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Fri, 12 Sep 2008, 11:52 AM

Competition Eliminator Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Jason Murray

CONCORD, N.C. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, Inaugural NHRA Carolinas 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: Fred Gallo Runs 14.103/76.76/6.933, Now #44; A/AA Index: 7.17, No Prior Run
Right Lane: Richard Schonberger Runs 9.941/98.21/1.121, Now #9; I/A Index: 8.82, Prior Best: 8.289/161.23/-0.531, Was #9

Weather conditions: air temperature 76 degrees, relative humidity 77 percent, barometer 29.52 inches, adjusted altitude 2,550 feet, track temperature 92 degrees.

11:09 a.m. It's humid here in North Carolina, the clouds have been over top all day and there is no sign of them leaving. Schonberger made a nice run yesterday, Gallo didn't make it down the track. Gallo leaves the line, puts the wheels in the air, then makes a move towards the wall, Gallo decides to lift and save it for another run. Schonberger is off the gas before the finish-line.

Left Lane: Jerry Hemmingson Runs 7.168/190.81/-0.472, Now #18; B/A Index: 7.64, Prior Best: 7.173/190.86/-0.467, Was #19
Right Lane: Michele Costa Runs 9.139/141.77/-0.501, Now #13; G/D Index: 9.64, Prior Best: 9.132/140.71/-0.508, Was #13

Both drivers are close to what they ran yesterday. Jerry Hemmingson's incremental times: 60ft-1.034 sec., 330ft-2.968, 660ft-4.589/151.77mph, 1,000ft-5.987
Michele Costa's incremental times: 60ft-1.250 sec., 330ft-3.652, 660ft-5.732/118.04mph, 1,000ft-7.560

Left Lane: Mark Linebarrier Runs 7.682/156.14/-0.298, Now #28; C/A Index: 7.98, Prior Best: 7.590/178.97/-0.390, Was #28
Right Lane: Mike Saye Runs 8.799/154.30/-0.441, Now #16; H/A Index: 9.24, Prior Best: 8.759/154.17/-0.481, Was #16

No improvements for either car.

Left Lane: Don Eckel III Runs 7.076/190.27/-0.424, Now #21; C/D Index: 7.50, Prior Best: 7.049/189.82/-0.451, Was #21
Right Lane: Pat Williams Runs 7.103/194.80/-0.187, Now #36; A/AP Index: 7.29, Prior Best: 7.156/194.32/-0.134, Was #36

Eckel is a little slower than yesterday, but Williams takes a step in the right direction with his run.

Left Lane: Brian Browell Runs 7.202/183.37/-0.618, Now #2; D/D Index: 7.82, Prior Best: 7.191/182.87/-0.629, Was #2
Right Lane: Bruno Massel Runs 7.410/184.19/-0.530, Now #10; DD/AT Index: 7.94, Prior Best: 7.473/182.60/-0.467, Was #19

Browell a tick slower with this run, Massel though lays a down a nice pass, which helps him move up in the field. Bruno Massel's incremental times: 60ft-1.094 sec., 330ft-3.077, 660ft-4.743/147.46mph, 1,000ft-6.188

Left Lane: Gary Merrick Runs 7.459/176.81/-0.411, Now #28; C/ED Index: 7.87, Prior Best: 7.560/174.50/-0.310, Was #31
Right Lane: Lonnie Johnson Runs 7.186/192.00/-0.454, Now #20; B/AA Index: 7.64, Prior Best: 7.281/191.32/-0.359, Was #30

Major improvements here, both drivers will move up the qualifying sheet. Gary Merrick's incremental times: 60ft-1.052 sec., 330ft-3.021, 660ft-4.711/145.20mph, 1,000ft-6.191
Lonnie Johnson's incremental times: 60ft-1.059 sec., 330ft-3.003, 660ft-4.617/152.69mph, 1,000ft-6.012

Left Lane: Glen Treadwell Runs 8.093/152.59/-0.597, Now #3; E/EA Index: 8.69, Prior Best: 8.691/136.00/0.001, Was #38
Right Lane: Bill Scott Runs 7.179/190.78/-0.211, Now #36; B/DA Index: 7.39, Prior Best: 7.170/190.22/-0.220, Was #35

Scott spins the tires off the line. Treadwell makes it down the track a whole bunch better than yesterday as Treadwell will go into the 3rd spot for now. Scott will stay on the outside looking in, with one session to go.

