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Sat, 11 Nov 2017, 14:52 PM

Competition Eliminator Round 1 Eliminations
By David Gerard





POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 53rd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
        Bye                                   2 Brian Hyerstay               
E1                                            ****WINNER****  0.021  9.272 100.37
                                                   G/D Index: 9.38 (+/-): -0.108
 Qualified:                                                       #1  8.723 -0.757
11:32 a.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 71 degrees, relative humidity 52 percent, barometer 28.87 inches, adjusted altitude 2,580 feet, track temperature 94 degrees.

Number one qualifier, Hyerstay, gets the bye run.

He lifts early and coasts.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  390 Ray Skillman                            8 Ralph Van Paepeghem          
E1                   0.001  8.536 161.67     ****WINNER****  0.007  7.329 176.63
       D/SMA Index: 8.98 (+/-): -0.444            A/EA Index: 7.81 (+/-): -0.481
 Qualified:             #5  8.271 -0.709                       #14  7.294 -0.616
Skillman nails the tree with a one light and Ralph Van Paepeghem puts up a seven. He chases the Cobalt down for the win.MOV: 0.0311 seconds (approximately 7 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   76 Joe Mozeris                             3 Jeff Lane                    
E1                   0.023  6.990 191.05     ****WINNER****  0.023  7.937 158.95
        B/ED Index: 7.54 (+/-): -0.550           B/SMA Index: 8.55 (+/-): -0.613
 Qualified:            #16  6.995 -0.555                        #7  7.934 -0.666
Identical RT's and Jeff Lane holds off Mozeris for the win. MOV: 0.0634 seconds (approximately 18 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  705 Tony Mandella                          10 Doug Lambeck                 
E1                   0.027  9.023 145.16     ****WINNER****  0.004  8.405 148.76
       I/SMA Index: 9.58 (+/-): -0.557           D/SMA Index: 8.96 (+/-): -0.555
 Qualified:            #19  9.454 -0.126                       #10  8.334 -0.646
Van Paepeghem will be in the other lane in round two.

Two wheels up leaves and Doug Lambeck uses a 0.004 light for the close hole shot win. MOV: 0.0217 seconds (approximately 5 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   64 Ryan Warter                          7098 Tom Mettler                  
E1                   0.010  8.774 153.82     ****WINNER****  0.085  7.408 171.34
        F/SM Index: 9.30 (+/-): -0.526             PST Index: 8.07 (+/-): -0.662
 Qualified:            #17  8.910 -0.390                        #8  7.411 -0.659
Warter gets a big starting line advantage and Tom Mettler will take a CIC hit chasing him down. MOV: 0.0613 seconds (approximately 14 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  562 Lucky Snyder                         7009 Ross Wilson                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.118  8.229 164.21                    -0.001 13.806  63.71
         F/A Index: 8.64 (+/-): -0.411            C/SM Index: 8.83 (+/-):  4.976
 Qualified:            #18  8.281 -0.359                        #9  8.193 -0.657
Wilson goes red and then has the Sunfire drive right to the wall before he can get it back under control.

Easy win for Snyder.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7298 Scott Hedlund                        7235 Scott McClay                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.142  7.816 157.85                     0.258  7.287 180.94
        A/SM Index: 8.45 (+/-): -0.634            C/ED Index: 7.87 (+/-): -0.583
 Qualified:             #4  7.739 -0.711                       #13  7.314 -0.616
Two "Not So Good" lights and someone has to win.

Scott Hedlund dips into the CIC to get the win. MOV: 0.1675 seconds (approximately 44 feet).

He will race Snyder next round.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7771 Ed Sigmon                              52 Jim Greenheck                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.036  8.459 154.03                    -0.020  7.990 134.30
        C/SR Index: 9.04 (+/-): -0.581            D/AA Index: 8.22 (+/-): -0.230
 Qualified:            #15  8.471 -0.579                        #6  7.527 -0.693
Hyerstay will be in the other lane next round.

Ed Sigmon's MOV: opponent's red light.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
    5 Alan Ellis                           1781 Dan Fletcher                 
E1                  -0.021  6.597 175.73     ****WINNER****  0.004  8.121 138.39
        A/AP Index: 7.14 (+/-): -0.543            C/EA Index: 8.62 (+/-): -0.499
 Qualified:             #2  6.511 -0.719                       #11  8.059 -0.641
Fletcher gets over a second and a half starting line advantage.

Ellis goes red and Fletcher goes on with a four light.

He faces Lane later.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
    4 David Rampy                            75 Randy Jones                  
E1                   0.029  7.248 169.47     ****WINNER****  0.103  8.361 158.06
        A/EA Index: 7.82 (+/-): -0.572            C/TA Index: 9.01 (+/-): -0.649
 Qualified:             #3  7.196 -0.714                       #12  8.389 -0.621
Randy Jones is late and takes a little CIC hit to JUST stay in front of a charging Rampy. MOV: 0.0033 seconds (approximately 10 inches).

11:47 a.m. In the next round, Mettler will be waiting in the other lane.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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