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Sun, 24 Feb 2013, 14:57 PM

Top Sportsman Round 2 Eliminations
By David Gerard





CHANDLER, Ariz. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Sportsman at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 29th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  429 Jimmie Dickey                        7282 Doug Watts                   
E2                   0.020  7.611 180.31     ****WINNER****  0.023  6.957 178.07
          TS  Dial: 7.47 (+/-):  0.141              TS  Dial: 6.93 (+/-):  0.027
 Prior rounds:
E1    (P McHenry   ) 0.051  7.560  0.490      (S Molinari  ) 0.025  6.980  0.010
 Qualified:            #30 28.730  26.33                        #8  7.139 195.36
9:03 a.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 55 degrees, relative humidity 38 percent, barometer 28.70 inches, adjusted altitude 1,534 feet, track temperature 52 degrees.

They leave within 0.003 of each others RT and Watts gets the easy win, as Dickey slows down track.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7256 Mera Silvia                          721P Raul Perez                   
E2                         No Time           ****WINNER****  0.059  8.054 151.66
          TS  Dial: 7.26 (+/-): 92.739              TS  Dial: 6.80 (+/-):  1.254
 Prior rounds:
E1    (R Cracraft  ) 0.262  7.283  0.003      (R Williams  ) 0.043  6.871  0.011
 Qualified:            #12  7.220 191.05                        #5  6.854 201.40
The crew is taking a long time setting the wheely bar on Silvia's car and the starter gives Perez the signal for a single.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  542 JR Lobner                            6636 Ray Martin                   
E2   ****WINNER****  0.003  7.498 172.72                     0.035  7.245 187.18
          TS  Dial: 7.43 (+/-):  0.068              TS  Dial: 7.27 (+/-): -0.025
 Prior rounds:
E1    (M Green     ) 0.014  7.509  0.039      (K Harper    ) 0.027  7.320  0.030
 Qualified:            #21  7.433 182.50                       #13  7.278 187.50
JR Lobner cuts a strong 0.003 light for the win. MOV: Opponent broke out.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   72 Richard Okerman                      7840 Gary Forkner                 
E2   ****WINNER****  0.017  7.290 180.81                     0.005  7.128 197.51
          TS  Dial: 7.25 (+/-):  0.040              TS  Dial: 6.99 (+/-):  0.138
 Prior rounds:
E1    (C Williams  ) 0.028  7.289 -0.011      (T Ticer     ) 0.028  7.035  0.005
 Qualified:            #14  7.282 187.70                        #7  7.005 196.53
Forkner gets a starting line advantage and then slows. Okerman gets the easy win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  550 Ed Olpin                             6646 Mike Williams                
E2                   0.021  7.419 176.81     ****WINNER****  0.023  7.219 188.38
          TS  Dial: 7.33 (+/-):  0.089              TS  Dial: 7.17 (+/-):  0.049
 Prior rounds:
E1    (R Wilson    ) 0.016  7.421  0.051      (D Bracey    ) 0.029  7.228  0.008
 Qualified:            #19  7.346 188.57                       #11  7.198 191.10
Two thousands difference in RT's and some wheel racing on the top end. Mike Williams' MOV: 0.0381 seconds (approximately 10 feet).

He will face Watts next round.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  789 Lynsi Torres                         4147 Greg Lair                    
E2   ****WINNER****  0.012  7.557 163.08                     0.019  8.149 121.61
          TS  Dial: 7.15 (+/-):  0.407              TS  Dial: 6.64 (+/-):  1.509
 Prior rounds:
E1    (P Dion      ) 0.005  7.383  0.173      (F Gostilla  ) 0.036  6.711  0.031
 Qualified:             #9  7.178 191.13                        #2  6.668 209.30
Torres gets the starting line advantage and then gets lucky. Lair shuts off, as her Barracuda starts to move abound the track on the big end.

She will race Lobner in round three.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  730 Bryan LaFlam                         757T Ted Carli                    
E2                  -0.004  8.245 116.91     ****WINNER****  0.003  6.797 178.50
          TS  Dial: 7.21 (+/-):  1.035              TS  Dial: 6.65 (+/-):  0.147
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D Deadman   ) 0.013  7.376  0.126      (D Woody     ) 0.021  6.779  0.039
 Qualified:            #10  7.188 189.47                        #3  6.671 206.10
Ted Carli cuts a 0.003 RT for the win. MOV: opponent's -0.004 red light.

He will race Okerman later.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7639 Roger Hall                                 Bye
E2   ****WINNER****  1.626 No Time           
          TS  Dial: 7.29 (+/-): 92.709    
 Prior rounds:
E1    (J Roubicek  ) 0.005  7.401  0.001   
 Qualified:            #16  7.333 188.81                     Bye
Bye run for Hall and he will see Perez next round.

He takes the green and backs out.

9:18 a.m.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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