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Fri, 01 Mar 2013, 18:10 PM

Competition Eliminator Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Larry Sullivan

BAYTOWN, Texas - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, South Central Division, Showdown at Sundown at Royal Purple Raceway listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, amount over/under index, and position in order following run, class and class index:
Left Lane: Del Segura Runs 8.183/162.02/-0.417, Now #2 F/D Index: 8.60
Right Lane: Duane Robison Runs 7.211/189.02/-0.719, Now #1 C/A Index: 7.93

4:45 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 70 degrees, relative humidity 24 percent, barometer 30.06 inches, adjusted altitude 907 feet, track temperature 75 degrees.

Big ol' doorslammer, itty-bitty dragster...this must be Competition Eliminator!

If the class is correct (it's the first round and tech cards were slow showing up in the tower) Robison made a beautiful run.

Duane Robison's incremental times: 60ft-1.034 sec., 330ft-2.966, 660ft-4.600/150.55 mph, 1,000ft-6.018.

Left Lane: Raymond Martin Runs 7.824/167.86/-0.506, Now #3 K/AA Index: 8.33
Right Lane: Donald Thomas Runs 7.211/181.52/-0.659, Now #2 C/ED Index: 7.87

Two more nice runs, Thomas showing off his new vanity number.

Left Lane: Adam White Runs 6.900/190.30/-0.530, Now #4 A/ND Index: 7.43
Right Lane: Scott Cashio Runs 8.301/162.22/-0.649, Now #3 D/SMA Index: 8.95

Cashio made a strong first pass.

Left Lane: Jim Kimbrough Runs 16.879/40.61/9.279, Now #8 C/DA Index: 7.60
Right Lane: Keith Hall Runs 8.509/157.65/-0.481, Now #6 D/SM Index: 8.99

Kimbrough slowed almost immediately.

Left Lane: Craig Bourgeois Runs 21.659/56.83/14.269, Now #10 B/DA Index: 7.39
Right Lane: Clark Smiley Runs 7.326/169.53/-0.664, Now #2 BB/A Index: 7.99

Smiley sports his #1 ranking in Division 4 last year...and makes a nice run. Bourgeois launched and slowed almost immediately.

Left Lane: Charlie Stewart Runs 7.659/169.91/-0.591, Now #5 J/D Index: 8.25
Right Lane: Chris Benham Runs 14.290/82.34/5.670, Now #10 B/SMA Index: 8.62

Benham graduated from Junior Dragster and ran Stock last year, stepping up to Comp this year. The car made a hard move toward the wall on the launch and Benham handled it nicely. Stewart made a clean pass, then, with the chutes out, his car went to the left and stopped against the wall - in fact, he may have tapped it before stopping.

Left Lane: Joey Tanksley Runs 9.814/84.71/2.404, Now #11 C/D Index: 7.41
Right Lane: Pete Carbery Runs 8.083/124.61/0.523, Now #10 B/A Index: 7.56

Tanksley ran hard for about 300 feet, then slowed. Carbery was never on it.

Right Lane: Scott Benham Runs 10.439/87.69/1.689, Now #11 B/T Index: 8.75

Just a couple cars left to finish this round and Robison is still #1.

Benham left hard, ran to the 330-foot marker, and clicked it off.

Right Lane: Adam Hickey Runs 8.281/150.48/-0.459, Now #9 B/SMA Index: 8.74

Hickey is the last car making a qualifying pass - there's a red Nostalgia Dragster making a license pass behind him.

Hickey made a full pass with no visible problems.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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