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Sun, 28 Oct 2001, 05:43 PM

LAS VEGAS 2 - Top Fuel Round 3 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan

LAS VEGAS - Results of round 3 eliminations in Top Fuel at the Inaugural AC Delco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals:

   9 Don Lampus          4.643 316.75  Q    4 Darrell Russell     4.576 322.11
   (J Hartley   ) 0.465  4.709 316.30  E1   (S Weis      ) 0.489  5.457 265.01
   (L Dixon     ) 0.513  4.677 315.71  E2   (C Millican  ) 0.507  5.899 254.33
                  0.542  5.444 182.30  E3 *****WINNER***** 0.493  4.589 319.37
2:29 PM Needless to say, this is the first meeting between Lampus and Russell this year, Lampus' season starting last weekend, in Dallas. It was all Russell, away first and streaking away on a very nice run, despite another wayward body panel on this run. Lampus gave it a shot, but something in the engine or drive train let go at half track and his weekend was over.

   2 Kenny Bernstein     4.543 326.08  Q    6 Doug Kalitta        4.594 317.87
   (D Herbert   ) 0.482  4.555 324.67  E1   (R Hartman-Sm) 0.529  4.728 311.85
   (T Schumacher) 0.506  4.567 321.12  E2   (G Scelzi    ) 0.493  4.674 307.86
 *****WINNER***** 0.467  4.581 324.83  E3                  0.479  7.967 104.65
Bernstein was 5-2 against Kalitta this year before this round, but Kalitta has been very good at coming up with tough runs when needed. This time, however, Kalitta was never really in the race, losing traction almost immediately, while Bernstein was very much "in the zone," taking another giant step toward the Top Fuel championship by advancing to the finals, where he will have lane choice against Russell. He now leads Dixon by 54 points and could make it 74 by winning the event.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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