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Fri, 21 Oct 2005, 01:53 PM

Competition Eliminator Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Larry Sullivan

LAS VEGAS - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, Fifth annual ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed this round, amount over/under index this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time, speed & over/under Index, and position in order prior to run:
Left Lane: John Mihovetz Runs 6.852/207.15/-0.388, Now #38; AA/AT Index: 7.24, Prior Best: 7.330/182.77/0.090, Was #41
Right Lane: David Sumek Runs 9.363/92.50/2.113, Now #28; AA/AM Index: 7.25, Prior Best: 6.803/199.73/-0.447, Was #28

10:05 a.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 67 degrees, relative humidity 44 percent, barometer 28.47 inches, adjusted altitude 2,411 feet, track temperature 83 degrees. Eddie Smith is on the bump spot at -0.435.

A pair of AA/Altereds open the second round, one blown, the other on methanol. Today it was Sumek with problems, the engine going silent about 600 feet out. Mihovetz kept the turbos spinning all the way through this one.

Left Lane: Adam Bowdish Runs 8.790/154.37/-0.570, Now #9; D/SM Index: 9.36, Prior Best: 8.837/153.79/-0.523, Was #20
Right Lane: Robert Baldwin Runs 9.067/151.17/-0.293, Now #33; D/SM Index: 9.36, Prior Best: 8.936/151.15/-0.424, Was #33

Bowdish stepped up on a nice run. Baldwin lost ground from yesterday and stays just outside the field.

Left Lane: Todd Patterson Runs 8.128/160.71/-0.622, Now #2; B/SR Index: 8.75, Prior Best: 8.190/159.57/-0.560, Was #11
Right Lane: Steve Kalkowski Runs 7.371/185.82/-0.499, Now #27; B/A Index: 7.87, Prior Best: 7.403/185.74/-0.467, Was #27

Left Lane: Ed Sigmon Runs 8.843/149.61/-0.547, Now #15; C/SR Index: 9.39, Prior Best: 8.888/147.07/-0.502, Was #26
Right Lane: Bill Morse Runs 9.210/146.43/-0.510, Now #19; F/SM Index: 9.72, Prior Best: 9.187/146.69/-0.533, Was #18

Left Lane: Jeff Lane Runs 8.116/161.25/-0.634, Now #1; B/SR Index: 8.75, Prior Best: 8.189/161.27/-0.561, Was #11
Right Lane: Dave Barcelon Runs 8.309/161.92/-0.601, Now #4; F/A Index: 8.91, Prior Best: 8.325/161.65/-0.585, Was #7

Lane goes to the top spot on a very strong run - but most of the big hitters have been stepping up in this session.

Left Lane: Donald Desa Runs 7.916/163.63/-0.014, Now #42; B/AA Index: 7.93, Prior Best: 8.054/161.77/0.124, Was #42
Right Lane: Stu Sandhaus Runs 7.291/183.54/-0.379, Now #37; A/ND Index: 7.67, Prior Best: 7.282/183.54/-0.388, Was #37

Left Lane: Alan Freese Runs 8.294/161.56/-0.196, Now #35; D/AA Index: 8.49, Prior Best: 8.074/167.99/-0.416, Was #35
Right Lane: Paul Anderson Runs 7.507/175.32/-0.583, Now #10; A/EA Index: 8.09, Prior Best: 7.570/174.26/-0.520, Was #22

Left Lane: Tom Mettler Runs 7.664/177.72/-0.546, Now #15; PST Index: 8.21, Prior Best: 7.653/177.04/-0.557, Was #14
Right Lane: Sal Biondo Runs 7.971/167.43/-0.589, Now #9; E/AA Index: 8.56, Prior Best: 8.020/166.68/-0.540, Was #18

Left Lane: Ross Wilson Runs 8.578/155.31/-0.502, Now #27; C/SMA Index: 9.08, Prior Best: 8.754/153.49/-0.326, Was #39
Right Lane: Lee Zane Runs 18.964/37.59/9.024, Now #32; L/AA Index: 9.94, Prior Best: 9.504/140.17/-0.436, Was #31

Zane slowed almost immediately, the reason not evident from here. The car stopped part way up the hill in the shutdown area. Meanwhile, Wilson bumped into the field. That put Zane on the bump spot at -0.436.

