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Mon, 21 May 2018, 12:01 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 2 Eliminations
By Bob Orme





TOPEKA, Kan. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 30th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    1 Joey Severance                        530 Alan Bradshaw                
E2                   0.035  5.836 193.43     ****WINNER****  0.036  5.274 270.75
 Prior rounds:
E1    (T Bruce     ) 0.037  5.275 273.27      (R Meyer     ) 0.049  5.406 267.16
 Qualified:             #1  5.284 272.06                        #8  5.422 266.69
10:12 a.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 65 degrees, relative humidity 74 percent, barometer 28.90 inches, adjusted altitude 2,231 feet, track temperature 75 degrees.

Bradshaw makes his best pass of the weekend for the win. Severance was having some kind of problem, but it wasn't anything visible.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 4843 Monroe Guest                         4934 Steve Collier                
E2   ****WINNER**** -0.016 17.889   NS                       0.077 No Time      
 Prior rounds:
E1    (J Stevens   ) 0.023  5.401 265.17      (G Cooper    ) 0.067  5.463 254.86
 Qualified:            #12  5.554 264.34                        #4  5.375 254.66
Guest left early, but he will get the win.

Collier's car launched with severe tire shake and then the front end started rising before half track. The car kept going skyward and blew over. The body panels blew off in the air, and when the car came back to the track it slid backwards into the wall before the finish line. He is out of the car and he's being transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

Guest will give lane choice to Bradshaw in round three.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    5 Jackie Fricke                        330V Jerry Powell                 
E2   ****WINNER****  0.102  5.378 274.27                           No Time      
 Prior rounds:
E1    (T Schmidt   ) 0.110  5.470 269.83      (M Meyer     ) 0.086  5.410 259.41
 Qualified:             #3  5.330 272.34                       #11  5.441 255.58
Powell was scheduled to race Fricke but he was a no show.

Fricke was straight down the groove on this solo pass. Jackie Fricke's incremental times: 60ft-0.974 sec., 330ft-2.504, 660ft-3.621/225.11 mph, 1,000ft-4.565.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    2 Shawn Cowie                             8 Robin Samsel                 
E2   ****WINNER****  0.063  5.204 278.00                     0.132  5.485 254.76
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D Dubbin    ) 0.052  5.310 271.68      (S Conway    ) 0.065  5.456 266.11
 Qualified:             #2  5.323 269.78                        #7  5.411 266.32
Samsel was to the left of the groove for much of this pass. He also dropped a cylinder or two on the top half of the track.

Cowie makes a strong pass for the win, and he will have lane choice over Frick in round three. Shawn Cowie's incremental times: 60ft-0.915 sec., 330ft-2.333, 660ft-3.444/222.73 mph, 1,000ft-4.395.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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