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Sun, 27 Apr 2014, 13:45 PM

Top Fuel Harley Round 1 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan

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

    2 Tommy Grimes                          222 Mike Pelrine                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.046  6.295 228.27                     0.090  6.342 222.00
 Qualified:             #5  6.430 226.66                        #4  6.353 210.28
12:33 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 80 degrees, relative humidity 75 percent, barometer 29.63 inches, adjusted altitude 2,607 feet, track temperature 109 degrees.

Grimes led this one all the way, steadily opening the gap. He matched low ET of the event for the win.

  111 Mike Scott                           1059 Brian Jernigan               
E1                   0.060  6.481 190.59     ****WINNER****  0.057  6.410 225.15
 Qualified:             #3  6.325 228.04                        #6  6.520 213.70
Two more full passes...almost dead-even at the start and Scott pulled out to a small lead by half track, but then he started to lose ground and Jernigan went by for the win, making his quickest run of the event.

Brian Jernigan's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.004), 330 ft(-0.030), 660ft(-0.040), 1,000ft(-0.019). MOV: 0.0748 seconds (approximately 21 feet).

   63 Jay Turner                            888 Damian Cownden               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.054  6.279 222.51                     0.071  6.494 217.18
 Qualified:             #2  6.296 219.47                        #7  6.551 216.55
These two are usually pretty closely matched, but Turner had the better light and the better bike today, winning easily. He will have lane choice against Jernigan in the semifinals.

  204 Randal Andras                         583 Julian Seaman                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.056  6.410 223.28                     0.049 10.562 152.85
 Qualified:             #1  6.295 211.10                        #8  6.898 186.23
Seaman spun the tire and the engine almost stalled on the launch. Andras made his slowest run of the event, but it was uncontested. However, he will not have lane choice against Grimes in the semifinals.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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