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Fri, 28 Sep 2007, 05:56 PM

Competition Eliminator Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Bob Orme

HEBRON, Ohio - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA, Third annual Jeg's Northern SPORTSnationals 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 Graves Runs 7.939/172.61/-0.421, Now #1 D/A Index: 8.36
Right Lane: Chris Bozic Runs 7.147/187.65/-0.393, Now #2 C/D Index: 7.54

5:03 p.m.

Left Lane: Jesse Plant Runs 7.389/178.57/-0.601, Now #1 D/ED Index: 7.99
Right Lane: Mauri Rose Runs 7.265/184.09/-0.275, Now #4 C/D Index: 7.54

A strong pass for Plant.

Left Lane: James Browder III Runs 8.194/157.06/-0.206, Now #6 J/AA Index: 8.40
Right Lane: Scott Chamness Runs 6.575/205.76/-0.465, Now #2 A/D Index: 7.04

Browder was moving around some early.

Left Lane: John Peto Runs 8.259/157.95/-0.141, Now #8 J/AA Index: 8.40
Right Lane: Al Ackerman Runs 8.092/163.35/-0.598, Now #2 F/D Index: 8.69

No visible problems for Peto.

Left Lane: Bob Book Runs 7.266/130.35/0.226, Now #10 A/D Index: 7.04
Right Lane: Steve Ambrose Runs 7.928/161.61/-0.472, Now #3 J/AA Index: 8.40

Book was off the throttle well before the finish.

Left Lane: Doug Doll Jr Runs 8.407/137.05/-0.493, Now #3 F/ED Index: 8.90
Right Lane: Brian Stufflebeam Runs 7.877/130.18/0.227, Now #12 B/AA Index: 7.65

Stufflebeam was all over his lane on this pass.

Left Lane: Michael Hazlett Runs 7.204/189.10/-0.466, Now #5 B/A Index: 7.67
Right Lane: Jeffrey Wright Runs 7.951/133.39/0.301, Now #14 B/AA Index: 7.65

Wright had a hard time keeping his car in the groove. Hazlett had the chutes out just a bit early.

Left Lane: Steve Levine Runs 6.850/191.78/-0.260, Now #11 AA/AM Index: 7.11
Right Lane: David Billingsley Runs 7.377/56.17/-0.523, Now #3 C/AA Index: 7.90

Levine began trailing engine smoke at about 1100 feet. The speed for Billingsley's pass is not correct.

Left Lane: Ray Vierheller Runs 7.463/174.62/-0.527, Now #3 D/ED Index: 7.99
Right Lane: Rick Brown Runs 13.527/76.78/4.597, Now #18 B/TA Index: 8.93

Brown stuttered off the line.

Left Lane: Jerry Arnold Runs 8.046/162.51/-0.614, Now #2 G/ED Index: 8.66
Right Lane: Jeff Taylor Runs 8.508/157.50/-0.652, Now #1 I/SMA Index: 9.16

Both drivers run under the current National Records for their respective classes.

Left Lane: Todd Patterson Runs 7.890/166.76/-0.640, Now #2 B/SR Index: 8.53
Right Lane: Scott Talarowski Runs 10.268/86.48/10.268, Now #22 A/ED Index: 0.00

Talarowski was off the throttle well before the finish.

Left Lane: Bo Butner Runs 7.163/177.21/-0.547, Now #8 AA/SM Index: 7.71
Right Lane: Larry Morgan Runs 6.998/197.36/-0.692, Now #1 B/A Index: 7.69

I'm not sure if Morgan is in the right class, as the data feed didn'show the class or class index in either lane.

Left Lane: Brian Browell Runs 7.240/181.52/-0.580, Now #6 D/D Index: 7.82
Right Lane: Sal Biondo Runs 8.317/155.60/-0.533, Now #7 I/AA Index: 8.85

Left Lane: David Rampy Runs 7.324/166.17/-0.576, Now #7 A/EA Index: 7.90
Right Lane: Greg Kamplain Runs 7.380/176.07/-0.490, Now #12 C/ED Index: 7.87

Left Lane: John Staley Runs 7.692/177.60/-0.308, Now #20 CC/AT Index: 8.00

Staley had a hard time keeping his car in the groove.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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