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Sat, 6 Oct 2001, 08:16 PM

READING - Comp Eliminator Round 1 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan





MOHNTON, Pa. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Comp Eliminator at the 17th annual Pep Boys NHRA Nationals presented by Greased Lightning:

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET--(+/-)-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---(+/-)
   5 Arnie Martel        8.370 -0.650 Q   28 Don Eckel III       7.205 -0.425
     E/SMA Index: 9.02                         C/D Index: 7.63
 *****WINNER***** 0.517  8.437 -0.583 E1                  0.633  7.075 -0.555
3:44 PM It's 61 degrees, 52 percent relative humidity. Margin of victory = 0.144 seconds (approximately 40 feet). Martel takes a temporary 0.08 CIC penalty for the win, just one of many we should see this round given the excellent conditions.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET--(+/-)-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---(+/-)
  16 Frank Affronti      7.586 -0.584 Q   17 Pat Ross            8.321 -0.579
       C/A Index: 8.17                         E/A Index: 8.90
 *****WINNER***** 0.565  7.579 -0.591 E1                  0.569  8.313 -0.587
Margin of victory = 0.008 seconds (approximately 22 inches). Affronti loses 0.09 seconds for the rest of the event.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET--(+/-)-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---(+/-)
  24 Todd Logan          7.506 -0.474 Q    9 Dave Northrop       7.863 -0.627
      A/EA Index: 7.98                         D/A Index: 8.49
                  0.431  7.445 -0.535 E1 *****WINNER***** 0.588  8.614  0.124


 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET--(+/-)-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---(+/-)
  10 Richard Schonberge  9.286 -0.624 Q   23 Kevin Houghtaling   9.042 -0.478
      G/SM Index: 9.91                         G/A Index: 9.52
 *****WINNER***** 0.556  9.977  0.067 E1                  0.497  8.891 -0.629
Houghtaling doesn't see the win light in the other lane after his red light and runs way under, earning a 0.02 second "permanent" reduction in the G-Altered index.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET--(+/-)-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---(+/-)
   1 Larry Pritchett     7.993 -0.707 Q   32 Stephen Szupka      7.548 -0.362
      D/SM Index: 8.70                        C/ED Index: 7.91
 *****WINNER***** 0.508  8.083 -0.617 E1                  0.561  7.513 -0.397
Pritchett loses track of Szupka and takes a 0.11 penalty for the rest of the event and a 0.01 penalty on Monday.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET--(+/-)-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---(+/-)
  18 Tom Ekroth          7.597 -0.573 Q   15 Doug Harris         7.624 -0.586
       C/A Index: 8.17                         A/T Index: 8.21
                  0.368  7.687 -0.483 E1 *****WINNER***** 0.606  8.416  0.206
Harris sees the win light and slows way before the finish line.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET--(+/-)-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---(+/-)
   4 Allyn Armstrong     9.210 -0.670 Q   29 Mark Hopkins        7.745 -0.425
       K/A Index: 9.88                         C/A Index: 8.17
 *****WINNER***** 0.501  9.779 -0.101 E1                  0.407 10.247  2.077


 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET--(+/-)-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---(+/-)
  22 Carl Miller Jr.     8.419 -0.481 Q   11 Rob Slavinski       7.272 -0.598
       E/A Index: 8.90                        B/AA Index: 7.87
                  0.416  8.419 -0.481 E1 *****WINNER***** 0.482  8.671  0.801
"Robo" sees the win light and slows.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET--(+/-)-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---(+/-)
   8 Gerry Russo         8.834 -0.636 Q   25 Nelson Whitlock     7.410 -0.460
     B/SMA Index: 9.47                        B/AA Index: 7.87
 *****WINNER***** 0.665 17.915  8.445 E1                  0.452  7.419 -0.451
Russo ran through the clutch, the RPMs way up there and the car going nowhere. Whitlock couldn't wait the full 1.6 seconds and lit the red against a helpless opponent.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET--(+/-)-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---(+/-)
  31 Joe Carnasciale     8.962 -0.378 Q    2 Jeff Taylor         7.479 -0.691
      B/SM Index: 9.34                         C/A Index: 8.17
 *****WINNER***** 0.522  8.943 -0.397 E1                  0.499  8.545  0.375
Ouch! Taylor misses a perfect light by a thousandth of a second, the wrong way.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET--(+/-)-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---(+/-)
  27 Chip Banney Jr.     9.090 -0.430 Q    6 Michele Costa       9.265 -0.645
       G/A Index: 9.52                         G/D Index: 9.91
 *****WINNER***** 0.537  8.991 -0.529 E1                  0.491 10.668  0.758
Banney didn't see the win light in his lane and incurred a 0.02 second CIC penalty for the rest of the event.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET--(+/-)-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---(+/-)
  19 Greg Kozera         7.452 -0.558 Q   14 Michael Hardee      8.883 -0.587
      D/ED Index: 8.01                       B/SMA Index: 9.47
 *****WINNER***** 0.597  7.592 -0.418 E1                  0.000 No Data
Hardee broke on the line and was pushed away before Kozera ran.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET--(+/-)-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---(+/-)
  21 Bob Rossi           6.792 -0.488 Q   12 Frank Aragona Jr.   8.205 -0.595
       A/A Index: 7.28                        G/ED Index: 8.80
 *****WINNER***** 0.533  6.739 -0.541 E1                  0.601  8.209 -0.591
Rossi treed Aragona and took a 0.04-second CIC penalty for the rest of the event to get the win. Margin of victory = 0.018 seconds (approximately 4 feet).

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET--(+/-)-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---(+/-)
  20 Jules Schonberger   8.392 -0.508 Q   13 Al Ackerman         8.231 -0.589
       E/A Index: 8.90                         F/D Index: 8.82
 *****WINNER***** 0.554  8.367 -0.533 E1                  0.547  8.373 -0.447
Schonberger took a 0.03 CIC "hit" for the win. Margin of victory = 0.079 seconds (approximately 18 feet).

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET--(+/-)-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---(+/-)
  30 Erich Bollman       8.477 -0.423 Q    3 Scott Perin         7.520 -0.690
       E/A Index: 8.90                         A/T Index: 8.21
                  0.568  8.403 -0.497 E1 *****WINNER***** 0.507  7.687 -0.523
Perin takes a 0.02 CIC penalty for the rest of the event to insure the win here. Margin of victory = 0.087 seconds (approximately 20 feet).

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET--(+/-)-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---(+/-)
  26 Jim Pursglove       8.467 -0.433 Q   33 John Caliendo Jr.   8.142 -0.348
       E/A Index: 8.90                         D/A Index: 8.49
 *****WINNER***** 0.508  8.330 -0.570 E1                  0.776  8.485 -0.005
Last pair and John Caliendo, in as an alternate for Aloisio, was very late. Pursglove didn't realize how far ahead he was and took a 0.07 second CIC penalty for the rest of the event.

In round two it's Pritchett vs Affronti, Russo vs Northrop, Armstrong vs J. Schonberger, Martel vs Rossi, Carnasciale vs Harris, Pursglove vs R. Schonberger, Perin vs Kozera, and Banney vs Slavinski.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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