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Mon, 02 Sep 2013, 16:48 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Final, Round 4 Eliminations
By David Gerard

BROWNSBURG, Ind. - Results of final, round 4 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 59th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals:

    1 Jim Whiteley                            2 Chris Demke                  
E4   ****WINNER****  0.025  5.353 268.81                     0.041  5.375 267.85
 Prior rounds:
E3    (A Olivarez  ) 0.058  5.346 268.65      (S Cowie     ) 0.046  5.360 268.01
E2    (R Meyer     ) 0.060  5.328 270.54      (R McPhillips) 0.051  5.337 268.87
E1    (P Fishburn  ) 0.067  5.331 269.46      (D Heitzman  ) 0.026  5.427 264.49
 Qualified:             #2  5.342 269.94                        #1  5.330 269.62
4:39 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 82 degrees, relative humidity 50 percent, barometer 28.93 inches, adjusted altitude 3,384 feet, track temperature 110 degrees.

This is only the second time in history that the #1 and 2 qualifiers have met in the final round of TAD. The other time was 1985 when Bill Walsh beat Lee Young. Demke has 10 career wins and 13 runner-ups, so far and has one win and three runner-ups this year. Whiteley has 20 career wins and 6 runner-ups. He has won once and been runner-up twice this year. Whiteley is 11 - 5 against Demke in prior events and Whiteley is 3 - 2 against Demke in prior final rounds.

Whiteley is away first and Demke gets briefly by in front right before 60 feet, He's not out in front for long, as Whiteley starts a steady pull towards the finish line. He's back out in front just before the 330 foot lights and opens up the gap going down the track to take the fifteen foot Top Alcohol Dragster Championship.

Jim Whiteley's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.005), 330 ft(0.007), 660ft(0.025), 1,000ft(0.032). MOV: 0.0387 seconds (approximately 15 feet).

Jim Whiteley's incremental times: 60ft-0.952 sec., 330ft-2.393, 660ft-3.534/215.75 mph, 1,000ft-4.519.
Chris Demke's incremental times: 60ft-0.931 sec., 330ft-2.384, 660ft-3.543/213.23 mph, 1,000ft-4.535.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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