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Fri, 23 Aug 2013, 16:55 PM

Competition Eliminator Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Bob Orme

TOPEKA, Kan. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, West Central Division, WIBW Thunder in the Heartland at Heartland Park Topeka listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, amount over/under index, and position in order following run, class and class index:
Left Lane: Mike Compton Runs 8.770/154.76/-0.230, Now #1 E/SM Index: 9.00
Right Lane: Duane Robison Runs 8.286/128.46/0.006, Now #2 C/A Index: 8.28

3:35 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 92 degrees, relative humidity 48 percent, barometer 28.82 inches, adjusted altitude 4,107 feet, track temperature 130 degrees.

It looked like Robinson was having shifting problems early in this run.

Left Lane: Clint Neff Runs 8.021/163.31/-0.259, Now #2 K/AA Index: 8.28
Right Lane: Mitch Withers Runs 6.836/203.16/-0.274, Now #1 A/A Index: 7.11

Withers was to the left of the groove for most of this pass. Neff was bouncing around after the launch.

Left Lane: Steve Matusek Runs 6.069/243.55/-0.731, Now #1 AA/PM Index: 6.80
Right Lane: Clint Sallee Runs 6.932/199.58/-0.318, Now #2 B/D Index: 7.25

A strong pass for Matusek. Steve Matusek's incremental times: 60ft-1.042 sec., 330ft-2.739, 660ft-4.046/191.38 mph, 1,000ft-5.145.

Left Lane: Terry Ticel Runs 8.536/160.16/-0.314, Now #4 G/AA Index: 8.85
Right Lane: Darin West Runs 7.890/173.16/-0.390, Now #2 D/A Index: 8.28

West was skating around his lane early in this pass.

Left Lane: Bruno Massel Runs 7.103/173.81/-0.517, Now #2 DD/AT Index: 7.62
Right Lane: Jim Greenheck Runs 7.526/180.74/-0.384, Now #4 C/AA Index: 7.91

A smooth pass for both drivers.

Bruno Massel's incremental times: 60ft-1.040 sec., 330ft-2.924, 660ft-4.506/155.24 mph, 1,000ft-5.874.
Jim Greenheck's incremental times: 60ft-1.071 sec., 330ft-3.092, 660ft-4.805/143.60 mph, 1,000ft-6.281.

Left Lane: Lou Ficco Jr. Runs 7.122/192.96/-0.448, Now #3 B/AA Index: 7.57
Right Lane: Doug Hill Runs 10.126/138.50/0.506, Now #12 I/SMA Index: 9.62

Hill was sluggish after the launch.

Lou Ficco Jr.'s incremental times: 60ft-1.052 sec., 330ft-2.967, 660ft-4.571/153.25 mph, 1,000ft-5.954.

Left Lane: Shaun Vincent Runs 8.564/145.55/-0.466, Now #4 C/TA Index: 9.03
Right Lane: Clark Smiley Runs 7.494/181.54/-0.496, Now #3 BB/A Index: 7.99

No problems for either driver.

Shaun Vincent's incremental times: 60ft-1.179 sec., 330ft-3.451, 660ft-5.395/125.95 mph, 1,000ft-7.087.
Clark Smiley's incremental times: 60ft-1.083 sec., 330ft-3.090, 660ft-4.785/145.38 mph, 1,000ft-6.251.

Right Lane: Todd Patterson Runs 8.109/168.22/-0.421, Now #6 A/SMA Index: 8.53

Todd Patterson's incremental times: 60ft-1.165 sec., 330ft-3.354, 660ft-5.186/135.27 mph, 1,000ft-6.771.

Right Lane: Donald Thomas Runs 9.130/95.35/1.300, Now #16 C/ED Index: 7.83

Thomas was off the throttle at about half track.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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