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Fri, 15 Mar 2013, 11:09 AM

Competition Eliminator Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Michael L. Jex





GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 44th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals 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: Fred Allen Runs 8.555/156.46/-0.485, Now #26; C/SR Index: 9.04, Prior Best: 8.712/157.95/-0.328, Was #28
Right Lane: Ray Skillman No Time, Now #18; E/SMA Index: 8.99, Prior Best: 8.394/161.09/-0.596, Was #18

10:47 a.m. Skillman broke on the burnout and was pushed back. Allen did a MONSTER wheelstand in his 34 Chevy, he finally lifted and pedaled to bring it back down to earth, and still ran better than he did yesterday. Wow.

We've got a little bit of "stuff" in the burnout area, a quick cleanup is underway.

Left Lane: Bruno Massel Runs 16.089/43.81/8.819, Now #21; I/D Index: 7.27, Prior Best: 6.698/178.28/-0.572, Was #21
Right Lane: Bo Butner Runs 8.362/161.90/-0.628, Now #14; E/SMA Index: 8.99, Prior Best: 8.354/149.45/-0.636, Was #14

Massel's ECOTEC tuneup was a tad too agressive, he spun the tires hard enough to leave a trail of tire smoke before he lifted. Butner ran big speed, but a tic slower than yesterday.

Left Lane: Pat Williams Runs 7.203/203.55/-0.017, Now #29; A/AP Index: 7.22, Prior Best: 6.908/204.08/-0.312, Was #29
Right Lane: Arnie Martel Runs 10.552/86.82/2.222, Now #3; B/EA Index: 8.33, Prior Best: 7.559/177.11/-0.771, Was #3

Weather conditions: air temperature 65 degrees, relative humidity 28 percent, barometer 30.08 inches, adjusted altitude 561 feet, track temperature 74 degrees.

Martel made a big wiggle to the right off the line, and lifted before the halfway point.


Left Lane: Jeff Adkinson Runs 8.248/161.30/-0.702, Now #5; D/SMA Index: 8.95, Prior Best: 8.371/161.59/-0.579, Was #20
Right Lane: Rodney Rosenstiel Runs 6.576/159.36/-0.434, Now #1; AA/AM Index: 7.01, Prior Best: 6.196/223.65/-0.814, Was #1

THe AAAM National Record holder danced from side-to-side this time, and clicked it about the 1000-foot mark. Nice pass for Adkinson in the other lane, he moves up a bunch. Jeff Adkinson's incremental times: 60ft-1.137 sec., 330ft-3.347, 660ft-5.224/130.58 mph, 1,000ft-6.854.

Left Lane: Van Puckett Runs 8.151/164.53/-0.699, Now #6; G/AA Index: 8.85, Prior Best: 8.159/164.25/-0.691, Was #7
Right Lane: Chris Wentzel Runs 9.504/109.69/1.664, Now #30; A/EA Index: 7.84, Prior Best: 7.571/180.33/-0.269, Was #30

Wentzel also had some traction issues off the line and lifted. Puckett improves by .008, and moves up a spot.

Left Lane: Greg Kamplain Runs 32.824/52.91/25.304, Now #8; B/ED Index: 7.52, Prior Best: 6.831/182.90/-0.689, Was #8
Right Lane: Tony Pontillo Runs 6.889/193.16/-0.501, Now #22; B/DA Index: 7.39, Prior Best: 6.821/193.46/-0.569, Was #22

Kamplain shook and left tell-tale tire marks off the starting line, Pontillo pedaled at once on his run.

Left Lane: Robert Bailey Runs 6.603/202.94/-0.607, Now #19; A/ED Index: 7.21, Prior Best: 7.401/143.87/0.191, Was #31
Right Lane: David Rampy Runs 7.225/182.26/-0.615, Now #14; A/EA Index: 7.84, Prior Best: 7.199/182.48/-0.641, Was #14

Both drivers improve - Rampy bumps into the top half of the field. David Rampy's incremental times: 60ft-1.025 sec., 330ft-2.934, 660ft-4.573/149.80 mph, 1,000ft-6.000.

