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Sun, 23 Sep 2001, 05:25 PM

MEMPHIS - Federal-Mogul Dragster Round 2 Eliminations
By Rick Green





MILLINGTON, Tenn. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Federal-Mogul Dragster at the 14th annual AutoZone NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil:

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   3 Joe Fuentes         5.524 252.00  Q   11 Marty Thacker       5.792 238.85
   (B Leverich  ) 0.707  5.593 248.66  E1   (G Snow      ) 0.417  5.799 239.95
 *****WINNER***** 0.484  5.794 244.83  E2                  0.432  6.060 195.76
Thacker did his job on the tree, but did not have the power to hold off Fuentes. Fuentes with tire shake right off the starting line, but was able to drive through it. He then got out of the groove and close to the centerline, but keep his foot in it.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   5 Troy Buff           5.530 240.55  Q    4 Tony Bartone        5.527 244.07
   (J Bohr      ) 0.516  5.538 249.53  E1   (B Marshall  ) 0.477  5.579 239.91
                  0.477  5.623 250.64  E2 *****WINNER***** 0.475  5.510 253.23
They leave together, but it was all Bartone from there as he drove away with the injected Nitro power. His quickest pass of the weekend.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   1 Arthur Gallant      5.410 251.53  Q    8 Randy Meyer         5.611 237.92
                  0.558  5.473 237.92  E1   (L Callaway  ) 0.541  5.669 236.80
 *****WINNER***** 0.548  5.403 249.81  E2                  0.489  5.565 239.36
Meyer out of the gate first, but not enough power to hold off Gallant. Gallant was a little side ways on the starting line, but when the injected nitro car hooked up it blasted through the quarter-mile. Gallant with the quick et of the event and lane choice over Bartone.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   2 Jay Meyer           5.452 253.36  Q    7 Bill Reichert       5.569 242.76
   (J Thompson  ) 0.365  5.459 256.06  E1   (B Bernstein ) 0.482  5.755 251.77
 *****WINNER***** 0.425  5.469 256.99  E2                  0.489  5.761 247.57
Meyer with the starting line advantage and never looked back to move into the semi-finals. He will have lane choice over Fuentes in the next round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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