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Sun, 03 Mar 2013, 16:04 PM

Top Sportsman Round 2 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan





BAYTOWN, Texas - Results of round 2 eliminations in Orteq Top Sportsman at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, South Central Division, Showdown at Sundown at Royal Purple Raceway:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 3348 Fred Sommer                          4695 Allen Firestone              
E2                  -0.024  7.505 179.85     ****WINNER****  0.161 No Time      
          TS  Dial: 7.47 (+/-):  0.035              TS  Dial: 6.77 (+/-): 93.229
 Prior rounds:
E1    (A Premer    ) 0.019  7.479 -0.021      (C Arnold    ) 0.054  6.786  0.096
 Qualified:            #30  7.509 177.74                        #6  6.789 202.42
2:43 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 66 degrees, relative humidity 33 percent, barometer 30.11 inches, adjusted altitude 618 feet, track temperature 85 degrees.

Sommer went red and it sounded like Firestone broke something in the driveline on the launch.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 4935 Joseph Mohana                        4148 Travis Parten                
E2   ****WINNER****  0.032  7.211 154.99                     0.002  9.357  92.53
          TS  Dial: 6.74 (+/-):  0.471              TS  Dial: 7.41 (+/-):  1.947
 Prior rounds:
E1    (C Swindoll  ) 0.000  6.743  0.053      (J Pigford   ) 0.023  7.427  0.007
 Qualified:             #5  6.732 204.60                       #29  7.459 184.47
Parten had a very nice light, but slowed on the top end.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 4338 Mark Buehring                        4011 Royce Freeman                
E2                  -0.011  6.874 202.85     ****WINNER****  0.036  6.617 215.03
          TS  Dial: 6.86 (+/-):  0.014              TS  Dial: 6.62 (+/-): -0.003
 Prior rounds:
E1    (R Arnold    ) 0.071  6.879 -0.071      (W Collins   ) 0.043  6.888  0.288
 Qualified:            #12  6.949 200.41                        #4  6.693 199.46


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   49 Kirk Piepke                           425 Keith Sasich                 
E2   ****WINNER****  0.022  7.249 161.88                     0.013 13.297  84.94
          TS  Dial: 6.99 (+/-):  0.259              TS  Dial: 6.83 (+/-):  6.467
 Prior rounds:
E1    (M Mims      ) 0.041  7.540  0.590      (V Hoda      ) 0.179  6.941  0.111
 Qualified:            #16  7.000 196.56                       #24  7.217 198.38
Sasich got a very close look at the right wall on the launch and wisely lifted. Piepke races Freeman next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 430Y Trent Wilson                           55 Michael Chitty               
E2                         No Time           ****WINNER****  0.068  6.841 203.22
          TS  Dial: 6.90 (+/-): 93.099              TS  Dial: 6.82 (+/-):  0.021
 Prior rounds:
E1    (A Pena      ) 0.005  6.889 -0.071      (M Goates    ) 0.017  6.837  0.047
 Qualified:            #15  6.994 199.26                        #7  6.815 202.97
Wilson had problems getting the RPMs up for the launch, eventually drove it off the track.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   42 Danny Leibham                         451 Bob Gulitti                  
E2                  -0.012  6.940 201.13     ****WINNER****  0.038  6.681 207.59
          TS  Dial: 6.84 (+/-):  0.100              TS  Dial: 6.68 (+/-):  0.001
 Prior rounds:
E1    (S Johnson   ) 0.029  6.908  0.068      (C Bullock   ) 0.016  6.689  0.019
 Qualified:             #9  6.874 200.44                        #1  6.474 212.59
Gulitti races Mohana in round three.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 4759 Luis Vela                            4298 Jerry Holt                   
E2   ****WINNER****  0.201  7.001 183.94                    -0.007  6.690 202.79
          TS  Dial: 6.92 (+/-):  0.081              TS  Dial: 6.66 (+/-):  0.030
 Prior rounds:
E1    (R Foret     ) -0.070  6.954  0.074      (J Shook     ) 0.019  6.755  0.095
 Qualified:            #11  6.920 199.37                        #3  6.672 208.36
Vela faces Chitty in round three.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   41 Matt Crisp                            405 Keith Raftery                
E2                   0.009  7.359 176.67     ****WINNER****  0.044  6.594 213.10
          TS  Dial: 7.36 (+/-): -0.001              TS  Dial: 6.52 (+/-):  0.074
 Prior rounds:
E1    (C Gulitti   ) 0.011  7.434  0.124      (H Rodriguez ) 0.016  6.540  0.020
 Qualified:            #26  7.326 186.02                        #2  6.544 201.67
Last pair. Crisp was ten thousandths away from a perfect run, but a thousandth of that was on the wrong side of his dial-in and Raftery gets the win light. He races Firestone in the quarterfinals.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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