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Sat, 26 Jul 2014, 21:10 PM

Competition Eliminator Round 2 Eliminations
By David Gerard





SONOMA, Calif. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 27th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
    1 Alan Ellis                             10 Brandon Huhtala              
E2   ****WINNER****  0.063  6.655 183.74                     0.050  7.362 173.14
        A/AP Index: 7.18 (+/-): -0.525             C/A Index: 7.77 (+/-): -0.408
 Prior rounds:
E1    (C Schuck    ) 0.047  7.137 -0.043      (S Graham    ) 0.036  7.265 -0.625
 Qualified:            #10  6.599 -0.581                       #14  7.333 -0.557
5:56 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 85 degrees, relative humidity 42 percent, barometer 29.84 inches, adjusted altitude 2,352 feet, track temperature 119 degrees.

Alan Ellis has no CIC penalty; Brandon Huhtala has a 0.12 CIC penalty.

Huhtala gets a small starting line advantage , but Ellis runs him down. He takes another little CIC hit for next round.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 769Y Joshua Lee                             74 Tyler Hogan                  
E2                   0.032  9.103 122.36     ****WINNER****  0.017  7.006 188.86
        H/EA Index: 9.60 (+/-): -0.497            C/DA Index: 7.52 (+/-): -0.514
 Prior rounds:
E1                   0.035  9.423 -0.177      (S Hedlund   ) 0.006  7.011 -0.529
 Qualified:             #1  8.863 -0.737                       #15  6.986 -0.554
Hogan gets another good light and runs down Lee for the six foot win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  717 Mike DePalma                         7098 Tom Mettler                  
E2   ****WINNER****  0.038  8.248 149.22                     0.010  8.191 136.44
         I/A Index: 8.65 (+/-): -0.402             PST Index: 7.87 (+/-):  0.321
 Prior rounds:
E1    (M Lelchook  ) 0.026  8.150 -0.600      (T Mandella  ) 0.039  7.363 -0.607
 Qualified:             #2  8.042 -0.708                        #7  7.364 -0.606
Winner gets the bye run next round.

Mettler is quicker off the line, but slows going down the track. Easy win for DePalma.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 6060 Brian Hyerstay                       1781 Dan Fletcher                 
E2                  -0.336 22.799  25.91     ****WINNER****  0.035  8.366 128.14
         G/D Index: 9.65 (+/-): 13.149            C/EA Index: 8.61 (+/-): -0.244
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D Lambeck   ) 0.025  9.295 -0.355      (E Sigmon    ) 0.032  8.310 -0.300
 Qualified:             #4  9.012 -0.638                        #9  8.020 -0.590
Hyerstay is almost a full bulb early to give the free pass to the next round to Fletcher. He races Hogan tomorrow.

A short delay, as Hyerstay's dragster stops on the track, right after the lights.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
   75 Dean Carter                             3 Jeff Lane                    
E2                  -0.007  7.201 144.57     ****WINNER****  0.069 10.008  98.00
        B/ND Index: 7.56 (+/-): -0.359           C/SMA Index: 8.62 (+/-):  1.388
 Prior rounds:
E1    (S McClay    ) 0.032  7.268 -0.292      (A Bowdish   ) 0.035  8.117 -0.573
 Qualified:             #3  6.921 -0.639                       #17  8.220 -0.470
Dean Carter has no CIC penalty; Jeff Lane has a 0.07 CIC penalty.

Carter is too quick by -0.007 and Lane gets the easy win. He'll run Ellis in round three.

6:05 p.m.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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