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Sun, 10 Nov 2013, 16:15 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 2 Eliminations
By David Gerard

POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 49th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals:

    8 Mark Taliaferro                      6067 Don St. Arnaud               
E2   ****WINNER****  0.079  5.290 273.88                     0.053  5.461 268.28
 Prior rounds:
E1    (G Gingles   ) 0.053  5.432 265.48      (M McKernan  ) 0.114  5.422 272.89
 Qualified:             #3  5.282 271.02                        #6  5.367 271.57
1:01 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 79 degrees, relative humidity 23 percent, barometer 28.97 inches, adjusted altitude 2,777 feet, track temperature 98 degrees.

Taliaferro is 1 - 0 against St. Arnaud in prior events.

St. Arnaud gets a small lead at the green and then Taliaferro drives on by. St. Arnaud is off the pace before the 330 lights and that ends his season.

Mark Taliaferro's incremental times: 60ft-0.914 sec., 330ft-2.372, 660ft-3.501/219.15 mph, 1,000ft-4.468.
Don St. Arnaud's incremental times: 60ft-0.961 sec., 330ft-2.497, 660ft-3.658/216.27 mph, 1,000ft-4.631.

   79 Johnny Ahten                          613 Joey Severance               
E2   ****WINNER****  0.055  5.354 259.01                     0.040  5.493 249.26
 Prior rounds:
E1    (S Cowie     ) 0.034  5.391 257.58      (J Ashwell   ) 0.047 21.923  33.58
 Qualified:             #7  5.376 259.31                        #2  5.251 271.41
Severance is 3 - 1 against Ahten in prior events.

Severance gets off the line first, but Ahten is quickly on by and pulling hard for the 45 foot win.

Taliaferro has lane choice next round.

Johnny Ahten's incremental times: 60ft-0.929 sec., 330ft-2.419, 660ft-3.541/222.51 mph, 1,000ft-4.503.
Joey Severance's incremental times: 60ft-0.959 sec., 330ft-2.480, 660ft-3.641/212.59 mph, 1,000ft-4.633.

    1 Jim Whiteley                           64 Ray Martin                   
E2   ****WINNER****  0.051  5.275 275.39                     0.027  7.016 108.52
 Prior rounds:
E1    (B Litton    ) 0.086  5.243 276.24      (M Manners   ) 0.032  5.355 269.24
 Qualified:             #1  5.218 275.90                        #9  5.386 262.90
Martin gets a big lead at the green and can only hold off a charging Whiteley until just after the 60 foot light. He slows and has the chutes out early.

Strong pass for Whiteley, with the quickest time of the session, for the easy win.

Jim Whiteley's incremental times: 60ft-0.939 sec., 330ft-2.368, 660ft-3.492/220.22 mph, 1,000ft-4.457.
Ray Martin's incremental times: 60ft-0.955 sec., 330ft-2.464, 660ft-3.837/164.57 mph, 1,000ft-5.312.

  611 Garrett Bateman                         2 Chris Demke                  
E2   ****WINNER****  0.068  5.302 273.61                     0.063  5.330 268.60
 Prior rounds:
E1    (R Stickler  ) 0.077  5.228 274.44      (D Shields   ) 0.069  5.306 270.48
 Qualified:             #4  5.282 270.59                        #5  5.291 271.57
Demke may have had some problems and is very late getting the engine started. Bateman completed his burnout and was backing up before he did a short hop. He quickly backs up and stages.

Demke gets a small 0.005 head start and holds off Bateman's fueler until right before the 1000 foot lights.

Bateman was straight and clean to capture the win, but gives up lane choice to Whiteley next round.

Garrett Bateman's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.006), 330 ft(-0.040), 660ft(-0.021), 1,000ft(0.006). MOV: 0.0235 seconds (approximately 9 feet).

Garrett Bateman's incremental times: 60ft-0.931 sec., 330ft-2.413, 660ft-3.535/223.17 mph, 1,000ft-4.485.
Chris Demke's incremental times: 60ft-0.930 sec., 330ft-2.378, 660ft-3.519/216.45 mph, 1,000ft-4.496.

1:12 p.m.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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