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Sat, 20 Apr 2013, 17:21 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 1 Eliminations
By Dave Rowe





CONCORD, N.C. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Fourth annual Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals fueled by Full Throttle:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 2380 Matthew Cummings                        3 Bill Reichert                
E1                   0.117  5.397 258.47     ****WINNER****  0.056  5.296 268.12
 Qualified:             #9  5.416 244.25                        #8  5.380 256.36
4:49 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 69 degrees, relative humidity 28 percent, barometer 29.44 inches, adjusted altitude 1,589 feet, track temperature 108 degrees.

Reichert is 1 - 0 against Cummings in prior events. Reichert gets out of the gate first starts pulling away and slowly extends his lead all the way through the run.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   34 Marty Thacker                         211 Artie Allen                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.046  5.357 264.55                     0.072  5.539 236.59
 Qualified:            #10  5.419 263.56                        #7  5.349 239.74
Thacker is 2 - 1 against Allen in prior events.

Thacker gets out of the gate first then makes his quickest pass of the weekend to take the win.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   17 Frank Schuster                        596 Randy Meyer                  
E1                   0.037 No Time           ****WINNER****  0.111  5.323 270.00
 Qualified:            #16  5.567 255.43                        #1  5.253 271.68
Schuster gets a big ole-shot but goes up in smoke and has to give up on the run.

Meyer will give up lane choice to Reichert in the next round.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 1900 Dan Page                                2 Chris Demke                  
E1                   0.048  5.425 261.07     ****WINNER****  0.059  5.309 270.32
 Qualified:            #11  5.435 266.69                        #6  5.338 269.89
Demke is 1 - 0 against Page in prior events.

Demke pulls out in front quickly and hangs on for the win.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   18 Karen Stalba                            7 Ken Perry                    
E1                   0.085  5.526 258.22     ****WINNER****  0.040  5.340 266.64
 Qualified:            #12  5.440 260.61                        #5  5.332 265.48
Stalba is 2 - 0 against Perry in prior events.

Perry gets off the line first and extends his lead all the way through the run.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   36 Robin Samsel                            4 Rich McPhillips              
E1                   0.095  7.948 119.95     ****WINNER****  0.080  5.313 264.29
 Qualified:            #13  5.440 259.91                        #4  5.296 272.50
McPhillips is 2 - 0 against Samsel in prior events.

Samsel gets about 200 feet out, goes up in smoke, then gives up on the run about 400 feet out. McPhillips went right down the groove with another good run to take the win.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   12 Dan Mercier                             1 Jim Whiteley                 
E1                   0.040  6.945 132.39     ****WINNER****  0.047  5.287 272.23
 Qualified:            #14  5.492 256.50                        #3  5.281 270.16
Mercier had problems early, started drifting to the right, then has to abort the run. Whiteley goes right down the groove with another good, consistent pass to take the win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   13 John Finke                            872 Rishi Kanick                 
E1                   0.098 17.437  43.66     ****WINNER****  0.192  5.336 267.59
 Qualified:            #15  5.514 243.90                        #2  5.267 274.22
Finke goes up in smoke at the hit and quickly gives up on the run. Kanick pulls away quickly and goes on for the win.

In the next round it will be Reichert with lane choice over Meyer, McPhillips vs. Perry, Whiteley vs. Demke and Kanick vs. Thacker.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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