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Sat, 18 Feb 2012, 11:25 AM

Competition Eliminator Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Larry Sullivan

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Southeast Division, event at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, amount over/under index, and position in order following run, class and class index:
Left Lane: Bert Dawson No Time, Now #2 B/EA Index: 8.31
Right Lane: Pat Williams Runs 7.003/200.95/-0.167, Now #1 A/AP Index: 7.17

11:04 a.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 70 degrees, relative humidity 70 percent, barometer 29.82 inches, adjusted altitude 1,535 feet, track temperature 80 degrees.

There was a hiccup on the left side of the tree, Dawson did not get a stage light. Williams made a solo pass.

Left Lane: Bert Dawson Runs 7.958/169.51/-0.352, Now #1 B/EA Index: 8.31

The gremlin was tracked down and Dawson made another try. This time all the bulbs worked and Dawson made a clean first pass.

Left Lane: Jenny Treadwell Runs 8.330/157.74/-0.470, Now #2 E/ED Index: 8.80
Right Lane: Glen Treadwell Runs 7.883/160.88/-0.577, Now #1 G/ED Index: 8.46

The Treadwell family both made clean first runs, Dad with the better run of the two.

Left Lane: Rodney Rosenstiel Runs 7.355/178.68/0.345, Now #6 AA/AM Index: 7.01
Right Lane: Calvin Hill Runs 8.191/164.03/-0.509, Now #2 I/AA Index: 8.70

Rosenstiel's engine sounded a little rough during the run. Nice first pass by Hill.

Left Lane: Pat Ross Runs 8.023/168.81/-0.557, Now #2 F/A Index: 8.58
Right Lane: Alan Rose Runs 8.364/161.52/-0.236, Now #6 C/EA Index: 8.60

Ross went to the second spot on the list with a nice run. Rose's car appeared to bog a bit on the launch, his 1.17 60-foot time a bit off the pace.

Left Lane: Michael Hardee Runs 8.284/163.06/-0.476, Now #5 C/SM Index: 8.76
Right Lane: Lee Sharp Runs 8.436/159.10/-0.534, Now #3 E/SMA Index: 8.97

Hardee had a solid launch, but came up short of the -0.5 mark.

Left Lane: Jonathan Gray No Time, Now #12 E/AA Index: 7.57
Right Lane: Allen Stanfield Runs 8.919/151.56/-0.331, Now #8 F/SM Index: 9.25

Gray took too much time staging and was timed out. Actually, he staged, then the car backed out of the beam. Stanfield made a clean run, but was off the pace.

Left Lane: Jim Kimbrough Runs 7.045/190.73/-0.515, Now #4 C/DA Index: 7.56
Right Lane: Eddie Plybon Runs 7.634/181.28/-0.276, Now #10 C/AA Index: 7.91

Nice pass by Kimbrough to move into the top four. Plybon's run looked okay, but he needs to step it up to have a chance in eliminations.

Left Lane: Arnie Martel Runs 7.586/177.21/-0.584, Now #2 D/AA Index: 8.17
Right Lane: Grant Lewis Runs 8.899/150.63/-0.601, Now #1 H/SMA Index: 9.50

Two more nice passes to set the top two spots in the field after one round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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