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Sat, 27 Jul 2013, 21:46 PM

Top Sportsman Round 3 Eliminations
By David Gerard





SONOMA, Calif. - Results of round 3 eliminations in Top Sportsman at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 26th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7534 Paul Mitsos                          7840 Gary Forkner                 
E3                   0.039 27.401  27.68     ****WINNER****  0.031  7.181 174.23
          TS  Dial: 7.23 (+/-): 20.171              TS  Dial: 7.04 (+/-):  0.141
 Prior rounds:
E2    (S Galileo   ) 0.016  7.204  0.014      (C Esrick    ) 0.011  7.228  0.248
E1    (R Strohm    ) 0.100  7.472  0.302      (K White     ) 0.000  6.976  0.036
 Qualified:            #12  7.221 188.75                        #3  6.958 196.90
6:37 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 75 degrees, relative humidity 54 percent, barometer 29.83 inches, adjusted altitude 1,846 feet.

Close RT's and Mitsos is quickly off the throttle. Gary Forkner gets the easy win.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  550 Ed Olpin                               71 Jeff Gillette                
E3                  -0.005  7.287 189.92     ****WINNER****  0.010  6.990 198.79
          TS  Dial: 7.30 (+/-): -0.013              TS  Dial: 7.00 (+/-): -0.010
 Prior rounds:
E2    (R Cracraft  ) 0.030  7.263  0.013      (P Dion      ) 0.038  6.974  0.014
E1    (R Perez     ) 0.008  7.244  0.034      (R Curley    ) 0.033  7.019  0.069
 Qualified:            #13  7.222 191.40                        #4  6.959 199.35
Winner will get the bye run to the final round.

Defending Champ, Gillette gets a free pass, as Olpin goes red by just -0.005.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7851 Robert Naber                          605 Mike Ferderer                
E3                   0.004  7.627 171.34     ****WINNER****  0.015  7.397 184.65
          TS  Dial: 7.60 (+/-):  0.027              TS  Dial: 7.39 (+/-):  0.007
 Prior rounds:
E2    (D Watts     ) 0.016  7.563  0.013      (D Hall      ) 0.009  7.387  0.007
E1    (S Blaylock S) 0.009  7.562  0.042      (D Cook      ) 0.063  7.360 -0.010
 Qualified:            #20  7.521 179.11                       #17  7.373 184.50
Naber has a better 0.004 RT, but Mike Ferderer runs just 0.007 to his dial for the win. MOV: 0.0098 seconds (approximately 2 feet).

He will see Forkner in the other lane tomorrow.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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