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Fri, 01 Nov 2013, 15:18 PM

Competition Eliminator Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By David Gerard

LAS VEGAS - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division, Las Vegas Gambler Showdown Division 7 Finale listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, amount over/under index, and position in order following run, class and class index:
Left Lane: Alan Ellis Runs 6.989/151.34/-0.311, Now #1 A/AA Index: 7.30
Right Lane: John Keilers Runs 6.903/198.20/-0.277, Now #2 B/DA Index: 7.18

11:42 a.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 67 degrees, relative humidity 32 percent, barometer 28.10 inches, adjusted altitude 3,043 feet, track temperature 80 degrees.

Ellis has a good leave and then slows down track before the 1000 foot lights.

Keilers gets some numbers to tune to,

Alan Ellis' incremental times: 60ft-1.022 sec., 330ft-2.781, 660ft-4.267/164.75 mph, 1,000ft-5.608.
John Keilers' incremental times: 60ft-1.177 sec., 330ft-2.998, 660ft-4.486/165.17 mph, 1,000ft-5.780.

Left Lane: Dean Carter Runs 6.999/187.55/-0.651, Now #1 B/ND Index: 7.65
Right Lane: Jeremy Bailey Runs 6.856/197.08/-0.614, Now #2 B/DA Index: 7.47

Two great passes and both cars move into the sixty under the index group with ease.

Dean Carter's incremental times: 60ft-1.029 sec., 330ft-2.863, 660ft-4.432/155.87 mph, 1,000ft-5.808.
Jeremy Bailey's incremental times: 60ft-1.030 sec., 330ft-2.850, 660ft-4.392/159.74 mph, 1,000ft-5.721.

Left Lane: Mitch Withers Runs 6.683/208.23/-0.497, Now #3 A/A Index: 7.18
Right Lane: Dennis Smiley Runs 10.261/87.72/2.821, Now #6 BB/AM Index: 7.44

Smiley has a good leave and then slows.

Withers gets a full pass to start his day.

Mitch Withers' incremental times: 60ft-1.013 sec., 330ft-2.824, 660ft-4.318/164.81 mph, 1,000ft-5.602.
Dennis Smiley's incremental times: 60ft-1.091 sec., 330ft-3.144, 660ft-5.384/098.16 mph, 1,000ft-7.827.

Left Lane: Tyler Hogan Runs 7.161/185.82/-0.489, Now #5 C/DA Index: 7.65
Right Lane: Mark Lelchook Runs 7.460/176.63/-0.560, Now #3 D/DA Index: 8.02

Two strong passes for these two.

Tyler Hogan's incremental times: 60ft-1.026 sec., 330ft-2.919, 660ft-4.542/150.88 mph, 1,000ft-5.954.
Mark Lelchook's incremental times: 60ft-1.062 sec., 330ft-3.023, 660ft-4.715/144.55 mph, 1,000ft-6.192.

Left Lane: Randy Goff Runs 8.449/158.39/-0.431, Now #7 A/SMA Index: 8.88
Right Lane: Randy Jones Runs 9.188/144.58/-0.552, Now #4 I/SMA Index: 9.74

Left Lane: Scott Hedlund Runs 7.852/172.78/-0.618, Now #2 A/SM Index: 8.47
Right Lane: Adam Bowdish Runs 8.951/122.11/0.271, Now #11 B/SMA Index: 8.68

Hedlund flies off the line and jumps to near the top of the ladder on a great pass.

Bowdish runs hard to near half track and then slows.

Scott Hedlund's incremental times: 60ft-1.137 sec., 330ft-3.252, 660ft-5.021/138.19 mph, 1,000ft-6.554.
Adam Bowdish's incremental times: 60ft-1.271 sec., 330ft-3.517, 660ft-5.390/131.74 mph, 1,000ft-7.187.

Left Lane: Brandon Huhtala Runs 7.448/168.43/-0.542, Now #7 C/A Index: 7.99
Right Lane: Robert Bailey Runs 6.692/200.29/-0.598, Now #4 A/ED Index: 7.29

Bailey makes a strong pass and slides right in behind his son on the current ladder.

Huhtala makes a clean pass into the current top half of the field.

Brandon Huhtala's incremental times: 60ft-1.065 sec., 330ft-3.054, 660ft-4.726/146.85 mph, 1,000ft-6.168.
Robert Bailey's incremental times: 60ft-1.031 sec., 330ft-2.792, 660ft-4.285/164.51 mph, 1,000ft-5.579.

Left Lane: Clint Neff Runs 7.849/166.29/-0.551, Now #8 K/AA Index: 8.40
Right Lane: Mike DePalma Runs 8.980/149.68/-0.650, Now #2 AA/AT Index: 9.63

Nice pass for DePalma, back in the Trans Am, to the current number two spot.

Neff is straight and clean in the little altered.

Clint Neff's incremental times: 60ft-1.123 sec., 330ft-3.176, 660ft-4.948/137.53 mph, 1,000ft-6.506.
Mike DePalma's incremental times: 60ft-1.234 sec., 330ft-3.669, 660ft-5.711/119.33 mph, 1,000ft-7.479.

Left Lane: John Edwards Runs 7.588/175.66/-0.422, Now #14 C/AA Index: 8.01
Right Lane: David Rampy Runs 7.298/180.89/-0.642, Now #3 A/EA Index: 7.94

Great pass for Rampy into the top four.

Edwards left hard and then had his hands full as the Neon kept moving hard towards the center line, as he drove down the track. That had to cost him some ET.

John Edwards' incremental times: 60ft-1.097 sec., 330ft-3.169, 660ft-4.869/143.11 mph, 1,000ft-6.338.
David Rampy's incremental times: 60ft-1.056 sec., 330ft-2.978, 660ft-4.626/148.46 mph, 1,000ft-6.063.

Right Lane: Joe Mozeris Runs 7.320/184.32/-0.240, Now #17 B/ED Index: 7.56

Single pass for Mozeris.

Right Lane: Donald Thomas Runs 7.337/178.92/-0.593, Now #7 C/ED Index: 7.93

Thomas makes a single too to wrap up the session. It's a good one too, into the top eight.

Donald Thomas' incremental times: 60ft-1.038 sec., 330ft-2.971, 660ft-4.635/146.96 mph, 1,000ft-6.088.

12:00 p.m.

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