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Sat, 16 Jun 2018, 16:31 PM

Factory Stock Showdown Round 1 Eliminations
By Dave Rowe





BRISTOL, Tenn. - Results of round 1 eliminations in School of Automotive Machinists Factory Stock Showdown at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 18th annual Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 4967 Randy Taylor                            3 Chuck Watson                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.077  8.429 162.63                    -0.258  8.365 164.37
 Qualified:            #16  8.411 162.55                        #8  8.311 165.27
4:18 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 89 degrees, relative humidity 40 percent, barometer 28.45 inches, adjusted altitude 4,416 feet, track temperature 139 degrees.

This is first time these two have met in competition.

Watson leaves a little too soon and goes red giving the win to Taylor.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  293 Allen Johnson                         373 Bill Skillman                
E1                   0.080  8.546 160.37     ****WINNER****  0.064  8.480 161.32
 Qualified:             #7  8.310 165.05                       #15  8.401 161.61
This is the first time Johnson has qualified in this class.

Skillman gets out of the gate first and slowly extends his lead all the way through the run.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  445 Aaron Stanfield                        10 Waldemar Rodriguez           
E1   ****WINNER****  0.051  8.343 163.18                     0.074  8.414 162.47
 Qualified:             #6  8.294 163.57                       #14  8.395 163.28
This is the first time these two have met in competition.

Stanfield gets the holeshot and extends his lead all the way through the run.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 L362 Leonard Libersher                    7773 Leah Pritchett               
E1                  -0.014  8.393 163.18     ****WINNER****  0.044  8.406 165.33
 Qualified:             #5  8.284 164.11                       #13  8.384 164.59
This is the first meeting between these two.

Libersher leaves a little too quickly and goes red giving the win to Pritchett.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 3285 Joseph Welch                            9 Carl Tasca                   
E1   ****WINNER****  0.029  8.287 164.29                     0.101  9.171 161.07
 Qualified:             #2  8.275 165.42                       #10  8.335 162.78
This is the first time these two have met.

Welch gets a big holeshot and pulls away for the win.

Welch will take on Stanfield in the next round.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    6 Scott Libersher                         2 Pete Gasko Jr.               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.066  8.312 164.31                     0.051  9.092 160.59
 Qualified:             #3  8.276 164.69                       #11  8.336 163.14
Libersher is 1-0 vs. Gasko.

Gasko gets out of the gate first but Libersher reels him in and goes around him before they reach the sixty foot mark.

Libersher will take on Skillman in the next round.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    5 Stephen Bell                         3805 Kevin Skinner                
E1                   0.058  9.012 160.46     ****WINNER****  0.040  8.391 160.65
 Qualified:             #4  8.279 165.74                       #12  8.357 161.38
Skinner is 2-0 vs. Bell.

Bell is a little behind off the line and then the engine bogs a little. Skinner goes down the groove with a good run to take the win.

Bell will take on Taylor in the next round.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    1 David Barton                         4473 Arthur Kohn                  
E1                   0.030  8.330 163.91     ****WINNER****  0.033  8.314 159.97
 Qualified:             #1  8.264 165.05                        #9  8.311 160.50
Kohn is 1-0 vs. Barton.

Barton gets a small advantage off the line but Kohn reels him in quickly and hangs on for the win.

Kohn will take on Pritchett in the next round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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