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Sat, 2 Oct 1999, 06:25 PM

TOPEKA - Comp Eliminator Round 1 Eliminations
By Ed Dykes





TOPEKA, Kan. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Comp Eliminator at the 11th annual Advance Auto Parts Nationals:
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET--(+/-)-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---(+/-)
  11 Arnie Martel        7.192 -0.418 Q   24 Mike Artmann        7.152 -0.188
      B/ED Index: 7.61                         A/A Index: 7.34
 *****WINNER***** 0.637  7.239 -0.371 E1                  0.484 10.556  3.216
4:43 PM... And we start with our traditional first-pair, first-round redlight.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET--(+/-)-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---(+/-)
   8 Larry Doggett       7.161 -0.449 Q   21 Jeff Perrella       7.697 -0.333
      B/ED Index: 7.61                        A/EA Index: 8.03
 *****WINNER***** 0.521  9.461  1.851 E1                  0.492  7.648 -0.382
Doggett dodges a bullet here, he absolutely smoked the tires off the line.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET--(+/-)-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---(+/-)
   2 Pete Carbery        7.353 -0.517 Q   15 Bryan Morrison      8.993 -0.377
       B/A Index: 7.87                        B/SM Index: 9.37
                  0.836  7.234 -0.636 E1 *****WINNER***** 0.559  8.865 -0.505
Carbery wouldn't have wanted to win this one, anyway... look at how much he ran under.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET--(+/-)-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---(+/-)
  13 Al Bresch           9.216 -0.414 Q   26 Don Vincent         9.427  0.097
      C/SM Index: 9.63                        C/SR Index: 9.33
 *****WINNER***** 0.686  9.329 -0.301 E1                  0.458  9.230 -0.100
Where are all these redlights coming from??
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET--(+/-)-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---(+/-)
  20 Duane Robison       7.893 -0.337 Q    7 Tom Snyder          6.884 -0.456
       C/A Index: 8.23                         A/A Index: 7.34
                  0.557 10.390  2.160 E1 *****WINNER***** 0.510  7.013 -0.327
Robison got way out of shape at 300', and had to lift to stay off the wall.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET--(+/-)-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---(+/-)
   4 Doug Engels         7.633 -0.487 Q   99 Monty Jones        No Data      
      D/ED Index: 8.12                        B/SM Index: 9.37
                        No Data       E1                        No Data      

  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET--(+/-)-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---(+/-)
   4 Doug Engels         7.633 -0.487 Q   17 Bill Harris         8.772 -0.368
      D/ED Index: 8.12                         F/A Index: 9.14
 *****WINNER***** 0.526  7.817 -0.303 E1                        No Time      
Harris either breaks before the burnout or won't start, either way the crew towed him away while Engles drives right down the race track. OK, now I see the starting line crew cleaning up some oil in the water box, that's the answer.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET--(+/-)-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---(+/-)
   5 Mike Johnson        7.528 -0.462 Q   18 Russ Kelly          7.018 -0.352
      C/ED Index: 7.99                        A/ED Index: 7.37
                  0.626  7.495 -0.495 E1 *****WINNER***** 0.528  6.972 -0.398
This was a great race, just 0.001 second separated these two at the end.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET--(+/-)-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---(+/-)
  14 Maryann Austin      7.607 -0.383 Q   27 Mike Foster        13.958  6.348
      C/ED Index: 7.99                        B/ED Index: 7.61
 *****WINNER***** 0.542  7.557 -0.433 E1                  0.585  7.229 -0.381
Foster lost more than the race, here, his dragster getting crossed up on the top end and crashing. He was over close to the wall at 1200', and when he tried to move back into the center of the lane the rear end broke loose and came around, then he was sideways and did a 360 degree spin then started rolling over, twice or three times before it finally slid to a stop over against the left wall. The Safety Safari was right there and Foster climbed out of the car quickly, with no apparent injuries. The South Dakota driver will earn a trip to the hospital for a checkout, but the early indications are that the safety equipment did its job and he's OK. The car did a lot of spinning and sliding, but there was never a truly hard impact and likely made the difference.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET--(+/-)-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---(+/-)
  25 David Harrington    7.829 -0.041 Q   12 John Linton         7.705 -0.415
       B/A Index: 7.87                        D/ED Index: 8.12
                  0.584 10.658  2.788 E1 *****WINNER***** 0.657  7.684 -0.436
There's a big yellow ball in the sky for the first time today... maybe that's what caused Harrington to coast thru at only 83mph.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET--(+/-)-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---(+/-)
   6 Clint Sallee        7.231 -0.459 Q   19 John Fairleigh      7.523 -0.347
       C/D Index: 7.69                         B/A Index: 7.87
 *****WINNER***** 0.560  7.171 -0.519 E1                  0.575  7.347 -0.523
The #1 and #2 cars in Division 5 meet up here in round one, and Sallee takes a 0.011 second (about 3') win.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET--(+/-)-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---(+/-)
   9 Rob Slavinski       7.427 -0.443 Q   22 David Kramer        7.061 -0.309
       B/A Index: 7.87                        A/ED Index: 7.37
 *****WINNER***** 0.610  7.367 -0.503 E1                  0.593  8.473  1.103
Kramer smoked the tires and Slavinski very nearly earns a CIC even though he was over 100 feet ahead at the end.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET--(+/-)-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---(+/-)
   3 David Rampy         7.113 -0.497 Q   16 Tom Schmidt         8.436 -0.374
      B/ED Index: 7.61                        C/EA Index: 8.81
                  0.510  8.390  0.780 E1 *****WINNER***** 0.531  8.309 -0.501
Yet another dragster falls to tire smoke, as the Stout's RV machine gets the holeshot only to watch it evaporate as his tires spun, hard.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET--(+/-)-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---(+/-)
        Bye                           Q    1 Larry Pritchett     8.219 -0.541
                                              D/SM Index: 8.76
                                      E1 *****WINNER***** 0.616  8.584 -0.176
Pritchett earns the bye, and clicks it early, only running 125.10mph.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET--(+/-)-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---(+/-)
  23 Jason Tinberg       8.786 -0.204 Q   10 Ben Coates          7.188 -0.422
      D/EA Index: 8.99                        B/ED Index: 7.61
                        No Time       E1 *****WINNER***** 0.582  7.136 -0.474
Tinburg doesn't make the call, so Coates gets a freebie to end the round.




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