Left Lane: Dean Carter Runs 7.056/186.36/-0.614, Now #4; A/ND Index: 7.67, Prior Best: 12.852/74.95/5.182, Was #45
Right Lane: Craig Bourgeois Runs 7.098/186.07/-0.572, Now #13; A/ND Index: 7.67, Prior Best: 7.871/128.77/0.201, Was #43

This time, Carter kept the front wheels low and jumped right into the top part of the field, bumping Zane. In a nice side-by-side nostalgia dragster show, Bourgeois also got his problems sorted out and bumped in, but not as far up the order as Carter. Steve Wilmoth is on the bump spot at -0.445.

Left Lane: Joey Tanksley Runs 7.037/189.98/-0.573, Now #13; B/ED Index: 7.61, Prior Best: 14.648/76.62/7.038, Was #46
Right Lane: Mike DePalma Runs 7.300/186.02/-0.570, Now #17; B/A Index: 7.87, Prior Best: 7.353/184.85/-0.517, Was #27

Tanksley joined the list of those with bad first passes qualifying well into the field this time around. Now David Sumek is on the bump spot at -0.447.

Left Lane: Bo Butner III Runs 8.703/154.71/-0.657, Now #1; D/SM Index: 9.36, Prior Best: 8.777/153.81/-0.583, Was #11
Right Lane: Ken Justice Sr. Runs 7.341/186.98/-0.589, Now #12; B/AA Index: 7.93, Prior Best: 7.422/185.95/-0.508, Was #29

Butner took over the #1 spot with a pretty run. Justice went from the bottom part to the top part.

Left Lane: Phil Cocuzza Runs 14.048/68.85/5.858, Now #38; C/AA Index: 8.19, Prior Best: 7.768/173.94/-0.422, Was #38
Right Lane: Alan Ellis Runs 6.903/194.46/-0.637, Now #2; A/AA Index: 7.54, Prior Best: 6.947/194.13/-0.593, Was #10

Cocuzza shook and slowed. Nice pass by Ellis for the #2 spot - for now, anyway.

Left Lane: Tony Stephenson Runs 8.021/166.35/-0.559, Now #19; B/EA Index: 8.58, Prior Best: 8.021/166.25/-0.559, Was #19
Right Lane: Scott Hedlund Runs 8.385/162.67/-0.535, Now #25; B/SM Index: 8.92, Prior Best: 8.391/162.43/-0.529, Was #26

henson almost duplicated his run from yesterday, improving his speed by 0.1 mph.

Left Lane: Vinnie Deceglie Runs 6.654/208.23/-0.656, Now #2; A/A Index: 7.31, Prior Best: 6.681/207.53/-0.629, Was #4
Right Lane: Jeff Taylor Runs 8.852/151.60/-0.578, Now #14; E/SM Index: 9.43, Prior Best: 8.885/150.85/-0.545, Was #23

Deceglie came into this round #1, but dropped three spots as he sat in the staging lanes. He came up short, only back up to #2, by a thousandth. Probable Lucas Oil Champion-to-be Taylor also stepped up nicely.

Left Lane: Richard Freeman Runs 8.643/156.79/-0.607, Now #7; D/SMA Index: 9.25, No Prior Run
Right Lane: Brian Browell Runs 7.423/179.49/-0.547, Now #11; D/D Index: 7.97, Prior Best: 7.376/179.78/-0.594, Was #10

Freeman did not run yesterday and made a nice first pass here. Steve Kalkowski is on the bump spot at -0.499.

