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Thursday

Results for Qualifying Round 1
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - GAINESVILLE - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 44th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, amount over/under index, and position in order following run, class and class index:
 
      Left Lane: Chris Wentzel    Runs 7.571/180.33/-0.269, Now #2
      A/EA Index: 7.84
     Right Lane: Jim Greenheck    Runs 7.277/186.54/-0.633, Now #1
      C/AA Index: 7.91
4:43 p.m. It's a beautiful day here in Sunny Gainesville. Greenheck's Camaro lays down a silky smooth and straight blast.
      Left Lane: Tony Pontillo    Runs 6.821/193.46/-0.569, Now #3
      B/DA Index: 7.39
     Right Lane: Van Puckett      Runs 8.159/164.25/-0.691, Now #1
      G/AA Index: 8.85
Pontillo left on Puckett's green, but it's all good in qualifying. Puckett vaults to the top of the heap. Van Puckett's incremental times: 60ft-1.146 sec., 330ft-3.330, 660ft-5.187/132.35 mph, 1,000ft-6.793.
      Left Lane: Anthony Bertozzi Runs 7.771/163.49/-0.619, Now #4
      B/SR Index: 8.39
     Right Lane: Kevin Robb       Runs 8.038/165.23/-0.782, Now #1
      D/EA Index: 8.82
      Left Lane: Terry Smith      Runs 7.300/178.07/-0.620, Now #4
      D/DA Index: 7.92
     Right Lane: Fred Allen       Runs 8.712/157.95/-0.328, Now #7
      C/SR Index: 9.04
Allen's engine was not happy at the top end, he had some kind of misfire going on.
      Left Lane: Ray Skillman     Runs 8.394/161.09/-0.596, Now #7
      E/SMA Index: 8.99
     Right Lane: Steve Ambrose    Runs 7.723/167.28/-0.667, Now #3
      J/AA Index: 8.39
      Left Lane: R. Rosenstiel    Runs 6.196/223.65/-0.814, Now #1
      AA/AM Index: 7.01
     Right Lane: Pat Williams     Runs 6.908/204.08/-0.312, Now #11
      A/AP Index: 7.22
Side-by-side six second passes in comp, Rosenstiel low ET of the round by a bunch. Rodney Rosenstiel's incremental times: 60ft-1.042 sec., 330ft-2.657, 660ft-4.015/181.32 mph, 1,000ft-5.193.
Pat Williams' incremental times: 60ft-1.037 sec., 330ft-2.941, 660ft-4.488/160.19 mph, 1,000ft-5.804.
      Left Lane: Rob Carpenter    Runs 8.670/154.17/-0.510, Now #11
      F/SMA Index: 9.18
     Right Lane: K. Houghtaling   Runs 8.714/138.37/-0.586, Now #9
      H/A Index: 9.30
      Left Lane: David Eaton      Runs 11.368/90.21/4.148, Now #16
      A/AP Index: 7.22
     Right Lane: Bruno Massel     Runs 6.698/178.28/-0.572, Now #10
      I/D Index: 7.27
Sounded like Massel may have clicked it a little early...
      Left Lane: Lee Sharp        Runs 8.272/161.40/-0.678, Now #5
      D/SMA Index: 8.95
     Right Lane: Greg Kamplain    Runs 6.831/182.90/-0.689, Now #4
      B/ED Index: 7.52
      Left Lane: Arnie Martel     Runs 7.559/177.11/-0.771, Now #3
      B/EA Index: 8.33
     Right Lane: Robert Bailey    Runs 7.401/143.87/0.191, Now #19
      A/ED Index: 7.21
Nice pass for Martel, right down the groove. Bailey lifted early, the reason not clear from this vantage point.
      Left Lane: Art Hodges       Runs 7.563/170.06/-0.367, Now #16
      C/A Index: 7.93
     Right Lane: Grant Lewis      Runs 8.706/154.55/0.236, Now #21
      F/EA Index: 8.47
      Left Lane: Jim Kimbrough    Runs 6.908/193.02/-0.692, Now #4
      C/DA Index: 7.60
     Right Lane: Lonnie Johnson   Runs 9.650/113.94/2.080, Now #23
      B/AA Index: 7.57
Johnson hooked hard toward the tree on the launch, and had to pedal to get back over in the groove. The Neon didn't settle down, so he wisely lifted.
      Left Lane: Tony Terry       Runs 8.306/163.53/-0.544, Now #17
      G/AA Index: 8.85
     Right Lane: Glen Treadwell   Runs 8.187/142.84/-0.753, Now #4
      G/ED Index: 8.94
Treadwell ran under the current class record in EEA, but it's only good enough for the 4th spot... He holds the current class record btw...

