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Fri, 29 Mar 2013, 20:43 PM

Competition Eliminator Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By David Gerard

LAS VEGAS - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division, event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway 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: Joshua Lee Runs 9.274/142.34/-0.506, Now #9; H/EA Index: 9.78, Prior Best: 9.281/142.96/-0.499, Was #8
Right Lane: Randy Jones Runs 8.619/153.75/-0.551, Now #5; C/TA Index: 9.17, No Prior Run

5:16 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 85 degrees, relative humidity 17 percent, barometer 27.93 inches, adjusted altitude 4,126 feet, track temperature 121 degrees.

Field not filled, no bump spot.

Jones gets to make a pass this time and he runs well into the new number five position.

Lee picks up a little ET, running into the fifty under range, but loses a spot to Jones,

Left Lane: Scott McClay Runs 7.422/178.19/-0.548, Now #6; C/ED Index: 7.97, Prior Best: 22.002/46.60/14.032, Was #19
Right Lane: Scott Hedlund Runs 7.893/171.62/-0.577, Now #1; A/SM Index: 8.47, Prior Best: 7.880/172.21/-0.590, Was #1

Hedlund slows a little on a strong pass.

McClay gets a full pass this time and moves into the top eight.

Left Lane: Brian Fitzpatrick Runs 21.441/27.96/14.481, Now #17; H/D Index: 6.96, Prior Best: 6.833/209.88/-0.127, Was #17
Right Lane: Ed Sigmon Runs 9.232/107.25/0.282, Now #18; C/SR Index: 8.95, Prior Best: 9.375/104.62/0.425, Was #18

Fitzpatrick's dragster had some problems keeping the engine running before staging and is off the throttle right away at the green. He spots on the track right after the finish line.

Sigmon's problems continue and he off the throttle well before the finish line.

Left Lane: Howie Stevens Runs 7.689/177.91/-0.341, Now #15; B/A Index: 8.03, No Prior Run
Right Lane: Tyler Hogan No Time, Now #3; C/DA Index: 7.69, Prior Best: 7.122/186.38/-0.568, Was #3

5:22 p.m. Next pair to the line.

Hogan's engine isn't happy after the burnout and the car has to be pushed back and away.

Steven's car does a little dip towards the centerline at the green, but he gets near a full pass this time and will get onto the ladder in the new #15 position

Left Lane: Aaron Strong Runs 8.337/162.68/-0.543, Now #7; G/A Index: 8.88, Prior Best: 8.549/160.10/-0.331, Was #12
Right Lane: Alan Ellis Runs 6.684/200.62/-0.536, Now #4; A/AA Index: 7.22, Prior Best: 6.654/202.06/-0.566, Was #4

Ellis has a little shake off the line and then runs well to the finish line. He won't improve.

Strong finds some tune up and jumps well up the ladder into the top eight.

Left Lane: Dean Carter Runs 7.096/186.07/-0.554, Now #5; B/ND Index: 7.65, Prior Best: 7.369/184.77/-0.281, Was #17
Right Lane: Mark Lelchook Runs 7.619/175.43/-0.401, Now #10; D/DA Index: 8.02, Prior Best: 7.495/176.72/-0.525, Was #9

Nice improvement for Carter, running close to what he should and twelve spots on the ladder.

Lelchook went the wrong way on the tune up and slows a little.

Left Lane: Steve Graham Runs 7.727/156.92/-0.303, Now #13; C/A Index: 8.03, Prior Best: 7.535/180.60/-0.495, Was #13
Right Lane: John Edwards Runs 8.138/126.42/0.128, Now #2; C/AA Index: 8.01, Prior Best: 7.435/183.17/-0.575, Was #2

Graham's GXP pulls steadily towards the center line going down the track and he finally has to lift.

Edwards slows sooner.

Left Lane: Adam Bowdish Runs 8.221/165.62/-0.519, Now #11; B/SMA Index: 8.74, Prior Best: 8.216/164.03/-0.524, Was #11
Right Lane: Randy Goff Runs 8.183/165.60/-0.467, Now #14; B/SMA Index: 8.65, Prior Best: 8.297/165.40/-0.353, Was #17

Goff's new ride is a A/SMA and he improves his position on a nice pass.

Bowdish runs close to his prior best and doesn't improve.

Left Lane: Mike DePalma Runs 9.120/148.12/-0.570, Now #3; F/EA Index: 9.69, Prior Best: 9.089/148.49/-0.601, Was #20
Right Lane: Joe Mozeris Runs 7.478/181.67/-0.132, Now #17; B/ED Index: 7.61, Prior Best: 7.213/183.42/-0.397, Was #16

Wheels up leave for DePalma. We have the right class this time and he slows a little to stay #3.

Mozeris can't match his prior pace either.

5:32 p.m. No bump spot.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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