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Sat, 26 Sep 2020, 14:19 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 1 Eliminations
By Rick Green





GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 51st annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  265 Cherissa Griffis-Smallwood              5 Duane Shields                
E1                   0.218 25.677  42.43     ****WINNER****  0.100  5.274 277.66
 Qualified:            #12  9.457  86.23                        #1  5.198 279.67
Shields with the starting line advantage and never trails for the win as Griffis-Smallwood is up in smoke right at the hit.

Shields is straight down the groove with a good looking pass.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  238 Mick Steele                             1 Megan Meyer                  
E1                   0.069 15.714  71.37     ****WINNER****  0.059  5.674 253.52
 Qualified:             #9  5.395 262.79                        #4  5.257 272.67
Meyer is 1 - 0 against Steele in prior events.

Meyer with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win as Steele is up in smoke right at the hit.

Meyer's car pulls the front end around 330 feet and she pedals it and then it pulls the front end again and she pedals it one more time.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    8 Jackie Fricke                        2380 Matthew Cummings             
E1                         No Time           ****WINNER****  0.083  5.304 276.13
 Qualified:             #5  5.259 276.18                        #8  5.321 269.73
This is the first time Fricke and Cummings have faced each other in eliminations.

Fricke's car dies after the burnout...

cummings is driving the Rich McPhillips car. He is straight down the groove with his quickest pass of the weekend.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  613 Joey Severance                          4 Julie Nataas                 
E1                   0.064  5.298 272.45     ****WINNER****  0.023  5.314 273.05
 Qualified:             #7  5.279 272.89                        #6  5.276 271.35
Severance is 3 - 1 against Nataas in prior events.

Nataas with a great light and the power to hold on for the hole shot win. Julie Nataas' MOV: 0.0254 seconds (approximately 10 feet). She will give up lane choice to Shields in the next round.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 725K Krista Baldwin                          6 Josh Hart                    
E1                   0.091 13.192  65.60     ****WINNER****  0.051  5.253 276.18
 Qualified:            #10  5.433 266.00                        #3  5.234 274.50
This is the first time Baldwin and Hart have faced each other in eliminations.

Hart with the starting line advantage and runs low E.T. of round one for the win. He will have lane choice over Meyer in the next round.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   16 Tom Fox Jr.                             2 Shawn Cowie                  
E1                   0.071  6.544 184.02     ****WINNER****  0.076  5.948 162.18
 Qualified:            #11  7.645  89.88                        #2  5.209 278.52
This is the first time Fox Jr. and Cowie have faced each other in eliminations.

Fox Jr. with a slight starting line advantage, but Cowie has the lead by the time they go by Christmas tree and never trails. Cowie bangs the blower just before 1000 feet and he coast to the win. He will give up lane choice to Cummings in the next round.

Fox Jr. was on a good pass until the top end.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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