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Fri, 01 Mar 2013, 17:52 PM

Competition Eliminator Round 1 Eliminations
By David Gerard





CHANDLER, Ariz. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division, event at Firebird International Raceway:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
        Bye                                   7 Mike DePalma                 
E1                                            ****WINNER****  0.027  9.782  97.31
                                                  I/SM Index: 9.53 (+/-):  0.252
 Qualified:                                                       #1  8.874 -0.656
3:32 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 76 degrees, relative humidity 16 percent, barometer 28.90 inches, adjusted altitude 2,392 feet, track temperature 106 degrees.

Bye run for DePalma. He clicks it early.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7009 Ross Wilson                           500 Lou Ficco Jr.                
E1                   0.149  8.415 144.80     ****WINNER****  0.123  7.113 158.78
        C/SM Index: 8.76 (+/-): -0.345            B/AA Index: 7.57 (+/-): -0.457
 Qualified:            #11  8.204 -0.556                        #2  6.916 -0.654
Number one qualifier, Ficco, gets a small starting line advantage, but doesn't need it, as Wilson continues to struggle.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 3073 Jeremy Bailey                        7023 Tyler Hogan                  
E1                   0.045  7.021 194.35     ****WINNER****  0.115  7.138 159.34
        B/DA Index: 7.39 (+/-): -0.369            C/DA Index: 7.60 (+/-): -0.462
 Qualified:            #13  6.913 -0.477                        #4  6.989 -0.611
Hogan is late and still gets the win, as Bailey slows on the top end.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 4799 Bill Kent                               8 Jeff Lane                    
E1                   0.169  6.816 167.41     ****WINNER****  0.034  8.125 149.20
         B/D Index: 7.27 (+/-): -0.454           B/SMA Index: 8.62 (+/-): -0.495
 Qualified:            #15  6.861 -0.409                        #6  8.035 -0.585
Kent is way late and Lane gets the easy win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7230 Randy Jones                          7063 Mark Lelchook                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.011  8.513 155.90                     0.037  7.477 178.00
        C/TA Index: 9.05 (+/-): -0.537            D/DA Index: 7.94 (+/-): -0.463
 Qualified:             #3  8.418 -0.632                       #12  7.407 -0.533
Jones has the RT advantage off the line and the power to stay out in front for the win. He still takes a little CIC hit into round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7667 Randy Goff                             38 Robert Bailey                
E1                         No Time           ****WINNER****  0.402 11.420 110.32
         B/T Index: 8.75 (+/-): 91.249            A/ED Index: 7.21 (+/-):  4.210
 Qualified:            #17  8.953  0.203                        #8  6.630 -0.580
Goff is a No Show and Bailey just motors on down the track.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  703 Joe Mozeris                          7098 Tom Mettler                  
E1                  -0.020  9.953  88.73     ****WINNER****  0.005  7.720 143.51
        B/ED Index: 7.52 (+/-):  2.433             PST Index: 8.00 (+/-): -0.280
 Qualified:            #14  7.091 -0.429                        #5  7.405 -0.595
Tom Mettler cuts a strong 0.005 light for the easy win. MOV: opponent's red light.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7522 Brian Fitzpatrick                    7634 Kurt Hugger                  
E1                   0.151  7.197 186.85     ****WINNER****  0.024  7.529 166.70
         H/D Index: 6.93 (+/-):  0.267             PST Index: 8.00 (+/-): -0.471
 Qualified:            #18  7.685  0.755                        #9  7.431 -0.569
Fitzpatrick bogs the turbo dragster this time and can't catch a strong Hugger.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7004 Art Hodges                             10 Alan Ellis                   
E1                  -0.202  7.751 174.82     ****WINNER****  0.099  7.270 124.59
         C/A Index: 7.93 (+/-): -0.179            A/AA Index: 7.15 (+/-):  0.120
 Qualified:            #16  7.849 -0.081                        #7  6.568 -0.582
Hodges can't wait and gets a big red light. Ellis takes it easy for the free pass to round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  410 Eddie Gilbert                        7189 Dean Carter                  
E1                         No Time           ****WINNER****  0.064  7.211 142.49
        A/EA Index: 8.33 (+/-): 91.669            B/ND Index: 7.56 (+/-): -0.349
 Qualified:            #19 12.844  5.004                       #10  6.993 -0.567
Gilbert's engine problems continue, as the car stops at the end of the burn out and has to be pushed back.

Strong leave for Carter and he wisely lifts down track.

3:45 p.m. In round two: DePalma vs. Lane; Hogan vs. Hugger; Ficco vs. Ellis; Jones vs. Bailey; and Mettler vs. Carter.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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