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Sun, 25 Feb 2018, 16:36 PM

Top Fuel Harley Round 1 Eliminations
By David Gerard

CHANDLER, Ariz. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Fuel Harley at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 34th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals:

    2 Rickey House                          204 Randal Andras                
E1                   0.126  6.649 217.46     ****WINNER****  0.113  6.472 200.98
 Qualified:             #5  6.472 218.41                        #4  6.402 185.97
1:05 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 63 degrees, relative humidity 20 percent, barometer 28.94 inches, adjusted altitude 1,649 feet, track temperature 96 degrees.

The two middle qualifiers come to the line.

Andras gets the initial advantage, but House drives on by. His engine starts to smoke near the top end and it costs him.

Andras is leaning a lot going down the track and it costs him too, but he has the win.

Rickey House's incremental times: 60ft-1.196 sec., 330ft-3.023, 660ft-4.426/175.05 mph, 1,000ft-5.618.
Randal Andras' incremental times: 60ft-1.205 sec., 330ft-2.950, 660ft-4.271/188.94 mph, 1,000ft-5.416.

  602 Mike Scott                            911 Tii Tharpe                   
E1                   0.101  6.428 219.22     ****WINNER****  0.053  6.332 222.77
 Qualified:             #6  6.478 208.49                        #3  6.280 221.38
Tharp is away first and never headed, as the bike pulls steadily ahead all the way with his best speed so far.

Scott makes his best pass of the weekend, but can't match the pace.

Mike Scott's incremental times: 60ft-1.138 sec., 330ft-2.870, 660ft-4.227/181.42 mph, 1,000ft-5.407.
Tii Tharpe's incremental times: 60ft-1.167 sec., 330ft-2.893, 660ft-4.211/188.89 mph, 1,000ft-5.351.

  267 Kevin Boyer                            40 Doug Vancil                  
E1                   0.058  6.574 210.60     ****WINNER****  0.117  6.391 201.58
 Qualified:             #7  6.518 211.10                        #2  6.277 222.69
Boyer is away first, but Vancil rides on by before the 60 foot light and pulls ever ahead for the easy win.

He will give lane choice to Tharp in round two.

Kevin Boyer's incremental times: 60ft-1.213 sec., 330ft-2.965, 660ft-4.327/177.67 mph, 1,000ft-5.519.
Doug Vancil's incremental times: 60ft-1.119 sec., 330ft-2.825, 660ft-4.171/182.80 mph, 1,000ft-5.337.

   76 Beau Layne                              1 Jay Turner                   
E1                   0.070  6.598 204.01     ****WINNER****  0.114  6.297 214.96
 Qualified:             #8  6.581 204.88                        #1  6.269 216.24
Turner is way late and has to chase down Layne for the easy win.

Strong clean pass for Layne, but he is just a little off his prior times.

Beau Layne's incremental times: 60ft-1.123 sec., 330ft-2.885, 660ft-4.270/176.67 mph, 1,000ft-5.510.
Jay Turner's incremental times: 60ft-1.123 sec., 330ft-2.800, 660ft-4.119/186.56 mph, 1,000ft-5.288.

1:14 p.m. Turner will have lane choice over Andras later.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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