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Sun, 17 Feb 2013, 16:26 PM

Top Alcohol Dragster Round 2 Eliminations
By David Gerard

POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 53rd annual O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries:

   64 Ray Martin                            613 Joey Severance               
E2                   0.185  5.335 268.71     ****WINNER****  0.037  5.393 264.39
 Prior rounds:
E1    (W Litton    ) 0.087  5.358 268.33      (E Schmeeckle) 0.050  5.397 263.92
 Qualified:            #99 No Time                              #5  5.330 265.33
1:01 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 70 degrees, relative humidity 32 percent, barometer 28.82 inches, adjusted altitude 2,421 feet, track temperature 99 degrees.

Severance is 1 - 0 against Austin in prior events.

Huge head start for Severance and he holds off a charging Austin for the win. The car moves steadily towards the wall until Severance gets it straight and finishes the run.

Joey Severance's incremental margins: 60ft(0.174), 330 ft(0.136), 660ft(0.117), 1,000ft(0.102). MOV: 0.0909 seconds (approximately 36 feet).

Mike Austin's incremental times: 60ft-0.938 sec., 330ft-2.376, 660ft-3.518/216.69 mph, 1,000ft-4.499.
Joey Severance's incremental times: 60ft-0.912 sec., 330ft-2.388, 660ft-3.549/213.43 mph, 1,000ft-4.545.

  888 Fred Hanssen                         6067 Don St. Arnaud               
E2                  -0.025  5.386 267.22     ****WINNER****  0.051  5.374 269.51
 Prior rounds:
E1    (C Grisel    ) 0.023  5.395 266.74      (D Shields   ) 0.054  5.360 256.80
 Qualified:             #6  5.342 266.58                        #3  5.309 274.16
Hanssen was FIA European TAD Champion in 2011. Will Hanna is the crew chief while he is in the USA. He is a commercial fisherman by trade (as in large trawler, not rod and line) and was originally a Super Comp racer, by a strange coincidence, his first Top Alcohol Dragster licensing pass (the launch) was an 8.9 Hanssen goes red and stays on the throttle to the finish line.

St. Arnaud makes another great pass for the win.

Fred Hanssen's incremental times: 60ft-0.989 sec., 330ft-2.426, 660ft-3.568/216.31 mph, 1,000ft-4.547.
Don St. Arnaud's incremental times: 60ft-0.948 sec., 330ft-2.450, 660ft-3.589/219.97 mph, 1,000ft-4.548.

  734 Johnny Ahten                            2 Chris Demke                  
E2                   0.071  5.494 249.63     ****WINNER****  0.037  5.359 267.32
 Prior rounds:
E1    (M McKernan  ) 0.076  5.597 246.75      (G Bateman   ) 0.044  5.287 268.97
 Qualified:            #10  5.457 255.82                        #2  5.273 270.92
Demke is 2 - 0 against Ahten in prior events.

Demke gets a big advantage off the line and pulls hard to the finish line. Ahten's fuel is catching him down track, but can't make up the big difference.

Chris Demke's incremental margins: 60ft(0.068), 330 ft(0.133), 660ft(0.130), 1,000ft(0.129). MOV: 0.1692 seconds (approximately 62 feet).

Johnny Ahten's incremental times: 60ft-0.965 sec., 330ft-2.481, 660ft-3.626/217.25 mph, 1,000ft-4.614.
Chris Demke's incremental times: 60ft-0.931 sec., 330ft-2.382, 660ft-3.530/214.62 mph, 1,000ft-4.519.

Demke will have lane choice in round three over St. Arnaud.

  712 Larry Miersch                           1 Jim Whiteley                 
E2                   0.056  5.476 264.65     ****WINNER****  0.083  5.310 269.62
 Prior rounds:
E1    (G Hunter    ) 0.039  5.495 269.94      (B Brown     ) 0.047  5.281 272.28
 Qualified:             #9  5.435 270.27                        #1  5.251 273.27
Whiteley is 2 - 1 against Miersch in prior events.

Miersch gets a small lead right at the green, but Whiteley catches and passes him before the 60 foot lights.

He will have lane choice over Severance next round.

Jim Whiteley's incremental margins: 60ft(0.026), 330 ft(0.138), 660ft(0.144), 1,000ft(0.129). MOV: 0.1393 seconds (approximately 54 feet).

Larry Miersch's incremental times: 60ft-0.972 sec., 330ft-2.514, 660ft-3.661/218.94 mph, 1,000ft-4.633.
Jim Whiteley's incremental times: 60ft-0.919 sec., 330ft-2.349, 660ft-3.490/217.77 mph, 1,000ft-4.477.

1:13 p.m.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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