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Sat, 09 Nov 2013, 14:03 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 1 Eliminations
By David Gerard

POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 49th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals:

   64 Ray Martin                            465 Michael Manners              
E1   ****WINNER****  0.032  5.355 269.24                     0.085  5.382 271.79
 Qualified:             #9  5.386 262.90                        #8  5.386 269.94
10:34 a.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 73 degrees, relative humidity 26 percent, barometer 28.96 inches, adjusted altitude 2,386 feet, track temperature 85 degrees.

Two strong leaves and straight and true passes.

Martin gets the starting line advantage and pulls ahead to mid track. Manners starts to pull back, but runs out of track.

Ray Martin's incremental times: 60ft-0.945 sec., 330ft-2.394, 660ft-3.539/215.82 mph, 1,000ft-4.520.
Michael Manners' incremental times: 60ft-0.960 sec., 330ft-2.471, 660ft-3.608/221.67 mph, 1,000ft-4.561.

   75 Megan McKernan                       6067 Don St. Arnaud               
E1                   0.068  5.537 268.33     ****WINNER****  0.114  5.422 272.89
 Qualified:            #11  5.429 268.54                        #6  5.367 271.57
McKernan gets an early lead and holds off St. Arnaud untill right at the 330 light. He has the power and pulls steadily ahead for the car length win.

Megan McKernan's incremental times: 60ft-0.946 sec., 330ft-2.536, 660ft-3.731/213.84 mph, 1,000ft-4.707.
Don St. Arnaud's incremental times: 60ft-0.967 sec., 330ft-2.488, 660ft-3.637/218.23 mph, 1,000ft-4.601.

  681 Shawn Cowie                            79 Johnny Ahten                 
E1                   0.093  5.394 268.71     ****WINNER****  0.034  5.391 257.58
 Qualified:            #10  5.389 267.96                        #7  5.376 259.31
IT's Ahten from start to finish. He gets a big starting line advantage, as Cowie is a little late and has a little shake. Things start to get interesting after that, as Ahten's engine drops a cylinder.

Ahten has the pace to hold off Cowie for the win. Just 0.003 difference in ET's!

Shawn Cowie's incremental times: 60ft-0.935 sec., 330ft-2.415, 660ft-3.572/213.94 mph, 1,000ft-4.558.
Johnny Ahten's incremental times: 60ft-0.956 sec., 330ft-2.447, 660ft-3.564/222.33 mph, 1,000ft-4.534.

    2 Chris Demke                             6 Duane Shields                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.069  5.306 270.48                     0.084  5.437 264.75
 Qualified:             #5  5.291 271.57                       #12  5.445 262.13
Shields flickers the light and it costs him a little ET.

Demke gets away first and runs the quickest pass of the session to take the decisive win.

Chris Demke's incremental times: 60ft-0.921 sec., 330ft-2.366, 660ft-3.504/217.14 mph, 1,000ft-4.477.
Duane Shields' incremental times: 60ft-0.990 sec., 330ft-2.497, 660ft-3.629/220.66 mph, 1,000ft-4.596.

  611 Garrett Bateman                      7590 Ross Stickler                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.077  5.228 274.44                     0.046  5.362 263.92
 Qualified:             #4  5.282 270.59                       #13  5.453 260.46
Stickler gets the starting line advantage and hold off a charging Bateman until right before mid-track. He flies on by at that point and powers to the finish line with the best speed and ET of the session.

Demke will not have lane choice next round.

Garrett Bateman's incremental times: 60ft-0.913 sec., 330ft-2.373, 660ft-3.476/226.77 mph, 1,000ft-4.416.
Ross Stickler's incremental times: 60ft-0.925 sec., 330ft-2.363, 660ft-3.517/212.43 mph, 1,000ft-4.512.

  589 Gord Gingles                            8 Mark Taliaferro              
E1                   0.019  5.576 225.82     ****WINNER****  0.053  5.432 265.48
 Qualified:            #18  5.608 232.95                        #3  5.282 271.02
Gingles came in as the alternate and leaves hard and holds off Taliaferro until right before the 1000 foot lights, where the pipes go wet.

St. Arnaud will be in the other lane next round with lane choice.

Mark Taliaferro's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.071), 330 ft(-0.070), 660ft(-0.058), 1,000ft(-0.008). MOV: 0.1103 seconds (approximately 37 feet).

Gord Gingles' incremental times: 60ft-0.953 sec., 330ft-2.419, 660ft-3.569/213.91 mph, 1,000ft-4.612.
Mark Taliaferro's incremental times: 60ft-0.990 sec., 330ft-2.455, 660ft-3.593/218.19 mph, 1,000ft-4.586.

  613 Joey Severance                       6931 Jeff Ashwell                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.047 21.923  33.58                           No Time      
 Qualified:             #2  5.251 271.41                       #15  5.508 258.12
Ashwell has issues after the burnout and is shutoff. His bad luck continues, as Severance has the RPM go to the sky right off the line.

Ahten will have lane choice in round two.

    1 Jim Whiteley                          704 William Litton               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.086  5.243 276.24                     0.102  5.552 261.83
 Qualified:             #1  5.218 275.90                       #16  5.532 261.07
Litton is late and Whiteley isn't.

The Y-Not dragster flies on down the track and takes the easy win.

Jim Whiteley's incremental margins: 60ft(0.047), 330 ft(0.197), 660ft(0.256), 1,000ft(0.290). MOV: 0.3251 seconds (more than 100 feet).

Jim Whiteley's incremental times: 60ft-0.928 sec., 330ft-2.355, 660ft-3.472/221.05 mph, 1,000ft-4.429.
William Litton's incremental times: 60ft-0.959 sec., 330ft-2.536, 660ft-3.712/212.86 mph, 1,000ft-4.703.

10:58 a.m. Whiteley will have lane choice over Martin tomorrow.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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