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Sat, 05 Oct 2013, 16:28 PM

Competition Eliminator Round 2 Eliminations
By Jim Samuel





MOHNTON, Pa. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 29th annual Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  112 Erich Bollman                          15 Calvin Hill                  
E2                   0.046  7.722 174.62     ****WINNER****  0.031  8.269 162.18
         D/A Index: 8.23 (+/-): -0.508            D/EA Index: 8.80 (+/-): -0.531
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D Eckel     ) 0.035  7.728 -0.552      (D Algeri    ) 0.025  8.354 -0.446
 Qualified:             #8  7.708 -0.572                       #16  8.262 -0.538
4:14 p.m. - Weather conditions: air temperature 85 degrees, relative humidity 52 percent, barometer 29.45 inches, adjusted altitude 3,037 feet, track temperature 103 degrees.

This one was Hill's from start to finish.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   19 Anthony Niemczyk                        6 Sal Biondo                   
E2   ****WINNER****  0.004  6.889 160.04                     0.048  9.175 122.48
         I/D Index: 7.24 (+/-): -0.351            D/EA Index: 8.80 (+/-):  0.375
 Prior rounds:
E1    (C Wentzel   ) 0.031  6.741 -0.499      (B Darcy     ) 0.036  8.383 -0.417
 Qualified:            #10  6.688 -0.552                       #18  8.266 -0.534
Niemczyk was quicker at the tree and held on for the win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 2617 Russell Joly                         1063 Michael Kaufman              
E2   ****WINNER****  0.066  7.358 175.16                     0.003  8.536 158.91
        C/AA Index: 7.91 (+/-): -0.552           D/SMA Index: 8.94 (+/-): -0.404
 Prior rounds:
E1    (R Schonberge) 0.023  7.731 -0.179      (A Ackerman  ) 0.028  8.489 -0.451
 Qualified:            #15  7.369 -0.541                       #23  8.465 -0.475
Kaufman was quicker out of the gate but Joly got by him to take the win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 1422 Allyn Armstrong                      1203 Dave Hughes                  
E2   ****WINNER****  0.028  9.204 116.12                    -0.115  6.542 200.00
         L/A Index: 9.29 (+/-): -0.086             A/A Index: 7.11 (+/-): -0.568
 Prior rounds:
E1    (T Stalba    ) 0.058  8.960 -0.330      (F Affronti  ) -0.126  8.576  1.466
 Qualified:            #25  8.827 -0.463                        #1  6.510 -0.600
Hughes went really red so Armstrong will move on to the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 3002 Pat Ross                             7004 Art Hodges                   
E2   ****WINNER****  0.149  7.780 163.65                     0.064  7.534 174.05
         E/A Index: 8.28 (+/-): -0.500             C/A Index: 7.89 (+/-): -0.356
 Prior rounds:
E1    (S Gaffney   ) 0.024  7.816 -0.464      (K Robb      ) 0.108  8.756  0.866
 Qualified:            #13  7.730 -0.550                       #33  7.559 -0.331
Ross overcame a slower start to take the win. He'll meet Armstrong in round three.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   13 Steve Szupka                         1090 Gary Guarriello              
E2   ****WINNER****  0.013  8.239 147.46                     0.143  7.368 180.24
        G/EA Index: 8.74 (+/-): -0.501            C/ED Index: 7.83 (+/-): -0.462
 Prior rounds:
E1    (M Costa     ) 0.078  8.713 -0.027      (J Carnascial) 0.008  7.379 -0.451
 Qualified:            #12  8.190 -0.550                       #20  7.321 -0.509
Szupka had this from wire-to-wire and will race Hill in the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
    3 Frank Aragona                        1086 Mark Hopkins                 
E2                  -0.005  8.889 115.42     ****WINNER****  0.091 11.108  81.88
        F/ED Index: 8.62 (+/-):  0.269             D/A Index: 8.28 (+/-):  2.828
 Prior rounds:
E1    (A Martel    ) 0.030  8.117 -0.513      (E Mannino   ) 0.058  7.856 -0.424
 Qualified:            #19  8.103 -0.527                       #27  7.856 -0.424
A red light start by Aragona means that Hopkins will race Kaufman in the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  368 Fred Allen                           199K Kyle Cultrera                
E2   ****WINNER****  0.036  7.795 167.32                     0.040  9.084 142.36
        B/SR Index: 8.38 (+/-): -0.585            H/EA Index: 9.61 (+/-): -0.526
 Prior rounds:
E1    (L Johnson   ) 0.026  7.918 -0.462      (C Ippolito  ) 0.044  9.700  0.090
 Qualified:             #6  7.797 -0.583                       #14  9.063 -0.547
Allen will race Niemczyk in round three.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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