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Sat, 08 Feb 2014, 15:47 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, 54th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  717 Mike DePalma                         6618 Dale Giroux                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.055  9.716  99.87                    -0.032  7.434 137.60
         C/T Index: 8.81 (+/-):  0.906            B/AA Index: 7.57 (+/-): -0.136
 Qualified:             #2  8.152 -0.658                       #11  6.996 -0.574
11:56 a.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 61 degrees, relative humidity 55 percent, barometer 29.13 inches, adjusted altitude 1,570 feet, track temperature 84 degrees.

Giroux goes red and DePalma clicks it early to save any CIC hit.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  705 Tony Mandella                        7235 Scott McClay                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.029  9.112 126.39                     0.160 10.501  72.22
       I/SMA Index: 9.58 (+/-): -0.468            C/ED Index: 7.83 (+/-):  2.671
 Qualified:             #9  8.986 -0.594                       #18 12.761  4.931
McClay has struggled in qualifying and he is late to boot. The dragster shakes the tire and moves towards the center line. he wisely shuts it off.

Easy win for Mandella.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7298 Scott Hedlund                        6857 Ralph Van Paepeghem          
E1   ****WINNER****  0.088  7.755 170.34                     0.066  7.312 180.40
        A/SM Index: 8.35 (+/-): -0.595            A/EA Index: 7.84 (+/-): -0.528
 Qualified:             #3  7.704 -0.646                       #12  7.267 -0.573
Scott Hedlund gives up some starting line and takes a CIC hit to get the win. MOV: 0.0457 seconds (approximately 12 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 769Y Joshua Lee                           7098 Tom Mettler                  
E1                   0.063  9.052 141.65     ****WINNER****  0.008  7.424 166.99
        H/EA Index: 9.61 (+/-): -0.558             PST Index: 7.99 (+/-): -0.566
 Qualified:            #15  9.072 -0.538                        #6  7.363 -0.627
Mettler nails the tree with a great 0.008 RT and runs down Lee for the win. He'll take some CIC into round two, where he will meet DePalma.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  610 John Edwards                            3 Jeff Lane                    
E1                  -0.031 13.777  61.90     ****WINNER****  0.051  9.343 104.59
        C/AA Index: 7.91 (+/-):  5.867           C/SMA Index: 8.73 (+/-):  0.613
 Qualified:            #10  7.319 -0.591                        #1  8.058 -0.672
Jeff Lane gets the bye run next round! MOV: opponent's red light.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   75 Dean Carter                             1 Alan Ellis                   
E1                   0.008  7.598 133.08     ****WINNER****  0.005  6.798 160.18
        B/ND Index: 7.56 (+/-):  0.038            A/AP Index: 7.22 (+/-): -0.422
 Qualified:            #14  7.006 -0.554                        #5  6.591 -0.629
Ellis takes his first step towards another World Championship with an easy win. Carter has a strong 0.008 RT and then slows down track.

Ellis races Mandella next round.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7063 Mark Lelchook                          67 Aaron Strong                 
E1                   0.035  7.388 177.28     ****WINNER****  0.110  8.089 166.15
        D/DA Index: 7.92 (+/-): -0.532             B/T Index: 8.75 (+/-): -0.661
 Qualified:            #16  7.423 -0.497                        #7  8.132 -0.618
Aaron Strong is late at the green and it costs him a permanent CIC hit on Monday to get the win. MOV: 0.0542 seconds (approximately 14 feet).

He races Hedlund in round two.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   74 Tyler Hogan                           710 Doug Lambeck                 
E1                   0.021  7.040 189.79     ****WINNER****  0.067  8.337 161.44
        C/DA Index: 7.56 (+/-): -0.520           D/SMA Index: 8.94 (+/-): -0.603
 Qualified:            #13  7.002 -0.558                        #4  8.308 -0.632
Lambeck tickles at a permanent CIC hit too. MOV: 0.0375 seconds (approximately 10 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7771 Ed Sigmon                            1781 Dan Fletcher                 
E1                   0.031  8.398 155.01     ****WINNER****  0.050  8.004 162.59
        C/SR Index: 8.99 (+/-): -0.592            C/EA Index: 8.62 (+/-): -0.616
 Qualified:            #17  8.561 -0.429                        #8  8.008 -0.612
Dan Fletcher dips into the sixty under range too, as Sigmon fixed what ever qualifying problems he had earlier. MOV: 0.0058 seconds (approximately 16 inches).

12:10 p.m. He races Lambeck next round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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