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Thu, 11 Nov 2010, 08:06 PM

Competition Eliminator Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By David Gerard

POMONA, Calif. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 46th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals 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: Frank Cervelli Runs 7.322/181.76/-0.068, Now #31; B/DA Index: 7.39, Prior Best: 6.949/190.06/-0.441, Was #30
Right Lane: John Mihovetz Runs 6.333/231.20/-0.937, Now #1; BB/AT Index: 7.27, Prior Best: 7.347/218.87/0.077, Was #34

4:25 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 69 degrees, relative humidity 27 percent, barometer 29.09 inches, adjusted altitude 1,965 feet, track temperature 77 degrees.

Gary Ross is on the bump spot at -0.362.

Cervelli makes a strong pass until after the three thirty, where the car moves out of the groove and he slows.

Mihovetz's Mustang is strong off the line and moves around the lane getting to the finish line. He destroys the prior Comp ET's with a huge -0.937 under his index at almost 219MPH. Clearly the new number one qualifier!

John Mihovetz's incremental times: 60ft-0.999 sec., 330ft-2.769, 660ft-4.185/177.32 mph, 1,000ft-5.357.

Left Lane: Terry Spargo Runs 6.685/206.80/-0.485, Now #30; A/AP Index: 7.17, Prior Best: 6.690/209.46/-0.480, Was #30
Right Lane: Scott Hedlund Runs 9.612/101.07/1.252, Now #16; A/SM Index: 8.36, Prior Best: 7.754/175.64/-0.606, Was #16

Hedlund has a good leave and then slows. Spargo picks up just 0.005 to stay #30.

Left Lane: Ed Sigmon Runs 9.140/111.98/0.050, Now #2; C/SR Index: 9.09, Prior Best: 8.423/154.94/-0.667, Was #2
Right Lane: Tom Brown Runs 8.530/149.02/-0.190, Now #32; F/ED Index: 8.72, Prior Best: 8.316/157.63/-0.404, Was #32

Both cars slow from earlier.

Left Lane: Dean Carter Runs 13.077/96.85/5.567, Now #27; B/ND Index: 7.51, Prior Best: 6.973/190.70/-0.537, Was #27

Carter makes a single and shakes his brains out and lifts.

Left Lane: Gary Ross Runs 6.664/207.18/-0.446, Now #31; A/AA Index: 7.11, Prior Best: 6.748/208.04/-0.362, Was #33
Right Lane: Mark Wolfe Runs 6.656/210.70/-0.384, Now #34; AA/AT Index: 7.04, Prior Best: 12.245/71.59/5.205, Was #35

Wolfe gets a full pass and picks up a ton to stay #34.

Ross picks up a little and into the field for now.

Left Lane: Craig Johnson Runs 9.315/132.37/2.245, Now #36; AA/AM Index: 7.07, No Prior Run
Right Lane: Al Ackerman Runs 8.111/141.67/-0.489, Now #21; F/D Index: 8.60, Prior Best: 8.022/161.61/-0.578, Was #21

Frank Cervelli is on the bump spot at -0.441.

First attempt for Johnson and it sounded like he left in the wrong gear.

Ackerman slows.

Left Lane: Phil Cocuzza Runs 7.881/173.38/-0.599, Now #15; A/SMA Index: 8.48, Prior Best: 7.873/174.37/-0.607, Was #15
Right Lane: Vinny Barone Runs 7.730/169.38/-0.650, Now #6; A/SR Index: 8.38, Prior Best: 7.760/171.69/-0.620, Was #10

Nice pass for Barone with a better ET and slower MPH to move up to the #6 spot. They Yellow Jackets are over the wall and checking his lane. No oil!

Cocuzza is just a little slower.

Left Lane: Ross Wilson Runs 8.018/167.66/-0.612, Now #12; B/SMA Index: 8.63, Prior Best: 8.017/170.56/-0.613, Was #12
Right Lane: Chris Rado Runs 22.644/64.29/14.764, Now #37; AA/AF Index: 7.88, No Prior Run

Wilson's car leaves with the front wheels up in the air like a Super Stocker and Rado leaves like a bus. He drives slowly to the turnout. Wilson is 0.001 slower.

Left Lane: Steve Graham Runs 7.363/184.85/-0.577, Now #22; C/A Index: 7.94, Prior Best: 7.367/183.89/-0.573, Was #22
Right Lane: Scott McClay Runs 7.216/182.43/-0.654, Now #5; C/ED Index: 7.87, Prior Best: 7.234/182.40/-0.636, Was #8

McClay continues to improve and moves three spots up the ladder and even further under the tough C/ED index.

