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Thu, 12 Sep 2019, 14:18 PM

Competition Eliminator Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Jim Samuel

MOHNTON, Pa. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 35th annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, amount over/under index, and position in order following run, class and class index:
Left Lane: Jesse Alexandra Runs 8.039/168.30/8.039, Now #2 FS/SM Index: 0.00
Right Lane: Calvin Hill Runs 8.321/162.10/-0.489, Now #1 I/A Index: 8.81

1:57 p.m. - Weather conditions: air temperature 84 degrees, relative humidity 62 percent, barometer 29.48 inches, adjusted altitude 3,117 feet, track temperature 111 degrees.

Two clean runs that set the starting point for qualifying.

Left Lane: Kevin Houghtaling Runs 8.275/163.93/-1.025, Now #4 F/SM Index: 9.30
Right Lane: Ronald Proctor Sr. Runs 7.102/187.50/-0.498, Now #2 C/DA Index: 7.60

Another pair of clean runs.

Left Lane: Elio Mannino Runs 7.028/197.28/-0.592, Now #2 B/AA Index: 7.62
Right Lane: Pat Ross Runs 8.124/167.22/-0.516, Now #3 F/A Index: 8.64

Both drivers took their cars straight down the groove.

Left Lane: Mark Hopkins Runs 7.699/176.40/-0.601, Now #2 D/A Index: 8.30
Right Lane: Randy Daniels Runs 8.509/161.00/-0.571, Now #4 E/SM Index: 9.08

Two more cars. Two more drivers. Two more runs down the track.

Left Lane: Doug Doll Runs 7.379/180.40/-0.531, Now #5 F/DA Index: 7.91
Right Lane: Christopher Piston Runs 8.782/116.66/0.042, Now #9 F/DA Index: 8.74

Piston's run was a little bit slower than the index.

Left Lane: Allyn Armstrong Runs 8.900/150.21/-0.450, Now #10 L/A Index: 9.35
Right Lane: Frank Affronti Runs 7.400/183.44/-0.540, Now #5 C/AA Index: 7.94

Armstrong's car bounced a bit at about 120 feet.

Left Lane: Todd Logan Runs 7.438/179.85/-0.472, Now #11 A/EA Index: 7.91
Right Lane: Thomas Miller Runs 7.332/185.97/-0.568, Now #5 C/AA Index: 7.90

Two clean runs that put each driver in the field.

Left Lane: Jay Schonberger Runs 8.214/164.11/-0.546, Now #7 I/A Index: 8.76
Right Lane: Joe Carnasciale Runs 8.944/152.09/-0.576, Now #4 I/SM Index: 9.52

Two more clean runs.

Left Lane: Richard Schonberger Runs 9.006/149.50/-0.554, Now #7 I/SM Index: 9.56
Right Lane: Chip Ippolito Runs 7.861/175.41/-0.339, Now #16 PSTA Index: 8.20

Both drivers took their cars down the groove for decent runs.

Left Lane: Frank Aragona Runs 7.440/178.78/-0.940, Now #18 J/AA Index: 8.38

Aragona went down the groove to make the field.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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