Left Lane: Joe Mozeris Runs 8.357/156.53/0.427, Now #47; B/AA Index: 7.93, No Prior Run
Right Lane: Clint Sallee Runs 6.830/198.44/-0.600, Now #10; B/D Index: 7.43, Prior Best: 6.893/197.10/-0.537, Was #25

Mozeris got down the track today, but was not quick enough to make the cut. Sallee stepped up nicely.

Left Lane: Steve Wilmoth Runs 8.901/146.96/-0.489, Now #34; C/SR Index: 9.39, Prior Best: 8.945/146.99/-0.445, Was #34
Right Lane: Jeff Lion Runs 8.400/161.65/-0.510, Now #31; F/A Index: 8.91, Prior Best: 8.466/159.23/-0.444, Was #35

Wilmoth improved four tenths of a second, stayed right where he started in the order. Lion bumped in, putting Ross Wilson on the bump spot at -0.502.

Left Lane: Jacklyn Gebhardt Runs 18.985/37.50/11.595, Now #20; A/ED Index: 7.39, Prior Best: 6.820/198.17/-0.570, Was #19
Right Lane: Tom Huggins Runs 7.261/188.86/-0.609, Now #7; B/A Index: 7.87, Prior Best: 7.314/188.20/-0.556, Was #24

Gebhardt's dragster headed for the centerline on the launch and she lifted, the car stopping partway up the hill.

Left Lane: Tina Stull Runs 8.727/152.80/-0.523, Now #30; D/SMA Index: 9.25, No Prior Run
Right Lane: Mike Smith Runs 8.561/154.07/-0.609, Now #8; G/AA Index: 9.17, Prior Best: 9.100/147.75/-0.070, Was #45

This was Stull's first trip down the track this weekend. Smith had problems yesterday. Both got in, Smith way up in the order. Now Al Ackerman is on the bump spot at -0.518.

Left Lane: Al Ackerman Runs 8.278/160.31/-0.592, Now #15; F/D Index: 8.87, Prior Best: 8.352/159.29/-0.518, Was #32
Right Lane: David Rampy Runs 7.432/167.28/-0.658, Now #1; A/EA Index: 8.09, Prior Best: 7.490/165.68/-0.600, Was #11

Speaking of Al Ackerman...He moved from the bump to the top half of the field and Rampy went right to the top of the list.

Left Lane: Eddie Smith Runs 8.403/159.06/-0.457, Now #37; F/AA Index: 8.86, Prior Best: 8.425/159.53/-0.435, Was #39
Right Lane: Daniel Mikel Runs 8.523/158.30/-0.577, Now #20; B/TA Index: 9.10, Prior Best: 8.574/157.76/-0.526, Was #30

Smith came up short, but Mikel stepped up nicely.

Left Lane: Colt Mikel Runs 8.497/158.19/-0.603, Now #12; B/TA Index: 9.10, Prior Best: 8.505/158.45/-0.595, Was #13
Right Lane: Michael Stone Runs 7.472/177.07/-0.608, Now #10; C/ED Index: 8.08, Prior Best: 7.561/165.66/-0.519, Was #32

Stone did a nice job of getting off the bump spot. Now Tina Stull is on the bump spot at -0.523. By the way, the record bump is -0.612, at this race last year.

Left Lane: Joseph Castaldo Runs 7.430/185.82/-0.500, Now #35; B/AA Index: 7.93, No Prior Run
Right Lane: Jake Crimmins Runs 6.842/206.45/-0.408, Now #44; AA/AM Index: 7.25, Prior Best: 6.855/202.79/-0.395, Was #43

This was Castaldo's first trip down the track. He made a good run, just not quick enough.

Right Lane: Justin Lamb Runs 9.335/142.99/-0.005, Now #47; E/SMA Index: 9.34, Prior Best: 9.184/145.27/-0.156, Was #47

Lamb continues to check out his Super Stocker...and that is the end of the round.

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