Glen Treadwell's incremental times: 60ft-1.120 sec., 330ft-3.246, 660ft-5.077/133.55mph, 1,000ft-6.687

Left Lane: Terry Smith Runs 7.524/174.57/-0.466, Now #21; D/ED Index: 7.99, Prior Best: 7.576/173.01/-0.414, Was #28
Right Lane: Al Ackerman Runs 8.108/164.13/-0.542, Now #8; F/D Index: 8.65, Prior Best: 8.145/163.55/-0.505, Was #16

Both drivers with nice runs and improve their spots on the ladder. Al Ackerman's incremental times: 60ft-1.181 sec., 330ft-3.319, 660ft-5.143/134.43mph, 1,000ft-6.742

Left Lane: Ray Vierheller III Runs 7.456/175.46/-0.534, Now #10; D/ED Index: 7.99, Prior Best: 7.475/174.50/-0.515, Was #14
Right Lane: Doug Doll Jr. Runs 8.403/156.25/-0.427, Now #19; F/ED Index: 8.83, Prior Best: 8.357/156.70/-0.473, Was #19

Vierheller improves by .02, Doll doesn't improve.

Left Lane: Anthony Bertozzi Runs 7.465/176.88/-0.525, Now #14; D/ED Index: 7.99, Prior Best: 13.860/86.86/5.870, Was #43
Right Lane: Steve Matusek Runs 6.946/171.14/-0.424, Now #1; BB/AT Index: 7.37, Prior Best: 6.498/221.09/-0.872, Was #1

Bertozzi makes a major gain. Matusek was off the gas before the finish. Anthony Bertozzi's incremental times: 60ft-1.075 sec., 330ft-3.037, 660ft-4.722/145.41mph, 1,000ft-6.199

Left Lane: Alan Rose Runs 8.341/161.50/-0.319, Now #34; C/EA Index: 8.66, Prior Best: 8.353/160.27/-0.307, Was #34
Right Lane: Keith Roberts Runs 9.307/141.36/-0.433, Now #27; I/SMA Index: 9.74, Prior Best: 9.304/145.33/-0.436, Was #27

Both of these drivers run almost dead-on from what they ran yesterday.

Left Lane: Frank Cervelli Runs 7.074/188.36/-0.556, Now #7; C/DA Index: 7.63, Prior Best: 7.177/185.64/-0.453, Was #24
Right Lane: Allen Stanfield Runs 8.954/153.06/-0.426, Now #26; G/SM Index: 9.38, Prior Best: 8.939/151.83/-0.441, Was #26

Cervelli makes a big jump up the sheet. Frank Cervelli's incremental times: 60ft-1.013 sec., 330ft-2.888, 660ft-4.483/153.54mph, 1,000ft-5.880

Left Lane: Van Puckett Runs 8.231/163.87/-0.409, Now #32; F/AA Index: 8.64, Prior Best: 8.275/162.98/-0.365, Was #33
Right Lane: John Frech Runs 8.495/155.87/-0.155, Now #39; F/D Index: 8.65, Prior Best: 8.523/155.02/-0.127, Was #39

Puckett in the show for now on the bump. Frech improves from his earlier run but not enough.

Left Lane: Elio Mannino Runs 7.465/183.29/-0.175, Now #36; B/AA Index: 7.64, Prior Best: 7.393/184.57/-0.247, Was #36
Right Lane: Lee Sharp Runs 8.484/159.23/-0.516, Now #12; D/SMA Index: 9.00, Prior Best: 8.468/159.06/-0.532, Was #12

No improvements in this pair.

Left Lane: Jake Crimmins Runs 6.600/196.33/-0.470, Now #10; AA/AM Index: 7.07, Prior Best: 6.534/217.18/-0.536, Was #10
Right Lane: Jeff Wright Runs 7.219/191.95/-0.421, Now #28; B/AA Index: 7.64, Prior Best: 7.214/190.22/-0.426, Was #28

Crimmins is off the throttle before the finish. Wright runs about what he ran yesterday.

