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Sat, 26 Jul 2014, 21:30 PM

Top Dragster Round 2 Eliminations
By David Gerard





SONOMA, Calif. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Dragster 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
 7183 Jesse Adams                          7029 Bobby Ray McMahan            
E2                   0.036  6.055 225.41     ****WINNER****  0.042  6.598 204.05
         T/D  Dial: 6.03 (+/-):  0.025             T/D  Dial: 6.59 (+/-):  0.008
 Prior rounds:
E1    (K Kleinewebe) 0.040  6.069  0.049      (G Nash      ) 0.004  6.586 -0.004
 Qualified:             #1  6.030 226.70                        #9  6.607 204.39
6:16 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.

Bobby Ray McMahan runs 0.008 to his dial for the win. MOV: 0.0119 seconds (approximately 4 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7208 Denny Hills                          7009 Dave Morgan                  
E2                   0.008  6.222 195.17     ****WINNER****  0.066  6.841 194.86
         T/D  Dial: 6.15 (+/-):  0.072             T/D  Dial: 6.84 (+/-):  0.001
 Prior rounds:
E1    (C Geise     ) 0.008  6.263  0.143      (B Button    ) 0.023  6.818 -0.012
 Qualified:             #3  6.127 225.15                       #27  6.835 196.27
Morgan put on both bulbs and had to back out and restage. It must have distracted him as he cut a 0.066 light. He then ran 0.001 to his dial Ouch!

It looked like Hill would get the win with a 0.008 light, but there was smoke from the engine in the lights.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 6541 Paul Snell                             65 Randy Pressel                
E2                   0.027  7.175 197.59     ****WINNER****  0.016  6.898 189.36
         T/D  Dial: 6.55 (+/-):  0.625             T/D  Dial: 6.89 (+/-):  0.008
 Prior rounds:
E1    (M Quayle    ) 0.012  6.541  0.051      (S Will      ) 0.017  6.910  0.060
 Qualified:             #5  6.495 212.53                       #29  6.886 195.28
Snell slows and gives Pressel an easy win. He races McMahan tomorrow.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
  713 Tom Koenen                           7733 Melissa Westerman            
E2   ****WINNER****  0.014  6.630 209.82                    -0.015  6.688 197.80
         T/D  Dial: 6.60 (+/-):  0.030             T/D  Dial: 6.68 (+/-):  0.008
 Prior rounds:
E1    (C Glanz     ) 0.009  6.656  0.156      (D Lee       ) 0.026  6.650  0.000
 Qualified:             #7  6.599 210.01                       #15  6.667 198.50
Tom Koenen's MOV: opponent's red light. He races Hills in the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7167 Ryan Priddy                          7122 Tony Jardino                 
E2                   0.025  6.728 206.57     ****WINNER****  0.012  6.694 189.28
         T/D  Dial: 6.62 (+/-):  0.108             T/D  Dial: 6.68 (+/-):  0.014
 Prior rounds:
E1    (M Colton Sr ) 0.106  6.637  0.057      (E Olpin Jr  ) 0.022  6.645  0.005
 Qualified:             #6  6.511 208.33                       #14  6.666 201.79
Priddy slows and Jardino gets the easy win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7848 Jon Bradford                           77 Val Torres Jr.               
E2                   0.008  6.031 232.07     ****WINNER****  0.024  6.659 199.02
         T/D  Dial: 6.05 (+/-): -0.019             T/D  Dial: 6.67 (+/-): -0.011
 Prior rounds:
E1    (M MacBrair  ) 0.017  6.150  0.140      (R Comstock  ) 0.025  6.678  0.038
 Qualified:             #2  6.065 234.45                       #10  6.648 202.15
Val Torres Jr. cards a strong 0.008 light for the win. MOV: Double breakout.

He races Jardino in round three.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7468 George Prather                       7160 Andy Spiegel                 
E2                   0.029  6.824 191.87     ****WINNER****  0.016  6.711 193.85
         T/D  Dial: 6.77 (+/-):  0.054             T/D  Dial: 6.67 (+/-):  0.041
 Prior rounds:
E1    (J Freer     ) 0.036  6.817  0.067      (C Thode     ) 0.010  6.658  0.008
 Qualified:            #20  6.767 194.83                       #12  6.656 201.82
Andy Spiegel's MOV: 0.0265 seconds (approximately 7 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET-- Speed
 7062 Chris Lindsay                        7942 Thomas Bayer                 
E2   ****WINNER****  0.028  6.920 188.38                     0.032  6.939 189.82
         T/D  Dial: 6.91 (+/-):  0.010             T/D  Dial: 6.93 (+/-):  0.009
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D Fearrien  ) 0.028  6.921  0.021      (D Hall      ) 0.001  6.931  0.001
 Qualified:            #34  7.288 188.15                       #32  6.948 196.47
Chris Lindsay gets the hole shot win. MOV: 0.0038 seconds (approximately 13 inches).

He races Spiegel in the next round.

6:25 p.m.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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