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Sat, 07 Sep 2013, 18:09 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By David Gerard

EARLVILLE, Iowa - Notes from final, round 3 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 this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time/speed, and position in order prior to run:
Left Lane: Gord Gingles Runs 5.457/266.64, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.726/237.75, Was #8
Right Lane: Dean Dubbin Runs 6.030/248.89, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.597/242.10, Was #7

4:36 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 94 degrees, relative humidity 44 percent, barometer 28.78 inches, adjusted altitude 3,965 feet, track temperature 121 degrees.

Randy Meyer is number one at 5.414 and Gord Gingles is on the bump spot at 5.726.

Both cars get to the finish line under power this time. Gingles finally gets a full pass and makes the most of it on a clean and straight pass. That moves him five spots up the ladder to the new number three position.

Dubbin's car is lazy off the line and loses some ET, while picking up a bunch of speed. He is now on the bump spot and will stay there.

Gord Gingles' incremental times: 60ft-0.970 sec., 330ft-2.498, 660ft-3.654/214.18 mph, 1,000ft-4.621.
Dean Dubbin's incremental times: 60ft-1.039 sec., 330ft-2.806, 660ft-4.064/198.29 mph, 1,000ft-5.127.

Left Lane: Edwin Schmeeckle Runs 5.727/198.38, Now #7; Best prior run: 5.538/247.88, Was #7
Right Lane: Dave Hirata Runs 5.532/258.52, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.493/261.57, Was #6

Neither car will improve and they stay #6 and #7.

Schmeeckle is strong off the line and runs well to after the 1000 foot lights, where he slows.

Hirata had a strong run going until right after the 660 lights, where the dragster drove out of the groove to the finish line.

Edwin Schmeeckle's incremental times: 60ft-0.938 sec., 330ft-2.438, 660ft-3.638/205.51 mph, 1,000ft-4.686.
Dave Hirata's incremental times: 60ft-0.959 sec., 330ft-2.501, 660ft-3.676/213.00 mph, 1,000ft-4.671.

Left Lane: Jared Dreher Runs 5.588/248.48, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.485/254.33, Was #5
Right Lane: Jackie Fricke Runs 5.570/241.97, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.475/252.61, Was #4

A nice side by side passes down the race track, but both cars slow from their prior bests.

Jared Dreher's incremental times: 60ft-0.965 sec., 330ft-2.524, 660ft-3.692/213.30 mph, 1,000ft-4.699.
Jackie Fricke's incremental times: 60ft-0.952 sec., 330ft-2.491, 660ft-3.660/212.43 mph, 1,000ft-4.666.

Left Lane: Brandon Booher Runs 5.410/266.53, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.417/266.42, Was #2
Right Lane: Randy Meyer Runs 5.492/257.53, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.414/262.28, Was #1

Our top two qualifiers come to the line to wrap up qualifying in Top Alcohol Dragster.

Booher has continue to improve each pass and he does so again, driving hard right into the final number one position.

Meyer's car was off the pace a little, but made it to the finish line under power this time.

Brandon Booher's incremental times: 60ft-0.897 sec., 330ft-2.405, 660ft-3.574/211.23 mph, 1,000ft-4.567.
Randy Meyer's incremental times: 60ft-0.961 sec., 330ft-2.499, 660ft-3.659/216.10 mph, 1,000ft-4.638.

4:48 p.m. Dean Dubbin is on the bump spot at 5.597.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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