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Sun, 12 Nov 2017, 15:57 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 2 Eliminations
By Rick Green





POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster 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
    1 Joey Severance                          6 Duane Shields                
E2   ****WINNER****  0.013  5.245 273.61                     0.058  5.250 273.77
 Prior rounds:
E1    (K Baldwin   ) 0.049  5.270 272.83      (J Stevens   ) 0.073  5.266 275.62
 Qualified:             #4  5.244 273.88                        #5  5.269 275.90
Weather conditions: air temperature 68 degrees, relative humidity 60 percent, barometer 28.95 inches, adjusted altitude 2,339 feet, track temperature 80 degrees.

Shields is 7 - 6 against Severance in prior events.

Severance with a great light and never trailed for the win. Joey Severance's MOV: 0.0502 seconds (approximately 20 feet).

Severance is just a tick off his qualifying time for the win.

Shields with his quickest pass of the weekend in the losing effort.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    5 Chris Demke                          8002 Julie Nataas                 
E2                  -0.005  5.248 275.34     ****WINNER****  0.045  5.165 280.43
 Prior rounds:
E1    (C Grisel    ) 0.076  5.281 273.83      (K Webster   ) 0.069  5.271 278.58
 Qualified:             #8  5.293 274.55                        #1  5.115 280.49
This is the first time Demke and Nataas have faced each other in eliminations.

Demke is a few ticks too quick on the tree and turns on the red light to give Nataas the win. Nataas runs low E.T. of eliminations. She will have lane choice over Severance in the semifinal.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    7 Garrett Bateman                         3 Shawn Cowie                  
E2                   0.025 16.048  68.95     ****WINNER****  0.094  5.266 273.72
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D Mercier   ) 0.042  5.325 275.45      (A Sanford   ) 0.068  5.228 274.78
 Qualified:             #6  5.284 277.03                        #3  5.230 274.00
Cowie is 3 - 2 against Bateman in prior events.

Bateman with the starting line advantage, but is up in smoke right at the hit and shuts it off. Cowie is straight down the groove with a great pass for the win.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 7777 Bill Litton                          7402 Randy Eakins                 
E2                   0.079  5.992 247.25     ****WINNER****  0.039  5.277 268.71
 Prior rounds:
E1    (F Hanssen   ) 0.124  5.616 221.23      (K Parker    ) 0.069  5.286 268.22
 Qualified:             #2  5.211 280.14                       #10  5.304 269.40
This is the first time Litton and Eakins have faced each other in eliminations.

Eakins with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. Litton shook and pedaled it, but couldn't chase Eakins down.

Eakins with his quickest pass this season for the win, but will give up lane choice to Cowie in the semifinal.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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