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Sun, 27 Oct 2013, 15:15 PM

Pro Stock Round 1 Eliminations
By Rick Green





LAS VEGAS - Results of round 1 eliminations in Pro Stock 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
    3 Vincent Nobile                          5 Greg Anderson                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.011  6.661 207.40                     0.017  6.685 207.50
 Qualified:             #9  6.656 207.72                        #8  6.653 208.17
Weather conditions: air temperature 77 degrees, relative humidity 24 percent, barometer 27.81 inches, adjusted altitude 4,058 feet, track temperature 94 degrees.

Greg Anderson has won this race four times..Vincent Nobile is 4-2 against Anderson this year and he is the only active driver to have a winning record (6-5) against Anderson. A couple great lights. Nobile gets the advantage and never trails for the win by 0.0307 seconds (approximately 9 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    1 Allen Johnson                         317 Rickie Jones                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.035  6.654 206.99                     0.056  6.657 207.82
 Qualified:             #7  6.651 206.99                       #10  6.658 207.05
Johnson is 8 - 4 against Jones in prior events. Johnson with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. Allen Johnson's MOV: 0.0243 seconds (approximately 7 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   41 Rodger Brogdon                          2 Jason Line                   
E1                   0.055  6.708 206.54     ****WINNER****  0.030  6.666 207.72
 Qualified:            #12  6.694 206.73                        #5  6.650 207.69
Line is 8 - 2 against Brogdon in prior events. Rodger Brogdon has not won a round since he won the race in Bristol and that's a span of 12 races. Line with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. Jason Line's MOV: 0.0677 seconds (approximately 21 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  666 Matt Hartford                          11 Shane Gray                   
E1                   0.047  6.723 206.39     ****WINNER****  0.080  6.658 207.37
 Qualified:            #13  6.696 206.48                        #4  6.646 203.12
This is the first time Hartford and Gray have faced each other in eliminations. Hartford with the starting line advantage, but Gray had the difference made up by 330 feet and takes the win by 0.0322 seconds (approximately 10 feet). Gray will have lane choice over Line in the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   10 Larry Morgan                            7 V. Gaines                    
E1                   0.035  6.727 205.38     ****WINNER****  0.073  6.662 208.10
 Qualified:            #15  6.714 205.82                        #2  6.641 206.20
This is the 20th time Larry Morgan and V. Gaines have faced each other and Larry leads the series 10-9..Gaines has already won 20 rounds this year and that's the most for him in a single year in his career. Morgan pulls in and puts on both stage lights and then leaves first and has the lead until just past half track where Gaines chases him down and takes the win. V. Gaines' MOV: 0.0272 seconds (approximately 8 feet). Gaines will give up lane choice to A. Johnson in the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   21 Kurt Johnson                            6 Mike Edwards                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.026  6.704 206.57                     0.107  6.650 207.78
 Qualified:            #16  6.723 205.94                        #1  6.632 208.23
This is Mike Edwards' 14th number one spot this year and that the second most for him in any year of his career (16 in 2009). He has won four times this year from the top spot..This is the 9th time Kurt Johnson has qualified 16th in the field and he has only won his opening round match once in the previous eight times. Johnson is 25 - 16 against Edwards in prior events. Johnson with a big starting line advantage and never trails to hold on for the hole shot win. Kurt Johnson's MOV: 0.0274 seconds (approximately 8 feet). Johnson will give up lane choice to Nobile in the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  445 Greg Stanfield                         25 Jeg Coughlin                 
E1                   0.023  6.694 205.60     ****WINNER****  0.060  6.643 207.66
 Qualified:            #14  6.701 205.22                        #3  6.645 207.43
Jeg Coughlin is 13-2 against Greg Stanfield in round-one races. Jeg has won this race two times. Stanfield with the starting line advantage and the lead until right before 1000 feet when Coughlin chases him down. Jeg Coughlin's MOV: 0.0146 seconds (approximately 4 feet). Coughlin with the quickest pass of race day.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  256 Buddy Perkinson                         4 Erica Enders-Stevens         
E1                   0.020  6.664 208.04     ****WINNER****  0.028  6.650 207.53
 Qualified:            #11  6.660 208.01                        #6  6.650 207.34
This is the first time Perkinson and Enders-Stevens have faced each other in eliminations. Perkinson with the starting line advantage, but Enders-Stevens gets the lead at 330 feet and then takes the win by 0.0068 seconds (approximately 2 feet). Enders-Stevens will give up lane choice to Coughlin in the next round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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