Glen Treadwell's incremental times: 60ft-1.136 sec., 330ft-3.266, 660ft-5.096/133.08 mph, 1,000ft-6.713.
      Left Lane: David Rampy      Runs 7.199/182.48/-0.641, Now #11
      A/EA Index: 7.84
     Right Lane: Michael Hardee   Runs 8.345/162.39/-0.645, Now #10
      D/SM Index: 8.99
      Left Lane: Jenny Treadwell  Runs 7.944/147.89/-0.526, Now #21
      F/ED Index: 8.47
     Right Lane: Steve Szupka     Runs 8.108/159.06/-0.652, Now #10
      G/EA Index: 8.76
      Left Lane: Frank Aragona    Runs 8.013/157.50/-0.647, Now #11
      F/ED Index: 8.66
     Right Lane: Jeff Adkinson    Runs 8.371/161.59/-0.579, Now #19
      D/SMA Index: 8.95
      Left Lane: Bo Butner        Runs 8.354/149.45/-0.636, Now #14
      E/SMA Index: 8.99
Butner cut a .004 light - Bo Butner's incremental times: 60ft-1.193 sec., 330ft-3.421, 660ft-5.296/131.48 mph, 1,000ft-6.931.

So round one of Comp ends with Rodney Rosenstiel's AA/A on top - and with low ET and top speed in the class to boot. 5:13 p.m.

       

Thursday

Order for Qualifying Round 1
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - FastNews Network - Order after one round of qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 44th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals:
 Psn  Driver                   Class Index     ET   Ov/Un
   1. Rodney Rosenstiel         AA/AM  7.01  6.196  -0.814
   2. Kevin Robb                 D/EA  8.82  8.038  -0.782
   3. Arnie Martel               B/EA  8.33  7.559  -0.771
   4. Glen Treadwell             E/EA  8.94  8.187  -0.753
   5. Jim Kimbrough              C/DA  7.60  6.908  -0.692
   6. Van Puckett                G/AA  8.85  8.159  -0.691
   7. Greg Kamplain              B/ED  7.52  6.831  -0.689
   8. Lee Sharp                 D/SMA  8.95  8.272  -0.678
   9. Steve Ambrose              J/AA  8.39  7.723  -0.667
  10. Steve Szupka               G/EA  8.76  8.108  -0.652
  11. Frank Aragona              F/ED  8.66  8.013  -0.647
  12. Michael Hardee             D/SM  8.99  8.345  -0.645
  13. David Rampy                A/EA  7.84  7.199  -0.641
  14. Bo Butner                  D/SM  8.99  8.354  -0.636
  15. Jim Greenheck              C/AA  7.91  7.277  -0.633
  16. Terry Smith                D/DA  7.92  7.300  -0.620
  17. Anthony Bertozzi           B/SR  8.39  7.771  -0.619
  18. Ray Skillman              E/SMA  8.99  8.394  -0.596
  19. Kevin Houghtaling          F/SM  9.30  8.714  -0.586
  20. Jeff Adkinson             D/SMA  8.95  8.371  -0.579
  21. Bruno Massel                I/D  7.27  6.698  -0.572
  22. Tony Pontillo              B/DA  7.39  6.821  -0.569
  23. Tony Terry                 G/AA  8.85  8.306  -0.544
  24. Jenny Treadwell            G/ED  8.47  7.944  -0.526
  25. Rob Carpenter             F/SMA  9.18  8.670  -0.510
  26. Grant Lewis               F/SMA  9.18  8.706  -0.474
  27. Art Hodges                  C/A  7.93  7.563  -0.367
  28. Fred Allen                 C/SR  9.04  8.712  -0.328
  29. Pat Williams               A/AP  7.22  6.908  -0.312
  30. Chris Wentzel              A/EA  7.84  7.571  -0.269
  31. Robert Bailey              A/ED  7.21  7.401   0.191
  32. Lonnie Johnson             B/AA  7.57  9.650   2.080
          --------- Not Qualified ---------
  33. David Eaton                A/AP  7.22 11.368   4.148

Friday

Results for Qualifying Round 2
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - GAINESVILLE - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 44th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed this round, amount over/under index this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time, speed & over/under Index, and position in order prior to run:
 
      Left Lane: Fred Allen       Runs 8.555/156.46/-0.485, Now #26
      C/SR Index: 9.04            Prior Best: 8.712/157.95/-0.328, Was #28
     Right Lane: Ray Skillman     No Time, Now #18
      E/SMA Index: 8.99           Prior Best: 8.394/161.09/-0.596, Was #18
10:47 a.m. Skillman broke on the burnout and was pushed back. Allen did a MONSTER wheelstand in his 34 Chevy, he finally lifted and pedaled to bring it back down to earth, and still ran better than he did yesterday. Wow.

We've got a little bit of "stuff" in the burnout area, a quick cleanup is underway.
      Left Lane: Bruno Massel     Runs 16.089/43.81/8.819, Now #21
      I/D Index: 7.27             Prior Best: 6.698/178.28/-0.572, Was #21
     Right Lane: Bo Butner        Runs 8.362/161.90/-0.628, Now #14
      E/SMA Index: 8.99           Prior Best: 8.354/149.45/-0.636, Was #14
Massel's ECOTEC tuneup was a tad too agressive, he spun the tires hard enough to leave a trail of tire smoke before he lifted. Butner ran big speed, but a tic slower than yesterday.
      Left Lane: Pat Williams     Runs 7.203/203.55/-0.017, Now #29
      A/AP Index: 7.22            Prior Best: 6.908/204.08/-0.312, Was #29
     Right Lane: Arnie Martel     Runs 10.552/86.82/2.222, Now #3
      B/EA Index: 8.33            Prior Best: 7.559/177.11/-0.771, Was #3
Weather conditions: air temperature 65 degrees, relative humidity 28 percent, barometer 30.08 inches, adjusted altitude 561 feet, track temperature 74 degrees.

