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Thu, 29 Aug 2013, 15:23 PM

Competition Eliminator Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By David Gerard





BROWNSBURG, Ind. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 59th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, amount over/under index, and position in order following run, class and class index:
Left Lane: Vinny Barone Runs 8.183/163.57/-0.617, Now #1 D/EA Index: 8.80
Right Lane: Doug Warren Runs 6.697/192.91/-0.413, Now #2 A/DA Index: 7.11

2:38 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 85 degrees, relative humidity 51 percent, barometer 29.11 inches, adjusted altitude 3,465 feet, track temperature 117 degrees.

Barone give the field something to shoot for with a nice sixty under pass to start the session.

Warren makes a clean pass against the stout A/DA index.


Left Lane: Bryon Durham Runs 15.293/75.91/15.293, Now #3 F/EA Index: 0.00
Right Lane: Jody Holland No Time, Now #4 L/AA Index: 9.31

Holland has issues and won't make the run.

Durham has issues as soon as the light went green and slows.

Left Lane: Jeffrey Townsend Runs 7.035/193.32/-0.185, Now #4 A/AP Index: 7.22
Right Lane: Douglas Kjono Runs 8.217/159.21/-0.373, Now #3 F/D Index: 8.59



Left Lane: John Frech Runs 8.099/161.15/-0.491, Now #3 F/D Index: 8.59
Right Lane: Fred Allen Runs 7.876/167.61/-0.504, Now #2 B/SR Index: 8.38

Two clean passes and they run together right on down the track.

Left Lane: Kevin Duet Runs 6.970/190.62/-0.460, Now #4 A/ND Index: 7.43
Right Lane: Duane Robison Runs 8.193/130.58/0.303, Now #8 C/A Index: 7.89

Duet makes a strong six second pass against the tough A/ND index and takes over the new number four spot.

Left Lane: David Billingsley Runs 8.882/148.85/-0.428, Now #5 L/AA Index: 9.31
Right Lane: Jerry Arnold Runs 10.430/135.93/0.820, Now #10 H/EA Index: 9.61

Arnold's altered isn't happy at the green and is slow off the line. Clean pass for Billingsley.

Left Lane: Brian Browell Runs 7.285/174.64/-0.505, Now #2 D/D Index: 7.79
Right Lane: Mark Lelchook Runs 7.600/175.11/-0.320, Now #9 D/DA Index: 7.92

Only twelve cylinders total for these two!

Browell moves into the new number two spot on a clean pass.

Lelchook is way off his usual pace.

Left Lane: Van Puckett Runs 8.364/161.19/-0.486, Now #5 G/AA Index: 8.85
Right Lane: Frank Aragona Runs 8.990/101.60/0.360, Now #13 F/ED Index: 8.63

Aragona slows after the launch.

Clean pass for Puckett.

Left Lane: Terry Smith Runs 7.442/175.59/-0.478, Now #7 D/DA Index: 7.92
Right Lane: Mike Farrell Runs 7.358/179.25/-0.482, Now #6 A/EA Index: 7.84

Two nice side by side passes and they run within 0.004 of each other in the lights.

Left Lane: Scott Chamness Runs 6.734/199.73/-0.516, Now #3 B/D Index: 7.25
Right Lane: Arnie Martel Runs 7.733/173.76/-0.567, Now #2 B/EA Index: 8.30

Two strong passes and the move right up to near the top of the ladder for now.

Left Lane: Bruno Massel Runs 7.064/179.56/-0.556, Now #3 DD/AT Index: 7.62
Right Lane: Pete Carbery Runs 11.405/105.05/3.835, Now #20 B/AA Index: 7.57

Carbery's engine isn't happy. Maybe transbrake issues, as a -0.322 red light and then a stumble before coasting on down.

Massel gets the power to the ground and moves into the new #3 spot.

Left Lane: Steve Ambrose Runs 7.808/166.83/-0.542, Now #4 J/AA Index: 8.35
Right Lane: David Rampy Runs 7.357/163.83/-0.483, Now #10 A/EA Index: 7.84

I expected better of both cars. No apparent problems on their passes.

Left Lane: Michael Swan Runs 7.730/176.95/0.340, Now #21 B/DA Index: 7.39
Right Lane: Dick Maris Runs 7.107/184.35/-0.473, Now #13 C/DA Index: 7.58

Maris gets the best of this pair, as Swan slows.

