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Sun, 23 Feb 2014, 11:27 AM

Top Dragster Round 2 Eliminations
By David Gerard





CHANDLER, Ariz. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Dragster at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 30th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 6718 Shane Molinari                       6640 Trevor Ritchie               
E2                   0.049  6.759 203.71     ****WINNER****  0.006  6.982 193.16
         T/D  Dial: 6.73 (+/-):  0.029             T/D  Dial: 6.94 (+/-):  0.042
 Prior rounds:
E1    (J Morris    ) 0.123  6.790  0.010      (M Trujillo  ) 0.034  6.975  0.035
 Qualified:            #22  6.763 204.20                       #30  6.936 194.55
9:06 a.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 64 degrees, relative humidity 30 percent, barometer 28.78 inches, adjusted altitude 1,984 feet, track temperature 64 degrees.

Trevor Ritchie cuts a strong 0.009 light for the hole shot win. MOV: 0.0306 seconds (approximately 9 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7336 Justin Davis                           52 Phil Unruh                   
E2                   0.019  7.014 184.32     ****WINNER****  0.020  6.539 208.75
         T/D  Dial: 6.97 (+/-):  0.044             T/D  Dial: 6.53 (+/-):  0.009
 Prior rounds:
E1    (G Slatten   ) 0.022  7.036  0.056      (G Nash      ) 0.026  6.643  0.073
 Qualified:            #32  6.966 190.43                        #8  6.560 211.30
Phil Unruh gives up 0.001 at the green, but runs 0.009 to his dial for the win. MOV: 0.0346 seconds (approximately 9 feet). He'll race Bayer later.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7029 Bobby Ray McMahan                    7730 Mike MacBrair                
E2                         No Time           ****WINNER****  0.048  6.954 175.34
         T/D  Dial: 6.54 (+/-): 93.459             T/D  Dial: 6.72 (+/-):  0.234
 Prior rounds:
E1    (C Hawk Jr   ) 0.043  6.610 -0.030      (J Bradford  ) 0.046  6.758  0.018
 Qualified:            #10  6.604 204.76                       #18  6.719 198.67
McMahan rolls the lights and gives the easy win to MacBrair

He will face Richie in the next round.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7208 Denny Hills                           709 Chuck Phelps                 
E2   ****WINNER****  0.127  6.078 208.68                     0.142  6.835 200.20
         T/D  Dial: 6.00 (+/-):  0.078             T/D  Dial: 6.74 (+/-):  0.095
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D Slatten   ) 0.022  6.084  0.014      (J Koron     ) 0.027  7.093  0.243
 Qualified:             #1  6.040 224.14                       #25  6.815 192.44
Two not so good lights, but someone has to win. Denny Hills runs closer to his dial for the win. MOV: 0.0325 seconds (approximately 10 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7237 Steve Will                            756 Bob Button                   
E2                   0.022  6.685 185.77     ****WINNER****  0.026  6.750 203.43
         T/D  Dial: 6.64 (+/-):  0.045             T/D  Dial: 6.74 (+/-):  0.010
 Prior rounds:
E1    (C Lindsey   ) 0.024  6.690  0.010      (T Koenen    ) 0.009  6.774  0.024
 Qualified:            #13  6.636 202.24                       #21  6.754 205.29
Just 0.004 difference at the green and Bob Button runs closer to his dial for the win. MOV: 0.0310 seconds (approximately 8 feet). He faces Hills later.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 6087 Mark Colton Sr.                        73 Mera Silvia                  
E2                  -0.033  6.740 198.41     ****WINNER****  0.019  6.604 203.98
         T/D  Dial: 6.73 (+/-):  0.010             T/D  Dial: 6.62 (+/-): -0.016
 Prior rounds:
E1    (G Campbell  ) 0.047  6.745  0.015      (R Comstock  ) 0.038  6.637  0.007
 Qualified:            #19  6.725 199.26                       #11  6.623 204.23
Mera Silvia's MOV: opponent's red light.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7160 Andy Spiegel                         7942 Thomas Bayer                 
E2                  -0.500  6.699 192.19     ****WINNER****  0.014  7.051 195.70
         T/D  Dial: 6.62 (+/-):  0.079             T/D  Dial: 6.98 (+/-):  0.071
 Prior rounds:
E1    (C Thode     ) 0.012  6.696  0.046      (G Prather   ) 0.044  6.996  0.006
 Qualified:            #12  6.631 202.48                       #33  6.981 196.50
Bayer is the alternate and still racing, Spiegel makes it easy for him by jumping the green.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 6541 Paul Snell                             77 Val Torres Jr.               
E2                   0.259  6.876 208.14     ****WINNER****  0.021  6.681 186.59
         T/D  Dial: 6.41 (+/-):  0.466             T/D  Dial: 6.63 (+/-):  0.051
 Prior rounds:
E1    (K Kroeker   ) 0.034  6.485  0.035      (D Carter    ) 0.028  6.687  0.007
 Qualified:             #7  6.445 214.28                       #15  6.664 202.12
Torres goes on, as Snell slows. He races Silvia in the next round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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