2   ****WINNER****  0.051  5.337 268.87                     0.053  5.432 261.72
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D Heitzman  ) 0.026  5.427 264.49      (D Shields   ) 0.071  5.561 257.14
 Qualified:             #1  5.330 269.62                        #8  5.411 259.76
Demke is 2 - 0 against McPhillips in prior events.

Two strong passes, with Demke getting just a 0.002 lead at the green. He pulls steadily ahead to half track, where McPhillips starts to close the gap. There isn't enough track left and Demke has the win.

He will have lane choice over Cowie in round three.

Chris Demke's incremental margins: 60ft(0.059), 330 ft(0.117), 660ft(0.098), 1,000ft(0.088). MOV: 0.0977 seconds (approximately 38 feet).

Chris Demke's incremental times: 60ft-0.927 sec., 330ft-2.373, 660ft-3.522/214.69 mph, 1,000ft-4.502.
Rich McPhillips' incremental times: 60ft-0.984 sec., 330ft-2.488, 660ft-3.618/220.22 mph, 1,000ft-4.588.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    1 Jim Whiteley                          596 Randy Meyer                  
E2   ****WINNER****  0.060  5.328 270.54                     0.035  8.919 133.18
 Prior rounds:
E1    (P Fishburn  ) 0.067  5.331 269.46      (J Finke     ) 0.017  5.482 243.68
 Qualified:             #2  5.342 269.94                        #7  5.404 259.51
Whiteley is 4 - 1 against Meyer in prior events.

Meyer gets a lead at the green, but Whitley is quickly out in front before the sixty foot lights. Meyer's slicks are smoking hard and he lifts.

Whiteley makes his quickest pass of the weekend in the easy win. He will keep lane choice over Olivarez in round three.

Jim Whiteley's incremental times: 60ft-0.942 sec., 330ft-2.385, 660ft-3.522/217.53 mph, 1,000ft-4.498.

1:23 p.m.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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