Left Lane: Jim Greenheck Runs 7.410/182.65/-0.500, Now #8 C/AA Index: 7.91
Right Lane: Jenny Treadwell Runs 8.955/102.74/0.535, Now #24 J/D Index: 8.42

Nice pass for Greenheck, but Treadwell slows after the launch.

Left Lane: Rick Brown Runs 8.319/161.63/-0.471, Now #15 B/TA Index: 8.79
Right Lane: Wayne Hutton Runs 8.281/135.93/0.001, Now #22 D/A Index: 8.28



Left Lane: Mitch Withers Runs 6.756/205.63/-0.354, Now #20 A/A Index: 7.11
Right Lane: Steve Polhill Runs 9.323/139.76/-0.287, Now #22 H/EA Index: 9.61

Two clean passes, but nothing special...

Left Lane: Mark Kirkman Runs 6.609/205.82/-0.501, Now #9 A/DA Index: 7.11
Right Lane: Shaun Vincent Runs 8.472/156.61/-0.558, Now #3 C/TA Index: 9.03

Nice pass for Vincent into the latest #3 spot.

Left Lane: Jason Coan Runs 8.267/155.56/-0.493, Now #12 G/EA Index: 8.76
Right Lane: Clint Sallee Runs 6.703/203.95/-0.547, Now #5 B/D Index: 7.25

We aren't seeing the big numbers I expected today. Clean passes for both cars.

Left Lane: Doug Engels Runs 7.434/177.25/-0.486, Now #15 D/DA Index: 7.92
Right Lane: Joey Tanksley Runs 8.326/111.88/0.916, Now #35 C/D Index: 7.41

Tanksley has a strong leave nd then has the dragster move towards the wall. He wisely slows.

No apparent issues for Engels.

Left Lane: Rodney Rosenstiel Runs 6.414/220.51/-0.556, Now #5 AA/AM Index: 6.97
Right Lane: Jeremy Bailey Runs 9.575/91.02/2.185, Now #37 B/DA Index: 7.39

Bailey's car slows right after the launch.

Rosenstiel moves into the top ten.

Left Lane: Mike DePalma Runs 6.146/240.12/-0.894, Now #1 AA/AT Index: 7.04
Right Lane: Robert Bailey Runs 8.971/99.33/1.761, Now #38 A/ED Index: 7.21

The testing rumors are true and DePalma hammers the AA/AT index, running almost ninety under and taking the new top spot with ease.

Mike DePalma's incremental times: 60ft-1.012 sec., 330ft-2.729, 660ft-4.075/185.46 mph, 1,000ft-5.206.

Bailey slows.

Left Lane: Ray Skillman Runs 16.344/53.14/7.364, Now #42 E/SMA Index: 8.98
Right Lane: Kyle Cultrera Runs 9.149/138.10/-0.461, Now #23 H/EA Index: 9.61

Skillman's Cobalt is done by the 330 lights.

Left Lane: Larry Pritchett Runs 8.194/165.90/-0.406, Now #28 B/SM Index: 8.60
Right Lane: Jim Kimbrough Runs 7.173/186.98/-0.407, Now #27 C/DA Index: 7.58

They run within 0.001 of each other!

Left Lane: Al Ackerman Runs 8.634/123.35/0.044, Now #36 F/D Index: 8.59
Right Lane: Todd Patterson Runs 8.003/167.28/-0.527, Now #9 A/SMA Index: 8.53

No joy for Ackerman. Patterson gets a clean pass to tune to.

Left Lane: Rick Hord No Time, Now #50 CC/A Index: 7.50
Right Lane: Bo Butner Runs 8.535/167.63/0.805, Now #41 E/SM Index: 7.73

Hord can't get the car staged and is pushed back.

Butner's Cobalt bucks off the line and he shuts it off after that.

Left Lane: Greg Kamplain Runs 7.210/181.69/-0.260, Now #35 B/ED Index: 7.47
Right Lane: Glen Treadwell Runs 8.411/148.20/-0.529, Now #9 E/EA Index: 8.94

Nice pass for Treadwell into the top ten.

3:16 p.m.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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