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Sun, 27 Oct 2013, 12:51 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 1 Eliminations
By Dave Rowe





LAS VEGAS - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 13th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   12 Dan Mercier                           613 Joey Severance               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.110  5.423 253.18                     0.027  8.213 114.17
 Qualified:             #8  5.400 255.05                        #9  5.403 266.48
9:27 a.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 69 degrees, relative humidity 28 percent, barometer 27.84 inches, adjusted altitude 3,446 feet.

Severance leaves the line, starts hazing the tires, then backs off the throttle about 200 feet out. Mercier goes right down the groove and pulls away for the win.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 6067 Don St. Arnaud                        529 Eugene Tumbarello            
E1   ****WINNER****  0.090  5.481 267.27                     0.131  5.630 244.21
 Qualified:            #10  5.412 270.86                       #17  5.642 256.06
Tumbarello is in as an alternate for Hunter.

St. Arnaud gets out of the gate first, starts pulling away, then extends his lead all the way through the run.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  530 Alan Bradshaw                         717 Aaron Olivarez               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.052  5.385 262.69                     0.064  5.497 255.73
 Qualified:             #4  5.347 260.36                       #13  5.485 255.92
Bradshaw goes right down the groove with a good pass to take the win. Olivarez put out a cylinder early and was falling behind all the way through the run.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   64 Ray Martin                            681 Shawn Cowie                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.077  5.355 268.38                     0.059  5.437 266.27
 Qualified:             #5  5.350 267.59                       #12  5.455 263.82
Cowie gets out of the gate first, then Martin reels him in quickly and goes around before they reach the sixty foot mark. Martin pulls away for the win and will have lane choice over Bradshaw in the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    8 Mark Taliaferro                        79 Johnny Ahten                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.100  5.345 267.59                     0.027 13.395  63.69
 Qualified:             #6  5.368 268.54                       #11  5.418 255.43
Ahten goes up in smoke at the hit and has to give up on the run quickly. Taliaferro makes his quickest pass of the weekend and pulls away for the win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  611 Garrett Bateman                        75 Megan McKernan               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.032  5.388 262.08                     0.124  5.467 264.23
 Qualified:             #3  5.325 266.32                       #14  5.490 264.86
McKernan makes her quickest pass of the weekend but fell behind quickly. Bateman looked like he had a cylinder out on the left side late in the run but was able to hang on for the win.

Garrett Bateman's incremental margins: 60ft(0.159), 330 ft(0.194), 660ft(0.199), 1,000ft(0.183). MOV: 0.1713 seconds (approximately 66 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    1 Jim Whiteley                            6 Duane Shields                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.051  5.287 271.13                     0.108  5.489 256.99
 Qualified:             #2  5.308 270.48                       #15  5.533 255.63
Whiteley goes right down the groove with the quickest pass of the event and pulls away for the win. Shields makes his quickest pass of the event but was falling behind all the way through the run.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    2 Chris Demke                          6931 Jeff Ashwell                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.059  5.321 269.94                     0.287 14.366  47.64
 Qualified:             #1  5.298 270.59                       #16  5.575 254.76
Demke rattled the tires off the line but drove through and made a good pass. Ashwell had traction problems early and had to back off the throttle.

In the next round it will be Demke with lane choice over Mercier, Martin vs. Bradshaw, Whiteley vs. St. Arnaud, and Taliaferro vs. Bateman.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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