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Sun, 25 Feb 2018, 15:48 PM

Top Fuel Round 2 Eliminations
By Rick Green





CHANDLER, Ariz. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Fuel 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
    4 Antron Brown                         7129 Greg Carrillo                
E2                   0.077  6.793 120.75     ****WINNER****  0.102  4.054 284.21
 Prior rounds:
E1    (M Salinas   ) 0.045  8.756  79.76      (T Schumacher) 0.097  4.223 221.27
 Qualified:             #8  3.712 328.70                       #16  4.227 220.91
Weather conditions: air temperature 63 degrees, relative humidity 20 percent, barometer 28.94 inches, adjusted altitude 1,649 feet, track temperature 96 degrees.

This is the first time Brown and Carrillo have faced each other in eliminations.

Brown with the starting line advantage and was up in smoke as soon as he hit the throttle.

Carrillo is dropping cylinders right at the hit and kept it hooked up to take the win. It was using up the engine, but still got the win. The word from the top end is there is oil in his lane. Greg Carrillo was charged with an oildown, #1 for the season. That will cost 5 points and $1K.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  474 Billy Torrence                          1 Brittany Force               
E2   ****WINNER****  0.079  3.723 320.74                     0.142  4.661 156.12
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D Kalitta   ) 0.088  6.570 138.34      (C Millican  ) 0.096  3.724 293.66
 Qualified:             #6  3.697 331.45                       #14  3.828 253.52
Force is 1 - 0 against Torrence in prior events.

Torrence with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win.

Force started to shake early and clicked it off.

Torrence was on a great looking pass until right in the lights when the engine let go with a huge fireball. The word on the top end is there is oil. Billy Torrence was charged with an oildown, #1 for the season. That will cost 5 points and $1K.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  256 Blake Alexander                         2 Steve Torrence               
E2                   0.081  3.784 306.19     ****WINNER****  0.091  3.690 331.36
 Prior rounds:
E1    (T McMillen  ) 0.075  3.848 322.27      (S Chrisman  ) 0.068  3.705 330.07
 Qualified:             #7  3.705 329.58                        #2  3.655 331.45
Torrence is 2 - 0 against Alexander in prior events.

Alexander's crew pushed him back to the starting line after the burnout. Alexander with a slight starting line advantage, but Torrence had the difference made up by the Christmas tree and never trailed from there on for the win. Alexander with a pop right in the lights.

Torrence will have lane choice over his father in the semifinal.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   10 Scott Palmer                          777 Leah Pritchett               
E2   ****WINNER****  0.099  3.844 325.85                     0.084  7.962  86.85
 Prior rounds:
E1    (R Crampton  ) 0.089  3.768 325.45      (T Buff      ) 0.050  3.679 333.08
 Qualified:            #12  3.788 326.63                        #4  3.679 334.15
Pritchett is 7 - 0 against Palmer in prior events.

Pritchett with the starting line advantage, but is up in smoke right off the starting line and that is the end of her win streak here.

Palmer is straight down the groove until right in the lights when it starting to haze the tires.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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