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Sat, 09 Nov 2013, 14:25 PM

Competition Eliminator Round 1 Eliminations
By David Gerard





POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 49th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   65 Ryan Warter                          7771 Ed Sigmon                    
E1                   0.094  9.204 117.49     ****WINNER****  0.028  8.515 141.80
         H/A Index: 9.26 (+/-): -0.056            C/SR Index: 8.99 (+/-): -0.475
 Qualified:            #12  8.675 -0.585                       #25  8.649 -0.341
11:02 a.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 73 degrees, relative humidity 26 percent, barometer 28.96 inches, adjusted altitude 2,386 feet, track temperature 85 degrees.

Easy win for Sigmon, as Warter slows.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
    8 Jeff Lane                            7098 Tom Mettler                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.033  8.341 132.43                    -0.028  7.816 132.32
       C/SMA Index: 8.73 (+/-): -0.389             PST Index: 7.99 (+/-): -0.174
 Qualified:            #15  8.168 -0.562                        #2  7.336 -0.654
Mettler goes red and Lane gets the free pass to round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
    2 David Billingsley                    765A Ron Weems                    
E1   ****WINNER****  0.018  8.909 122.52                    -0.053  6.647 211.10
        L/AA Index: 9.31 (+/-): -0.401             A/A Index: 7.11 (+/-): -0.463
 Qualified:            #11  8.712 -0.598                       #24  6.708 -0.402
Weems goes red this time and Billingsley gets an easy win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 5622 Jim Greenheck                        7980 Joe Roubicek                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.019  7.360 166.93                     0.065  6.523 212.23
        C/AA Index: 7.91 (+/-): -0.550            A/AA Index: 7.09 (+/-): -0.567
 Qualified:             #8  7.296 -0.614                       #21  6.560 -0.530
Greenheck's Camaro drives right towards the wall at the green, but his better RT gets him the nine foot win.

He will face Lane in round two.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
    7 Mike DePalma                          610 John Edwards                 
E1                   0.099 No Time           ****WINNER****  0.152  8.892 105.39
        I/SM Index: 9.48 (+/-): 90.519            C/AA Index: 7.91 (+/-):  0.982
 Qualified:             #3  8.831 -0.649                       #16  7.349 -0.561
Edwards is dead late, but still gets the win. DePalma leaves with the front end up, but the engine goes silent when it came back down.

Luck is good!


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 6618 Dale Giroux                            34 Brian Browell                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.033  7.764 133.62                    -0.027  8.806  98.47
        B/AA Index: 7.57 (+/-):  0.194             D/D Index: 7.79 (+/-):  1.016
 Qualified:            #18  7.024 -0.546                        #5  7.142 -0.648
Browell goes red and gives Giroux the win. He races Billingsley next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7023 Tyler Hogan                          1781 Dan Fletcher                 
E1                   0.050  7.036 188.54     ****WINNER****  0.044  8.113 155.76
        C/DA Index: 7.56 (+/-): -0.524            C/EA Index: 8.65 (+/-): -0.537
 Qualified:            #20  7.024 -0.536                        #7  8.030 -0.620
Just 0.006 difference at the green and Dan Fletcher nibbles at the CIC for the win MOV: 0.0193 seconds (approximately 5 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   62 Aaron Strong                         7634 Kurt Hugger                  
E1                  -0.024  8.526 132.69     ****WINNER**** -0.043  8.539 112.81
         B/T Index: 8.75 (+/-): -0.224             PST Index: 7.99 (+/-):  0.549
 Qualified:            #22  8.281 -0.469                        #9  7.378 -0.612
Trucks a pair come to the line.

Strong is too quick at the green. Hugger's Chevy dives towards the center line and he has to lift.

He races Edwards next round.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   24 David Rampy                          7235 Scott McClay                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.000  7.296 174.30                     0.018  7.295 180.84
        A/EA Index: 7.84 (+/-): -0.544            C/ED Index: 7.83 (+/-): -0.535
 Qualified:             #6  7.209 -0.631                       #19  7.287 -0.543
Just 0.01 difference in their indexes and then Rampy cuts a perfect light. He holds off McClay for the seven foot win.

Sigmon will be in the other lane next round.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   10 Alan Ellis                           7009 Ross Wilson                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.020  7.122 138.27                     0.014 15.434  56.89
        A/AP Index: 7.22 (+/-): -0.098            C/SM Index: 8.75 (+/-):  6.684
 Qualified:             #4  6.572 -0.648                       #17  8.196 -0.554
Two good Comp. lights, but Wilson is quickly off the throttle.

Ellis goes to round two.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  710 Doug Lambeck                           64 Brandon Huhtala              
E1   ****WINNER****  0.041  8.721 116.90                    -0.012  7.517 146.72
       D/SMA Index: 8.94 (+/-): -0.219             C/A Index: 7.89 (+/-): -0.373
 Qualified:            #14  8.361 -0.579                        #1  7.235 -0.655
Winner gets the bye run next round.

THe number one qualifier, Huhtala, goes red by -0.012. Lambeck gets the easy win.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7522 Brian Fitzpatrick                    6660 Adam Bowdish                 
E1                  -0.038  8.299 143.81     ****WINNER****  0.111  8.618 122.05
         H/D Index: 6.93 (+/-):  1.369           B/SMA Index: 8.56 (+/-):  0.058
 Qualified:            #26  6.973  0.043                       #13  7.980 -0.580
Fitzpatrick goes red and Bowdish motors on down.

He races Fletcher in the next round later today.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7298 Scott Hedlund                           9 Justin Lamb                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.060  8.290 123.85                           No Time      
        A/SM Index: 8.35 (+/-): -0.060           F/SMA Index: 9.16 (+/-): 90.839
 Qualified:            #10  7.740 -0.610                       #23  8.698 -0.462
Lamb's qualifying engine destruction wasn't repairable in time, so Hedlund gets the win and will race Ellis later.

11:21 a.m.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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