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Fri, 08 Nov 2013, 15:34 PM

Competition Eliminator Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By David Gerard

POMONA, Calif. - Notes from final, round 3 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: Ross Wilson Runs 8.518/137.01/-0.232, Now #14; C/SM Index: 8.75, Prior Best: 8.196/166.11/-0.554, Was #14
Right Lane: Ryan Warter Runs 8.744/154.58/-0.516, Now #10; H/A Index: 9.26, Prior Best: 8.675/150.95/-0.585, Was #10

12:16 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 80 degrees, relative humidity 20 percent, barometer 28.88 inches, adjusted altitude 2,924 feet, track temperature 106 degrees.

Field not filled, no bump spot.

Both cars slow from yesterday's times.

Left Lane: Aaron Strong Runs 12.257/75.92/3.507, Now #22; B/T Index: 8.75, Prior Best: 8.281/163.55/-0.469, Was #22
Right Lane: Dale Giroux Runs 7.073/195.00/-0.497, Now #17; B/AA Index: 7.57, Prior Best: 7.024/196.33/-0.546, Was #17

The weather is definitely not as good as yesterday and it shows.

Left Lane: Jim Greenheck Runs 7.297/186.10/-0.613, Now #7; C/AA Index: 7.91, Prior Best: 7.296/186.56/-0.614, Was #7
Right Lane: Tyler Hogan Runs 7.076/187.18/-0.484, Now #18; C/DA Index: 7.56, Prior Best: 7.024/188.96/-0.536, Was #18

Good passes, but no improvements again.

Left Lane: Jeff Lane Runs 8.168/166.13/-0.562, Now #13; C/SMA Index: 8.73, Prior Best: 8.180/165.86/-0.550, Was #15
Right Lane: Mike DePalma Runs 22.827/36.82/13.347, Now #3; I/SM Index: 9.48, Prior Best: 8.831/152.99/-0.649, Was #3

DePalma has a good leave and then drives slowly down the track.

Lane finds the weather to his liking and picks up two spots on the ladder.

Jeff Lane's incremental times: 60ft-1.162 sec., 330ft-3.366, 660ft-5.207/132.18 mph, 1,000ft-6.811.

Left Lane: Kurt Hugger Runs 7.378/184.22/-0.612, Now #8; PST Index: 7.99, Prior Best: 7.397/183.82/-0.593, Was #9
Right Lane: Scott Hedlund Runs 7.740/175.27/-0.610, Now #9; A/SM Index: 8.35, Prior Best: 12.955/69.10/4.605, Was #26

Hedlund finally gets a full pass and it's a good one. All the way up to the number nine spot.

Hugger improves too. In to the sixty under range and up one spot to number eight.

Left Lane: John Edwards Runs 7.358/185.36/-0.552, Now #15; C/AA Index: 7.91, Prior Best: 7.349/185.49/-0.561, Was #15
Right Lane: Adam Bowdish Runs 8.497/127.88/-0.063, Now #12; B/SMA Index: 8.56, Prior Best: 7.980/168.72/-0.580, Was #12

Bowdish slows a bunch.

Left Lane: David Billingsley Runs 8.735/151.92/-0.575, Now #10; L/AA Index: 9.31, Prior Best: 8.712/152.35/-0.598, Was #10
Right Lane: Tom Mettler Runs 7.386/184.07/-0.604, Now #2; PST Index: 7.99, Prior Best: 7.336/184.90/-0.654, Was #2

Left Lane: Scott McClay Runs 7.287/180.60/-0.543, Now #19; C/ED Index: 7.83, Prior Best: 7.312/180.79/-0.518, Was #21
Right Lane: Brandon Huhtala Runs 7.281/188.78/-0.609, Now #1; C/A Index: 7.89, Prior Best: 7.235/188.62/-0.655, Was #1

McClay keeps the front end down this time and picks up some ET to move two spots up the ladder to Number nineteen.

Clean pass for Huhtala to ensure his number one spot.

Left Lane: Brian Fitzpatrick Runs 6.973/197.10/0.043, Now #26; H/D Index: 6.93, No Prior Run
Right Lane: Brian Browell Runs 7.179/184.35/-0.611, Now #5; D/D Index: 7.79, Prior Best: 7.142/185.54/-0.648, Was #5

Fitzpatrick gets to the finish line under power and puts a number on the board.

Left Lane: David Rampy Runs 7.279/163.87/-0.561, Now #6; A/EA Index: 7.84, Prior Best: 7.209/182.26/-0.631, Was #6
Right Lane: Ron Weems Runs 6.708/210.37/-0.402, Now #25; A/A Index: 7.11, Prior Best: 7.643/130.85/0.533, Was #27

Weems finally gets a full pass too and picks up a ton of ET, but only two spots on the ladder.

Left Lane: Gary Ross Runs 6.614/210.87/-0.476, Now #22; A/AA Index: 7.09, Prior Best: 6.575/211.26/-0.515, Was #22
Right Lane: Alan Ellis Runs 6.673/187.29/-0.547, Now #4; A/AP Index: 7.22, Prior Best: 6.572/204.76/-0.648, Was #4

Ellis' Frank Parks built altered makes another strong leave and then lifts before the lights. Judging for CIC's in round one??

Left Lane: Doug Lambeck Runs 8.555/132.01/-0.385, Now #13; D/SMA Index: 8.94, Prior Best: 8.361/160.42/-0.579, Was #13
Right Lane: Joe Roubicek Runs 6.563/210.73/-0.527, Now #21; A/AA Index: 7.09, Prior Best: 6.560/210.41/-0.530, Was #21

Roubicek shows why he also so successful in Top Sportsman, running 0.003 to his prior best.

Lambeck is off the pedal and coasting down track.

Left Lane: Dan Fletcher Runs 8.030/167.36/-0.620, Now #7; C/EA Index: 8.65, Prior Best: 8.102/148.43/-0.548, Was #17
Right Lane: Ed Sigmon Runs 8.739/122.03/-0.251, Now #26; C/SR Index: 8.99, Prior Best: 8.649/127.56/-0.341, Was #26

Fletcher saves the best for last and gets his full pass and moves all the way up to the top eight.

12:31 p.m. Field not filled, no bump spot.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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