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Fri, 01 Nov 2013, 21:28 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, Las Vegas Gambler Showdown Division 7 Finale 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: Mike DePalma Runs 8.973/149.46/-0.657, Now #1; I/SM Index: 9.63, Prior Best: 8.980/149.68/-0.650, Was #2
Right Lane: Scott Hedlund Runs 7.893/171.49/-0.577, Now #4; A/SM Index: 8.47, Prior Best: 7.852/172.78/-0.618, Was #4

6:05 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 74 degrees, relative humidity 27 percent, barometer 28.00 inches, adjusted altitude 3,607 feet, track temperature 98 degrees.

Field not filled, no bump spot.

We are racing under the lights. Another strong pass for DePalma and he moves around Carter to capture the top spot for now. Nice pass.

Clean pass for Hedlund, but he is just a little slower.

Mike DePalma's incremental times: 60ft-1.256 sec., 330ft-3.652, 660ft-5.695/119.74 mph, 1,000ft-7.469.
Scott Hedlund's incremental times: 60ft-1.144 sec., 330ft-3.259, 660ft-5.044/137.48 mph, 1,000ft-6.586.

Left Lane: Adam Bowdish Runs 8.165/165.03/-0.515, Now #12; B/SMA Index: 8.68, Prior Best: 8.951/122.11/0.271, Was #19
Right Lane: Mitch Withers Runs 6.704/207.59/-0.476, Now #13; A/A Index: 7.18, Prior Best: 6.683/208.23/-0.497, Was #12

Bowdish gets a full pass this time and moves seven spots up the ladder into the current number twelve spot.

Withers is just a little slower and gets pushed back to number thirteen.

Adam Bowdish's incremental times: 60ft-1.150 sec., 330ft-3.351, 660ft-5.206/132.48 mph, 1,000ft-6.805.
Mitch Withers' incremental times: 60ft-1.021 sec., 330ft-2.834, 660ft-4.330/164.59 mph, 1,000ft-5.618.

Left Lane: Dale Giroux Runs 11.167/73.12/3.507, Now #21; B/AA Index: 7.66, No Prior Run
Right Lane: Randy Goff Runs 8.536/156.88/-0.344, Now #15; B/T Index: 8.88, Prior Best: 8.449/158.39/-0.431, Was #15

Strong leave for Giroux. The car starts to move around a little and he clicks it off after that.

Goff can't improve.

Left Lane: Jeremy Bailey Runs 6.942/192.14/-0.528, Now #5; B/DA Index: 7.47, Prior Best: 6.856/197.08/-0.614, Was #5
Right Lane: Clint Neff Runs 9.907/86.76/1.507, Now #10; K/AA Index: 8.40, Prior Best: 7.849/166.29/-0.551, Was #10

Neither car can improve, but Neff has smoke out of the little four cylinder header at half track.

Left Lane: James Caro Runs 8.142/169.15/-0.508, Now #14; B/SMA Index: 8.65, No Prior Run
Right Lane: John Edwards Runs 7.480/181.72/-0.530, Now #12; C/AA Index: 8.01, Prior Best: 7.588/175.66/-0.422, Was #16

Caro tests the green and loses. This is his first attempt and he jumps up to the number fourteenth spot on a clean pass.

Edwards finds some good power and moves four spots up the ladder to number twelve.

Left Lane: Mark Lelchook Runs 7.577/159.17/-0.443, Now #8; D/DA Index: 8.02, Prior Best: 7.460/176.63/-0.560, Was #8
Right Lane: Tyler Hogan Runs 7.151/185.08/-0.499, Now #15; C/DA Index: 7.65, Prior Best: 7.161/185.82/-0.489, Was #16

Hogan picks up a hundredth and a spot on the ladder. Lelchook slows.

Left Lane: David Rampy Runs 7.343/179.76/-0.597, Now #3; A/EA Index: 7.94, Prior Best: 7.298/180.89/-0.642, Was #3
Right Lane: Brandon Huhtala Runs 7.354/185.46/-0.636, Now #4; C/A Index: 7.99, Prior Best: 7.448/168.43/-0.542, Was #11

Great pass for Huhtala and he cards a sixty under pass to move him up to the top four.

Rampy runs well, but doesn't improve.

David Rampy's incremental times: 60ft-1.054 sec., 330ft-2.988, 660ft-4.648/147.21 mph, 1,000ft-6.097.
Brandon Huhtala's incremental times: 60ft-1.049 sec., 330ft-3.023, 660ft-4.695/146.78 mph, 1,000ft-6.138.

Left Lane: Donald Thomas Runs 7.362/178.50/-0.568, Now #8; C/ED Index: 7.93, Prior Best: 7.337/178.92/-0.593, Was #8
Right Lane: Dean Carter Runs 7.295/146.65/-0.355, Now #2; B/ND Index: 7.65, Prior Best: 6.999/187.55/-0.651, Was #2

Thomas runs close to his prior best and stays #8.

Carter leaves hard and then clicks it early.

Donald Thomas' incremental times: 60ft-1.051 sec., 330ft-2.987, 660ft-4.653/146.67 mph, 1,000ft-6.109.
Dean Carter's incremental times: 60ft-1.043 sec., 330ft-2.896, 660ft-4.481/154.49 mph, 1,000ft-5.883.

Left Lane: Joe Mozeris Runs 7.185/184.57/-0.375, Now #19; B/ED Index: 7.56, Prior Best: 7.320/184.32/-0.240, Was #20
Right Lane: Alan Ellis Runs 6.654/201.97/-0.646, Now #3; A/AA Index: 7.30, Prior Best: 6.989/151.34/-0.311, Was #18

Ellis gets everything working together on this pass and scores a great ET and the new number three spot.

Mozeris improves a spot to #19.

Joe Mozeris' incremental times: 60ft-1.047 sec., 330ft-2.936, 660ft-4.553/150.88 mph, 1,000ft-5.970.
Alan Ellis' incremental times: 60ft-1.008 sec., 330ft-2.762, 660ft-4.247/164.51 mph, 1,000ft-5.545.

Left Lane: John Keilers No Time, Now #20; B/DA Index: 7.18, Prior Best: 6.903/198.20/-0.277, Was #20

Keilers has problems after the burnout and is pushed back and away.

Left Lane: Randy Jones Runs 9.135/144.21/-0.605, Now #8; I/SMA Index: 9.74, Prior Best: 9.188/144.58/-0.552, Was #11

Jones gets his sixty under pass, as the last car of the session and its good for the top eight on the ladder.

Randy Jones' incremental times: 60ft-1.210 sec., 330ft-3.677, 660ft-5.765/117.08 mph, 1,000ft-7.580.

6:24 p.m. Field not filled, no bump spot.

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