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Sun, 14 Apr 2019, 13:37 PM

Top Dragster Round 1 Eliminations
By David Gerard





LAS VEGAS - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Dragster at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division, event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7208 Denny Hills                          7638 Mark Yeager                  
E1                   0.051  6.157 224.02     ****WINNER****  0.000  6.757 193.93
         T/D  Dial: 6.10 (+/-):  0.057             T/D  Dial: 6.73 (+/-):  0.027
 Qualified:             #1  6.101 226.09                       #25  6.553 203.37
9:20 a.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 73 degrees, relative humidity 22 percent, barometer 27.88 inches, adjusted altitude 3,635 feet, track temperature 86 degrees.

Perfect light for Yeager and he out runs number one qualifier for the upset win. MOV: 0.0817 seconds (approximately 27 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 719R Russell Suyenaga                       75 Mike MacBrair                
E1                   0.037  6.206 211.33     ****WINNER****  0.042  6.634 202.55
         T/D  Dial: 6.24 (+/-): -0.034             T/D  Dial: 6.63 (+/-):  0.004
 Qualified:             #8  6.246 224.36                       #32  6.626 205.82
They leave close together, just 0.005 difference.

Mike MacBrair runs four to his dial, as Suyenaga broke out.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 766M Paul Gladden                         6593 Dan Provost                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.056  6.386 214.14                    -0.002  6.702 201.40
         T/D  Dial: 6.39 (+/-): -0.004             T/D  Dial: 6.69 (+/-):  0.012
 Qualified:            #14  6.392 214.31                       #38  6.666 201.64
Provost misses the green by just -0.002 and Gladden gets the win

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7194 Jack Sadler                          6591 Moe Trujillo                 
E1                   0.000  6.511 213.03     ****WINNER****  0.043  6.703 202.52
         T/D  Dial: 6.44 (+/-):  0.071             T/D  Dial: 6.68 (+/-):  0.023
 Qualified:            #17  6.455 212.93                       #41  6.691 203.25
Great race!

Perfect light for Sadler, but he looks to have dumped too early, as Trujillo takes the super close win. MOV: 0.0058 seconds (approximately 22 inches).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
    7 Steve Casner                         703Y Shaunda Ruckman              
E1   ****WINNER****  0.025  6.618 182.30                     0.007  8.729  96.96
         T/D  Dial: 6.54 (+/-):  0.078             T/D  Dial: 6.13 (+/-):  2.599
 Qualified:            #26  6.554 206.64                        #2  6.133 230.96
Ruckman has a much better light, but is coasting early. Casner goes on.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   71 Ed Olpin                              710 Mike Mendenhall              
E1   ****WINNER****  0.012  6.672 199.35                    -0.015  6.309 221.13
         T/D  Dial: 6.61 (+/-):  0.062             T/D  Dial: 6.30 (+/-):  0.009
 Qualified:            #35  6.649 200.50                       #11  6.297 220.69
Ed Olpin's MOV: opponent's red light.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7145 Jennifer Wiens                         77 Brianna Wiens                
E1                   0.098  6.443 213.50     ****WINNER****  0.012  6.728 200.77
         T/D  Dial: 6.46 (+/-): -0.017             T/D  Dial: 6.71 (+/-):  0.018
 Qualified:            #19  6.471 211.96                       #43  6.708 202.82
Mother and Daughter on the line!

Mom was late and breaks out. Brianna Wiens gets the win. MOV: Took the stripe by 0.0510 seconds (approximately 16 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  708 Jeff Taylor                           615 Curt Smith                   
E1   ****WINNER****  0.023  6.694 197.74                     0.063  6.445 212.23
         T/D  Dial: 6.70 (+/-): -0.006             T/D  Dial: 6.49 (+/-): -0.045
 Qualified:            #45  6.711 199.37                       #21  6.490 210.87
Really close finish.

Jeff Taylor's MOV: Took the stripe by 0.0010 seconds (approximately 4 inches) in a double breakout.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
    1 Paul Nero                             634 Dan Lafferty                 
E1                   0.042  6.708 196.22     ****WINNER****  0.002  6.488 208.04
         T/D  Dial: 6.71 (+/-): -0.002             T/D  Dial: 6.48 (+/-):  0.008
 Qualified:            #42  6.707 200.05                       #18  6.470 213.03
Dan Lafferty is deadly on both ends of the track! MOV: Took the stripe by 0.0300 seconds (approximately 9 feet), opponent broke out by just -0.002.

Dan Lafferty's package: 0.010.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 797L Baruc Llamas                            8 Steve Will                   
E1   ****WINNER****  0.024  6.592 205.10                     0.108  6.156 233.40
         T/D  Dial: 6.59 (+/-):  0.002             T/D  Dial: 6.12 (+/-):  0.036
 Qualified:            #28  6.585 204.60                        #4  6.184 228.73
Will ran under the 6.10 ET limit two times in qualifying. He misses the tree and gives the win to Baruc Llamas. He runs two to his dial. MOV: 0.1186 seconds (approximately 41 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 6718 Shane Molinari                       7219 Geneva Nash                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.008  6.192 222.07                     0.049  6.579 206.76
         T/D  Dial: 6.19 (+/-):  0.002             T/D  Dial: 6.59 (+/-): -0.011
 Qualified:             #5  6.192 223.88                       #29  6.602 206.04
Big starting line advantage for Molinari with an eight light and then runs two to his dial. MOV: Took the stripe by 0.0280 seconds (approximately 8 feet), opponent broke out.

