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Fri, 06 Sep 2013, 18:32 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By David Gerard

EARLVILLE, Iowa - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, West Central Division, event at Tri-State Raceway listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Left Lane: Dean Dubbin Runs 5.597/242.10, Now #1
Right Lane: Edwin Schmeeckle Runs 5.761/220.98, Now #2

5:05 p.m. Schmeeckle runs the long way down, as the car is drifting around in his lane and makes several attempts to dart towards the center line. He stays ahead of it and gets to the finish line still in his lane.

Dubbin was away first with a nice 0.049 RT and makes a clean pass.

Dean Dubbin's incremental times: 60ft-0.903 sec., 330ft-2.418, 660ft-3.643/201.37 mph, 1,000ft-4.695.
Edwin Schmeeckle's incremental times: 60ft-0.942 sec., 330ft-2.446, 660ft-3.669/199.91 mph, 1,000ft-4.744.

Left Lane: Dave Hirata Runs 5.493/261.57, Now #1
Right Lane: Jared Dreher Runs 5.578/247.02, Now #2

Hirata gets away first and stays there from start to finish line and takes over the latest top spot.

Dreher is right behind him to take the #2 spot.

Dave Hirata's incremental times: 60ft-0.945 sec., 330ft-2.473, 660ft-3.647/213.13 mph, 1,000ft-4.639.
Jared Dreher's incremental times: 60ft-0.960 sec., 330ft-2.488, 660ft-3.636/216.55 mph, 1,000ft-4.673.

Left Lane: Jackie Fricke Runs 5.475/252.61, Now #1
Right Lane: Gord Gingles Runs 5.726/237.75, Now #5

A pair of fuelers to the line.

Fricke is second off the line, but first to the finish line and takes over the current #1 position on the ladder. It's close to a season best for him.

Gingles car was soft down the track, as it appeared to have lost a fuel line near the top of the motor.

Left Lane: Randy Meyer Runs 5.414/262.28, Now #1
Right Lane: Brandon Booher Runs 5.488/266.85, Now #3

Two strong passes to wrap up the session.

Meyer sat on the line for a while and then flew on down the track to set the final quick ET of the group.

Booher was right behind him for the number 3 spot.

Randy Meyer's incremental times: 60ft-0.945 sec., 330ft-2.456, 660ft-3.596/218.90 mph, 1,000ft-4.568.
Brandon Booher's incremental times: 60ft-0.914 sec., 330ft-2.445, 660ft-3.640/208.68 mph, 1,000ft-4.642.

5:18 p.m. Edwin Schmeeckle is on the bump spot at 5.761.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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