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Thu, 03 Oct 2013, 16:56 PM

Competition Eliminator Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Rick Green





MOHNTON, Pa. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 29th annual Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, amount over/under index, and position in order following run, class and class index:
Left Lane: Ronnie Boyd Runs 9.616/81.71/2.406, Now #2 A/ED Index: 7.21
Right Lane: Bert Dawson Runs 8.347/160.96/-0.303, Now #1 B/EA Index: 8.65

Boyd with problems early on and just coasted on thorough 1320. Dawson with a clean pass to start the weekend.

Left Lane: Sean Gaffney Runs 8.542/154.47/-0.398, Now #1 D/SMA Index: 8.94

Gaffney with a clean pass.

Left Lane: Kevin Robb Runs 7.795/167.22/-0.585, Now #1 B/SR Index: 8.38
Right Lane: Elio Mannino Runs 7.075/194.86/-0.495, Now #2 B/AA Index: 7.57

Here is a couple good looking pair to go to the top of the list.

Left Lane: Tom Miller Runs 10.759/89.24/2.539, Now #6 PSTA Index: 8.22

Miller starts getting out of the groove and over by the centerline before he clicks it off.

Left Lane: Chip Ippolito Runs 11.777/74.79/3.557, Now #8 PSTA Index: 8.22
Right Lane: Darrin Bauder Runs 7.402/183.47/-0.488, Now #3 C/A Index: 7.89

Ippolito with problems early and clicked it off. Bauder with a good pass to start the weekend.

Left Lane: Anthony Niemczyk Runs 6.688/202.52/-0.552, Now #2 I/D Index: 7.24
Right Lane: Tom Stalba Runs 8.771/148.14/-0.539, Now #3 L/AA Index: 9.31

Niemczyk with a real good pass to go to the number two spot. Anthony Niemczyk's incremental times: 60ft-1.032 sec., 330ft-2.789, 660ft-4.283/164.83 mph, 1,000ft-5.580. Stalba with a good pass. Tom Stalba's incremental times: 60ft-1.188 sec., 330ft-3.540, 660ft-5.545/122.10 mph, 1,000ft-7.285.

Left Lane: Frank Affronti Runs 7.746/173.27/-0.534, Now #4 B/EA Index: 8.28
Right Lane: Don Eckel III Runs 7.102/188.65/-0.458, Now #7 C/DA Index: 7.56



Left Lane: Sal Biondo Runs 8.269/142.82/-0.531, Now #5 D/EA Index: 8.80
Right Lane: Al Ackerman Runs 8.855/111.51/0.265, Now #11 F/D Index: 8.59

Biondo goes to the number five spot.

Left Lane: Allyn Armstrong Runs 8.942/149.63/-0.348, Now #11 L/A Index: 9.29
Right Lane: Dave Hughes Runs 6.579/213.03/-0.531, Now #6 A/A Index: 7.11



Left Lane: Pat Ross Runs 7.743/174.50/-0.537, Now #4 E/A Index: 8.28
Right Lane: Erich Bollman Runs 11.014/82.08/2.734, Now #17 D/A Index: 8.28

Bollman with problems and clicks it off early.

Left Lane: Kyle Cultrera Runs 9.103/130.19/-0.507, Now #8 H/EA Index: 9.61
Right Lane: Art Hodges Runs 10.122/95.84/2.232, Now #16 C/A Index: 7.89

Hodges clicks it off early.

Left Lane: Gary Guarriello Runs 7.350/179.85/-0.480, Now #11 C/ED Index: 7.83
Right Lane: Michele Costa Runs 8.325/154.40/-0.415, Now #13 G/EA Index: 8.74



Left Lane: Donny Algieri Runs 11.196/75.81/2.566, Now #22 F/ED Index: 8.63
Right Lane: Joe Carnasciale Runs 9.125/147.92/-0.495, Now #10 I/SMA Index: 9.62

Algieri with problems and clicks it off early.

Left Lane: Mark Hopkins Runs 7.864/173.21/-0.416, Now #14 D/A Index: 8.28
Right Lane: Ed Alessi Jr. Runs 6.932/193.38/-0.178, Now #19 A/DA Index: 7.11



Left Lane: Calvin Hill Runs 8.320/143.46/-0.480, Now #13 D/EA Index: 8.80
Right Lane: Lonnie Johnson Runs 7.140/193.07/-0.430, Now #15 B/AA Index: 7.57



Left Lane: Michael Kaufman Runs 8.530/158.61/-0.410, Now #18 B/SMA Index: 8.94
Right Lane: Frank Aragona Runs 8.541/119.43/-0.089, Now #23 F/ED Index: 8.63



Left Lane: Steve Szupka Runs 8.303/137.67/-0.437, Now #16 G/EA Index: 8.74
Right Lane: Arnie Martel Runs 7.693/175.07/-0.587, Now #1 B/EA Index: 8.28

Martel launched hard and keep it hooked up to go to the number one spot. Arnie Martel's incremental times: 60ft-1.049 sec., 330ft-3.126, 660ft-4.888/139.56 mph, 1,000ft-6.408. Szupka gets into the top half of the show. Steve Szupka's incremental times: 60ft-1.150 sec., 330ft-3.280, 660ft-5.137/130.89 mph, 1,000ft-6.785.

Left Lane: Fred Allen Runs 7.816/168.98/-0.564, Now #3 B/SR Index: 8.38

Allen with a great pass to go to the number three spot. Fred Allen's incremental times: 60ft-1.074 sec., 330ft-3.157, 660ft-4.938/137.61 mph, 1,000ft-6.491.

Left Lane: Richard Schonberger Runs 9.141/143.89/-0.369, Now #23 I/SM Index: 9.51


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