Martel made a big wiggle to the right off the line, and lifted before the halfway point.

      Left Lane: Jeff Adkinson    Runs 8.248/161.30/-0.702, Now #5
      D/SMA Index: 8.95           Prior Best: 8.371/161.59/-0.579, Was #20
     Right Lane: R. Rosenstiel    Runs 6.576/159.36/-0.434, Now #1
      AA/AM Index: 7.01           Prior Best: 6.196/223.65/-0.814, Was #1
THe AAAM National Record holder danced from side-to-side this time, and clicked it about the 1000-foot mark. Nice pass for Adkinson in the other lane, he moves up a bunch. Jeff Adkinson's incremental times: 60ft-1.137 sec., 330ft-3.347, 660ft-5.224/130.58 mph, 1,000ft-6.854.
      Left Lane: Van Puckett      Runs 8.151/164.53/-0.699, Now #6
      G/AA Index: 8.85            Prior Best: 8.159/164.25/-0.691, Was #7
     Right Lane: Chris Wentzel    Runs 9.504/109.69/1.664, Now #30
      A/EA Index: 7.84            Prior Best: 7.571/180.33/-0.269, Was #30
Wentzel also had some traction issues off the line and lifted. Puckett improves by .008, and moves up a spot.
      Left Lane: Greg Kamplain    Runs 32.824/52.91/25.304, Now #8
      B/ED Index: 7.52            Prior Best: 6.831/182.90/-0.689, Was #8
     Right Lane: Tony Pontillo    Runs 6.889/193.16/-0.501, Now #22
      B/DA Index: 7.39            Prior Best: 6.821/193.46/-0.569, Was #22
Kamplain shook and left tell-tale tire marks off the starting line, Pontillo pedaled at once on his run.
      Left Lane: Robert Bailey    Runs 6.603/202.94/-0.607, Now #19
      A/ED Index: 7.21            Prior Best: 7.401/143.87/0.191, Was #31
     Right Lane: David Rampy      Runs 7.225/182.26/-0.615, Now #14
      A/EA Index: 7.84            Prior Best: 7.199/182.48/-0.641, Was #14
Both drivers improve - Rampy bumps into the top half of the field. David Rampy's incremental times: 60ft-1.025 sec., 330ft-2.934, 660ft-4.573/149.80 mph, 1,000ft-6.000.
      Left Lane: Kevin Robb       Runs 8.307/143.11/-0.513, Now #2
      D/EA Index: 8.82            Prior Best: 8.038/165.23/-0.782, Was #2
     Right Lane: Anthony Bertozzi Runs 7.710/170.95/-0.680, Now #9
      B/SR Index: 8.39            Prior Best: 7.771/163.49/-0.619, Was #18
Bertozzi left a wisp of smoke from the 60-foot till about halfway, the run was clear from that point on. A quick check of the track is done, and it's clear, so we move on to the next pair.
      Left Lane: Steve Szupka     Runs 8.093/159.04/-0.667, Now #12
      G/EA Index: 8.76            Prior Best: 8.108/159.06/-0.652, Was #12
     Right Lane: Jim Kimbrough    Runs 6.922/193.18/-0.678, Now #7
      C/DA Index: 7.60            Prior Best: 6.908/193.02/-0.692, Was #7
Nice wheels up launch for Kimbrough, Szupka improves, but stays in the 12th spot.
      Left Lane: K. Houghtaling   Runs 8.672/138.07/-0.628, Now #19
      H/A Index: 9.30             Prior Best: 8.714/138.37/-0.586, Was #21
     Right Lane: Tony Terry       Runs 8.207/163.99/-0.643, Now #15
      G/AA Index: 8.85            Prior Best: 8.306/163.53/-0.544, Was #24
Two smooth runs in both lanes.
      Left Lane: Jim Greenheck    Runs 7.278/186.54/-0.632, Now #18
      C/AA Index: 7.91            Prior Best: 7.277/186.54/-0.633, Was #18
     Right Lane: Terry Smith      Runs 7.288/177.21/-0.632, Now #19
      D/DA Index: 7.92            Prior Best: 7.300/178.07/-0.620, Was #20
Greenheck runs just .001 slower than his effort in round one... Smith moves up a spot.
      Left Lane: Steve Ambrose    Runs 7.753/167.05/-0.637, Now #11
      J/AA Index: 8.39            Prior Best: 7.723/167.28/-0.667, Was #11
     Right Lane: Rob Carpenter    Runs 8.667/153.18/-0.513, Now #26
      F/SMA Index: 9.18           Prior Best: 8.670/154.17/-0.510, Was #26
Ambrose made a couple of wiggles off the starting line, but never lifted off the loud pedal.
      Left Lane: Michael Hardee   Runs 8.342/162.10/-0.648, Now #14
      D/SM Index: 8.99            Prior Best: 8.345/162.39/-0.645, Was #14
     Right Lane: Jenny Treadwell  Runs 7.785/170.00/-0.685, Now #9
      F/ED Index: 8.47            Prior Best: 7.944/147.89/-0.526, Was #25
Treadwell's run was right down the groove - Jenny Treadwell's incremental times: 60ft-1.121 sec., 330ft-3.166, 660ft-4.926/138.83 mph, 1,000ft-6.466.
      Left Lane: Lonnie Johnson   Runs 7.490/180.96/-0.080, Now #32
      B/AA Index: 7.57            Prior Best: 9.650/113.94/2.080, Was #32
     Right Lane: Lee Sharp        Runs 8.224/162.65/-0.726, Now #5
      D/SMA Index: 8.95           Prior Best: 8.272/161.40/-0.678, Was #11
Johnson currently holds down the bump spot - It runs under the BAA index for the first time this weekend, but does not move up the ladder. Nice pass for Sharp - Lee Sharp's incremental times: 60ft-1.142 sec., 330ft-3.344, 660ft-5.219/131.08 mph, 1,000ft-6.843.
     Right Lane: Frank Aragona    Runs 8.202/145.13/-0.458, Now #15
      F/ED Index: 8.66            Prior Best: 8.013/157.50/-0.647, Was #15
Aragona's motor coughed a couple of times at the top end...
     Right Lane: David Eaton      Runs 6.810/200.38/-0.410, Now #29
      A/AP Index: 7.22            Prior Best: 11.368/90.21/4.148, Was #33
Eaton is looking to bump into the field after having mechanical gremlins yesterday. His first "full pull" of the weekend bumps Lonnie Anderson out of the field. 11:17 a.m.

