Total darkness, shooting
sucked. First out for the money was Tim Nemeth and Matt Bynum.
This shot says it all,
Nemeth went red by a bunch.
Bynum legged it through
with a nice 5.748 at 251.67 to move on to Sunday.
were Steve Densham and Geoff Monise.
For the second race in a row
the photo tells the tale ... Densham left before the green handing
Monise the win.
Pair three matched Bill
Windham and Dan Horan Jr.
Windham left first by
In a surprisingly slow time,
Horan got the win light with a 6.177 at 246.26. Windham slowed
to a 6.471 at 221.23.
With the cacklecar contingent
tapping their toes in the staging lanes. the next pair pitted
Cory Lee and Jeff Arend.
Neither driver had a
stellar light but they did leave together.
At the other end it was Arend
carding a 5.682 at 253.80 while Lee ate some pistons and slowed
to a 6.156 at 189.82..
Up next were Brad Thompson
and John Hale who had lane choice.
Thompson left first by
Thompson took the win
with a 5.742 at 232.87. Hale slowed to a 5.969 at 220.37.
After another long clean up it
was the reigning FC champion, Ryan Hodgson and the heir apparent
Cottrell grabbed a slight
starting line advantage
Cottrell went on to take the
win with a 5.767 at 245.45. Hodgson was right there carding a
5.809 at 257.83.
The next to last pair
matched Rian Konno and Matt Melendez.
Melendez left first leaving
Konno playing catch up.
Konno chased Melendez down in
the lights for the win in the closest race of the round, a 5.638
at 232.79 to a 5.862 at 234.57. Konno's MOV: 0.0040 seconds
(approximately 17 inches). Konno would have lane choice over
Monise in round two.
The final pair of a painfully
long opening round was Tony Jurado and Jason Rupert.
Rupert got a slight jump
at the hit.
This was all Rupert as he won
with the low Funny Car E.T. of the event. His 5.638 at 232.79
buried Jurado's 5.826 at 246.57.
Fuel Eliminations Rounds 1 & 2
Make Your Reservations