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Thu, 1 Nov 2007, 02:54 PM

Competition Eliminator Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By David Gerard

POMONA, Calif. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 43nd annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, amount over/under index, and position in order following run, class and class index:
Left Lane: Ed Sigmon Runs 8.559/151.90/-0.561, Now #2 C/SR Index: 9.12
Right Lane: Tom Huggins Runs 7.172/171.84/-0.478, Now #4 B/A Index: 7.65

11:21 a.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 63 degrees, relative humidity 48 percent, barometer 29.00 inches, adjusted altitude 1,528 feet, track temperature 91 degrees.

Left Lane: Justin Lamb Runs 8.500/158.54/-0.520, Now #5 D/SMA Index: 9.02
Right Lane: Tom Brown Runs 8.432/157.83/-0.418, Now #9 F/ED Index: 8.85

Left Lane: Sean Dodd Runs 7.080/193.07/-0.570, Now #1 B/AA Index: 7.65
Right Lane: Robbie Hudlow Runs 7.510/158.61/-0.390, Now #3 CC/AT Index: 7.90

Dodd sets the new top mark for the class.

Left Lane: Pete Adams Runs 7.587/180.65/-0.393, Now #4 C/A Index: 7.98
Right Lane: Alan Freese Runs 7.475/180.86/-0.545, Now #2 C/AA Index: 8.02

Left Lane: John Edwards Runs 7.475/182.85/-0.545, Now #4 C/AA Index: 8.02
Right Lane: Bryan Morrison Runs 8.152/164.13/-0.488, Now #5 F/AA Index: 8.64

Left Lane: Tom Mettler Runs 7.414/182.43/-0.596, Now #1 PST Index: 8.01
Right Lane: Gary Anderson Runs 9.022/150.98/-0.318, Now #11 G/SM Index: 9.34

Left Lane: Bob Marshall Runs 7.116/192.99/-0.534, Now #6 B/AA Index: 7.65
Right Lane: Vinnie Deceglie Runs 8.551/111.52/1.441, Now #15 A/A Index: 7.11

Deceglie gets side ways and lifts.

Left Lane: Steve Graham Runs 7.676/177.07/-0.304, Now #15 C/A Index: 7.98

The weather is good, but the Comp cars are not getting the big numbers.

Left Lane: Ross Wilson Runs 8.423/162.57/-0.447, Now #10 C/SMA Index: 8.87
Right Lane: Tom Huggins Runs 7.070/193.71/-0.580, Now #2 B/A Index: 7.65

Clean pass for Huggins into the current #2 spot.

Left Lane: Jay Payne Runs 10.560/84.47/3.710, Now #19 AA/PM Index: 6.85
Right Lane: Dean Carter Runs 6.940/192.28/-0.560, Now #5 A/ND Index: 7.50

Major spin, chatter, and smoke for a surprise entry, Jay Payne.Carter is back running A/ND and moves to near the top of the ladder for now.

Left Lane: Bryan Fitzgerald Runs 8.221/165.52/-0.419, Now #13 F/AA Index: 8.64
Right Lane: Dan Barton Runs 8.806/153.32/-0.554, Now #6 G/SMA Index: 9.36

Fitzgerald moves out of the groove towards the centerline at the hit. He pulls it back to the groove and still gets into the top half of the field for now. Nice pass for Barton.

Left Lane: Jeff Lane Runs 9.138/146.16/-0.222, Now #21 G/SMA Index: 9.36
Right Lane: Randy Jones Runs 8.784/153.81/-0.556, Now #6 H/A Index: 9.34

Jones' car dives for the center line and he has to herd it back. Looks like it didn't hurt too bad.

Left Lane: J.D. Zink Runs 6.989/187.55/-0.511, Now #12 A/ND Index: 7.50
Right Lane: Lucky Snyder Runs 24.902/31.21/15.872, Now #25 G/A Index: 9.03

Nice 1.04 sixty foot time for Zink, but the car doesn't car the big numbers on the top end. Snyder is slow off the line and drives on down the track.