       

Friday

Order for Qualifying Round 2
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - FastNews Network - Order after 2 rounds of qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 44th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals:
 Psn  Driver                   Class Index     ET   Ov/Un
   1. Rodney Rosenstiel         AA/AM  7.01  6.196  -0.814
   2. Kevin Robb                 D/EA  8.82  8.038  -0.782
   3. Arnie Martel               B/EA  8.33  7.559  -0.771
   4. Glen Treadwell             E/EA  8.94  8.187  -0.753
   5. Lee Sharp                 D/SMA  8.95  8.224  -0.726
   6. Jeff Adkinson             D/SMA  8.95  8.248  -0.702
   7. Van Puckett                G/AA  8.85  8.151  -0.699
   8. Jim Kimbrough              C/DA  7.60  6.908  -0.692
   9. Greg Kamplain              B/ED  7.52  6.831  -0.689
  10. Jenny Treadwell            G/ED  8.47  7.785  -0.685
  11. Anthony Bertozzi           B/SR  8.39  7.710  -0.680
  12. Steve Ambrose              J/AA  8.39  7.723  -0.667
  13. Steve Szupka               G/EA  8.76  8.093  -0.667
  14. Michael Hardee             D/SM  8.99  8.342  -0.648
  15. Frank Aragona              F/ED  8.66  8.013  -0.647
  16. Tony Terry                 G/AA  8.85  8.207  -0.643
  17. David Rampy                A/EA  7.84  7.199  -0.641
  18. Bo Butner                  D/SM  8.99  8.354  -0.636
  19. Jim Greenheck              C/AA  7.91  7.277  -0.633
  20. Terry Smith                D/DA  7.92  7.288  -0.632
  21. Kevin Houghtaling          F/SM  9.30  8.672  -0.628
  22. Robert Bailey              A/ED  7.21  6.603  -0.607
  23. Ray Skillman              E/SMA  8.99  8.394  -0.596
  24. Bruno Massel                I/D  7.27  6.698  -0.572
  25. Tony Pontillo              B/DA  7.39  6.821  -0.569
  26. Rob Carpenter             F/SMA  9.18  8.667  -0.513
  27. Fred Allen                 C/SR  9.04  8.555  -0.485
  28. Grant Lewis               F/SMA  9.18  8.706  -0.474
  29. David Eaton                A/AP  7.22  6.810  -0.410
  30. Art Hodges                  C/A  7.93  7.563  -0.367
  31. Pat Williams               A/AP  7.22  6.908  -0.312
  32. Chris Wentzel              A/EA  7.84  7.571  -0.269
          --------- Not Qualified ---------
  33. Lonnie Johnson             B/AA  7.57  7.490  -0.080

Saturday

Results for Qualifying Round 3
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - GAINESVILLE - Notes from final, round 3 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 44th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed this round, amount over/under index this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time, speed & over/under Index, and position in order prior to run:
 
      Left Lane: Jenny Treadwell  Runs 7.910/149.33/-0.560, Now #10
      G/ED Index: 8.47            Prior Best: 7.785/170.00/-0.685, Was #10
     Right Lane: Steve Ambrose    Runs 7.806/166.70/-0.584, Now #12
      J/AA Index: 8.39            Prior Best: 7.723/167.28/-0.667, Was #12
9:54 a.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 61 degrees, relative humidity 62 percent, barometer 29.95 inches, adjusted altitude 613 feet, track temperature 62 degrees.



