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Sat, 26 Apr 2014, 19:20 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 1 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan

BAYTOWN, Texas - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 27th annual O'Reilly NHRA SpringNationals presented by Super Start Batteries:

  728 Mike Strasburg                        765 Duane Shields                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.051  5.376 271.46                     0.101  5.393 267.85
 Qualified:             #8  5.373 261.02                        #9  5.377 268.60
5:49 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 81 degrees, relative humidity 70 percent, barometer 29.77 inches, adjusted altitude 2,581 feet, track temperature 101 degrees.

Strasburg beat up on Shields at both ends of the track to win by about a car length (and these are long cars).

  681 Shawn Cowie                           415 Lee Callaway                 
E1                   0.072  5.414 267.85     ****WINNER****  0.025  5.430 247.34
 Qualified:             #7  5.357 269.24                       #10  5.392 271.35
Cowie came into eliminations with three good, consistent runs during qualifying; Callaway struggled and had to make a good run on his last attempt to get into the field.

Callaway won this one on a holeshot. Cowie was closing the gap over the first half of the track, but Callaway held him off on the trop end.

Lee Callaway's incremental margins: 60ft(0.020), 330 ft(0.014), 660ft(0.031), 1,000ft(0.047). MOV: 0.0315 seconds (approximately 12 feet).

  596 Randy Meyer                            49 Michael Manners              
E1   ****WINNER****  0.054  5.486 271.84                     0.204  5.404 269.46
 Qualified:             #5  5.333 274.16                       #12  5.449 250.74
Manners was late and Meyer needed the help. His car started rattling the tires about 300 feet out and got a little sideways, forcing him to backpedal to settle the car down. He did so nicely, saving the holeshot victory with good driving, winning by about a car length.

 4111 Brandon Pierce                        489 Chase Copeland               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.317  5.508 245.81                     0.072 17.433  46.45
 Qualified:             #6  5.343 266.90                       #11  5.443 261.22
Pierce was very, very late, but Copeland boiled the rear tires, the car going nowhere.

  477 Forrest Fair                          469 Darvin Martinets             
E1   ****WINNER****  0.079 No Time                          -0.105  5.829 178.19
 Qualified:             #4  5.282 263.87                       #13  5.548 245.90
This was bizarre! Martinets went red, then Fair launched into full-blown tire smoke. He lifted, then got back into the throttle and the car took off. However, Martinets also took out the finish line, so Fair's ET was not valid and no speed was recorded, but he's the winner anyway. He won't have lane choice against Meyer in round two.

  416 James Thompson                        464 Buddy Domingue               
E1                   0.058  5.340 260.06     ****WINNER****  0.036  5.342 274.55
 Qualified:             #3  5.258 273.55                       #14  6.923 256.55
This was also a little strange...Domingue left first, but fell behind with tire shake and had to chase Thompson down. However, the win is still considered a holeshot victory because Thompson's ET was two thousandths better, even though Domingue was chasing Thompson most of the way.

Buddy Domingue's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.005), 330 ft(-0.020), 660ft(-0.027), 1,000ft(-0.011). MOV: 0.0208 seconds (approximately 8 feet).

Domingue will have lane choice against Pierce in round two.

  530 Alan Bradshaw                         487 Mark Taliaferro              
E1                   0.034 12.719  97.82     ****WINNER****  0.085  5.313 271.19
 Qualified:            #15  7.632 112.18                        #2  5.242 272.61
Bradshaw had a big holeshot advantage, but that disappeared almost immediately when he started smoking the tires.

Taliaferro will have lane choice against Callaway in round two.

  417 Karl Brounkowski                      412 David Brounkowski            
E1                         No Time           ****WINNER****  0.279  5.344 267.32
 Qualified:            #16 10.562  77.70                        #1  5.202 264.13
The brothers Brounkowski meet in round one and the race was decided on a redlight. Karl left before the tree was activated, then made what looked like a pretty good run. David sat there for a bit, then made his slowest run of the event. Even so, he will have lane choice against Strasburg in round two.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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