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Sat, 14 Sep 2013, 20:20 PM

Top Sportsman Round 1 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan





BAYTOWN, Texas - Results of round 1 eliminations in Orteq Top Sportsman at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, South Central Division, NHRA Texas Sportsman Shootout:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 4769 Henry Kindle                          451 Bob Gulitti                  
E1                  -0.026  7.704 177.56     ****WINNER****  0.065  6.837 203.86
          TS  Dial: 7.45 (+/-):  0.254              TS  Dial: 6.85 (+/-): -0.013
 Qualified:            #33  7.492 182.75                        #6  6.862 203.19
6:53 p.m. Kindle was in as an alternate for David Wix.

Gulitti did not get down the track Friday, getting into the field on his last-chance run earlier today. He ran it all the way through despite the red light, looks like the problems are fixed.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 4743 Ronnie Foret                           42 Danny Leibham                
E1                   0.010  7.326 185.84     ****WINNER****  0.020  7.067 195.31
          TS  Dial: 7.35 (+/-): -0.024              TS  Dial: 7.04 (+/-):  0.027
 Qualified:            #27  7.327 193.02                       #11  7.059 194.69
Foret took too much stripe and broke out.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 4416 Mike Cobb                             493 Joe Pigford                  
E1                   0.022  7.286 185.43     ****WINNER****  0.026  7.052 196.67
          TS  Dial: 7.31 (+/-): -0.024              TS  Dial: 7.05 (+/-):  0.002
 Qualified:            #28  7.335 188.04                       #12  7.078 196.73
Cobb's car got very loose on the top end, but he stayed with it in a losing cause. Joe Pigford's MOV: Opponent broke out.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 4148 Travis Parten                        452A Don Holcomb                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.004  7.396 186.07                     0.012  9.222 100.93
          TS  Dial: 7.38 (+/-):  0.016              TS  Dial: 7.09 (+/-):  2.132
 Qualified:            #31  7.404 185.23                       #15  7.128 196.19
Holcomb slowed before half track.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 4935 Joseph Mohana                        7513 Todd Stewart                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.014  6.903 199.91                     0.032  7.284 176.37
          TS  Dial: 6.90 (+/-):  0.003              TS  Dial: 7.23 (+/-):  0.054
 Qualified:             #8  6.926 198.38                       #24  7.259 188.36
Joseph Mohana's MOV: 0.0691 seconds (approximately 18 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  414 Chase Bullock                          49 Kirk Piepke                  
E1                   0.036  7.370 188.60     ****WINNER****  0.041  7.115 191.89
          TS  Dial: 7.34 (+/-):  0.030              TS  Dial: 7.10 (+/-):  0.015
 Qualified:            #29  7.342 188.25                       #13  7.092 194.77
Kirk Piepke's MOV: 0.0104 seconds (approximately 3 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 4729 Charles Swindoll                     4147 Greg Lair                    
E1   ****WINNER****  0.002  8.196 120.25                    -0.004  6.870 176.63
          TS  Dial: 7.22 (+/-):  0.976              TS  Dial: 6.69 (+/-):  0.180
 Qualified:            #19  7.247 191.38                        #3  6.697 210.01
Double-oh lights in both lanes, but Lair's was on the wrong side of green.

Swindoll faces Leibham in round two.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 4940 Lonnie Sumner                        449J Stewart Johnson              
E1   ****WINNER****  0.016  7.312 178.90                     0.002  7.020 194.32
          TS  Dial: 7.30 (+/-):  0.012              TS  Dial: 6.99 (+/-):  0.030
 Qualified:            #26  7.305 189.47                       #10  7.007 197.74
Johnson had a great light, let Sumner go by on the top end. Lonnie Sumner's MOV: 0.0049 seconds (approximately 17 inches).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 4902 Kohlby Sasich                        4695 Allen Firestone              
E1   ****WINNER****  0.000  7.231 190.51                     0.006  6.817 200.32
          TS  Dial: 7.22 (+/-):  0.011              TS  Dial: 6.81 (+/-):  0.007
 Qualified:            #21  7.248 189.84                        #5  6.825 201.37
Firestone had a great light and left second! Sasich was perfect on the tree and a 0.011 package beats a 0.013 package. Great race, close finish. Kohlby Sasich's MOV: 0.0022 seconds (approximately 8 inches). He races Piepke in round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  440 Hermilo Rodriguez                      45 Keith Sasich                 
E1                   0.028  7.249 185.38     ****WINNER****  0.030  6.749 201.46
          TS  Dial: 7.21 (+/-):  0.039              TS  Dial: 6.74 (+/-):  0.009
 Qualified:            #20  7.248 190.94                        #4  6.723 208.46
Back-to-back wins by the Sasich family. This was another close race. Keith Sasich's MOV: 0.0285 seconds (approximately 8 feet). Keith races Pigford in round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 5001 Ashton Premer                        430Y Trent Wilson                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.017  7.204 185.46                     0.039  7.035 194.77
          TS  Dial: 7.20 (+/-):  0.004              TS  Dial: 7.03 (+/-):  0.005
 Qualified:            #17  7.194 192.28                        #1  6.653 207.72
Ashton Premer's MOV: 0.0238 seconds (approximately 7 feet) to take out the #1 qualifier.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 444P Alvaro Pena                          4533 Michael Mims                 
E1                   0.806  7.142 193.10     ****WINNER****  0.032  7.107 182.95
          TS  Dial: 7.07 (+/-):  0.072              TS  Dial: 7.10 (+/-):  0.007
 Qualified:            #30  7.347 195.59                       #14  7.098 195.65
Penn had a nitrous explosion on his final qualifying attempt, the air scoop sailing through the air. It's held on by a lot of "racer tape" but he was very late at the green, then ran his quickest ET of the event. Mims races Gulitti in the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 400H Travis Leach                          405 Keith Raftery                
E1                   0.028  7.713 148.49     ****WINNER****  0.029  6.930 161.88
          TS  Dial: 7.18 (+/-):  0.533              TS  Dial: 6.64 (+/-):  0.290
 Qualified:            #18  7.197 189.76                        #2  6.661 208.59
This was an even race until about half track, then Leach's car got out of the groove and wiggled several times.

Raftery races Sumner in round two.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 438B Arlie Boggs                          4191 Steve Benoit                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.042  8.502 163.77                     0.067  9.689  94.57
          TS  Dial: 7.22 (+/-):  1.282              TS  Dial: 6.87 (+/-):  2.819
 Qualified:            #23  7.259 192.41                        #7  6.883 202.48
This was an odd race. Boggs led at the start, but his car bobbled in the first 100 feet abd Benoit went by. Then Benoit's car slowed and Boggs retook the lead to take the win. Boggs will face Parten in round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 491C Mario Boesch                           47 Chris Arnold                 
E1                   0.021  6.963 203.55     ****WINNER****  0.008  7.285 191.00
          TS  Dial: 6.94 (+/-):  0.023              TS  Dial: 7.27 (+/-):  0.015
 Qualified:             #9  6.950 205.01                       #25  7.298 190.59
Chris Arnold's MOV: 0.0213 seconds (approximately 6 feet). He will race Premer in round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 473M Marlon Goates                        4674 Heidi Robison                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.012  7.395 186.74                           No Time      
          TS  Dial: 7.39 (+/-):  0.005              TS  Dial: 7.14 (+/-): 92.859
 Qualified:            #32  7.408 186.54                       #16  7.158 193.93
Robison's car stalled in the water and she was unable to get it fired again. Goates got an easy win, with a 0.017 package, and will race Mohana in round two.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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