Left Lane: Kevin Robb Runs 8.307/143.11/-0.513, Now #2; D/EA Index: 8.82, Prior Best: 8.038/165.23/-0.782, Was #2
Right Lane: Anthony Bertozzi Runs 7.710/170.95/-0.680, Now #9; B/SR Index: 8.39, Prior Best: 7.771/163.49/-0.619, Was #18

Bertozzi left a wisp of smoke from the 60-foot till about halfway, the run was clear from that point on. A quick check of the track is done, and it's clear, so we move on to the next pair.

Left Lane: Steve Szupka Runs 8.093/159.04/-0.667, Now #12; G/EA Index: 8.76, Prior Best: 8.108/159.06/-0.652, Was #12
Right Lane: Jim Kimbrough Runs 6.922/193.18/-0.678, Now #7; C/DA Index: 7.60, Prior Best: 6.908/193.02/-0.692, Was #7

Nice wheels up launch for Kimbrough, Szupka improves, but stays in the 12th spot.

Left Lane: Kevin Houghtaling Runs 8.672/138.07/-0.628, Now #19; H/A Index: 9.30, Prior Best: 8.714/138.37/-0.586, Was #21
Right Lane: Tony Terry Runs 8.207/163.99/-0.643, Now #15; G/AA Index: 8.85, Prior Best: 8.306/163.53/-0.544, Was #24

Two smooth runs in both lanes.

Left Lane: Jim Greenheck Runs 7.278/186.54/-0.632, Now #18; C/AA Index: 7.91, Prior Best: 7.277/186.54/-0.633, Was #18
Right Lane: Terry Smith Runs 7.288/177.21/-0.632, Now #19; D/DA Index: 7.92, Prior Best: 7.300/178.07/-0.620, Was #20

Greenheck runs just .001 slower than his effort in round one... Smith moves up a spot.

Left Lane: Steve Ambrose Runs 7.753/167.05/-0.637, Now #11; J/AA Index: 8.39, Prior Best: 7.723/167.28/-0.667, Was #11
Right Lane: Rob Carpenter Runs 8.667/153.18/-0.513, Now #26; F/SMA Index: 9.18, Prior Best: 8.670/154.17/-0.510, Was #26

Ambrose made a couple of wiggles off the starting line, but never lifted off the loud pedal.

Left Lane: Michael Hardee Runs 8.342/162.10/-0.648, Now #14; D/SM Index: 8.99, Prior Best: 8.345/162.39/-0.645, Was #14
Right Lane: Jenny Treadwell Runs 7.785/170.00/-0.685, Now #9; F/ED Index: 8.47, Prior Best: 7.944/147.89/-0.526, Was #25

Treadwell's run was right down the groove - Jenny Treadwell's incremental times: 60ft-1.121 sec., 330ft-3.166, 660ft-4.926/138.83 mph, 1,000ft-6.466.

Left Lane: Lonnie Johnson Runs 7.490/180.96/-0.080, Now #32; B/AA Index: 7.57, Prior Best: 9.650/113.94/2.080, Was #32
Right Lane: Lee Sharp Runs 8.224/162.65/-0.726, Now #5; D/SMA Index: 8.95, Prior Best: 8.272/161.40/-0.678, Was #11

Johnson currently holds down the bump spot - It runs under the BAA index for the first time this weekend, but does not move up the ladder. Nice pass for Sharp - Lee Sharp's incremental times: 60ft-1.142 sec., 330ft-3.344, 660ft-5.219/131.08 mph, 1,000ft-6.843.

Right Lane: Frank Aragona Runs 8.202/145.13/-0.458, Now #15; F/ED Index: 8.66, Prior Best: 8.013/157.50/-0.647, Was #15

Aragona's motor coughed a couple of times at the top end...

Right Lane: David Eaton Runs 6.810/200.38/-0.410, Now #29; A/AP Index: 7.22, Prior Best: 11.368/90.21/4.148, Was #33

Eaton is looking to bump into the field after having mechanical gremlins yesterday. His first "full pull" of the weekend bumps Lonnie Anderson out of the field. 11:17 a.m.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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