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Sun, 27 Oct 2013, 16:03 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 2 Eliminations
By Dave Rowe





LAS VEGAS - Results of round 2 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
   64 Ray Martin                            530 Alan Bradshaw                
E2   ****WINNER****  0.083  5.430 263.51                     0.074  5.538 261.83
 Prior rounds:
E1    (S Cowie     ) 0.077  5.355 268.38      (A Olivarez  ) 0.052  5.385 262.69
 Qualified:             #5  5.350 267.59                        #4  5.347 260.36
12:49 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 79 degrees, relative humidity 22 percent, barometer 27.75 inches, adjusted altitude 4,236 feet, track temperature 98 degrees.

Bradshaw gets off the line a little ahead, then Martin quickly drives around him and pulls away for the win.

Ray Martin's incremental margins: 60ft(0.008), 330 ft(0.112), 660ft(0.114), 1,000ft(0.098). MOV: 0.0998 seconds (approximately 38 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    8 Mark Taliaferro                       611 Garrett Bateman              
E2   ****WINNER****  0.090  5.406 267.27                    -0.063  5.463 255.97
 Prior rounds:
E1    (J Ahten     ) 0.100  5.345 267.59      (M McKernan  ) 0.032  5.388 262.08
 Qualified:             #6  5.368 268.54                        #3  5.325 266.32
Bateman leaves way too early and gives Taliaferro the easy win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   12 Dan Mercier                             2 Chris Demke                  
E2                  -0.050  5.523 250.41     ****WINNER****  0.066  5.402 268.87
 Prior rounds:
E1    (J Severance ) 0.110  5.423 253.18      (J Ashwell   ) 0.059  5.321 269.94
 Qualified:             #8  5.400 255.05                        #1  5.298 270.59
This is a crucial race for Demke. he must win here and hope Whiteley loses to keeps his championship hopes alive.

Mercier leaves too early and gives Demke the win, keeping his hopes alive.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    1 Jim Whiteley                         6067 Don St. Arnaud               
E2   ****WINNER****  0.091  5.322 271.41                     0.053  5.557 257.09
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D Shields   ) 0.051  5.287 271.13      (E Tumbarello) 0.090  5.481 267.27
 Qualified:             #2  5.308 270.48                       #10  5.412 270.86
Whiteley needs this win to clinch the championship...and he does it! St. Arnaud gets out of the gate first, stays in front through the sixty foot mark, then Whiteley goes around him and pulls away for the win.

Jim Whiteley's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.004), 330 ft(0.117), 660ft(0.159), 1,000ft(0.170). MOV: 0.1974 seconds (approximately 74 feet).

Whiteley will have lane choice over Taliaferro in the next round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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