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Sat, 30 Sep 2000, 04:56 PM

TOPEKA - Federal-Mogul Dragster Round 1 Eliminations
By Bob Orme





TOPEKA, Kan. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Federal-Mogul Dragster at the 12th annual Advance Auto Parts Nationals:

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   9 Randy Meyer         5.708 219.54  Q    8 William Zivkovich   5.693 246.12
 *****WINNER***** 0.456  6.245 209.26  E1                  0.371  5.808 240.81
3:02 PM Meyer's car was laboring all the way down the track, but he still gets the win due to Zivkovich's redlight start.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   7 Troy Buff           5.591 249.39  Q   10 Duane Shields       5.714 245.05
 *****WINNER***** 0.547  5.640 245.94  E1                  0.500  5.844 221.49
Shields had smoke coming from his engine from the launch to half track where it then burst into flames. He left oil on the top half of the track, so we're down for track clean up.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  14 Dana Stripe         6.627 187.89  Q    3 David Wells         5.553 257.78
                  0.467  5.862 228.46  E1 *****WINNER***** 0.473  5.583 255.29
3:25 PM Stripe was pressing the centerline from half track on down.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   1 Gary Ormsby         5.530 254.33  Q   16 J. Marshall Toppin  8.825  84.33
 *****WINNER***** 0.567  5.535 251.49  E1                  0.532 13.328  57.26
Topping was off the throttle before the 330' mark, the reason not apparent from here.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   2 Billy Bybee         5.549 257.87  Q   15 Brian Badgett       6.705 200.47
 *****WINNER***** 0.547  5.599 249.26  E1                  0.606  6.487 171.21
Badgett was slowing down by half track, his problems not apparent from here.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   5 Bruce Bowler        5.588 247.34  Q   12 Calvin Friesen      5.817 231.68
 *****WINNER***** 0.501  5.473 252.05  E1                  0.707  7.144 147.68
Friesen had smoke trailing out of the pipes for the entire run. Bowler's pass is the quickest of the weekend thus far.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  13 Chris Dakin         6.306 227.96  Q    4 Shelly Howard       5.558 252.80
                  0.507  6.098 235.35  E1 *****WINNER***** 0.507  5.511 253.71
Dakin had to fight the car to keep it from crossing the centerline at half track.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  11 Ed Schmeekle        5.789 224.14  Q    6 Keith Stark         5.591 254.38
                  0.635  5.881 229.51  E1 *****WINNER***** 0.509  5.649 252.28
After a little starting line burndown, the cars finally staged. Schmeekle was loose by the 60' mark, and all he could do was watch Stark from behind.




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