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Fri, 02 Nov 2012, 16:36 PM

Competition Eliminator Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By David Gerard





LAS VEGAS - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division, Short line Express Gambler Shootout at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed this round, amount over/under index this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time, speed & over/under Index, and position in order prior to run:
Left Lane: Mike DePalma Runs 11.359/84.26/1.629, Now #1; I/SM Index: 9.73, Prior Best: 9.067/148.20/-0.663, Was #1
Right Lane: Ross Wilson Runs 8.772/125.51/-0.118, Now #4; C/SM Index: 8.89, Prior Best: 8.312/162.47/-0.578, Was #4

1:10 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 74 degrees, relative humidity 24 percent, barometer 27.88 inches, adjusted altitude 3,723 feet, track temperature 93 degrees.

DePalma is number one at -0.663 under his index and there is no bump spot yet. The first four pairs are numbers from the first round of the Comp Shootout.

DePalma has issues and slows. Wilson doesn't improve either.


Left Lane: Tyler Hogan Runs 7.064/181.98/-0.576, Now #5; C/DA Index: 7.64, Prior Best: 7.095/187.60/-0.545, Was #8
Right Lane: Brian Fitzpatrick Runs 7.994/162.65/1.044, Now #13; H/D Index: 6.95, Prior Best: 6.433/216.24/-0.517, Was #13

Fitzpatrick's turbo Toyota isn't happy and chugs off the line.

Great pass for Hogan to move right up three spots to the current #5 spot.

Left Lane: John Edwards Runs 7.474/182.75/-0.536, Now #12; C/AA Index: 8.01, Prior Best: 7.528/180.45/-0.482, Was #16
Right Lane: Clint Neff Runs 7.789/163.02/-0.631, Now #2; K/A Index: 8.42, No Prior Run

Neff makes his first pass of the weekend and its a good one. The little six jumps up into the new number two spot.

Edwards tunes up the Neon and moves four spots up the ladder.

Left Lane: Matt Hartford Runs 6.841/196.93/-0.599, Now #5; B/DA Index: 7.44, Prior Best: 6.884/195.56/-0.556, Was #9
Right Lane: Justin Lamb Runs 8.809/151.87/-0.501, Now #18; F/SMA Index: 9.31, No Prior Run

Lamb makes his first pass and will be looking for more later.

Clean and straight pass for Hartford and he moves well up into the top eight.

Left Lane: Randy Goff Runs 8.460/158.11/-0.370, Now #24; B/T Index: 8.83, Prior Best: 8.500/157.76/-0.330, Was #23
Right Lane: Scott Hedlund Runs 7.868/172.25/-0.592, Now #6; A/SM Index: 8.46, No Prior Run

First pass for Hedlund too and he makes a strong pass into the top eight.

Goff picks up a little, but Hedlund's better times push him back a spot.

Left Lane: Skip Dunn Runs 7.284/163.20/-0.336, Now #20; B/AA Index: 7.62, Prior Best: 7.177/190.51/-0.443, Was #20
Right Lane: Dick Maris Runs 7.129/186.82/-0.511, Now #17; C/DA Index: 7.64, Prior Best: 7.131/186.54/-0.509, Was #18

Maris runs just a little better to move up a spot.

Dunn slows.

Left Lane: Alan Ellis Runs 6.621/203.40/-0.559, Now #10; A/AA Index: 7.18, Prior Best: 6.619/203.46/-0.561, Was #10
Right Lane: Dean Carter Runs 7.194/181.89/-0.306, Now #25; B/ND Index: 7.50, No Prior Run

Ellis is consistent and runs close to his prior times.

Carter gets a full pass, but not up to par.

Left Lane: Barry Forrester Runs 7.837/166.46/-0.583, Now #7; K/AA Index: 8.42, Prior Best: 7.882/165.97/-0.538, Was #12
Right Lane: Brian Moscini Runs 7.571/179.61/-0.439, Now #21; C/AA Index: 8.01, Prior Best: 7.620/178.80/-0.390, Was #23

Forrester improves a nickle and moves five spots on the ladder.

Moscini picks up a little too.

Left Lane: Dale Giroux Runs 7.148/193.32/-0.472, Now #20; B/AA Index: 7.62, No Prior Run
Right Lane: Steve Graham Runs 7.518/181.35/-0.512, Now #17; C/A Index: 8.03, Prior Best: 7.521/181.18/-0.509, Was #18

Both cars get to the finish line without issue.

Left Lane: Bill Kent Runs 6.853/196.79/-0.467, Now #15; B/D Index: 7.32, Prior Best: 6.795/197.94/-0.525, Was #15
Right Lane: Dennis Smiley Runs 13.222/65.90/5.782, Now #23; BB/AM Index: 7.44, Prior Best: 7.011/199.88/-0.429, Was #23

Smiley's Corvette leaves hard and then has to lift.

Kent can't improve.

Left Lane: David Rampy Runs 7.351/179.88/-0.579, Now #8; A/EA Index: 7.93, Prior Best: 7.386/178.28/-0.544, Was #12
Right Lane: Jeff Lane Runs 8.140/164.27/-0.560, Now #13; B/SMA Index: 8.70, No Prior Run

Odd! Rampy has to do a second burnout to get the tires to spin hard. It must have worked, as he powers into the top eight.

Lane gets a pass and is in the top sixteen.

Left Lane: Clark Smiley Runs 7.658/153.72/-0.352, Now #26; BB/A Index: 8.01, Prior Best: 7.582/171.97/-0.428, Was #25
Right Lane: Phil Cocuzza Runs 8.083/166.68/-0.517, Now #18; A/SMA Index: 8.60, Prior Best: 10.350/104.69/1.750, Was #29

Cocuzza gets a full pass this time and jumps well up the ladder.

Smiley doesn't improve.

Left Lane: Marty Ladwig Runs 16.048/39.58/8.128, Now #30; AA/AF Index: 7.92, No Prior Run
Right Lane: Aaron Strong No Time, Now #15; G/A Index: 9.04, Prior Best: 8.513/160.63/-0.527, Was #15

Strong has issues and they push the car back out of the lights.

Ladwig continues to struggle, but puts a number on the scoreboards.

Left Lane: Bo Butner Runs 8.629/142.42/-0.561, Now #3; E/SM Index: 9.19, Prior Best: 8.571/156.44/-0.619, Was #3
Right Lane: Don Thomas Runs 7.391/177.98/-0.569, Now #11; C/ED Index: 7.96, Prior Best: 7.390/177.95/-0.570, Was #11

Both cars slow a little from earlier.

1:29 PM DePalma stays number one and there is still no bump spot.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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