Both drivers clicked it early...

      Left Lane: Frank Aragona    Runs 8.029/159.57/-0.631, Now #15
      F/ED Index: 8.66            Prior Best: 8.013/157.50/-0.647, Was #15
     Right Lane: Jeff Adkinson    Runs 8.419/141.16/-0.531, Now #6
      D/SMA Index: 8.95           Prior Best: 8.248/161.30/-0.702, Was #6
      Left Lane: David Rampy      Runs 16.507/56.62/8.667, Now #17
      A/EA Index: 7.84            Prior Best: 7.199/182.48/-0.641, Was #17
     Right Lane: Greg Kamplain    Runs 6.954/184.77/-0.566, Now #9
      B/ED Index: 7.52            Prior Best: 6.831/182.90/-0.689, Was #9
Rampy spun right off the line...
      Left Lane: Ray Skillman     Runs 8.719/158.13/-0.271, Now #24
      E/SMA Index: 8.99           Prior Best: 8.394/161.09/-0.596, Was #23
     Right Lane: Fred Allen       Runs 8.355/156.63/-0.685, Now #11
      C/SR Index: 9.04            Prior Best: 8.555/156.46/-0.485, Was #27
Nice lap for Allen, into the top half of the field. Fred Allen's incremental times: 60ft-1.148 sec., 330ft-3.369, 660ft-5.269/128.75 mph, 1,000ft-6.929.
      Left Lane: Art Hodges       Runs 7.569/173.70/-0.361, Now #30
      C/A Index: 7.93             Prior Best: 7.563/170.06/-0.367, Was #30
     Right Lane: Jim Greenheck    Runs 7.292/185.97/-0.618, Now #20
      C/AA Index: 7.91            Prior Best: 7.277/186.54/-0.633, Was #20
CA & CAA - just .02 difference in the index between these two classes of comp - Greenheck has been very consistent so far this weekend.
      Left Lane: R. Rosenstiel    Runs 6.425/208.20/-0.585, Now #1
      AA/AM Index: 7.01           Prior Best: 6.196/223.65/-0.814, Was #1
     Right Lane: Pat Williams     Runs 6.937/203.06/-0.283, Now #31
      A/AP Index: 7.22            Prior Best: 6.908/204.08/-0.312, Was #31
Rosenstiel's Altered wanted to hook right several times, he had to veer left at least three times to stay in the groove.
      Left Lane: Lee Sharp        Runs 8.258/161.81/-0.692, Now #5
      D/SMA Index: 8.95           Prior Best: 8.224/162.65/-0.726, Was #5
     Right Lane: K. Houghtaling   Runs 8.651/143.73/-0.649, Now #15
      H/A Index: 9.30             Prior Best: 8.672/138.07/-0.628, Was #22
Wheels up launch for Sharp - looked awesome in the morning sunshine here. Nice pass for Houghtaling - Kevin Houghtaling's incremental times: 60ft-1.235 sec., 330ft-3.549, 660ft-5.493/126.52 mph, 1,000ft-7.176.
      Left Lane: Chris Wentzel    Runs 9.798/133.08/1.958, Now #32
      A/EA Index: 7.84            Prior Best: 7.571/180.33/-0.269, Was #32
     Right Lane: Robert Bailey    Runs 7.995/125.44/0.785, Now #23
      A/ED Index: 7.21            Prior Best: 6.603/202.94/-0.607, Was #23
Both drivers hiked up the front wheels then veered over toward the right. Wentzel lifted first, followed a bit later by Bailey.
      Left Lane: Arnie Martel     Runs 7.582/176.17/-0.748, Now #3
      B/EA Index: 8.33            Prior Best: 7.559/177.11/-0.771, Was #3
     Right Lane: Steve Szupka     Runs 8.102/159.57/-0.658, Now #14
      G/EA Index: 8.76            Prior Best: 8.093/159.04/-0.667, Was #14
Given the current conditions, those are two stout runs!
      Left Lane: Tony Terry       Runs 8.215/171.77/-0.635, Now #18
      G/AA Index: 8.85            Prior Best: 8.207/163.99/-0.643, Was #18
     Right Lane: Grant Lewis      Runs 8.837/121.28/-0.343, Now #28
      F/SMA Index: 9.18           Prior Best: 8.706/154.55/-0.474, Was #28
      Left Lane: Tony Pontillo    Runs 9.232/96.51/1.842, Now #26
      B/DA Index: 7.39            Prior Best: 6.821/193.46/-0.569, Was #26
     Right Lane: Bruno Massel     Runs 6.612/204.35/-0.658, Now #15
      I/D Index: 7.27             Prior Best: 6.698/178.28/-0.572, Was #25
This just in - Latest Weather conditions: air temperature 66 degrees, relative humidity 58 percent, barometer 29.95 inches, adjusted altitude 982 feet, track temperature 68 degrees.



