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Sun, 03 Mar 2013, 15:16 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 1 Eliminations
By David Gerard

CHANDLER, Ariz. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division, event at Firebird International Raceway:

    6 Duane Shields                         613 Joey Severance               
E1                   0.068 14.026  76.60     ****WINNER****  0.036  5.425 261.42
 Qualified:             #5  5.421 267.16                        #4  5.402 263.10
12:37 p.m.Weather conditions: air temperature 74 degrees, relative humidity 26 percent, barometer 28.75 inches, adjusted altitude 2,540 feet, track temperature 98 degrees.

Shields strikes the tires instantly at the green and lifts.

Severance flies on down the track on a clean pass, running another five forty pass.

   64 Ray Martin                              2 Chris Demke                  
E1   ****WINNER****  1.937  5.354 267.22                           No Time      
 Qualified:             #3  5.342 269.19                        #6  5.425 269.35
Martin gets a single, as Demke's team has packed up and gone home to try and determine what is causing their engine carnage over this season.

Picture perfect pass right on down the track, running close to his qualifying best.

Ray Martin's incremental times: 60ft-0.928 sec., 330ft-2.386, 660ft-3.531/215.82 mph, 1,000ft-4.514.

   75 Megan McKernan                       6067 Don St. Arnaud               
E1                         No Time           ****WINNER****  0.247  5.964 181.50
 Qualified:             #7  5.489 269.67                        #2  5.342 277.43
St. Arnaud didn't make the third qualifying session yesterday.

McKernan's fueler does the burnout and stops on the track. The crew runs out and works furiously to get the car into reverse for way too long. It's to no avail and St. Arnaud's car is sitting and waiting all this time. She motors on down the track.

St.Arnaud finally gets to stage and makes a fair leave and then clicks it early down track.

Don St. Arnaud's incremental times: 60ft-0.963 sec., 330ft-2.491, 660ft-3.642/211.00 mph, 1,000ft-4.793.

He will race Martin next round without lane choice.

  734 Johnny Ahten                            1 Jim Whiteley                 
E1                   0.062  5.560 247.43     ****WINNER****  0.071  5.303 271.30
 Qualified:             #8  5.526 252.95                        #1  5.264 272.94
Ahten gets a small advantage at the green, but Whiteley is out in front and pulling away before sixty feet. He runs clean to the finish line and makes another terrific pass.

Ahten's fueler isn't happy down track and starts to drop cylinders.

Jim Whiteley's incremental margins: 60ft(0.019), 330 ft(0.100), 660ft(0.140), 1,000ft(0.182). MOV: 0.2482 seconds (approximately 90 feet).

Johnny Ahten's incremental times: 60ft-0.950 sec., 330ft-2.480, 660ft-3.651/212.16 mph, 1,000ft-4.664.
Jim Whiteley's incremental times: 60ft-0.922 sec., 330ft-2.371, 660ft-3.502/219.04 mph, 1,000ft-4.473.

He will have lane choice over Severance in the next round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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