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Sat, 29 Sep 2001, 07:55 PM

CHICAGO-2 - Federal-Mogul Dragster Round 1 Eliminations
By Dave Rowe





JOLIET, Ill. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Federal-Mogul Dragster at the Inaugural NHRA Nationals:

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   8 Russ Lindert        5.441 254.09  Q    9 Mark Hentges        5.444 261.57
                  0.533  5.515 248.11  E1 *****WINNER***** 0.480  5.412 260.61
2:28 PM No problems for either dragster, Hentges gets a holeshot and slowly pulls away for the win. Margin of victory = 0.156 seconds (approximately 57 feet).

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  10 Jeff Hamelink       5.511 256.50  Q    7 David Wells         5.411 258.07
 *****WINNER***** 0.481  5.482 257.19  E1                  0.353  5.452 256.50
Wells hits the throttle a little to soon and gives the win to Hamelink. No problems for Hamelink, he moves around a little in the middle of the track, but he never gets out of the groove.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   6 Michael Gunderson   5.393 266.42  Q   11 Arthur Gallant      5.540 245.58
 *****WINNER***** 0.508  5.406 265.95  E1                  0.550  5.693 231.95
Gunderson gets the holeshot and extends his lead at every marker.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  12 Cliff Bozzelli      5.550 256.50  Q    5 Jay Meyer           5.382 258.86
 *****WINNER***** 0.439  5.420 254.76  E1                  0.459  5.523 236.92
Bozzelli gets the jump off the line and runs a career best to defeat Meyer. Margin of victory = 0.123 seconds (approximately 43 feet).

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   4 Shelly Howard       5.378 261.22  Q   13 Ken Perry           5.550 249.81
 *****WINNER***** 0.463  5.405 257.68  E1                  0.536  5.545 248.61
Perry spins the tires right off the line but the slicks grab soon after. Howard makes another good pass and takes the easy win. Margin of victory = 0.213 seconds (approximately 78 feet).

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   3 Bill Reichert       5.373 260.41  Q   14 Dave Hirata         5.592 261.47
 *****WINNER***** 0.528  5.363 258.76  E1                  0.529  5.540 259.11
These two leave the line almost together but Reichert was way ahead at the sixty foot mark, a .916 to .957, and had extended his lead to a tenth by the time they reached half-track. Margin of victory = 0.178 seconds (approximately 68 feet).

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  16 Mick Snyder         5.626 245.49  Q    1 Brandon Bernstein   5.336 264.96
                  0.488  5.612 248.52  E1 *****WINNER***** 0.450  5.433 260.91
Bernstein gets the jump off the line but Snyder had almost made up the difference at the sixty foot mark. Snyder continued to close the gap until half-track, then Bernstein drove away for the win.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   2 Keith Stark         5.367 273.66  Q   15 Jeff Bohr           5.612 250.00
 *****WINNER***** 0.492  5.399 270.75  E1                  0.507  5.593 243.94
Bohr shook the tires hard off the line but drove through it. Stark was behind until halftrack, then came on strong for the win.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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