ENNIS, Texas - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Fuel at the 15th annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec:
Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed 1 Gary Scelzi 11.000 16.98 Q 9 Don Lampus 19.000 NS 0.470 11.902 115.01 E1 (D Herbert ) 0.423 4.828 302.01 *****WINNER***** 0.476 4.805 297.94 E2 0.477 7.598 104.071:10 PM Lampus surprisingly chose the right lane. They left together, but Lampus' clutch came in a bit too hard and he started hazing the tires. Scelzi's car, after immediate tire smoke in round one, was a bit on the soft side, thundering through with a fairly slow run for "Big Red." To add insult and injury to the loss, Lampus' car left an oil trail in the right lane, so he also loses points and money.
Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed 2 Larry Dixon 12.000 14.73 Q 10 David Grubnic 20.000 NS (B Walsh ) 0.494 4.733 297.94 E1 (B Vandergrif) 0.492 4.918 256.70 *****WINNER***** 0.486 5.039 280.84 E2 0.475 12.461 73.82This was a bit of a wild ride for Dixon. Grubnic's car smoked the tires instantly. Dixon's shook, so he pedaled it. That got the front end up, so he pedaled it again. Then he had to keep pedaling to get the front end down and steer away from the centerline.
Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed 12 Melanie Troxel 22.000 NS Q 4 Doug Kalitta 14.000 13.22 (K Bernstein ) 0.481 4.657 322.27 E1 (B Baldwin ) 0.485 9.650 84.45 *****WINNER***** 0.449 4.636 325.37 E2 0.476 4.636 315.12What a drag race! Kalitta made a very good run, a better than average light and a strong ET, but Melanie had an even better light and an identical ET - and the biggest speed of the year, the best since the 90-percent rule was adopted. Melanie will have lane choice against Scelzi next round.
Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed 14 Mike Dunn 24.000 NS Q 6 Cory McClenathan 16.000 11.25 (J Amato ) 0.533 4.727 313.88 E1 (R Hartman-Sm) 0.476 4.791 312.13 0.528 4.529 320.58 E2 *****WINNER***** 0.467 4.558 322.04Another one they will be talking about - Dunn runs the quickest run of the year and loses to Cory Mac's holeshot. Both cars went right down the groove, with no false moves. The margin of victory = 0.032 seconds (approximately 15 feet). Cory Mac will have lane choice against Dixon in round two.
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