Left Lane: Doc Bilbrey Runs 7.949/164.47/-0.031, Now #40; C/A Index: 7.98, No Prior Run
Right Lane: Pat Ross Runs 8.155/165.29/-0.525, Now #16; F/A Index: 8.68, Prior Best: 8.187/164.57/-0.493, Was #19

Bilbrey improves but will have to wait until the last session to get in the show. Ross though improves and he goes into the top half of the field for now.

Left Lane: Frank Aragona Runs 8.323/156.17/-0.557, Now #7; G/EA Index: 8.88, Prior Best: 8.365/154.69/-0.515, Was #18
Right Lane: Jim Kimbrough Runs 7.166/185.23/-0.464, Now #24; C/DA Index: 7.63, Prior Best: 7.207/184.72/-0.423, Was #29

Both drivers improve slightly.

Left Lane: Michael Hardee Runs 8.636/157.39/-0.504, Now #19; E/SM Index: 9.14, Prior Best: 8.620/156.35/-0.520, Was #18
Right Lane: Larry Pritchett Runs 7.908/172.32/-0.522, Now #18; A/SM Index: 8.43, Prior Best: 13.360/65.50/4.930, Was #44

Pritchett had trouble yesterday, but not today he makes a very decent run. Larry Pritchett's incremental times: 60ft-1.132 sec., 330ft-3.261, 660ft-5.050/137.74mph, 1,000ft-6.600

Left Lane: Bill Yates Runs 6.741/200.05/-0.479, Now #22; A/ED Index: 7.22, Prior Best: 7.244/199.26/0.024, Was #42
Right Lane: Tony Terry Runs 8.111/168.43/-0.529, Now #9; F/AA Index: 8.64, Prior Best: 8.090/168.18/-0.550, Was #9

Yates make a major move up the ladder by 20 positions. Terry is slower than yesterday.

Left Lane: Peter Biondo Runs 9.108/135.54/-0.632, Now #2; I/SMA Index: 9.74, Prior Best: 9.155/147.13/-0.585, Was #4
Right Lane: David Eaton Runs 6.901/199.76/-0.389, Now #36; A/AP Index: 7.29, Prior Best: 7.424/193.57/0.134, Was #43

Eaton is better than yesterday, but not good enough to bump into the field. Biondo improves and moves up to 2nd. Peter Biondo's incremental times: 60ft-1.217 sec., 330ft-3.658, 660ft-5.736/118.21mph, 1,000ft-7.539

Left Lane: Arnie Martel Runs 10.657/84.41/2.217, Now #6; B/SR Index: 8.44, Prior Best: 7.877/166.76/-0.563, Was #6
Right Lane: Gary Wisecarver Runs 9.131/147.36/-0.429, Now #31; H/SM Index: 9.56, No Prior Run

Wisecarver was shutoff yesterday, with leakage, he makes it into the show for now with this solid run. Martel launches hard then drifts towards the centerline and he pulls his foot off the gas to save it for later today.

Left Lane: David Rampy Runs 7.475/177.91/-0.395, Now #36; A/EA Index: 7.87, Prior Best: 8.655/141.43/0.785, Was #45
Right Lane: Stephen Szupka Runs 8.296/159.38/-0.534, Now #13; F/ED Index: 8.83, Prior Best: 8.420/158.46/-0.410, Was #34

Rampy will go into the final session not qualified. Szupka improves nicely from yesterday to move into the top half of the field.

Left Lane: Rick Brown Runs 8.310/160.90/-0.570, Now #5; B/TA Index: 8.88, Prior Best: 8.308/161.13/-0.572, Was #5
Right Lane: Kevin Houghtaling Runs 8.909/150.51/-0.411, Now #35; F/SM Index: 9.32, Prior Best: 9.017/150.68/-0.303, Was #40

Brown runs .002 slower than yesterday. Houghtaling with some improvement but not enough to make into the show.

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