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Thu, 14 Feb 2013, 20:11 PM

Competition Eliminator Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By David Gerard

POMONA, Calif. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 53rd annual O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed this round, amount over/under index this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time, speed & over/under Index, and position in order prior to run:
Left Lane: Joe Mozeris Runs 7.226/176.86/-0.294, Now #15; B/ED Index: 7.52, Prior Best: 7.117/182.40/-0.403, Was #15
Right Lane: Scott McClay Runs 13.413/49.87/5.543, Now #3; C/ED Index: 7.87, Prior Best: 7.287/181.08/-0.583, Was #3

4:41 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 73 degrees, relative humidity 27 percent, barometer 28.96 inches, adjusted altitude 2,443 feet, track temperature 82 degrees.

Both drivers have their hands full. Mozeris is first, as his dragster makes a move out of the groove right off the line. Right after that McClay's car makes a big move towards the center line and he has to dump to keep it in his lane.

Left Lane: Ed Sigmon Runs 8.609/130.05/-0.431, Now #15; C/SR Index: 9.04, Prior Best: 8.767/118.53/-0.273, Was #17
Right Lane: Tom Mettler Runs 7.429/182.30/-0.571, Now #6; PST Index: 8.00, Prior Best: 7.482/181.32/-0.518, Was #12

Sigmon pick up a bunch of ET, but only two spots on the ladder.

Mettler was shown in the wrong class in session one. He finds some more power this time to move six spots up the ladder into the top half of the field.

Left Lane: Lou Ficco Jr. Runs 9.734/91.84/2.164, Now #5; B/AP Index: 7.57, Prior Best: 6.998/196.76/-0.572, Was #5
Right Lane: Tyler Hogan Runs 10.276/82.98/2.676, Now #1; C/DA Index: 7.60, Prior Best: 6.982/189.15/-0.618, Was #1

Ficco's GXP moves out of the groove down track and he lifts. Hogan has his own problems and is done right off the line.

Left Lane: Jeff Lane Runs 8.030/167.88/-0.590, Now #3; B/SMA Index: 8.62, Prior Best: 8.057/167.43/-0.563, Was #7
Right Lane: Mark Lelchook Runs 7.451/177.56/-0.489, Now #13; D/ED Index: 7.94, Prior Best: 7.721/143.81/-0.219, Was #18

Two straight and clean passes and two big improvements. Lane into the top four for now.

Left Lane: Dean Carter Runs 6.992/188.38/-0.568, Now #9; A/ND Index: 7.56, Prior Best: 7.031/187.94/-0.529, Was #12
Right Lane: Ross Wilson Runs 8.150/168.77/-0.610, Now #2; C/SM Index: 8.76, Prior Best: 8.230/164.89/-0.530, Was #11

Two more improvements, with Wilson getting the best of it and moves all the way up to the new number two spot.

Left Lane: Alan Ellis Runs 6.548/204.79/-0.602, Now #4; A/AA Index: 7.15, Prior Best: 6.592/203.61/-0.558, Was #10
Right Lane: Aaron Strong Runs 8.279/164.61/-0.651, Now #1; G/A Index: 8.93, Prior Best: 8.331/164.17/-0.599, Was #3

...and the hits keep coming!

Strong just misses the green by -0.003, but has the power to drive into the new top spot.

Ellis has the power too and finds the top four.

Left Lane: Scott Hedlund Runs 7.705/176.28/-0.645, Now #2; A/SM Index: 8.35, No Prior Run
Right Lane: Chip Rumis Runs 6.797/202.61/-0.353, Now #20; A/AA Index: 7.15, Prior Best: 9.966/104.62/2.816, Was #21

Wheels up leave for Hedlund and he is close to the top spot.

Rumis runs almost 100 MPH faster than session one and only moves up one spot on the ladder.

Left Lane: Gary Ross Runs 7.747/143.86/0.597, Now #13; A/AA Index: 7.15, Prior Best: 6.606/209.59/-0.544, Was #13
Right Lane: Brian Fitzpatrick Runs 6.882/216.79/-0.048, Now #21; H/D Index: 6.93, Prior Best: 6.814/213.30/-0.116, Was #21

No shake for Fitzpatrick and a full pass, but he stays #21.

Ross slows.

Left Lane: Doug Lambeck Runs 8.496/131.79/-0.454, Now #8; D/SMA Index: 8.95, Prior Best: 8.376/160.00/-0.574, Was #8
Right Lane: Justin Lamb Runs 8.792/126.62/-0.388, Now #19; D/AA Index: 9.18, No Prior Run

Big wheel stand for Lamb off the line and the car slows down track. Lambeck clicks it early too.

Left Lane: Randy Jones Runs 8.423/157.65/-0.627, Now #3; C/TA Index: 9.05, Prior Best: 8.697/156.05/-0.353, Was #20
Right Lane: Steve Graham Runs 7.405/183.82/-0.525, Now #15; C/A Index: 7.93, Prior Best: 7.452/183.34/-0.478, Was #15

Jones sits in the lights for almost six seconds after Graham left and then makes the most of it with a straight and clean pass into the new #3 spot.

Graham moves into the fifty under range, but stays #15

Left Lane: John Edwards Runs 7.333/186.18/-0.577, Now #10; C/AA Index: 7.91, Prior Best: 7.443/181.37/-0.467, Was #17
Right Lane: Dan Fletcher Runs 8.032/156.86/-0.618, Now #5; C/EA Index: 8.65, Prior Best: 8.103/149.20/-0.547, Was #13

Last pair and Fletcher gets the power to the ground, moving eight spots up the ladder.

Edwards finds some tune up too and moves seven positions.

5:01 p.m. Strong is number one at -0.651 under his index. Field not filled, no bump spot.

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