Left Lane: Scott McClay Runs 27.366/39.06/19.496, Now #27 C/ED Index: 7.87
Right Lane: Adam Bowdish Runs 9.019/148.95/-0.641, Now #1 H/SM Index: 9.66

McClay fires and falls back. Bowdish runs our first sixty under for the weekend and takes over the top spot for now.

Left Lane: Al Ackerman Runs 23.603/87.29/14.913, Now #27 F/D Index: 8.69
Right Lane: Jeff Taylor Runs 8.549/157.58/-0.611, Now #2 E/SM Index: 9.16

Ackerman joins McClay with troubles right off the line. He drives slowly down the track.Nice clean pass for Taylor and another sixty under the index.

Left Lane: Joe Mozeris Runs 7.142/186.36/-0.498, Now #16 C/DA Index: 7.64
Right Lane: Bo Butner Runs 6.940/189.42/-0.660, Now #1 CC/A Index: 7.60

Two cars get to the finish line under power this time and Butner sets the new mark for the field. Mozeris just gets into the top half of the field for now .

Left Lane: Alan Ellis Runs 6.816/199.43/-0.504, Now #17 A/AP Index: 7.32
Right Lane: Doug Lambeck Runs 8.417/160.10/-0.603, Now #4 D/SMA Index: 9.02

Ellis' runs looked better than the number show. Hard leave and clean pass. Lambeck joins the sixty under group with a nice looking pass.

Left Lane: Paul Pittman Runs 7.437/183.84/-0.213, Now #30 B/AA Index: 7.65
Right Lane: Todd Patterson Runs 7.495/181.69/-0.525, Now #15 C/AA Index: 8.02

No problems for either car and Patterson nudges into the current top half of the field.

Jay Payne is on the bump spot at 3.710 over.

Left Lane: Steve Holloway Runs 6.659/211.86/-0.531, Now #16 A/AA Index: 7.19
Right Lane: Lee Sharp Runs 7.707/176.10/-0.593, Now #6 D/AA Index: 8.30

Holloway uses all of his lane getting to the finish line and still gets into the top of the field. Nice pass for Sharp.

Left Lane: Rodger Brogdon Runs 8.393/160.46/-0.637, Now #3 G/A Index: 9.03
Right Lane: Jim Cowan Runs 8.255/152.49/-0.525, Now #19 D/EA Index: 8.78

Hitting the index costs Brogdon a little, with "ONLY" a #3 spot.

Left Lane: Jirka Kaplan Runs 6.512/203.92/-0.598, Now #6 AA/AM Index: 7.11
Right Lane: Jacklyn Gebhardt Runs 6.801/200.35/-0.419, Now #28 A/ED Index: 7.22

Kaplan is reported to be running a Hemi and rattles the tires hard at the hit.

Left Lane: Lee Zane Runs 9.435/114.65/-0.115, Now #38 L/AA Index: 9.55
Right Lane: Dan Fletcher Runs 8.150/164.99/-0.570, Now #11 C/EA Index: 8.72

Robbie Hudlow is on the bump spot at -0.390. Fletcher makes a clean pass into the middle of the field and Zane can't muster the power to qualify this time.

Left Lane: David Rampy Runs 7.292/180.33/-0.608, Now #5 A/EA Index: 7.90
Right Lane: Mark Wolfe Runs 8.847/112.57/1.717, Now #41 AA/AT Index: 7.13

The turbo Bird has problems and doesn't get in. Rampy goes right down Parker Ave. and into the #5 spot.

Right Lane: Michael Stone Runs 7.360/179.83/-0.510, Now #25 C/ED Index: 7.87

Last car. Stone makes a clean run, but Fifty Under only gets you #25.

11:51 a.m. Bo Bunter is #1 with -0.660 under his index and Tom Brown is on the bump spot at -0.418.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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