Shane Molinari's package: 0.010.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 6010 Grant Durie                            76 John Richardson              
E1                   0.035  6.637 196.36     ****WINNER****  0.025  6.231 207.08
         T/D  Dial: 6.61 (+/-):  0.027             T/D  Dial: 6.22 (+/-):  0.011
 Qualified:            #31  6.619 197.42                        #7  6.218 224.58
Two strong leaves and Richardson drives on by Durie for the eight foot win

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7122 Tony Jardino                         7138 Correy Andrade               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.034  6.712 200.26                     0.018  6.530 204.45
         T/D  Dial: 6.72 (+/-): -0.008             T/D  Dial: 6.54 (+/-): -0.010
 Qualified:            #47  6.725 200.00                       #23  6.538 205.10
Tony Jardino's MOV: Double breakout.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7168 James Warden                         7468 George Prather               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.023  6.532 165.29                     0.021 No Time      
         T/D  Dial: 6.22 (+/-):  0.312             T/D  Dial: 6.65 (+/-): 93.349
 Qualified:             #9  6.267 219.76                       #33  6.633 200.23
Just 0.002 difference in RT's, but Prather is in trouble right after that and stops on the track right before the 660' lights.

Warden dumps early to ensure no breakout.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
    9 Andy Spiegel                         7014 Steve Schneider              
E1   ****WINNER****  0.057  6.751 178.66                    -0.054  6.318 218.12
         T/D  Dial: 6.13 (+/-):  0.621             T/D  Dial: 6.33 (+/-): -0.012
 Qualified:            #36  6.654 200.56                       #12  6.343 219.72
Andy Spiegel dumps after Schneider's red light.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 6275 Robert Tehle                         696M Mark Simmons                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.021  6.121 226.96                    -0.002  6.559 208.94
         T/D  Dial: 6.13 (+/-): -0.009             T/D  Dial: 6.56 (+/-): -0.001
 Qualified:             #3  6.145 225.22                       #27  6.569 208.78
Robert Tehle takes the win. Simmons misses the tree by -0.002 and his dial by -0.001!

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 3896 Steve Hamilton                       7700 Phillip Duerr                
E1                   0.020  6.795 191.95     ****WINNER****  0.137 34.327   NS  
         T/D  Dial: 6.81 (+/-): -0.015             T/D  Dial: 6.54 (+/-): 27.787
 Qualified:            #48  6.734 200.17                       #24  6.539 206.13
WOW! Upset!!

Duerr is dead late and off the throttle early and slowly coasting before stopping on the track.

Hamilton had a good RT, but stays after it too long and breaks out! That has to hurt!

9:42 a.m. Looks like there is "Stuff" on the track in Duerr's lane as the dusting and cleaning has started.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7125 Cody Webber                          710V Taylor Vetter                
E1                   0.007  6.689 192.22     ****WINNER****  0.034  6.491 221.02
         T/D  Dial: 6.69 (+/-): -0.001             T/D  Dial: 6.47 (+/-):  0.021
 Qualified:            #44  6.710 199.73                       #20  6.475 220.51
10:25 a.m. Well, that took a lot longer than expected! Back to racing!

Ouch! Webber hits the tree with a great seven light and then breaks out by just -0.001.

Vetter gets the easy win.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 5790 J.R. Lobner                          D712 Phil Dion                    
E1   ****WINNER****  0.007  6.660 203.43                    -0.011  6.235 221.31
         T/D  Dial: 6.70 (+/-): -0.040             T/D  Dial: 6.31 (+/-): -0.075
 Qualified:            #30  6.607 204.57                        #6  6.216 227.15
Nice seven light for J.R. Lobner. MOV: opponent's red light.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 5822 John Lobner                            67 Craig Blaisdell              
E1   ****WINNER****  0.011  6.657 201.85                    -0.028  6.445 215.00
         T/D  Dial: 6.70 (+/-): -0.043             T/D  Dial: 6.44 (+/-):  0.005
 Qualified:            #40  6.677 202.12                       #16  6.452 215.13
Blaisdell runs 0.005 to his dial after a red light. Lobner has a nice eleven light for the win

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7038 Pat Warr Jr.                          656 Gerry Devenpeck              
E1   ****WINNER****  0.028  6.742 198.61                     0.022  6.628 182.62
         T/D  Dial: 6.65 (+/-):  0.092             T/D  Dial: 6.43 (+/-):  0.198
 Qualified:            #37  6.665 205.57                       #13  6.345 215.51
Just0.006 difference in RT's and both cars are off the pedals before the lights. Warr gets the coasting win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7774 Rodger Comstock                      7029 Bobby Ray McMahan            
E1   ****WINNER****  0.019  6.746 188.04                     0.095  6.287 216.10
         T/D  Dial: 6.74 (+/-):  0.006             T/D  Dial: 6.27 (+/-):  0.017
 Qualified:            #50  6.756 200.00                       #10  6.294 217.04
Rodger Comstock gets a big starting lin advantage and runs 0.006 to his dial for the win. MOV: 0.0876 seconds (approximately 28 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7867 Dean Hall                            6308 Cody Hiatt                   
E1                   0.021  6.752 196.62     ****WINNER****  0.006  6.685 205.98
         T/D  Dial: 6.77 (+/-): -0.018             T/D  Dial: 6.66 (+/-):  0.025
 Qualified:            #49  6.734 197.97                       #39  6.667 206.92
Hall is in as an alternate for Steve Thompson.

Cody Hiatt scores a strong six light for the win. MOV: Opponent broke out.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 6716 Meghan Molinari                        51 Randy Dahlberg               
E1                   0.242  6.516 206.32     ****WINNER****  0.006  6.742 189.20
         T/D  Dial: 6.50 (+/-):  0.016             T/D  Dial: 6.72 (+/-):  0.022
 Qualified:            #22  6.512 206.13                       #46  6.714 201.16
Molinari is dead late and runs closer to her dial. Dahlberg gets the easy win.

10:31 a.m.

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