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Sun, 30 Sep 2001, 07:58 PM

CHICAGO-2 - Top Fuel Round 3 Eliminations
By Rick Green





JOLIET, Ill. - Results of round 3 eliminations in Top Fuel at the Inaugural NHRA Nationals:

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   4 Doug Kalitta        4.541 319.37  Q    9 Darrell Russell     4.621 315.56
   (B Litton    ) 0.510  4.546 319.60  E1   (A Cowin     ) 0.535  5.692 249.26
   (T Gibson    ) 0.498  4.590 318.02  E2   (S Weis      ) 0.525  4.613 318.09
                  0.500 11.680  79.16  E3 *****WINNER***** 0.509  4.612 314.31
Under sunny skies with the temperature around 69 degrees, humidity is 51% and the barometer is 30.30 inches. Kalitta with a slight starting line advantage and blisters the hide as soon as he hits the throttle. Russell almost repeats his run from the previous run, nice and clean and in the low 4.60's again.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   2 Kenny Bernstein     4.513 325.22  Q    3 Larry Dixon         4.514 320.58
   (C Karamesine) 0.493  4.528 324.98  E1   (P Romine    ) 0.494  4.531 323.66
   (D Grubnic   ) 0.497  4.533 321.81  E2   (G Scelzi    ) 0.512  4.539 322.42
 *****WINNER***** 0.476  4.548 317.12  E3                  0.484  4.578 318.92
Bernstein with the starting line advantage and was quicker to every incremental to take the win. That really tightens up the points race, Dixon's lead is down to six points. This was a good drag race with good, strong passes by both teams. Bernstein will have lane choice in the final over Russell.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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