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Sun, 25 Feb 2018, 12:03 PM

Top Sportsman presented by RacingRVs.com Round 2 Eliminations
By David Gerard





CHANDLER, Ariz. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Sportsman presented by RacingRVs.com at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 34th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   77 Kelly Harper                         7025 Bud Preuss                   
E2                   0.026  6.981 193.90     ****WINNER****  0.052  6.762 202.61
          TS  Dial: 6.93 (+/-):  0.051              TS  Dial: 6.74 (+/-):  0.022
 Prior rounds:
E1    (J Connelly  ) 0.081  6.993  0.033      (J Tiegen    ) 0.041  6.775  0.015
 Qualified:            #20  6.957 194.44                       #12  6.749 203.49
9:47 a.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 47 degrees, relative humidity 41 percent, barometer 28.97 inches, adjusted altitude 626 feet, track temperature 48 degrees.

Door handle to door handle in the lights!

Bud Preuss' MOV: 0.0036 seconds (approximately 12 inches).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  605 Mike Ferderer                           5 Bryan Warr                   
E2                  -0.050  7.053 193.13     ****WINNER****  0.001  6.932 196.76
          TS  Dial: 7.09 (+/-): -0.037              TS  Dial: 6.89 (+/-):  0.042
 Prior rounds:
E1    (J Landavazo ) 0.011  7.113  0.003      (J Coughlin J) 0.028  6.927  0.007
 Qualified:            #27  7.093 192.88                       #19  6.910 197.33
Bryan Warr nails the tree with a 0.001 light. MOV: opponent's red light.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 5116 Dave Slatten                           78 Doug Crumlich                
E2   ****WINNER****  0.019  6.674 207.62                     0.009  6.972 173.81
          TS  Dial: 6.63 (+/-):  0.044              TS  Dial: 6.90 (+/-):  0.072
 Prior rounds:
E1    (K Ratzloff  ) 0.002  6.692  0.022      (C Rumis     ) 0.032  6.981  0.071
 Qualified:            #10  6.653 211.20                       #18  6.906 199.11
Close race.

Dave Slatten runs closer to the inde for the win. MOV: 0.0183 seconds (approximately 5 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
    4 Richard Okerman                      7356 Ted Kellner                  
E2   ****WINNER****  0.017  6.959 196.70                    -0.004  7.273 186.98
          TS  Dial: 6.97 (+/-): -0.011              TS  Dial: 7.25 (+/-):  0.023
 Prior rounds:
E1    (J Roubicek  ) 0.015  7.027  0.027      (M Williams  ) 0.014  7.297  0.017
 Qualified:            #21  6.977 196.90                       #29  7.275 188.10
Richard Okerman's MOV: opponent's -0.004 red light.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 6402 Daryl Hemley                         721P Raul Perez                   
E2                   0.020  6.846 197.68     ****WINNER****  0.001  6.812 192.11
          TS  Dial: 6.96 (+/-): -0.114              TS  Dial: 6.77 (+/-):  0.042
 Prior rounds:
E1    (G Ross      ) 0.077  6.990  0.000      (D Meyer     ) 0.022  6.813  0.013
 Qualified:            #23  6.999 197.91                       #15  6.790 204.79
Terrific 0.001 light for Raul Perez and the win. MOV: Opponent broke out.

Warr will be his competition later.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   76 Don Meziere                             3 Ed Olpin                     
E2                   0.036  6.852 200.98     ****WINNER****  0.023  6.993 195.90
          TS  Dial: 6.86 (+/-): -0.008              TS  Dial: 7.00 (+/-): -0.007
 Prior rounds:
E1    (B LaFlam    ) 0.025  6.909  0.049      (P Dion      ) 0.021  7.037  0.017
 Qualified:            #17  6.862 200.80                       #25  7.019 197.16
Miezere was the TS winner at Pomona and won't repeat.

Ed Olpin's MOV: Took the stripe by 0.0120 seconds (approximately 4 feet) in a double breakout.

He faces Okerman in round three.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
        Bye                                4147 Greg Lair                    
E2                                            ****WINNER****  0.667 No Time      
                                                    TS  Dial: 6.46 (+/-): 93.539
 Prior rounds:
E1                                           (J Edwards   ) 0.031  8.496  1.996
 Qualified:                                                       #8  6.589 215.37
Lair gets a single, as one car didn't make the call and the other broke in the burnout. Luck is good!

He takes the green, rolls a couple of feet, and has to be pushed away. He will race Preuss in round three.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 171M John Taylor Jr                       5790 JR Lobner                    
E2   ****WINNER****  0.027  7.072 187.26                     0.022  7.317 180.02
          TS  Dial: 6.95 (+/-):  0.122              TS  Dial: 7.32 (+/-): -0.003
 Prior rounds:
E1    (M Weaver    ) 0.013  7.071  0.091      (R Martin    ) 0.014  7.367  0.027
 Qualified:            #22  6.983 191.46                       #30  7.333 185.38
Just 0.005 difference in RT's.

John Taylor Jr. gets the win. MOV: Opponent broke out by just -0.003.

9:57 a.m. He faces Slatten later.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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