Massel improves by .07 and moves up 10 spots - Bruno Massel's incremental times: 60ft-1.024 sec., 330ft-2.772, 660ft-4.239/167.16 mph, 1,000ft-5.517.

Pontillo lifted early, the reason not clear from here.

      Left Lane: Rob Carpenter    Runs 8.716/154.53/-0.464, Now #27
      F/SMA Index: 9.18           Prior Best: 8.667/153.18/-0.513, Was #27
     Right Lane: Michael Hardee   Runs 8.408/160.61/-0.582, Now #17
      D/SM Index: 8.99            Prior Best: 8.342/162.10/-0.648, Was #17
      Left Lane: Jim Kimbrough    Runs 8.552/111.72/0.952, Now #8
      C/DA Index: 7.60            Prior Best: 6.908/193.02/-0.692, Was #8
     Right Lane: Glen Treadwell   Runs 8.275/134.31/-0.665, Now #4
      E/EA Index: 8.94            Prior Best: 8.187/142.84/-0.753, Was #4
Kimbrough slowed early...
      Left Lane: Terry Smith      Runs 7.424/178.90/-0.496, Now #23
      D/DA Index: 7.92            Prior Best: 7.288/177.21/-0.632, Was #23
     Right Lane: Kevin Robb       Runs 8.119/164.41/-0.701, Now #2
      D/EA Index: 8.82            Prior Best: 8.038/165.23/-0.782, Was #2
      Left Lane: David Eaton      Runs 7.079/141.45/-0.141, Now #29
      A/AP Index: 7.22            Prior Best: 6.810/200.38/-0.410, Was #29
     Right Lane: Van Puckett      Runs 8.306/147.18/-0.544, Now #7
      G/AA Index: 8.85            Prior Best: 8.151/164.53/-0.699, Was #7
Puckett's burnout danced left, then right, didn't get straight till past the starting line. Eaton's run was smooth as silk - he clicked it early.
      Left Lane: Anthony Bertozzi Runs 7.745/163.53/-0.645, Now #12
      B/SR Index: 8.39            Prior Best: 7.710/170.95/-0.680, Was #12
Bertozzi launched toward the right, got back in the groove and clicked it a little early.
      Left Lane: Bo Butner        Runs 8.432/163.73/-0.558, Now #21
      E/SMA Index: 8.99           Prior Best: 8.354/149.45/-0.636, Was #21
10:24 a.m.

       

Saturday

Order for Qualifying Round 3
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - FastNews Network - Final order after 3 rounds of qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 44th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals:
 Psn  Driver                   Class Index     ET   Ov/Un
   1. Rodney Rosenstiel         AA/AM  7.01  6.196  -0.814
   2. Kevin Robb                 D/EA  8.82  8.038  -0.782
   3. Arnie Martel               B/EA  8.33  7.559  -0.771
   4. Glen Treadwell             E/EA  8.94  8.187  -0.753
   5. Lee Sharp                 D/SMA  8.95  8.224  -0.726
   6. Jeff Adkinson             D/SMA  8.95  8.248  -0.702
   7. Van Puckett                G/AA  8.85  8.151  -0.699
   8. Jim Kimbrough              C/DA  7.60  6.908  -0.692
   9. Greg Kamplain              B/ED  7.52  6.831  -0.689
  10. Jenny Treadwell            G/ED  8.47  7.785  -0.685
  11. Fred Allen                 C/SR  9.04  8.355  -0.685
  12. Anthony Bertozzi           B/SR  8.39  7.710  -0.680
  13. Steve Ambrose              J/AA  8.39  7.723  -0.667
  14. Steve Szupka               G/EA  8.76  8.093  -0.667
  15. Bruno Massel                I/D  7.27  6.612  -0.658
  16. Kevin Houghtaling          F/SM  9.30  8.651  -0.649
  17. Michael Hardee             D/SM  8.99  8.342  -0.648
  18. Frank Aragona              F/ED  8.66  8.013  -0.647
  19. Tony Terry                 G/AA  8.85  8.207  -0.643
  20. David Rampy                A/EA  7.84  7.199  -0.641
  21. Bo Butner                  D/SM  8.99  8.354  -0.636
  22. Jim Greenheck              C/AA  7.91  7.277  -0.633
  23. Terry Smith                D/DA  7.92  7.288  -0.632
  24. Robert Bailey              A/ED  7.21  6.603  -0.607
  25. Ray Skillman              E/SMA  8.99  8.394  -0.596
  26. Tony Pontillo              B/DA  7.39  6.821  -0.569
  27. Rob Carpenter             F/SMA  9.18  8.667  -0.513
  28. Grant Lewis               F/SMA  9.18  8.706  -0.474
  29. David Eaton                A/AP  7.22  6.810  -0.410
  30. Art Hodges                  C/A  7.93  7.563  -0.367
  31. Pat Williams               A/AP  7.22  6.908  -0.312
  32. Chris Wentzel              A/EA  7.84  7.571  -0.269
          --------- Not Qualified ---------
  33. Lonnie Johnson             B/AA  7.57  7.490  -0.080

