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Sun, 08 Sep 2013, 13:52 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 1 Eliminations
By David Gerard

EARLVILLE, Iowa - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, West Central Division, event at Tri-State Raceway:

   19 Jackie Fricke                          33 Jared Dreher                 
E1                   0.073  5.557 252.43     ****WINNER****  0.064  5.384 255.24
 Qualified:             #4  5.475 252.61                        #5  5.485 254.33
12:08 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 74 degrees, relative humidity 75 percent, barometer 28.92 inches, adjusted altitude 2,551 feet, track temperature 87 degrees.

The weather has changed significantly from yesterday.The top two Central Region point leaders are here this weekend. Randy Meyer is just ten points in front of Gordon Gingles. Gingles was the winner here last year. Dreher gets away first and steadily pulls ahead going down the track to take the win.

Fricke made a clean pass, but was off his qualifying times.

Jackie Fricke's incremental times: 60ft-0.955 sec., 330ft-2.522, 660ft-3.699/213.64 mph, 1,000ft-4.686.
Jared Dreher's incremental times: 60ft-0.933 sec., 330ft-2.415, 660ft-3.538/220.26 mph, 1,000ft-4.519.

  589 Gord Gingles                          318 Dave Hirata                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.057  5.343 268.01                     0.078  5.704 253.23
 Qualified:             #3  5.457 266.64                        #6  5.493 261.57
Giggles won at Brainard recently.Hirata's engine has a hole out at the hit and is never in the hunt.

Gingles' engine likes the cooler weather and powers into the quickest run of the weekend and the easy win.

Gord Gingles' incremental times: 60ft-0.953 sec., 330ft-2.439, 660ft-3.566/218.87 mph, 1,000ft-4.517.
Dave Hirata's incremental times: 60ft-1.002 sec., 330ft-2.584, 660ft-3.797/206.86 mph, 1,000ft-4.821.

  596 Randy Meyer                           527 Edwin Schmeeckle             
E1   ****WINNER****  0.102  5.411 263.36                     0.110  5.456 258.81
 Qualified:             #2  5.414 262.28                        #7  5.538 247.88
Close lights and Schmeeckle drives on by and stays in front until right before the 1000 foot lights. Meyer powers on by and takes the close win. He gives up lane choice over Gingles next round.

Randy Meyer's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.016), 330 ft(-0.058), 660ft(-0.020), 1,000ft(0.028). MOV: 0.0539 seconds (approximately 20 feet).

Randy Meyer's incremental times: 60ft-0.949 sec., 330ft-2.460, 660ft-3.598/219.61 mph, 1,000ft-4.567.
Edwin Schmeeckle's incremental times: 60ft-0.925 sec., 330ft-2.394, 660ft-3.570/209.56 mph, 1,000ft-4.587.

  323 Brandon Booher                         58 Dean Dubbin                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.075  5.392 268.12                     0.044 18.184  37.12
 Qualified:             #1  5.410 266.53                        #8  5.597 242.10
Dubbin's car wads up the tires and shakes big time right off the line at the green.

Booher is quickly on by and makes his quickest and fastest run to the weekend. However, Gingles run was quicker and he will have lane choice in round two.

Brandon Booher's incremental times: 60ft-0.909 sec., 330ft-2.406, 660ft-3.569/212.86 mph, 1,000ft-4.556.

12:22 p.m.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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