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Thu, 07 Nov 2013, 21:04 PM

Competition Eliminator Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By David Gerard

POMONA, Calif. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 49th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals 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: Scott Hedlund Runs 12.955/69.10/4.605, Now #25; A/SM Index: 8.35, Prior Best: 13.369/66.35/5.019, Was #25
Right Lane: Dan Fletcher Runs 8.102/148.43/-0.548, Now #11; C/EA Index: 8.65, Prior Best: 12.800/82.12/4.150, Was #23

5:28 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 83 degrees, relative humidity 18 percent, barometer 28.91 inches, adjusted altitude 3,076 feet, track temperature 86 degrees.

It's full dark, as we start session two. Field not filled, no bump spot.

Both cars get off the line this time, but Hedlund starts to move around and lifts. Fletcher moves into the top half of the field.

Left Lane: Joe Roubicek No Time, Now #14; A/AA Index: 7.09, Prior Best: 6.560/210.41/-0.530, Was #14
Right Lane: Scott McClay Runs 13.509/61.21/5.679, Now #16; C/ED Index: 7.83, Prior Best: 7.312/180.79/-0.518, Was #16

Roubicek's Camaro loses fire in the burnout and can't keep the engine running on the restart. He is pushed away.

McClay has the front end go way up in the air and the car makes a big move towards the center line. He wisely lifts to save the shiny!

Left Lane: Tom Mettler Runs 7.336/184.90/-0.654, Now #2; PST Index: 7.99, Prior Best: 7.388/184.52/-0.602, Was #5
Right Lane: John Edwards Runs 7.349/185.49/-0.561, Now #10; C/AA Index: 7.91, Prior Best: 7.401/185.38/-0.509, Was #17

Both cars pick up a bunch from session one.

Mettler gets the best of it with a three spot move into the new number two spot.

Edwards jumps up seven, but just to #10.

Tom Mettler's incremental times: 60ft-1.054 sec., 330ft-3.015, 660ft-4.678/147.62 mph, 1,000ft-6.118.

Left Lane: Ron Weems Runs 7.643/130.85/0.533, Now #24; A/A Index: 7.11, Prior Best: 11.385/78.65/4.275, Was #24
Right Lane: Gary Ross Runs 6.575/211.26/-0.515, Now #18; A/AA Index: 7.09, Prior Best: 6.627/209.75/-0.463, Was #19

Weems is off the throttle before the 1000 foot lights. Ross finds some power and move one spot up the ladder to #18.

Left Lane: Ed Sigmon Runs 8.649/127.56/-0.341, Now #23; C/SR Index: 8.99, Prior Best: 8.695/129.54/-0.295, Was #23
Right Lane: Aaron Strong Runs 8.281/163.55/-0.469, Now #20; B/T Index: 8.75, Prior Best: 8.405/163.63/-0.345, Was #22

Sigmon finds a little ET, but slows a little to stay #23.

Strong does the same, but gets two spots.

Left Lane: Tyler Hogan Runs 7.024/188.96/-0.536, Now #15; C/DA Index: 7.56, Prior Best: 7.122/0.00/-0.438, Was #22
Right Lane: David Rampy Runs 7.209/182.26/-0.631, Now #4; A/EA Index: 7.84, Prior Best: 7.230/175.64/-0.610, Was #5

Two nice passes. Hogan has the wheels up at the launch and makes a seven spot move into the number fifteen spot.

Rampy's Bantam likes the conditions too and moves up a spot to number 4.

Left Lane: Ryan Warter Runs 8.675/150.95/-0.585, Now #8; H/A Index: 9.26, Prior Best: 8.734/155.15/-0.526, Was #17
Right Lane: Ross Wilson Runs 8.196/166.11/-0.554, Now #12; C/SM Index: 8.75, Prior Best: 8.207/164.97/-0.543, Was #13

Left Lane: Dale Giroux Runs 7.024/196.33/-0.546, Now #16; B/AA Index: 7.57, Prior Best: 7.079/193.82/-0.491, Was #20
Right Lane: David Billingsley Runs 8.712/152.35/-0.598, Now #6; L/AA Index: 9.31, Prior Best: 8.770/151.77/-0.540, Was #15

...and the hits keep coming!

Both cars use the improved conditions to move well up the ladder.

Left Lane: Adam Bowdish Runs 10.569/90.18/2.009, Now #10; B/SMA Index: 8.56, Prior Best: 7.980/168.72/-0.580, Was #10
Right Lane: Jeff Lane No Time, Now #14; C/SMA Index: 8.73, Prior Best: 8.180/165.86/-0.550, Was #14

Lane puts "stuff" on the track from out of the burnout box to past the starting line.

Bowdish has the wheels way at the green and has to lift.

5:43 p.m. Time for some dusting and cleaning!

Left Lane: Brandon Huhtala Runs 7.262/189.04/-0.628, Now #1; C/A Index: 7.89, Prior Best: 7.235/188.62/-0.655, Was #1
Right Lane: Doug Lambeck Runs 8.361/160.42/-0.579, Now #11; D/SMA Index: 8.94, Prior Best: 18.907/45.06/9.967, Was #26

5:50 p.m. Back to qualifying.

Huhtala picks up a little speed, but loses a little ET. Lambeck gets a full pass this time and moves well up into the top half of the field.

Left Lane: Alan Ellis Runs 6.572/204.76/-0.648, Now #4; A/AP Index: 7.22, Prior Best: 6.657/203.89/-0.563, Was #12
Right Lane: Brian Fitzpatrick No Time, Now #27; H/D Index: 6.93, No Prior Run

Fitzpatrick has problems in the burnout and is pushed back.

Nice pass for Ellis. A little faster and a little quicker to move eight spots up the ladder to number four.

Left Lane: Mike DePalma Runs 8.836/153.16/-0.644, Now #3; I/SM Index: 9.48, Prior Best: 8.831/152.99/-0.649, Was #3

DePalma finds a little speed and stays #3.

Left Lane: Brian Browell Runs 7.142/185.54/-0.648, Now #5; D/D Index: 7.79, Prior Best: 7.199/184.42/-0.591, Was #9

Browell tests the tree with a strong 0.004 light and then parleys that into a great run into the new #5 spot.

Left Lane: Justin Lamb Runs 9.022/109.53/-0.138, Now #23; F/SMA Index: 9.16, Prior Best: 8.698/138.03/-0.462, Was #23

This went bad for Lamb's engine near the finish line, as there is smoke from the engine and "stuff" on the track. He quickly pulls over to the wall and stops on the track. OUCH!

5:56 p.m. Field not filled, no bump spot.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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