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Sat, 10 Nov 2012, 14:08 PM

Competition Eliminator Round 1 Eliminations
By David Gerard





POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 48th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
    5 Clint Neff                             73 Steve Graham                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.055  7.671 163.39                     0.056  7.326 185.64
         K/A Index: 8.31 (+/-): -0.639             C/A Index: 7.93 (+/-): -0.604
 Qualified:             #4  7.681 -0.629                       #19  7.376 -0.554
10:39 a.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 64 degrees, relative humidity 37 percent, barometer 28.94 inches, adjusted altitude 1,838 feet, track temperature 76 degrees.

Two permanent CIC's to start off the round. Clint Neff takes a big hit for the win. MOV: 0.0367 seconds (approximately 10 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7230 Randy Jones                          7009 Ross Wilson                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.084  8.412 157.63                     0.112  8.117 160.84
        C/TA Index: 9.04 (+/-): -0.628            C/SM Index: 8.76 (+/-): -0.643
 Qualified:            #15  8.472 -0.568                       #30 13.034  4.274
Another big hit to the indexes, as Jones takes a three foot win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7449 Chip Rumis                              6 Jeff Lane                    
E1                   0.124  6.860 201.37     ****WINNER****  0.118  8.107 143.20
        A/AA Index: 7.11 (+/-): -0.250           B/SMA Index: 8.58 (+/-): -0.473
 Qualified:            #27  6.919 -0.191                       #12  8.001 -0.579
Two bad lights and Lane gets the easy win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   74 Tom Mettler                          744P Thomas Shambaugh             
E1   ****WINNER****  0.156  7.772 148.15                    -0.145  9.113  90.59
        PSTA Index: 8.22 (+/-): -0.448             I/D Index: 7.27 (+/-):  1.843
 Qualified:            #10  7.635 -0.585                       #25  6.967 -0.303
Shambaugh's little dragster leaves well and then drives towards the wall. There is a big puff of smoke from the turbos and he is done. Mettler gets the win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7273 Gary Ross                            4165 Dick Maris                   
E1   ****WINNER**** -0.056  6.704 207.59                    -0.019  7.473 138.60
        A/AA Index: 7.11 (+/-): -0.406            C/DA Index: 7.55 (+/-): -0.077
 Qualified:            #23  6.666 -0.444                        #8  6.956 -0.594
They both go red, but Maris is first. Ross will race Jones later.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  610 John Edwards                           77 Brian Fitzpatrick            
E1   ****WINNER****  0.013  7.538 146.70                     0.113  7.906 123.85
        C/AA Index: 7.91 (+/-): -0.372             H/D Index: 6.92 (+/-):  0.986
 Qualified:            #14  7.336 -0.574                       #29 10.177  3.257
Fitzpatrick is late and shakes the tires hard at the green and it costs him.

Edwards gets the easy win.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7063 Mark Lelchook                        6660 Adam Bowdish                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.074  7.350 178.52                     0.071  8.030 162.00
        D/ED Index: 7.91 (+/-): -0.560           B/SMA Index: 8.58 (+/-): -0.550
 Qualified:            #21  7.400 -0.510                        #6  7.969 -0.611
Only 0.003 difference in RT's and Mark Lelchook catches Bowdish for the close win. MOV: 0.0072 seconds (approximately 21 inches).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
    1 Lou Ficco                             358 David Billingsley            
E1   ****WINNER****  0.088 13.309  66.24                    -0.008  8.848 126.21
        B/AA Index: 7.53 (+/-):  5.779            L/AA Index: 9.34 (+/-): -0.492
 Qualified:            #24  7.094 -0.436                        #9  8.749 -0.591
Billingsley goes red by -0.008, so Ficco gets the free ticket to round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7777 Phil Cocuzza                           76 Tyler Hogan                  
E1                   0.074  9.596 106.19     ****WINNER****  0.049  7.676 134.95
       A/SMA Index: 8.48 (+/-):  1.116            C/DA Index: 7.55 (+/-):  0.126
 Qualified:            #13  7.906 -0.574                       #28  8.620  1.070
Cocuzza breaks down track and Hogan had to pedal off the line. Hogan gets the win.

He will race Lelchook in the next round.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  710 Doug Lambeck                         7980 Joe Roubicek                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.121  8.526 133.39                     0.004  6.890 199.35
       D/SMA Index: 8.94 (+/-): -0.414            A/AA Index: 7.11 (+/-): -0.220
 Qualified:            #11  8.360 -0.580                       #26  6.861 -0.249
Roubicek scores a stellar 0.004 RT to no avail, as he can't match Lambeck's performance.

Lambeck will see Neff later.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   34 Chuck Haubiel                           4 David Rampy                  
E1                  -0.001 10.906  84.35     ****WINNER****  0.036  8.733 103.27
        C/SM Index: 8.76 (+/-):  2.146            A/EA Index: 7.83 (+/-):  0.903
 Qualified:             #2  8.102 -0.658                       #17  7.267 -0.563
Ouch!David Rampy gets a easy win.on his opponent's -0.001 red light.

He races Ficco in round two.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7298 Scott Hedlund                         390 Ray Skillman                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.115  9.414 103.36                    -0.001  8.407 160.33
        A/SM Index: 8.34 (+/-):  1.074           E/SMA Index: 8.94 (+/-): -0.533
 Qualified:             #5  7.715 -0.625                       #20  8.414 -0.526
Another -0.001 red light! Skillman this time. Hedlund will see Lane in the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   66 Aaron Strong                           72 Alan Ellis                   
E1                  -0.032  9.370 109.52     ****WINNER****  0.016  7.207 128.24
         G/A Index: 8.91 (+/-):  0.460            A/AA Index: 7.11 (+/-):  0.097
 Qualified:             #7  8.308 -0.602                       #22  6.612 -0.498
Big red light by Strong. Ellis gets the easy win and will race Edwards in round 2.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7771 Ed Sigmon                              10 Bo Butner                    
E1                   0.049  8.503 149.31     ****WINNER****  0.020  8.531 145.30
        C/SR Index: 9.04 (+/-): -0.537            E/SM Index: 9.05 (+/-): -0.519
 Qualified:            #18  8.486 -0.554                        #3  8.404 -0.646
Only 0.001 difference in their indexes and Bo Butner has the better RT to get the win with just a little CIC. MOV: 0.0113 seconds (approximately 2 feet).

He races Mettler in the next round.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  717 Mike DePalma                         1781 Dan Fletcher                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.049  8.921 151.60                     0.039  8.022 155.31
        I/SM Index: 9.57 (+/-): -0.649            C/EA Index: 8.60 (+/-): -0.578
 Qualified:             #1  8.852 -0.718                       #16  8.035 -0.565
Fletcher has a starting line advantage, but DePalma spends some major CIC to get the fourteen foot win. He does get the bye run next round.

11:05 a.m.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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