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Sun, 18 Mar 2018, 09:42 AM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 2 Eliminations
By Rick Green





GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 49th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  765 Duane Shields                         726 Jordan Vandergriff           
E2   ****WINNER****  0.081  5.232 276.86                     0.074  5.379 273.39
 Prior rounds:
E1    (R Samsel    ) 0.053  5.294 271.68      (J Veale     ) 0.078  5.382 275.73
 Qualified:             #4  5.225 274.00                       #12  5.302 275.62
Weather conditions: air temperature 69 degrees, relative humidity 79 percent, barometer 29.74 inches, adjusted altitude 1,694 feet, track temperature 76 degrees.

Vandergriff with the starting line advantage, but Shields has the lead by the time they go by the Christmas tree and never trails from there on for the win. Shields kept it hooked up and hitting on all eight to make a great pass.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  325 Troy Coughlin Jr.                      52 James Stevens                
E2                   0.080 11.639  63.78     ****WINNER****  0.056  5.284 272.12
 Prior rounds:
E1    (J Fricke    ) 0.072  5.334 271.13      (J Chatterson) 0.040  5.269 275.28
 Qualified:             #7  5.239 270.48                        #2  5.206 277.37
Stevens with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. Stevens was straight down the groove with another good pass.

Coughlin Jr. with severe tire shake and then smoke before he clicked it off.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   10 Marty Thacker                           6 Chris Demke                  
E2                  -0.008  5.835 205.32     ****WINNER****  0.003 11.105  70.08
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D Page      ) 0.001  5.308 269.94      (M Meyer     ) 0.025  5.252 266.85
 Qualified:            #14  5.325 273.16                        #6  5.239 276.97
Thacker was a little too quick on the tree and turned on the red light to give Demke the win.

Demke with tire shake and clicked it off for the win. He will give up lane choice to Stevens in the semifinal.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 1211 Justin Ashley                          11 Josh Hart                    
E2                   0.021  7.000 151.04     ****WINNER****  0.052  5.260 272.34
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D Mercier   ) 0.043  5.294 277.83      (D Dietrich  ) 0.057  5.244 274.39
 Qualified:             #8  5.247 277.54                        #1  5.178 276.07
Ashley is 1 - 0 against Hart in prior events.

Ashley with the starting line advantage, but had severe tire shake and pedaled it. It was too late by then and clicked it off.

Hart launched hard and kept it hooked up to go straight down the groove for the win. He will give up lane choice to Shields in the semifinal.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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