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Sun, 10 Nov 2013, 19:46 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Final, Round 4 Eliminations
By David Gerard

POMONA, Calif. - Results of final, round 4 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 49th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals:

    1 Jim Whiteley                           79 Johnny Ahten                 
E4                   0.052  8.590  95.50     ****WINNER****  0.016  5.428 259.86
 Prior rounds:
E3    (G Bateman   ) 0.088  5.221 276.86      (M Taliaferro) 0.012  5.368 258.76
E2    (R Martin    ) 0.051  5.275 275.39      (J Severance ) 0.055  5.354 259.01
E1    (B Litton    ) 0.086  5.243 276.24      (S Cowie     ) 0.034  5.391 257.58
 Qualified:             #1  5.218 275.90                        #7  5.376 259.31
4:38 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 79 degrees, relative humidity 19 percent, barometer 28.93 inches, adjusted altitude 2,789 feet, track temperature 87 degrees.

Whiteley is 4 - 0 against Ahten in prior events and this is the first time they have faced each other in a final round. Ahten has never had a win or runner up, so far. Whiteley has a 4-2 win ratio this year and a career 23-6 history. He has won the last three national events he entered. This is Whiteley's last scheduled event, as his son, Steve, is scheduled to take over the cockpit next year.

Ahten gets a big head start, but Whitely is out in front before the 60 foot light. Whiteley's tires start to shake and spin after that and he has to lift.

Ahten powers on down the track to take his first national event win, with his best speed of the weekend.

Johnny Ahten's incremental times: 60ft-0.981 sec., 330ft-2.485, 660ft-3.613/221.56 mph, 1,000ft-4.579.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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