Saturday

Results for Elimination Round 1
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - FastNews Network - Results of round 1 eliminations in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 44th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals:
 W/L  Driver               Class  Index    RT        ET   Ov/Un
 
 (W) Steve Ambrose            J/AA  8.39  0.021     7.846 -0.544
 (L) David Eaton              A/AP  7.22  0.058     6.683 -0.537
11:25 a.m. Eaton had to wait a bit for the green, then danced left on the start before getting back in the groove. His Pro Stock style powerplant was not enough to move past Ambrose.
 (W) Robert Bailey            A/ED  7.21  0.062     6.651 -0.559
 (L) Jim Kimbrough            C/DA  7.60  0.148     6.997 -0.603
Robert Bailey's MOV: 0.0426 seconds (approximately 11 feet).
 (W) Jim Greenheck            C/AA  7.91  0.040     7.292 -0.618
 (L) Jeff Adkinson           D/SMA  8.95  0.018     8.380 -0.570
Adkinson got the better light, but gave up the stripe at the top end. Jim Greenheck's MOV: 0.0261 seconds (approximately 6 feet).
 (W) Van Puckett              G/AA  8.85  0.035     8.248 -0.602
 (L) Terry Smith              D/DA  7.92  0.044     8.233  0.313
This just in - Weather conditions: air temperature 73 degrees, relative humidity 40 percent, barometer 29.95 inches, adjusted altitude 1,365 feet, track temperature 85 degrees.

Smith's D/DA sounded sour, he pedaled a couple of times, and went silent at the top end.

 (W) Bruno Massel              I/D  7.27  0.074     8.018  0.748
 (L) Pat Williams             A/AP  7.22  -0.113(R)10.264  3.044
Williams skated violently at the hit right at his red light on the tree, Massel lifted early, and Bruno will face Van Puckett in the next round.
 (W) Ray Skillman            E/SMA  8.99  0.023     8.400 -0.590
 (L) Greg Kamplain            B/ED  7.52  -0.003(R) 7.726  0.206
Ouch! .003 to the bad for Kamplain...
 (W) Anthony Bertozzi         B/SR  8.39  0.009     7.842 -0.548
 (L) Grant Lewis             F/SMA  9.18  0.014     8.708 -0.472
 (W) Frank Aragona            F/ED  8.66  0.068     8.219 -0.441
 (L) Kevin Robb               D/EA  8.82  -0.148(R)14.700  5.880
 (W) Kevin Houghtaling        F/SM  9.30  0.070     8.630 -0.670
 (L) Chris Wentzel            A/EA  7.84  0.072     7.289 -0.551
Houghtaling will race Bailey's A Econo dragster in round two.
 (W) Tony Terry               G/AA  8.85  0.022     8.216 -0.634
 (L) Arnie Martel             B/EA  8.33  0.070     7.650 -0.680
Tony Terry's MOV: 0.0027 seconds (approximately 8 inches).
 (W) Jenny Treadwell          G/ED  8.47  0.031     7.900 -0.570
 (L) Tony Pontillo            B/DA  7.39  0.070     6.821 -0.569
Treadwell will race Aragona in round two...
 (W) Lee Sharp               D/SMA  8.95  0.027     8.292 -0.658
 (L) Bo Butner                D/SM  8.99  0.020     8.415 -0.575
Sharp never trailed from 60-foot on. He will race Ambrose in the next round.
 (W) Michael Hardee           D/SM  8.99  0.008     8.510 -0.480
 (L) Rodney Rosenstiel       AA/AM  7.01  -0.122(R) 7.226  0.216
The almost two second wait for a green to go after Hardee proved too much for Rosenstiel - so the number one qualifier in comp is gone. Hardee will face Skillman in the next round.
 (W) Fred Allen               C/SR  9.04  0.041     9.035 -0.005
 (L) Rob Carpenter           F/SMA  9.18  -0.047(R)10.219  1.039
Allen's 34 Chevy will race Terry's BEA in the next round.
 (W) Steve Szupka             G/EA  8.76  0.061     8.615 -0.145
 (L) Art Hodges                C/A  7.93  -0.182(R) 7.568 -0.362
Szupka clicked it early after Hodges ended the race on the line, he'll face Greenheck in round two.
 (W) David Rampy              A/EA  7.84  0.022     7.261 -0.579
 (L) Glen Treadwell           E/EA  8.94  0.060     8.401 -0.539
Rampy tracks down Treadwell - he'll race Bertozzi in the next round. 11:49 a.m.

       

Saturday

Results for Elimination Round 2
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - FastNews Network - Results of round 2 eliminations in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 44th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals:
 W/L  Driver               Class  Index    RT        ET   Ov/Un
 
 (W) Robert Bailey            A/ED  7.16  0.018     7.474  0.314
 (L) Kevin Houghtaling        F/SM  9.13  -0.007(R) 8.783 -0.347
5:35 p.m. After his read light, Bailey clicked it early at the top end of the track.Weather conditions: air temperature 79 degrees, relative humidity 35 percent, barometer 29.83 inches, adjusted altitude 1,903 feet, track temperature 104 degrees.