Graham picks up 0.003 ET to stay #22.

Left Lane: Alan Ellis Runs 6.491/207.85/-0.619, Now #11; A/AA Index: 7.11, Prior Best: 6.517/208.33/-0.593, Was #18
Right Lane: Steven Kent Runs 7.635/178.02/-0.675, Now #2; E/A Index: 8.31, Prior Best: 7.685/175.37/-0.625, Was #9

Great pass for Ellis and picks up seven spots on the ladder to go into the top half of the field.

Kent finds some good power and moves into the new #2 spot.

Left Lane: Tom Mettler Runs 7.420/182.18/-0.530, Now #19; PST Index: 7.95, Prior Best: 7.345/184.42/-0.605, Was #18
Right Lane: Charlie Yannetti Runs 8.847/148.84/-0.613, Now #14; L/AA Index: 9.46, Prior Best: 8.931/148.97/-0.529, Was #28

Nice looking pass for Yannetti to move him fourteen spots up the ladder into the top half of the field.

That moves a slowing Mettler down a spot.

Left Lane: Buddy Perkinson Runs 6.870/201.82/-0.640, Now #9; B/A Index: 7.51, Prior Best: 6.870/201.28/-0.640, Was #9
Right Lane: Bob Marshall No Time, Now #20; B/AA Index: 7.57, Prior Best: 6.983/195.99/-0.587, Was #20

Marshall goes bowling for reflectors, as the GXP moves hard over the center line and nails the three thirty foot reflector. That will DQ his pass. He jerks the car back into his lane and wisely lifts.

Perkinson runs an identical ET as round round with a slightly better MPH to stay number 9.

Left Lane: Peter Biondo Runs 8.339/132.73/-0.421, Now #10; I/AA Index: 8.76, Prior Best: 8.137/164.35/-0.623, Was #10
Right Lane: Craig Bourgeois Runs 18.175/68.55/10.785, Now #26; B/DA Index: 7.39, Prior Best: 6.843/199.64/-0.547, Was #26

No joy for either driver.

Bourgeois cards a perfect RT and then has the engine go silent.

Biondo gets further down track and lifts too.

Left Lane: Mike Trumble Runs 8.354/162.41/-0.336, Now #29; C/SMA Index: 8.69, Prior Best: 8.181/166.11/-0.509, Was #29
Right Lane: Adam Bowdish Runs 8.095/167.32/-0.535, Now #27; B/SMA Index: 8.63, Prior Best: 8.089/167.26/-0.541, Was #27

Both cars lose some ET and stay #29 and #27.

Left Lane: Randy Jones Runs 7.962/170.62/-0.518, Now #25; A/SMA Index: 8.48, Prior Best: 7.931/170.88/-0.549, Was #25
Right Lane: Mike DePalma Runs 8.179/158.76/-0.581, Now #5; C/T Index: 8.76, Prior Best: 8.095/164.97/-0.665, Was #5

Neither can can improve on a full pass.

Left Lane: Justin Lamb Runs 8.671/154.71/-0.629, Now #10; G/SMA Index: 9.30, Prior Best: 8.713/154.72/-0.587, Was #21
Right Lane: John Edwards Runs 7.684/140.50/-0.276, Now #4; C/AA Index: 7.96, Prior Best: 7.295/187.08/-0.665, Was #4

Lamb leaves hard with the wheels up and makes a strong pass into the top half of the field. Edwards slows.

Left Lane: Dan Fletcher Runs 7.740/158.73/-0.600, Now #16; B/EA Index: 8.34, Prior Best: 7.728/158.52/-0.612, Was #16
Right Lane: Doug Lambeck Runs 8.358/162.10/-0.612, Now #17; D/SMA Index: 8.97, Prior Best: 8.359/160.25/-0.611, Was #17

Fletcher's Cobalt moves hard towards the center line and he can't improve.

Lambeck picks up some good MPH, but only 0.001 ET.

Right Lane: David Rampy Runs 7.383/150.11/-0.457, Now #13; A/EA Index: 7.84, Prior Best: 7.224/171.55/-0.616, Was #13

Rampy clicks it early to end the session, after a 1.021 sixty foot time.

4:56 p.m. John Mihovetz is number one at -0.937 and Frank Cervelli is on the bump spot at -0.441.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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