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Sun, 27 Apr 2014, 14:11 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 2 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan





BAYTOWN, Texas - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Alcohol 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
  728 Mike Strasburg                        412 David Brounkowski            
E2                   0.085  5.337 272.67     ****WINNER****  0.068  5.326 249.49
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D Shields   ) 0.051  5.376 271.46      (K Brounkowsk) 0.279  5.344 267.32
 Qualified:             #8  5.373 261.02                        #1  5.202 264.13
12:52 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 80 degrees, relative humidity 75 percent, barometer 29.63 inches, adjusted altitude 2,607 feet, track temperature 110 degrees.

This is the first time Strasburg and Brounkowski have faced each other in eliminations.

Good race, but Brounkowski led from the git-go. Strasburg made his quickest run of the event, in a losing cause. David Brounkowski's incremental margins: 60ft(0.012), 330 ft(0.019), 660ft(0.056), 1,000ft(0.071). MOV: 0.0281 seconds (approximately 11 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  596 Randy Meyer                           477 Forrest Fair                 
E2   ****WINNER****  0.036  5.417 272.23                     0.069  5.477 246.89
 Prior rounds:
E1    (M Manners   ) 0.054  5.486 271.84      (D Martinets )       No Time      
 Qualified:             #5  5.333 274.16                        #4  5.282 263.87
This is the first time Meyer and Fair have faced each other in eliminations.

Meyer won this on a holeshot, but he had to come from behind to do it. Fair's car was much quicker in the first half of the track, Meyer's in the second half when Fair's came up a little short on power.

Randy Meyer's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.011), 330 ft(-0.016), 660ft(-0.013), 1,000ft(0.023). MOV: 0.0938 seconds (approximately 34 feet).

Meyer will not have lane choice against Brounkowski in the semifinals.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 4111 Brandon Pierce                        464 Buddy Domingue               
E2                   0.067  5.416 253.09     ****WINNER****  0.029  5.419 268.12
 Prior rounds:
E1    (R Copeland  ) 0.317  5.508 245.81      (J Thompson  ) 0.036  5.342 274.55
 Qualified:             #6  5.343 266.90                       #14  6.923 256.55
This is the first time Pierce and Domingue have faced each other in eliminations.

Domingue led early with a big holeshot, but Pierce ran him down quickly and looked like a sure winner all the way to half track. Then Domingue's car started pulling hard and Poerce's fell off the pace, his speed down more than 10 mph from his best qualifying run.i Buddy Domingue's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(0.025), 330 ft(-0.010), 660ft(-0.017), 1,000ft(-0.004). MOV: 0.0356 seconds (approximately 13 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  415 Lee Callaway                          487 Mark Taliaferro              
E2                   0.036  5.803 183.32     ****WINNER****  0.082  5.252 275.56
 Prior rounds:
E1    (S Cowie     ) 0.025  5.430 247.34      (A Bradshaw  ) 0.085  5.313 271.19
 Qualified:            #10  5.392 271.35                        #2  5.242 272.61
Callaway hads a big holeshot advantage, but tire shake slowed him early in the run and Taliaferro won going away.

Taliaferro will have lane choice against Domingue in the semifinals.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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