With the sun rapidly
setting the first pair out for the money was Tony Jurado and
Jurado put .020 in the
bank and never looked back.
The race was a toss up until
Bynum's blower went pop putting the relief hatch dead in his
Jurado moved on to Sunday
with a 5.730 at 245.23 to Bynum's wounded 5.940 at 205.44.
were #16 Kris Krabill and #1 Ryan Hodgson.
Krabill did what he does best,
drilled Hodgson on the tree by .060 leaving the low qualifier
to play catch-up.
Hodgson chased Krabill down to
take the 5.622 at 250.41 win light. Kris clicked it early to
a 5.895 at 196.79.
Pair three matched #15
Justin Taylor #2 Billy Morris.
Amanda Haven doing her
Taylor got .060 on the
tree... an upset in the making?
Morris got out of the
groove and had to lift.
Taylor hung in and took
the win with a 5.869 at 232.19 to Morris' troubled 6.648 at 150.68.
With the cacklecar contingent
tapping their toes in the staging lanes the next pair pitted
Matt Melendez and Bobby Cottrell. #13 meets #4.
Cottrell grabbed a .050
starting line advantage and never looked back.
In another good drag race Cottrell
got there first with a 5.722 at 247.47. Melendez carded a 5.880
at just 209.46.
Up next were #14 Danny
Gerber and #3 Dan Horan Jr.
Gerber gave Horan a race early
on but was done before 600'. Dan moved onto Sunday with a 5.802
Rolling out next was
Jeff Arend and Jerry Espeseth.
Arend left first by a
day. His 0.109 RT left Espeseth's 0.238 looking at his chutes.
Moving on was Arend with a 5.721
at 249.30. Espeseth's March Meet Cinderella story did not have
a sequel. He ran a very respectable but losing 5.780 at 252.66.
The next to last pair
featured James Day and Brad Thompson.
Day got the jump and
was off BUT.
Before the tree the Speed Sport
car was up in smoke leaving the System 1 car to advance unimpeded.
Day did give it a game
effort stab but it was fruitless.
At the stripe it was Thompson
who ran his quickest pass of the weekend for the 5.677 at 244.78
The final pair out to
set the Sunday 8 was Steve Densham and Rian Konno.
Densham left first by
.030 and that was what he needed.
Densham was the last car to move
forward with a 5.807 at 242.19 holeshot win over Konno's quicker
and faster 5.779 at 250.04. The MOV was a heartbeat.
Fuel Eliminations Rounds 1 & 2