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Sat, 30 Mar 2013, 19:45 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 1 Eliminations
By David Gerard

LAS VEGAS - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division, event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

   64 Ray Martin                            597 Greg Hunter                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.078  5.534 264.18                     0.078  5.601 257.43
 Qualified:             #3  5.397 265.12                        #6  5.463 264.60
4:22 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 94 degrees, relative humidity 12 percent, barometer 27.86 inches, adjusted altitude 4,697 feet, track temperature 125 degrees.

Martin was the winner at the first race of the year at Phoenix.

They leave with identical RTs and Martin starts a steady pace, pulling away form Hunter on down the track for the win. It's well off his qualifying pace.

Ray Martin's incremental margins: 60ft(0.022), 330 ft(0.018), 660ft(0.025), 1,000ft(0.044). MOV: 0.0673 seconds (approximately 25 feet).

Ray Martin's incremental times: 60ft-0.963 sec., 330ft-2.488, 660ft-3.678/208.97 mph, 1,000ft-4.684.
Greg Hunter's incremental times: 60ft-0.985 sec., 330ft-2.506, 660ft-3.703/206.92 mph, 1,000ft-4.728.

 6067 Don St. Arnaud                        611 Garrett Bateman              
E1   ****WINNER****  0.059  5.455 261.22                    -0.008  5.468 257.68
 Qualified:             #2  5.368 271.52                        #7  5.465 260.61
St. Arnaud sat out the last qualifying session last night and Bateman just bumped in.

Ouch! Don St. Arnaud slows from his qualifying times, but Bateman had already gone red by -0.008. Bateman runs right on his qualifying times to no avail.

St. Arnaud will have lane choice over Martin in round two.

Don St. Arnaud's incremental times: 60ft-0.967 sec., 330ft-2.499, 660ft-3.649/217.91 mph, 1,000ft-4.614.

    2 Chris Demke                           613 Joey Severance               
E1                   0.051  5.418 264.65     ****WINNER****  0.022  5.401 262.90
 Qualified:             #4  5.421 263.92                        #5  5.426 260.97
Just 0.005 difference in their qualifying times.

A great side by side pass from start to finish, as Severance gets the starting line advantage and holds station with Demke right to the finish line. He runs better than he qualified to boot.

Joey Severance's incremental margins: 60ft(0.045), 330 ft(0.051), 660ft(0.048), 1,000ft(0.050). MOV: 0.0468 seconds (approximately 18 feet).

Chris Demke's incremental times: 60ft-0.934 sec., 330ft-2.405, 660ft-3.565/212.16 mph, 1,000ft-4.569.
Joey Severance's incremental times: 60ft-0.918 sec., 330ft-2.383, 660ft-3.546/211.76 mph, 1,000ft-4.548.

    1 Jim Whiteley                           75 Megan McKernan               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.082  5.408 266.58                     0.077  5.430 255.39
 Qualified:             #1  5.344 268.76                        #8  5.467 263.10
Another great race and McKernan is away first. Whiteley is even with her at the sixty foot lights and gets a small lead. McKernan starts to gain back yardage and is dead even again at the 1000 foot lights. The engine starts to drop cylinders at that point and Whiteley gets back out in front for the win.

He gives up lane choice by 0.007 to Severance in round two.

Jim Whiteley's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(0.000), 330 ft(0.036), 660ft(0.020), 1,000ft(0.000). MOV: 0.0173 seconds (approximately 6 feet).

Jim Whiteley's incremental times: 60ft-0.939 sec., 330ft-2.415, 660ft-3.577/213.13 mph, 1,000ft-4.567.
Megan McKernan's incremental times: 60ft-0.944 sec., 330ft-2.456, 660ft-3.602/218.97 mph, 1,000ft-4.572.

4:37 p.m.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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