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Sat, 02 Nov 2013, 18:48 PM

Competition Eliminator Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By David Gerard

LAS VEGAS - Notes from final, round 3 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division, Las Vegas Gambler Showdown Division 7 Finale listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed this round, amount over/under index this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time, speed & over/under Index, and position in order prior to run:
Left Lane: John Edwards Runs 7.472/182.45/-0.538, Now #13; C/AA Index: 8.01, Prior Best: 7.480/181.72/-0.530, Was #13
Right Lane: Randy Jones Runs 9.203/143.64/-0.537, Now #8; I/SMA Index: 9.74, Prior Best: 9.135/144.21/-0.605, Was #8

3:29 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 73 degrees, relative humidity 25 percent, barometer 27.83 inches, adjusted altitude 3,709 feet, track temperature 103 degrees.

Field not filled, no bump spot.

Edwards is just a little quicker, but doesn't improve.

Left Lane: Randy Goff Runs 8.537/157.37/-0.343, Now #18; B/T Index: 8.88, Prior Best: 8.449/158.39/-0.431, Was #18
Right Lane: Adam Bowdish Runs 8.084/165.70/-0.596, Now #10; B/SMA Index: 8.68, Prior Best: 8.165/165.03/-0.515, Was #14

Bowdish finds some tune up and moves up into the top half of the field.

Left Lane: Tyler Hogan Runs 7.220/183.74/-0.430, Now #15; C/DA Index: 7.65, Prior Best: 7.151/185.08/-0.499, Was #15
Right Lane: James Caro Runs 9.941/97.64/1.331, Now #17; A/SMA Index: 8.61, Prior Best: 8.142/169.15/-0.468, Was #17

Caro has the front wheels way up in the air and then slows.

Hogan slows too.

Left Lane: Mitch Withers Runs 6.713/206.61/-0.467, Now #16; A/A Index: 7.18, Prior Best: 6.683/208.23/-0.497, Was #16
Right Lane: Mark Lelchook Runs 7.488/175.66/-0.532, Now #12; D/DA Index: 8.02, Prior Best: 7.460/176.63/-0.560, Was #12

Two good passes, but neither one improves.

Mitch Withers' incremental times: 60ft-1.019 sec., 330ft-2.831, 660ft-4.331/164.15 mph, 1,000ft-5.623.
Mark Lelchook's incremental times: 60ft-1.059 sec., 330ft-3.027, 660ft-4.726/143.84 mph, 1,000ft-6.213.

Left Lane: Scott Hedlund Runs 7.888/171.62/-0.582, Now #6; A/SM Index: 8.47, Prior Best: 7.852/172.78/-0.618, Was #6
Right Lane: David Rampy Runs 7.379/167.16/-0.561, Now #4; A/EA Index: 7.94, Prior Best: 7.298/180.89/-0.642, Was #4

Hard to improve this session. Both cars run well.

Left Lane: Brandon Huhtala Runs 7.603/152.06/-0.387, Now #5; C/A Index: 7.99, Prior Best: 7.354/185.46/-0.636, Was #5
Right Lane: Robert Bailey Runs 6.753/198.90/-0.537, Now #9; A/ED Index: 7.29, Prior Best: 6.692/200.29/-0.598, Was #9

Huhtala is off the pedal early and coasting. Bailey slows too.

Left Lane: Alan Ellis Runs 6.685/201.79/-0.615, Now #3; A/AA Index: 7.30, Prior Best: 6.654/201.97/-0.646, Was #3
Right Lane: Mike DePalma Runs 10.537/93.81/0.907, Now #1; I/SM Index: 9.63, Prior Best: 8.973/0.00/-0.657, Was #1

DePalma leave hard and then lifts.

Ellis run close to his prior best.

Left Lane: Dean Carter Runs 7.189/153.14/-0.461, Now #2; B/ND Index: 7.65, Prior Best: 6.999/187.55/-0.651, Was #2
Right Lane: Dennis Smiley Runs 7.230/188.57/-0.210, Now #21; BB/AM Index: 7.44, Prior Best: 10.261/87.72/2.821, Was #21

Big ET improvement for Smiley, but he stays number twenty-one.

Carter slows on the top end.

Left Lane: Doug Lambeck Runs 8.527/162.68/-0.553, Now #13; D/SMA Index: 9.08, No Prior Run
Right Lane: Joe Mozeris Runs 7.185/185.21/-0.375, Now #20; B/ED Index: 7.56, Prior Best: 7.185/184.57/-0.375, Was #19

First pass of the weekend for Lambeck and qualifies near the middle of the pack. He will want the perfect light back for tomorrow.

Mozeris runs an identical ET to his best and picks up a little MPH. He gets pushed back a spot.

Right Lane: Donald Thomas Runs 7.435/157.39/-0.495, Now #11; C/ED Index: 7.93, Prior Best: 7.337/178.92/-0.593, Was #11

Thomas slows down track.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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