 (W) Steve Szupka             G/EA  8.76  0.108     8.162 -0.598
 (L) Jim Greenheck            C/AA  7.80  0.112     7.311 -0.489
Greenheck had a couple of big wiggles, Szupka dug deep into the CIC bag to take the win.
 (W) Steve Ambrose            J/AA  8.35  0.025     7.885 -0.465
 (L) Lee Sharp               D/SMA  8.80  0.057     8.440 -0.360
There were a couple of throttle slaps at the top end, Ambrose rolls on - Steve Ambrose's MOV: 0.1377 seconds (approximately 28 feet).
 (W) Frank Aragona            F/ED  8.66  0.023     8.374 -0.286
 (L) Jenny Treadwell          G/ED  8.40  -9.999(R)NT-No Show
Treadwell did not make the call. Aragona ran it out to get some tuning data for round three, and clicked it early. He will race Szupka in round three.
 (W) Tony Terry               G/AA  8.72  0.089    10.247  1.527
 (L) Fred Allen               C/SR  9.04  -0.010(R) 9.576  0.536
Terry took it easy after Allen's redlight.
 (W) Michael Hardee           D/SM  8.99  0.056     8.342 -0.648
 (L) Ray Skillman            E/SMA  8.90  0.055     8.491 -0.409
The winner will face Ambrose's JAA in round three....

Hardee took a hit - perhaps more than he needed to move into round three. Michael Hardee's MOV: 0.2384 seconds (approximately 56 feet).

 (W) Anthony Bertozzi         B/SR  8.35  0.028     7.757 -0.593
 (L) David Rampy              A/EA  7.77  0.013     7.230 -0.540
Bertozzi's roadster slays Rampy - Anthony Bertozzi's MOV: 0.0381 seconds (approximately 9 feet). He'll face Houghtaling tomorrow.
 (W) Bruno Massel              I/D  7.27  0.105     6.727 -0.543
 (L) Van Puckett              G/AA  8.75  0.064     8.272 -0.478
Massel's light was less than stellar, but he had the horsepower to drive past Puckett for the "upset"... Bruno will race Terry in round three. Bruno Massel's MOV: 0.0244 seconds (approximately 6 feet).

5:48 p.m.


       

Sunday

Results for Elimination Round 3
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - FastNews Network - Results of round 3 eliminations in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 44th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals:
 W/L  Driver               Class  Index    RT        ET   Ov/Un
 
 (W) Frank Aragona            F/ED  8.66  0.074     8.248 -0.412
 (L) Steve Szupka             G/EA  8.67  -9.999(R)NT-No Show
1:18 p.m. Szupka didn't make the call, so Aragona gathered up all the turning data he needed, and clicked it off before the finish line.
 (W) Steve Ambrose            J/AA  8.35  0.076     7.817 -0.533
 (L) Michael Hardee           D/SM  8.85  0.007     8.404 -0.446
Ambrose had his hands full as his roadster danced all the way to the stripe. Steve Ambrose's MOV: 0.0188 seconds (approximately 4 feet).
 (W) Bruno Massel              I/D  7.23  0.083     6.755 -0.475
 (L) Tony Terry               G/AA  8.72  0.051     8.288 -0.432
Massel had enough ECOTEC Turbo power to catch and then lift off the gas a little before the finish line to take out Terry. Bruno Massel's MOV: 0.0114 seconds (approximately 3 feet). Bruno will race Ambrose in round four.
 (W) Robert Bailey            A/ED  7.16  0.038     7.588  0.428
 (L) Anthony Bertozzi         B/SR  8.26  -0.005(R)10.086  1.826
Bertozzi's day ends on the line - it's going to be an all dragster semi final round in Comp, and Bailey will take on Aragona's FED in the next round. 1:25 p.m.

       

Sunday

Results for Elimination Round 4
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - FastNews Network - Results of round 4 eliminations in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 44th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals:
 W/L  Driver               Class  Index    RT        ET   Ov/Un
 
 (W) Frank Aragona            F/ED  8.66  0.051     8.098 -0.562
 (L) Robert Bailey            A/ED  7.16  0.071     6.612 -0.548
3:17 p.m. The small motor dragster slays the bigger V8 powered dragster - Frank Aragona's MOV: 0.0346 seconds (approximately 10 feet).
 (W) Steve Ambrose            J/AA  8.32  0.016     7.700 -0.620
 (L) Bruno Massel              I/D  7.23  0.047     6.584 -0.646
Both drivers wanted the win light, Ambrose won the battle by less than two feet. 3:19 p.m.

       

Sunday

Results for Final Round 
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - FastNews Network - Results of final, round 5 eliminations in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 44th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals:
 W/L  Driver               Class  Index    RT        ET   Ov/Un
 
 (W) Frank Aragona            F/ED  8.60  0.024     8.228 -0.372
 (L) Steve Ambrose            J/AA  8.20  -0.500(R)17.656  9.456
Ambrose has 9 wins, all in Comp Eliminator, and Aragona has five. Ambrose got the dreaded LB3A or Left before third amber on the tree, and sat at the starting line for a few seconds to watch Aragona drive down the track on his way to the winners circle. 4:40 p.m.