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Sun, 23 Feb 2014, 14:27 PM

Top Dragster Round 3 Eliminations
By David Gerard





CHANDLER, Ariz. - Results of round 3 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
 7208 Denny Hills                           756 Bob Button                   
E3                  -0.004  6.065 223.84     ****WINNER****  0.039  6.802 204.63
         T/D  Dial: 6.08 (+/-): -0.015             T/D  Dial: 6.76 (+/-):  0.042
 Prior rounds:
E2    (C Phelps    ) 0.127  6.078  0.078      (S Will      ) 0.026  6.750  0.010
E1    (D Slatten   ) 0.022  6.084  0.014      (T Koenen    ) 0.009  6.774  0.024
 Qualified:             #1  6.040 224.14                       #21  6.754 205.29
12:18 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 74 degrees, relative humidity 24 percent, barometer 28.79 inches, adjusted altitude 2,628 feet, track temperature 108 degrees.

Hills, the number one qualifier, goes red by-0.004 to give the easy win to Button.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7730 Mike MacBrair                        6640 Trevor Ritchie               
E3                   0.035  6.968 177.67     ****WINNER****  0.019  7.026 180.09
         T/D  Dial: 6.76 (+/-):  0.208             T/D  Dial: 7.00 (+/-):  0.026
 Prior rounds:
E2    (B Ray McMaha) 0.048  6.954  0.234      (S Molinari  ) 0.006  6.982  0.042
E1    (J Bradford  ) 0.046  6.758  0.018      (M Trujillo  ) 0.034  6.975  0.035
 Qualified:            #18  6.719 198.67                       #30  6.936 194.55
Ritchie is away first and gets the easy win, as MacBrair slows down track.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7942 Thomas Bayer                           52 Phil Unruh                   
E3                  -0.156  7.628 132.35     ****WINNER****  0.021  6.543 211.53
         T/D  Dial: 6.99 (+/-):  0.638             T/D  Dial: 6.55 (+/-): -0.007
 Prior rounds:
E2    (A Spiegel   ) 0.014  7.051  0.071      (J Davis     ) 0.020  6.539  0.009
E1    (G Prather   ) 0.044  6.996  0.006      (G Nash      ) 0.026  6.643  0.073
 Qualified:            #33  6.981 196.50                        #8  6.560 211.30
Phil Unruh's MOV: opponent's red light.

He faces Ritchie in the next round.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   77 Val Torres Jr.                         73 Mera Silvia                  
E3   ****WINNER****  0.018  6.676 200.71                    -0.005  9.166  93.16
         T/D  Dial: 6.69 (+/-): -0.014             T/D  Dial: 6.63 (+/-):  2.536
 Prior rounds:
E2    (P Snell     ) 0.021  6.681  0.051      (M Colton Sr ) 0.019  6.604 -0.016
E1    (D Carter    ) 0.028  6.687  0.007      (R Comstock  ) 0.038  6.637  0.007
 Qualified:            #15  6.664 202.12                       #11  6.623 204.23
Silvia goes red by just -0.005 to give the win to Torres.

Button will be in the other lane in round four.

12:23 p.m.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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