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Sat, 19 Oct 2013, 19:05 PM

Top Dragster Round 1 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan





BAYTOWN, Texas - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Dragster at the 2013 ADRL Tour presented by Speedtech, World Finals IX:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 4299 Bart Thibodeaux                      255B Barry Brown                  
E1                         No Time           ****WINNER****  0.043  4.261 154.12
          TD  Dial: 4.35 (+/-): 95.649              TD  Dial: 4.19 (+/-):  0.071
 Qualified:            #15  4.570 160.21                        #7  4.157 169.00
5:50 p.m. Thibodeaux just sat there when the light turned green, then was pushed away. May have staged with a broken car.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 1519 Chris Powers                         4028 David Sheetz                 
E1                   0.071  4.102 174.44     ****WINNER****  0.019  4.273 179.90
          TD  Dial: 4.07 (+/-):  0.032              TD  Dial: 4.20 (+/-):  0.073
 Qualified:             #2  4.080 174.66                       #17  4.621 169.40
Sheetz is in as an alternate for Kyle Dvorak, who had a huge manifold explosion in the final qualifying session. The explosion separated the top plate of the manifold and the air scoop from the intake runners.

Sheetz showed that qualifying doesn't mean much for these cars. David Sheetz's MOV: 0.0118 seconds (approximately 3 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  128 Justin Kirk                           437 Jenifer White                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.035  4.406 157.61                     0.026  4.077 177.16
          TD  Dial: 4.40 (+/-):  0.006              TD  Dial: 4.05 (+/-):  0.027
 Qualified:            #12  4.384 159.36                        #4  4.113 175.43
Justin Kirk's MOV: 0.0120 seconds (approximately 3 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 3851 Craig Sullivan                       4760 Chris Gulitti                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.011  4.188 141.67                     0.295  4.340 160.56
          TD  Dial: 4.12 (+/-):  0.068              TD  Dial: 4.32 (+/-):  0.020
 Qualified:             #3  4.104 173.43                       #11  4.349 161.54
Gulitti was very late, Sullivan was right on time and won easily. He will face Brown in round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  495 Kevin Wilson                         470L Michelle LeBleu              
E1   ****WINNER****  0.017  4.458 147.26                     0.063  4.145 171.03
          TD  Dial: 4.45 (+/-):  0.008              TD  Dial: 4.12 (+/-):  0.025
 Qualified:            #13  4.454 153.14                        #5  4.132 171.21
Kevin Wilson's MOV: 0.0633 seconds (approximately 16 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   35 Dan Phelps                           4142 James Ogden                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.018  4.489 149.53                     0.027  4.142 171.62
          TD  Dial: 4.48 (+/-):  0.009              TD  Dial: 4.14 (+/-):  0.002
 Qualified:            #14  4.475 158.52                        #6  4.152 171.23
Dan Phelps' MOV: 0.0023 seconds (approximately 7 inches). He faces Sheetz in round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 4608 Michael Kile                         4X3R Darrell Reid                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.026  4.066 174.44                     0.051  4.269 161.29
          TD  Dial: 4.03 (+/-):  0.036              TD  Dial: 4.25 (+/-):  0.019
 Qualified:            #16  4.594 173.81                        #8  4.239 166.13
Kile struggled during qualifying, but he came back to form here for the win. Michael Kile's MOV: 0.0085 seconds (approximately 2 feet). He faces Kirk in round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 3879 Richard Edwards                      2970 Travis Harvey                
E1                  -0.032  3.992 187.96     ****WINNER****  0.017  4.245 162.88
          TD  Dial: 3.99 (+/-):  0.002              TD  Dial: 4.24 (+/-):  0.005
 Qualified:             #1  3.997 187.05                        #9  4.251 163.35
Nice 0.022 package for Harvey. He will face Wilson in round two.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink





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