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Thu, 21 Sep 2017, 16:33 PM

Competition Eliminator Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Jim Samuel

MOHNTON, Pa. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, amount over/under index, and position in order following run, class and class index:
Left Lane: Tom Martino No Time, Now #2 H/A Index: 9.32
Right Lane: Thomas Miller Runs 7.365/182.11/-0.575, Now #1 PSTA Index: 7.94

4:04 p.m. - Weather conditions: air temperature 88 degrees, relative humidity 47 percent, barometer 29.42 inches, adjusted altitude 3,231 feet, track temperature 108 degrees.

Martino's car launched and then stopped on the track.

Left Lane: Santo Volpe Runs 7.497/176.17/-0.413, Now #2 H/EA Index: 7.91
Right Lane: Ronnie Boyd Runs 6.986/195.62/-0.294, Now #3 A/ED Index: 7.28

Both drivers took their cars down the groove.

Left Lane: William Scott Runs 7.115/190.97/-0.315, Now #4 B/DA Index: 7.43
Right Lane: Anthony Mangrum Runs 6.724/207.88/-0.446, Now #2 A/A Index: 7.17

Scott's car looked like it stumbled a bit when he launched. Other than that, both runs looked uneventful.

Left Lane: Dave Hughes Runs 6.617/212.19/-0.553, Now #3 A/A Index: 7.17
Right Lane: Mike Miskovsky Runs 7.005/191.92/-0.595, Now #1 C/DA Index: 7.60

Both drivers had strong runs down the track.

Left Lane: Scott Benham Runs 21.167/34.14/12.367, Now #9 B/T Index: 8.80
Right Lane: Gary Guarriello Runs 7.411/180.48/-0.519, Now #4 C/ED Index: 7.93

Benham launched and his truck slowed almost immediately. He coasted along the wall for most of the quarter mile.

Left Lane: Allyn Armstrong Runs 8.957/149.45/-0.413, Now #8 L/A Index: 9.37
Right Lane: Don Eckel III Runs 7.027/191.13/-0.573, Now #3 C/DA Index: 7.60

Armstrong's car launched and had some wheelspin. The back end hopped for a couple hundred feet down the track. Eckel took his car straight down the groove.

Left Lane: Elio Mannino Runs 7.060/196.07/-0.560, Now #5 B/AA Index: 7.62
Right Lane: Patrick Ross Sr. Runs 7.688/176.67/-0.662, Now #1 D/A Index: 8.35

Both drivers took their cars down the groove.

Left Lane: Michael Hanratty Runs 7.635/174.32/-0.625, Now #2 K/A Index: 8.26
Right Lane: Frank Affronti Runs 7.889/173.99/-0.461, Now #9 B/EA Index: 8.35

Both drivers had runs down the groove that looked okay.

Left Lane: Todd Logan Runs 7.393/179.49/-0.517, Now #10 A/EA Index: 7.91
Right Lane: Doug Doll Jr. Runs 8.243/140.97/-0.527, Now #8 F/D Index: 8.77

Another pair of runs down the groove.

Left Lane: Calvin Hill Runs 8.233/145.48/-0.487, Now #12 I/AA Index: 8.72
Right Lane: Mark Hopkins Runs 7.778/174.53/-0.572, Now #6 D/A Index: 8.35

Two clean runs down the quarter mile.

Left Lane: Chip Ippolito Runs 7.874/173.43/-0.386, Now #18 PSTA Index: 8.26
Right Lane: Jay Schonberger Runs 8.258/163.28/-0.552, Now #9 I/A Index: 8.81

Both drivers took their cars down the groove.

Left Lane: Al Ackerman Runs 7.994/168.41/-0.596, Now #3 F/D Index: 8.59
Right Lane: Richard Schonberger Runs 11.763/81.49/2.183, Now #22 I/SM Index: 9.58

Schonberger's car slowed at mid track. Ackerman went straight down the groove.

Left Lane: Joe Carnasciale Runs 9.022/151.04/-0.558, Now #10 I/SM Index: 9.58
Right Lane: Frank Aragona Runs 7.415/157.95/-0.665, Now #1 E/DA Index: 8.08

Both drivers had clean runs.

Left Lane: Michele Costa Runs 8.176/158.86/-0.654, Now #3 F/ED Index: 8.83

Costa took her car straight down the groove.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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