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Sat, 26 Apr 2014, 20:44 PM

Top Dragster Round 1 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan





BAYTOWN, Texas - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Dragster at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 27th annual O'Reilly NHRA SpringNationals presented by Super Start Batteries:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   52 Phil Unruh                           400B Brett Patterson              
E1   ****WINNER****  0.006  6.519 192.03                     0.131  6.760 201.58
         T/D  Dial: 6.40 (+/-):  0.119             T/D  Dial: 6.69 (+/-):  0.070
 Qualified:             #7  6.392 216.97                       #23  6.683 203.25
7:21 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 80 degrees, relative humidity 71 percent, barometer 29.73 inches, adjusted altitude 2,544 feet, track temperature 93 degrees.

Nice winning light by Unruh.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   45 Wade Pennington                      5186 George Slatten               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.027  7.782 117.90                     0.037  6.667 199.23
         T/D  Dial: 6.20 (+/-):  1.582             T/D  Dial: 6.70 (+/-): -0.033
 Qualified:             #4  6.185 224.66                       #20  6.648 200.14
Pennington had problems and lifted around half track. Slatten never figured out where Pennington was and drove it out the back door, breaking out.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 4790 John Garner                          470L Michelle LeBleu              
E1   ****WINNER****  0.063  6.744 193.05                     0.080  6.526 210.21
         T/D  Dial: 6.73 (+/-):  0.014             T/D  Dial: 6.51 (+/-):  0.016
 Qualified:            #26  6.733 200.98                       #10  6.516 211.03
John Garner's MOV: 0.0195 seconds (approximately 6 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  408 Richard Prince                        411 Jim Gascoyne                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.016  6.605 210.05                     0.151  6.834 198.93
         T/D  Dial: 6.55 (+/-):  0.055             T/D  Dial: 6.80 (+/-):  0.034
 Qualified:            #13  6.540 219.44                       #29  6.797 200.00


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 4021 Robert LeJeune                       4760 Chris Gulitti                
E1                   0.015  6.607 209.62     ****WINNER****  0.014  6.850 195.59
         T/D  Dial: 6.57 (+/-):  0.037             T/D  Dial: 6.82 (+/-):  0.030
 Qualified:            #14  6.567 210.18                       #30  6.830 194.69
Just about a tossup on the tree...Chris Gulitti's MOV: 0.0083 seconds (approximately 3 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 4072 Chase Murray                         4941 Samuel Patrick               
E1                  -0.263  6.778 166.70     ****WINNER****  0.014  6.788 200.71
         T/D  Dial: 6.56 (+/-):  0.218             T/D  Dial: 6.76 (+/-):  0.028
 Qualified:            #11  6.535 211.30                       #27  6.764 201.64


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 491C Mario Boesch                          437 Jenifer White                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.032  6.719 190.75                     0.018  6.441 175.05
         T/D  Dial: 6.67 (+/-):  0.049             T/D  Dial: 6.35 (+/-):  0.091
 Qualified:            #22  6.661 204.54                        #6  6.362 211.86
Mario Boesch's MOV: 0.0288 seconds (approximately 7 feet). He races Gulitti in round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 4962 Scott Barker                         4142 James Ogden                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.012  6.759 201.10                    -0.021  6.442 195.08
         T/D  Dial: 6.73 (+/-):  0.029             T/D  Dial: 6.41 (+/-):  0.032
 Qualified:            #24  6.720 202.15                        #8  6.402 208.88


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 4028 David Sheetz                         571P Anita Strasburg              
E1                   0.047  6.185 228.96     ****WINNER****  0.000  6.637 204.66
         T/D  Dial: 6.15 (+/-):  0.035             T/D  Dial: 6.61 (+/-):  0.027
 Qualified:             #3  6.147 229.04                       #19  6.629 204.26
Strasburg cinverted a perfect light into a win light. She runs Patrick in round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 437M Mike Weaver                           486 Angie Cart                   
E1                   0.018  8.636 156.95     ****WINNER****  0.025  6.702 175.34
         T/D  Dial: 6.87 (+/-):  1.766             T/D  Dial: 6.56 (+/-):  0.142
 Qualified:            #31  6.899 196.64                       #15  6.570 207.46
Weaver left on time, but his car stuttered or spun the tires, going nowhere.Cart races Unruh in round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 4149 Eli McGee                            4281 Rob McKinley                 
E1                   0.013  6.666 204.51     ****WINNER****  0.009  6.169 226.20
         T/D  Dial: 6.67 (+/-): -0.004             T/D  Dial: 6.11 (+/-):  0.059
 Qualified:            #17  6.619 210.05                        #1  6.115 227.15
Rob McKinley's MOV: Opponent broke out.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 4600 Todd Schumert                        4551 Ronald Gibson                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.011  6.656 202.09                     0.035  6.944 194.97
         T/D  Dial: 6.61 (+/-):  0.046             T/D  Dial: 6.91 (+/-):  0.034
 Qualified:            #16  6.616 204.63                       #32  6.953 195.45
Todd Schumert's MOV: 0.0128 seconds (approximately 4 feet). He races Barker next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   42 Mark Jones                           4608 Michael Kile                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.053  6.733 205.66                    -0.006  6.417 214.93
         T/D  Dial: 6.74 (+/-): -0.007             T/D  Dial: 6.49 (+/-): -0.073
 Qualified:            #18  6.619 208.39                        #2  6.143 225.41
Jones faces Garner in round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  405 Keith Raftery                        4399 Gary Mock                    
E1                   0.009  6.565 210.37     ****WINNER****  0.017  6.766 194.46
         T/D  Dial: 6.44 (+/-):  0.125             T/D  Dial: 6.71 (+/-):  0.056
 Qualified:             #9  6.454 206.89                       #25  6.726 203.71
Raftery had a great light, but his car did not respond as quickly as Mock's. Mock faces McKinley in round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  480 Steve Evans                          4170 David Strain                 
E1                         No Time           ****WINNER****  0.296 12.923  58.46
         T/D  Dial: 6.52 (+/-): 93.479             T/D  Dial: 6.75 (+/-):  6.173
 Qualified:            #12  6.536 209.39                       #28  6.778 200.02
Evans was a no-show. He got to the head of staging, then left on a tow strap. Strain launched and shut off. He races Pennington in round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 418X Allen Constantine                    4768 Jimmy Arabie                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.123  6.264 226.81                     0.029  6.676 198.38
         T/D  Dial: 6.19 (+/-):  0.074             T/D  Dial: 6.70 (+/-): -0.024
 Qualified:             #5  6.188 227.77                       #21  6.649 203.58
Last pair. Constantine will race Prince in round two.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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