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Sun, 28 Apr 2013, 15:16 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 2 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan





BAYTOWN, Texas - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 26th annual O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    6 Duane Shields                         596 Randy Meyer                  
E2                   0.105  5.456 264.49     ****WINNER****  0.056  5.426 268.97
 Prior rounds:
E1    (A Olivarez  ) 0.094  5.485 265.38      (B Domingue  ) 0.095  5.484 266.95
 Qualified:             #9  5.827 236.38                        #3  5.428 236.17
2:04 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 80 degrees, relative humidity 49 percent, barometer 29.95 inches, adjusted altitude 2,018 feet, track temperature 117 degrees.

Meyer is 1 - 0 against Shields in prior events.

Shields was late and Meyer slowly stretched his lead the rest of the way.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  206 Bill Evans                           4111 Brandon Pierce               
E2                   0.103  5.831 252.05     ****WINNER****  0.045  5.765 241.07
 Prior rounds:
E1    (M Guest     ) 0.146  5.730 249.81      (F Fair      ) 0.043  7.624 153.68
 Qualified:            #10  6.123 228.58                       #11  7.090 131.82
This is the first time Evans and Pierce have faced each other in eliminations. Pierce had a head start and good early numbers, building up a big lead by half track. Then his car started trailing raw fuel and Evans started closing the gap, but by then it was too late.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  415 Lee Callaway                            4 Rich McPhillips              
E2                   0.051  9.532  84.74     ****WINNER****  0.050  5.550 222.66
 Prior rounds:
E1    (C Demke     ) 0.018  5.399 269.35      (A Bradshaw  ) 0.078  6.007 256.41
 Qualified:            #13 10.250  76.44                        #7  5.551 257.92
This is the first time Callaway and McPhillips have faced each other in eliminations.

Callaway's car shook and slowed early in the run. McPhillips made a strong charge over the first half of the track, but slowed on the top end, the chutes out early. He will not have lane choice against Meyer in the semifinals.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
        Bye                                   1 Jim Whiteley                 
E2                                            ****WINNER****  0.059  5.305 272.78
 Prior rounds:
E1                                           (J Thompson  ) 0.040  5.349 272.78
 Qualified:                                                       #1  5.268 274.39
Whiteley effortlessly ran low ET of the round and will have lane choice against Pierce in the semifinals.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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